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Katja Boersma

Title: Professor School/office: School of Law, Psychology and Social Work

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Phone: +46 19 301062

Room: L2641

Katja Boersma

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About Katja Boersma

Background

Katja Boersma is Professor of Psychology and a member of the Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP). She received a masters in psychology from Groningen University (major in clinical-, minor in social psychology) in the Netherlands in 1998, and is a licensed psychologist in Sweden since 2001. She completed her PhD working at the behavioral medicine unit  of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic at the University Hospital in Örebro and defended her doctoral thesis "Fear and avoidance in the development of a persistent musculoskeletal pain problems. Implications for secondary prevention” in 2005. She is employed at Örebro University since January 2007 and deputy dean of the faculty of humaniora and social sciences since 2019.

Research

My main research interests concern the fields of health- and clinical psychology and revolve around the role of psychological processes in the experience of somatic symptoms and its negative consequences. With diverse methodologies we study the interplay between psychology and somatic symptoms and individual differences in for example emotional suffering, functional disability, overuse of prescription medication and sick leave. A particular focus is on the role of emotions and the regulation of emotions in the development of these problems. Another area of ​​research concerns the development of mental ill health among young people. Examples of current research projects are:

1. a randomized controlled trial that tests the effect of a new psychological treatment for patients with chronic pain and comorbid anxiety and depression problems (the hybrid project, clinicaltrails.gov NCT02808286);

2. a 5 year longitudinal-experimental cohort study that examines risk and buffering factors for the development of mental health among adolescents (Three cities study);

3. a cohort study that investigates the relationship between psychological risk factors and opioid prescriptions among pain patients seeking specialist care

4. a randomized controlled trial invesitigating effects of supervisor training on prveetion of sickleave for pain- and stress related problems in workers (collaboration with Ida Flink who is project leader).

Education

My main teaching responsibilities are within the psychology program at Örebro University. Current areas of teaching is supervision of masters theses (semester 10).

Research Projects

Publications

Publications

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Articles in journals

Mazzer, K. , Boersma, K. & Linton, S. J. (2019). A longitudinal view of rumination, poor sleep and psychological distress in adolescents. Journal of Affective Disorders, 245, 686-696.
Flink, I. , Boersma, K. , Klein-Strandberg, E. & Linton, S. J. (2019). Responding to social cues: An experimental paradigm exploring the link between context sensitivity and pain. British Journal of Health Psychology, 24 (2), 443-459.
Engman, L. , Flink, I. , Ekdahl, J. , Boersma, K. & Linton, S. J. (2018). Avoiding or enduring painful sex?: A prospective study of coping and psychosexual function in vulvovaginal pain. European Journal of Pain, 22 (8), 1388-1398.
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.
Anniko, M. , Boersma, K. , van Wijk, N. P. L. , Byrne, D. & Tillfors, M. (2018). Development of a Shortened Version of the Adolescent Stress Questionnaire (ASQ-S): construct validity and sex invariance in a large sample of Swedish adolescents. Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, 6 (1), 4-15.
Mazzer, K. , Bauducco, S. , Linton, S. J. & Boersma, K. (2018). Longitudinal associations between time spent using technology and sleep duration among adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 66, 112-119.
Wurm, M. , Anniko, M. , Tillfors, M. , Flink, I. & Boersma, K. (2018). Musculoskeletal pain in early adolescence: A longitudinal examination of pain prevalence and the role of peer-related stress, worry, and gender. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 111, 76-82.
Carstens, J. K. P. , Boersma, K. , Schrooten, M. G. S. & Linton, S. J. (2017). Effects of validating communication on recall during a pain-task in healthy participants. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 17, 118-125.
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.
Svanberg, M. , Stålnacke, B. , Enthoven, P. , Brodda-Jansen, G. , Gerdle, B. & Boersma, K. (2017). Impact of emotional distress and pain-related fear on patients with chronic pain: Subgroup analysis of patients referred to multimodal rehabilitation. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 49 (4), 354-361.
Wurm, M. , Klein Strandberg, E. , Lorenz, C. , Tillfors, M. , Buhrman, M. , Holländare, F. & Boersma, K. (2017). Internet delivered transdiagnostic treatment with telephone support for pain patients with emotional comorbidity: a replicated single case study. Internet Interventions, 10, 54-64.
Tseli, E. , Grooten, W. J. A. , Stålnacke, B. , Boersma, K. , Enthoven, P. , Gerdle, B. & Äng, B. O. (2017). Predictors of multidisciplinary rehabilitation outcomes in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 6 (1).

Articles, reviews/surveys

Tseli, E. , Boersma, K. , Stålnacke, B. , Enthoven, P. , Gerdle, B. , Äng, B. O. & Grooten, W. J. A. (2019). Prognostic Factors for Physical Functioning After Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation in Patients With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 35 (2), 148-173.