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Tabita Sellin Jönsson

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Tabita Sellin Jönsson

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About Tabita Sellin Jönsson

Tabita Sellin Jönsson has a PhD in medicine. She defended her doctoral thesis on eating disorders in 2008. An affiliated researcher at the School of Medical Sciences at Örebro University, she is also a researcher and research supervisor at the University Healthcare Research Centre (UFC). Her clinical practice involves her working with young adults as a CBT therapist within the psychiatric care services in Region Örebro County.


Tabita’s research focuses persons with psychiatric disorders, interventions within care, and experiences of care environments. Her studies are mainly conducted within psychiatric inpatient and outpatient care. Quantitative studies have for example concerned outcomes following forensic psychiatric care, eating disorder care, addiction care, as well as quality of care. Qualitative studies have examined patients’ own experiences of care environments, attention and response from caregivers, participation, and recovery. Over the last few years, her research has primarily dealt with suicide in patients in contact with primary care as well as psychiatric and somatic specialist care.

Project coordination within suicide research

Tabita is the initiator and project leader of the long-term research project Psychiatric Research on Suicide (PROS), studying the prevalence of suicide among care seekers in Örebro County. The project has been approved by the Ethical Review Agency in Uppsala.

Data is collected from medical records/the patient administrative system in Region Örebro County, the National Mortality Register till National Cause of Death Register, the National Patient Register, the National Prescription Register, as well as Statistics Sweden’s research databases. A case-control research design is primarily used, with both patient and population control groups. The first part of the study, examining suicide in Örebro County during the period 2007-2013, was published in BMC Psychiatry and discusses care consumption, psychological interventions within psychiatric care, and life conditions such as employment rate, family situation and housing prior to suicide.

The results show how those deceased as a result of suicide had had fewer visits and a lower degree of evidence-based combination interventions than those in the control group of the same sex, age and principal diagnosis. The studies also show that the deceased had a high level of somatic comorbidity and that there was an explicit low employment rate among both the diagnosed cases and control groups within psychiatric care, in spite of average to high educational attainment.

The remaining part of the project concerns suicide methods, and especially the care chain before and after intoxication with suicidal intent. Moreover, suicide is studied in relation to somatic comorbidity in patients cared for within specialist care units other than psychiatric care.

National collaboration

Tabita is researcher within and coordinator of Region Örebro County’s participation in the national medical records review project currently underway within most regions in Sweden. The national project coordinator is Professor Åsa Westrin, Lund University.

In her role as researcher, Tabita is part of collaboration projects on threat and violence within psychiatric care and on the quality of care within psychiatric care, based at UFC but involving several other counties.

Teaching and supervision

Tabita’s teaching focuses suicide, suicide risk assessment and suicide prevention and is included on medical and healthcare courses and study programmes in collaboration with Region Örebro County and Örebro University. Tabita also gives lectures on these topics for various collaboration partners such as local and regional council committees, social services, family support groups and patient associations.

She also supervises doctoral students and has served as doctoral student representative, doctoral student mentor, as well as supervisor of both students and research assistants. Tabita serves as referee for several psychiatric journals.



Articles in journals |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Conference papers |  Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries |  Manuscripts | 

Articles in journals

Cato, V. , Holländare, F. , Nordenskjöld, A. & Sellin Jönsson, T. (2019). Association between benzodiazepines and suicide risk: a matched case-control study. BMC Psychiatry, 19 (1).
Schückher, F. , Sellin, T. , Fahlke, C. & Engström, I. (2018). The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Age of Onset of Alcohol Use Disorder in Women. European Addiction Research, 24 (6), 278-285.
Sellin, T. , Holländare, F. & Tillfors, M. (2017). Psychiatric ward consumption before suicide: A case-control study. European psychiatry, 41, S295-S296.
Schückher, F. , Sellin, T. , Berglund, K. , Berggren, U. , Balldin, J. , Engström, I. & Fahlke, C. (2017). The Importance of Age at Onset of Excessive Alcohol Use with Regard to Psychiatric Symptoms and Personality Characteristics. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 35 (4), 328-343.
Wallin, K. , Pettersen, G. , Björk, T. & Råstam, M. (2014). A Qualitative Study of Males' Perceptions about Causes of Eating Disorder. Psychology, 5 (15), 1813-1820.
Schröder, A. & Björk, T. (2013). Patients' judgements of quality of care in psychiatric observation and intensive inpatient care. Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care, 9 (2), 91-100.
Björk, T. , de Santi, M. G. & Kjellin, L. (2012). Criminal recidivism and mortality among patients discharged from a forensic medium secure hospital. Nordic Journal of Psychiatry, 66 (4), 283-9.
Björk, T. , Wallin, K. & Pettersen, G. (2012). Male experiences of life after recovery from an eating disorder. Eating Disorders, 20 (5), 460-8.
Björk, T. , Clinton, D. & Norring, C. (2011). The impact of different outcome measures on estimates of remission in a 3-year follow-up of eating disorders. European eating disorders review, 19 (1), 2-11.
Björk, T. , Björck, C. , Clinton, D. , Sohlberg, S. & Norring, C. (2009). What happened to the ones who dropped out?: Outcome in eating disorder patients who complete or prematurely terminate treatment. European eating disorders review, 17 (2), 109-119.
Björck, C. , Björk, T. , Clinton, D. , Sohlberg, S. & Norring, C. (2008). Self-image and treatment drop-out in eating disorders. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 81 (1), 95-104.
Björk, T. & Ahlström, G. (2008). The patient’s perception of having recovered from an eating disorder. Health Care for Women International, 29 (8-9), 926-944.
Björk, T. , Clinton, D. & Norring, C. (2006). Reasons for non-participation in follow-up research on eating disorders. Eating and Weight Disorders, 11 (3), 147-153.
Björk, T. & Lindqvist, P. (2005). Mortality among mentally disordered offenders: a community based follow-up study. CBMH. Criminal behaviour and mental health, 15 (2), 93-96.
Björk, T. & Lindqvist, P. (2002). A follow-up of mentally disordered offenders: recidivism and mortality. European psychiatry, 17 (Sup. 1), 141-141.


