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Hanna Edebol-Carlman

Title: Associate Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Medical Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303322

Room: C3119

Hanna Edebol-Carlman

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About Hanna Edebol-Carlman

I joined the Nutrition-Gut-Brain Interactions Research Centre in January 2013. As a post-doc here, I am involved in several research projects aiming to understand more about the mechanisms of the so called microbe-brain-gut axis in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other disorders, and to develop novel treatments for gastrointestinal and and psychiatric disorders.

In 2012, I defended my thesis in the field of clinical psychology and the aim was to develop more objective methods for assessment and treatment of adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This research resulted in two new meaures 1) the Weighed Core Symptom scale (WCS) - a composite measure of adult ADHD ranging from 0 to 100, and 2) Prediction of ADHD (PADHD) - a categorical variable of diagnostic status with good predictive power in both clinical groups and in the general population.

My current research interests involve the biopsychosocial workings of IBS, mechanistic and therapeutic workings of importance for patients with this disorder and associated disorders, e.g., the impact of stress, anxiety and mood upon the microbe-brain-gut axis. I am also interested in studying mechanisms and therapeutic modalities of relevance for the microbe-brain-gut-interactions in neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD and autism.

I am currently reporting a study on cognitive behavioral therapy for IBS in collaboration with Brjann Ljotsson at karolinska institutet and Katja Boersma and Steven Linton at the centre of health and medical psychology at örebro university. I am also preparing a new project looking at possible functional changes in brain activity during stress after intervention with probiotics for IBS. In addition to brain imaging we are also interested in the possible changes along the whole brain-gut axis, including e.g., physiological, hormonal, immunological and microbial changes.

Coming from the behavioral sciences, I am delighted to work with an inspiring group of people from various scientific backgrounds and expertise! We also collaborate with researchers from various scientific disciplines, including for example psychologist and prof. Steven Linton at the Center of Health And Medical Psychology (CHAMP), Örebro university, psychologist and specialist in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for IBS, Brjánn Ljotsson at Karolinska institutet, and brain imaging expert prof. Emeran Mayer, UCLA.

In addition to my own research, I am also interested in clinical work with psychotherapy and in the future I hope to work more with CBT. This december, I graduated from the first step (steg 1) which has been really fun!

I have an interest in working with students and manage education and have been teaching since 2008, mostly on undergraduate but also on graduate levels. I have further supervised a number of bachelor-theses starting from 2010. My teaching experience is mainly in the field of clinical psychology, neuropsychology and research methodology.

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Articles in journals

Edebol-Carlman, H. , Schrooten, M. G. S. , Ljóttson, B. , Boersma, K. , Linton, S. J. & Brummer, R. J. (2018). Cognitive behavioral therapy for irritable bowel syndrome: the effects on state and trait anxiety and the autonomic nervous system during induced rectal distensions - An uncontrolled trial. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 18, 81-91.
Wall, R. , Marques, T. , Edebol-Carlman, H. , Sundin, J. , Vumma, R. , Rangel, I. & Brummer, R. J. (2017). Altered expression of membrane transporters in colonic mucosa of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Post-infectious (PI)-IBS compared to healthy subjects. Neurogastroenterology and Motility, 29 (Suppl. 2), 107-108.
Edebol-Carlman, H. , Ljotsson, B. , Linton, S. J. , Boersma, K. , Schrooten, M. , Repsilber, D. & Brummer, R. J. (2017). Face-to-Face Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Effects on Gastrointestinal and Psychiatric Symptoms. Gastroenterology Research and Practice.
Boersma, K. , Ljótsson, B. , Edebol-Carlman, H. , Schrooten, M. , Linton, S. J. & Brummer, R. J. (2016). Exposure-based cognitive behavioral therapy for irritable bowel syndrome: A single-case experimental design across 13 subjects. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 45 (6), 415-430.
Edebol-Carlman, H. & Norlander, T. (2013). Perspektiv på utredning och diagnos vid ADHD. Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, 90 (3), 319-327.
Edebol-Carlman, H. & Norlander, T. (2013). Robust mätmetod för ADHD hos vuxna.. Best Practice, 4 (14), 18-21.
Edebol, H. , Helldin, L. , Holmberg, E. , Gustafsson, S. & Norlander, T. (2011). In search for objective measures of hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention in adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder using the Quantified Behavior Test Plus. Europe's Journal of Psychology, 7 (3), 443-457.
Edebol-Carlman, H. , Bood, S. & Norlander, T. (2008). Chronic Whiplash-Associated Disorders and Their Treatment Using Flotation-REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Technique).. Qualitative Health Research, 18 (4), 480-488.

Chapters in books

König, J. , Ganda-Mall, J. , Rangel, I. , Edebol-Carlman, H. & Brummer, R. J. (2015). The Role of the Gut Microbiota in Brain Function. In: Koen Venema & Ana Paula do Carmo, Probiotics and Prebiotics: Current Research and Future Trends. Poole, UK: Caister Academic Press.

Conference papers

Edebol-Carlman, H. , Rode, J. , König, J. , Hutchinson, A. , Repsilber, D. , Kiselev, A. , Thunberg, P. , Lathrop Stern, L. & et al. (2019). Evaluating the effects of probiotic intake on brain activity during an emotional attention task and blood markers related to stress in healthy subjects. Paper presented at Mind, Mood & Microbes, 2nd International Conference on Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 17-18 January, 2019.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries