Professor Gerhard Andersson, Ph.D. is full professor of Clinical Psychology at Linköping University (appointed 2003), in the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. He also has a position as affiliated professor at Karolinska Institutet in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry (from 2007 as guest professor and from 2013 as affilated professor). He is linked to the Centre for Psychiatry Research (Competence Centre for Psychotherapy Research).
His clinical work is mainly devoted to audiology, and he has a part-time position as clinical psychologist at the Department of Audiology, Linköping University Hospital, as a member of the Tinnitus team.
Professor Andersson received his education at Uppsala University, Department of Psychology, and graduated in 1991 (M.Sc. Clinical Psychology). His first Ph.D. was in Clinical Psychology (1995), and his second Ph.D. was in Medicine (2000). In 2010 he completed a B.A. in Theology.
During his whole career he has worked part-time with patients, mainly in audiology but also for a period in psychiatry. He did his post-doc at the Department of Psychology, University College, London (1996-1997), working with patients with dizziness and imbalance.
He is trained as a CBT therapist and has a license and graduate diploma as a psychotherapist (2005). Professor Andersson has published over 500 research papers, 41 chapters and 17 books.
Examples of open access papers:
Andersson, G., Carlbring, P., Furmark, T., & on behalf of the SOFIE Research Group. (2012). Therapist experience and knowledge acquisition in Internet-delivered CBT for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial. PloS ONE, 7(5), e37411.
Andersson, G., Cuijpers, P., Carlbring, P., Riper, H., & Hedman, E. (2014). Internet-based vs. face-to-face cognitive behaviour therapy for psychiatric and somatic disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis. World Psychiatry, 13, 288-295.
Andersson, G., & Titov, N. (2014). Advantages and limitations of Internet-based interventions for common mental disorders. World Psychiatry, 13, 4-11.
Blom, K., Tarkian Tillgren, H., Wiklund, T., Danlycke, E., Forssén, M., Söderström, A., Johansson, R., Hesser, H., Jernelöv, S., Lindefors, N., Andersson, G., & Kaldo, V. (2015). Internet vs. group cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia: a randomized controlled non-inferiority trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 70, 47-55.
Johansson, R., Björklund, M., Hornborg, C., Karlsson, S., Hesser, H., Ljótsson, B., Rousseau, A., Frederick, R. J., & Andersson, G. (2013). Affect-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy for depression and anxiety through the Internet: a randomized controlled trial. PeerJ, 1, e102.
Ly, K. H., Topooco, N., Cederlund, H., Wallin, A., Bergström, J., Molander, O., Carlbring, P., & Andersson, G. (2015). Smartphone-supported versus full behavioural activation for depression: a randomised controlled trial. PLoS One, 10, e0126559.
Månsson, K. N. T., Frick, A., Boraxbekk, C.-J., Marquand, A. F., Williams, S. C. R., Carlbring, P., Andersson, G., & Furmark, T. (2015). Predicting long-term outcome of Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder using fMRI and support vector machine learning. Translational Psychiatry, 5, e530.
Rheker, J., Andersson, G., & Weise, C. (2015). The role of “on demand” therapist guidance vs. no support in the treatment of tinnitus via the internet: A randomized controlled trial. Internet Interventions, 2, 189-199.
Rozental, A., Andersson, G., Boettcher, J., Ebert, D., Cuijpers, P., Knaevelsrud, C., Ljótsson, B., Kaldo, V., Titov, N., & Carlbring, P. (2014). Consensus statement on defining and measuring negative effects of Internet interventions. Internet Interventions, 1, 12-19.
Tulbure, B. T., Szentagotai, A., David, O., Stefan, S., Månsson, K. N. T., David, D., & Andersson, G. (2015). Internet-delivered cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder in Romania: A randomized controlled trial. PLoS One, 10, e0123997.
Current research interests
- The application of the Internet in psychological research, in particular guided psychological treatment via the Internet.
- Tinnitus and hearing disorders. Interest spans over biological mechanisms, epidemiology, treatment, experience, and psychological aspects.
- Cognitive-behavioural treatment and psychotherapy research, including major depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, postttraumatic stress, OCD, and health psychology topics such as chronic pain.
- Health psychology, including psychological aspects of hearing loss, dizziness and balance disturbances, hyperacusis, burn injury, pain, headache, heart problems, insomnia, cancer, IBS and occupational stress.
- Cognitive aspects of health problems. This involves applying methods from cognitive psychology in the study of health problems.
- Interpersonal violence.
- Psychology of religion and atheism.
Other professional activities
- Editor-in-chief for the new journal Internet Interventions published by Elsevier.
- Associate editor for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and academic editor for PeerJ .
- Founding member of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII).
- Founding member and current president of the European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ESRII).
- Member of the Swedish Institute for Disability Research (SIDR) and the Linneaus Centre Head (Hearing and Deafness).
- Supervisor of 9 Ph.D students as main supervisor and 14 students as associate supervisor. Previous completed supervision of 14 Ph.D students as main supervisor and 12 as co-supervisor.