Björk, T. (2016). Smak på livet igen!. Linköping: Randi Förlag.

Chapters in books

Cohn, L. , Björk, T. , Lember, R. , Wallin, K. & Pettersson, G. (2014). Male Experiences of Life After Recovery From an Eating Disorder. In: Leigh Cohn, Raymond Lemberg, Current Findings on Males with Eating Disorders (pp. 185-194). . Routledge.

Conference papers

Schückher, F. , Sellin, T. , Engström, I. & Berglund, K. (2020). History of childhood abuse is associated with less positive treatment outcomes in socially stable women with alcohol use disorder. Paper presented at EPA 2020, The 28th European Congress of Psychiatry, July 4-7, 2020..
Schückher, F. , Sellin, T. , Fahlke, C. & Engström, I. (2018). The Impact of Childhood Maltreatment on Onset Age of Alcohol Use Disorder in Women Seeking Treatment. Paper presented at 2018 Annual Meeting, American Psychiatric Association, New York, NY, USA, 5-9 May, 2018.
Schückher, F. , Björk, T. , Berglund, K. , Berggren, U. , Balldin, J. , Engström, I. & Fahlke, C. (2016). Differences in psychiatric symptoms and personality characteristics appear to be more pronounced between early and late onset of excessive drinking than between genders. Paper presented at The 18th Annual ISBRA World Congress & Inaugural ISBRA/ESBRA Joint World Congress in Berlin, Germany. September 2-5, 2016..
Schückher, F. , Björk, T. , Berglund, K. , Berggren, U. , Balldin, J. , Engström, I. & Fahlke, C. (2016). Individuals with onset of excessive drinking in late adulthood: Do they differ from the early onset group in psychiatric symptoms and personality characteristics?. Paper presented at Kettil Bruun Society, 42nd KBS meeting, Stockholm, Sweden, May 30 - June 3, 2016..
Pettersson, G. , Wallin, K. & Björk, T. (2015). How do males recover from eating disorders? An interview study. Paper presented at The 14th meeting of the European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED), Heidelberg, Germany, 20-22 November, 2015.
Brundin Pettersson, C. , Clinton, D. , Björk, T. , Löfgren, L. , Westin, L. & Larsson, G. (2014). Interdisciplinary cooperation can improve the treatment of eating disorders: Experiences from the GRÄS-network. Paper presented at Nordic Conference on Eating Disorders (NEDS) Stockholm, Sweden, September 17-19, 2014.
Wallin, K. , Pettersson, G. & Björk, T. (2013). Eating Disorders in Males: Patients’ perspectives on attributed causes, factors contributing to improvement and the content and meaning of life as recovered. Paper presented at The 13th General Meeting of the European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED), Oslo, Norway, September 12-14, 2013..
Björk, T. (2012). Swedish psychiatric quality registries: development and challenges. Paper presented at The 30th Nordic Congress of Psychiatry, Tromsø, Norway, 2012..
Wallin, K. , Björk, T. & Pettersson, G. (2011). Eating Disorders in Males: Patient´s perspectives on vulnerability, improvement and recovery. Paper presented at The 10th London International Eating Disorder Conference, London, UK, 29-31 March, 2011.
Björk, T. , Skårberg, K. & Engström, I. (2011). Eating disorders or the use of anabolic androgenic steriodes in males: Different manifestation of negative self-image?. Paper presented at International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED), Miami, Florida, 2011.
Pettersson, G. , Wallin, K. & Björk, T. (2011). Men with eating disorders: A qualitative study on healing factors, improvement and recovery. Paper presented at Second World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, July 23-26, 2011.
Björk, T. , Skårberg, K. & Engström, I. (2011). Negative self-image: A common denominator between males with Eating Disorders and males using Anabolic Androgenic Steroids?. Paper presented at The 13th general meeting on European Council of Eating Disorders (ECED), Florence, Italy, 2011.
Larsson, G. , Björk, T. , Norring, C. , Engström, I. & Montgomery, S. (2009). Breastfeeding and breast changes among women with eating disorder problems: Cause for Satisfaction or Concern?. Paper presented at European Council on Eating Disorders - 20 Year Anniversary Meeting, London, UK, 2009.
Björk, T. , De Santi, M. G. & Kjellin, L. (2009). Criminal recidivism among mentally disordered offenders. In: Ian Needham, Patrick Callaghan, Tom Palmstierna, Henk Nijman, Nico Oud, Proceedings of the 6th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry. Paper presented at The 6th European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry, Stockholm, Sweden, 21-24 October, 2009.
Björk, T. , Björck, C. , Clinton, D. , Sohlberg, S. & Norring, C. (2007). Dropping out from eating disorder treatment: Self-image and Outcome. Paper presented at General Meeting of the European Council of Eating Disorders (ECED), Porto, Portugal, 2007.
Björk, T. & Ahlström, G. (2006). Patient´s Perspective of Recovery from Eating Disorder. Paper presented at The 28th Nordic Congress of Psychiatry, Tammerfors, Finland, 2006.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Björk, T. (2008). Measuring eating disorder outcome: definitions, dropout and patients' perspectives. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro universitet.