Elin Alfredsson

Senior Lecturer

Department of Psychology
Visiting address
Haraldsgatan 1
41314 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 500
40530 Göteborg

About Elin Alfredsson


  • The Psychologist Programme at the University of Gothenburg 2006-2011.
  • Psychologist licence in 2012.
  • Accepted as a doctoral student in 2011.
  • Graduated from the PhD programme in 2018.
  • Clinical experience as psychologist in the antenatal and child health care.

Research interests

My research interests concern parenthood and various forms of preventative interventions aimed at supporting parents throughout the entirety of their child's upbringing, with the purpose of promoting development and health while preventing mental health issues.

Keywords: Developmental psychology. Developmental psychopathology, attachment theory, parenting, children and youth, parental support, parent training, prevention, mental health, psychological treatment.

Current research

I am currently engaged in two major research projects. On behalf of the Center for progress in Children's Mental Health and the Central Child Health Care within Region Västra Götaland (VGR), as well as the City of Gothenburg's initiative 'Equal City,' I was co-responsible researcher from 2019 to 2023 for the evaluation of a preventive home visiting program within child health care for first-time parents residing in disadvantaged areas. During 2024 to 2028, I am leading the long-term follow-up of this program's outcomes and implications for children and parents. The project is funded by Forte's initiative Applied Welfare Research.

In another project focusing on parenting and family development, I study socioemotional development within various family structures together with colleagues at Lund University. The primary research question revolves around how shared custody during the first years of life affects children's emotional security and adaptability. Additionally, within the project, we explore related research questions, including coparenting dynamics and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on parenthood. This project receives its main funding from the Swedish Research Council (VR).

I also supervise and lead smaller research and development projects within psychology units linked to maternity and pediatric healthcare in VGR.

More information about the research projects:

Long-term outcomes and significance of extended home visits for children in disadvantaged areas

Evidence over Conviction - Children's development of attachment security and socioemotional adjustment when they grow up with shared residence


I teach and supervise scientific work primarily in developmental psychology, developmental psychopathology, mental health, prevention, and interventions within the psychologist, psychotherapist, and supervisor programmes, as well as in single subject courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, I lead specialist courses and commissioned training for practicing psychologists and other professionals who meet parents and children in their work.