Katja BoersmaTitle: Professor School/office: School of Law, Psychology and Social Work
Phone: +46 19 301062
About Katja Boersma
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.
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).
My main teaching responsibilities are within the psychology program at Örebro University. Current areas of teaching is supervision of masters theses (semester 10).