Professor of Developmental Psychology
Vice Dean (research), the Faculty of Arts and Sciences 2012-2014
Head, the Developmental Research Group
Head, Infant and Child Lab
- Licensed psychologist (Sweden 1981, Norway 2003)
- PhD (Penn State University, USA 1988)
- Licensed psychotherapist (Sweden 1989)
- Specialist in clinical psychology (Sweden 1997)
- Clinical child psychologist, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic, Göteborg, Sweden, 1976-1989
- School psychologist, Göteborg, Sweden, 1977-1978
- Privately employed psychotherapist, part-time, Göteborg, Sweden, 1984-1990
- Instructor, Dept. of Psychology, Penn State Univ., 1984
- Assistant and associate professor, Dept. of Psychology, Göteborg University, 1987-2001
- Guest research professor, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters,1996-97
- Associate professor, Dept of Special Education, Göteborg University, 1994-99
- Adjunct professor, Norwegian University of Technology, Trondheim, 2000-05
- Professor and Head, Centre of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Univ. of Bergen, Norway, 2001-05
- Infant development (cognition, communication, imitation)
- Developmental psychopathology (autism, language impairment)
- Literacy (multimedia based intervention programs)
Selected ongoing projects:
(A) Infant socio-cognitive development
- Memory for events in early infancy. In collab with PhD candidate A Edorsson, senior lecturer J Herbert, University of Sheffield, professor A.N. Meltzoff, University of Washington, assoc prof T Tjus, University of Gotenburg, ass prof F Koch, Linköping university and ass prof A Sundqvist, Linköping University. Project start: Spring 2013. Grant: Swedish Research Council.
- Long-term memory processes in early infancy: Exploring the boundaries of nonverbal recall in preverbal infants. In collaboration with Dr. F Koch, Dr. A Sundqvist and PhD candidate E Nordqvist. Grant: the Swedish Research Council.
- Long-term memory processes in infancy: Individual differences and electrophysiological correlats. In collaboration with PhD candidate E Nordqvist, associate professor M Rudner, professor M Lindgren (Lund UniversitY) and professor M Johansson (Lunds university). Grant: Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (#2006-1040)
- Infants’ reactive saccades in social and non-social contexts. A project conducted by the Nordic Infant Network.
(B) Children with Severe Hearing Impairment
Understanding minds: How early cochlear implantation affects Theory of Mind in children with profound hearing impairment. In collaboration with professor B Lyxell, LiU, Dr A Sundqvist, LiU, and MD PhD R Jönsson, Sahlgrenska university hospital, Göteborg. Grant: Research Foundation for the Hard of Hearing (2007)
(C) Autism Spectrum Disorders
The importance of joint attention, memory and communication for the development of mentalization - a longitudinal study of children with autism. In collab w assoc prof T. Tjus, Univ. of Gothenburg (PI). Grant Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (2008-0518).
- MIMA: Memory, imitation and autism. In collaboration with PhD candidate E Nordqvist adn the autism team, Children's Habilitation Clinic, Linköping. Grant: The Mayflower Charity Foundation, Gothenburg (to E Nordqvist).
- Social interaction and imitation for young children with autism - a randomized study (SIMBA). A joint project with the Dept. of Psychology and the Gillberg Centre, University of Gothenburg. In collaboration with B Spjut Jansson, clinical psychologist and assoc. prof T Tjus, University of Gothenburg.
(D) Reading disabled children
Effects of computerized training for reading disabled children in grade 2. In collaboration with assoc prof S Gustafson (PI), assoc prof I Svenson, Linnaeus Univ., PhD L Fälth, Linnaeus Univ., and assoc prof T Tjus, Gothenburg Univ.
(E) Children's Mental Health
- Children in Bergen. A longitudinal total population study of mental health and devlopment in 7-9 year-old children (in collaboration with Dr. W Andersen Helland, Uiversity of Bergen, professor A Lundervold, University of Bergen, and Dr. M-B Posserud, Uiversity of Bergen. PI = Prof. K.M. Stormark, Univ. of Bergen, Norway.
- Alarm Distress Baby Scale - en validation. In collaboration with the Regional Center for Child and Youth Mental Health, Oslo, Norway.
(F) Development of children's stereotypes
Will the next generation have the same prejudices as we have? A collaboration between University of Washington, USA, and Linköping University.
- Speak up. Children with language delays: A longitudinal intervention study (project management: Assoc. prof T. Helland, Univ. of Bergen, Norway, prof. K. Hugdahl Univ. of Bergen, Norway and Dr. S. Ofte, Eikelund Resource Center, Bergen, Norway).
- Nordic Infant Network. A new (2012) network beteen four infant lab's in Sweden (Linköping University, Uppsala University) Norway (University of Oslo), and Finland (University of Tampere)
- ESSEA: Enhancing the scientific study of autism (COST Action BM 1004). The Action is intended to develop European capacity in early autism science through networking, lab exchanges, bi-annual meetings, summer schools for early stage researchers and conferences. Medlem i work group 4: Testing early intervention approaches through rigorous controlled trials.
3rd International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), San Sebastian, Spain, 2-4 May, 2013
with B Spjut Janson and T Tjus, Univ. of Gothenburg
Invited colloquia, Department of Psychology, University of California at San Diego, May 23, 2013:
16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, September 3-7, 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland:
with F Koch, A Sundqvist and E Nordqvist
with T Tjus and K Strid, Univ. of Gothenburg
with A Sundqvist, F Koch and E Nordqvist
with E Nordqvist, M Rudner, M Johansson (Lund Univ.) and M Lindgren (Lund Univ.)
29th World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP), August 25-29, 2013, Torrino, Italy
twith Helland, W.A., Posserud, M-B, Helland, T and Lundervold A, Univ. of Bergen
4th All European Conference on Dyslexia, September 20-22, 2013, Linneaus University.
with L Fälth (Linnaeus Univ), I Svensson (Linnaeus Univ.), S Gustafson and T Tjus (Univ. of Gotheburg)
Second International Conference on Hearing Science for Communication, Linköping, June 16-19, 2013
with E Holmer and M Rudner
The Socity for Neurobiology of Language Annual Meeting, San Sebastian, October 25-27, 2012.
with Helland, W.A., Posserud, M-B and Lundervold A, Univ. of Bergen
Heimann, M., Lundälv, M., Tjus, T. & Nelson, K.E. (2004). Omega–interactive sentences, a multimedia software for language exploration and play. Topic Data & Språkbehandling HB, Göteborg, Sweden (www.omega-is.com)
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Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning
Linköping university, Campus Valla
Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning
SE-581 83 Linköping
Last updated: 2013-09-23