Department of Psychology

Applied Behaviour Analysis Group

Mission Statement

The aim of our research group is  to develop applications of behaviour analysis in ‘less traveled paths’. We are passionately interested in creating innovative ways to reduce unnecessary human suffering and increase quality of life. Behaviour analysis is at the core of our work. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy which is built on Functional contextualism and Relational Frame Theory is the main vehicle underpinning our interventions. We aim to help persons who get stuck in psychological rigidity to become aware of ‘stuck’ patterns of behavior and establish psychological flexibility. We attempt to operationalise and dismantle concepts such as acceptance, exposure, avoidance, perspective taking, defusion, self as context and values so as to understand help clients relate to and be flexible around life’s challenges. Our group has an interest in finding central behaviour patterns that can be assessed and treated in principle, allowing clients to create their own particular interventions. We are interested in using the lasted technology, for example smart phones , in creating ecological momentary assessment and intervention, rather than traditional self reporting. Our group is interested in how we could develop minimal, least intrusive, but highly effective and cheap interventions that could be made available to persons who are in need but who do not seek help.


Chair Person

Professor JoAnne Dahl, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University


Klara Edlund, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University

Angeli Holmstedt, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University

Thomas Parling, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University

Johanna Thomten, Department of Psychology, Mid Sweden University

External Members

Magnus Johansson

Sandra Weineland

Doctoral Students

Anna Finnes, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska institutet

Fredrik Livheim, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska institutet

Pernilla Jernerén Maathz, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University 

Jenny Thorsell Cederberg, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University

Emma Wallin, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University