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 humanities and social sciences since 2019.
Katja's main research interests concern the fields of health- and clinical psychology and revolve around understanding the role of psychological processes in the experience of somatic symptoms (specifically pain) and its potentially negative consequences. With diverse methodologies she studies 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. An overarching goal is to develop and improve upon methods for the prevention and treatment of chronic pain problems. Another area of research concerns the development of mental ill health among young people. Examples of current research projects and themes are:
1. Treatment development for patients with comorbid emotional and pain problems;
2. Pain problems in youth;
3. Opioid use in chronic pain patients;
4. Prevention of sick leave for pain- and stress related problems;
5. Chronic pain from a life course perspective.
Katja's main teaching responsibilities are within the psychology program at Örebro University. Current areas of teaching are examination and supervision of masters theses (semester 10).