- Work for the National Board of Health and Welfare on treatment guidelines for depression and anxiety.
- Collaboration with international researchers such as professor Pim Cuijpers, the Netherlands.
Winner of the outstanding Swedish psychologist award 2014.
Winner of the Nordic prize in medicine 2014.
Lifetime achievement award 2015 from the Swedish Association of Behaviour Therapy.
- Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (240 ECTS), Uppsala University, Sweden, 1991-1995
- Ph.D. in Otorhinolaryngology (240 ECTS), Uppsala University, Sweden, 1998-2000
- M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology (300 ECTS), Uppsala University, Sweden, 1986-1991
- B.A. in Theology (180 ECTS), Uppsala University, Sweden, 1994-2010
- Psychotherapy program with CBT-orientation (90 ECTS), Uppsala University, 2003-2005
Visit the Internet, health and clinical psychology research group at Linköping University, led by Gerhard Andersson.
Project leader for the following ongoing grants:
- Program grant from Swedish council for working and life research “Programme Grant Disability: From detection to intervention. Reaching and treating persons with hearing disorders using modern information technology (2010-2015).
- Grant from the Swedish council for working and life research "i-Stress. Individually tailored cognitive behaviour therapy delivered via the internet for managers with stress-related symptoms. A randomised controlled trial" (2013-2015).
- EU-grant as work package leader ”European Comparative Effectiveness Research on Online Depression treatment -
- Grant from the Swedish council for working and life research "Using the internet to tailor treatment of anxiety and depression in older adults." (2015-2017).
- Grant from Swedish council for working and life research “Individually tailored stress management via the internet. Effects on health and sick leave” (2016-2018).
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Guided Internet-Based Treatments in Psychiatry
Lindefors, N., & Andersson, G. (2016).
Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.
Introduktion till metaanalys och systematiska översikter
[Introduction to meta-anlysis and systematic reviews]
Hesser, H., & Andersson, G. (2015).
Internetbaserad psykologisk behandling : evidens, indikation och praktiskt genomförande
[Internet-based psychological treatment: Evidence, indication and practical implementation]
Hedman, E., Carlbring, P., Ljótsson, B., Andersson, G. (2014).
Stockholm: Natur & Kultur.
Psykologisk behandling vid depression: Teorier, terapimetoder och forskning
[Psychological treatment of depression: Theories, treatment methods and research]
Andersson, G. (2012).
Stockholm: Natur & Kultur.
Leva med tinnitus
[Living With Tinnitus]
Zetterqvist, V., Andersson, G., Kaldo, V. (2013).
Stockholm: Natur & Kultur.
Social fobi: effektiv hjälp med kognitiv beteendeterapi (Andra upplagan)
[Social Anxiety: Effective Treatment Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2nd edition)]
Furmark, T., Holmström, A., Sparthan, E., Carlbring, P., Andersson, G. (2013).
Tinnitus: A multidisciplinary approach (2 ed.)
Baguley, D. M., Andersson, G., McKenna, L., & McFerran, D. J. (2013)
Hyperakusi - diagnos, behandling och mekanismer
[Hyperacusis - diagnosis, treatment and mechanisms]
Titel på japanska: 聴覚過敏―仕組みと診断そして治療法
Baguley, D. M., & Andersson, G. (2012). Översättning/translation: Tatsuo Nakagawa
Publishing Kaibundo, Japan.
Lindefors, N., & Andersson, G. (Eds.). (2012).
Stockholm: Läkartidningen Förlag.
Tinnitus: orsaker, teorier och behandlingsmöjligheter
[Tinnitus: causes, theories, and treatment options]
Andersson, G. (2000).
Meta-analys. Metoder, tillämpningar och kontroverser
[Meta-analysis. Methods, applications and controversies]
Andersson, G. (2003).
Tinnitus: A multidisciplinary approach
Andersson, G., Baguley, D. M., McKenna, L., & McFerran, D. J. (2005).
Ut ur depression och nedstämdhet. Ett effektivt självhjälpsprogram
[Out of depression and low mood. An effective self-help program]
Andersson, G., Bergström, J., Holländare, F., Lenndin, J., & Vernmark, K. (2007).
Hyperacusis: Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Therapies
Baguley, D. M., & Andersson, G. (2007).
San Diego: Plural Publishing Inc.
Social fobi - Effektiv hjälp med kognitiv beteendeterapi
[Social Anxiety - Effective Treatment Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy]
Furmark, T., Holmström, A., Sparthan, E., Carlbring, P., & Andersson, G. (2006).
- UR Samtiden - Psychotherapy via internet (in English with Swedish subtitles)
- UR Samtiden - Can psychotherapy have side effects? (in English with Swedish subtitles)
- Kan internet verkligen användas effektivt i rehabilitering? (in Swedish)
- UR Samtiden - Terapi på nätet (in Swedish)
Professor Gerhard Andersson
Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning (IBL)
SE-581 83 Linköping
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