Karin Boson


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Visiting address
Haraldsgatan 1
41314 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 500
40530 Göteborg

About Karin Boson


Karin Boson has a PhD in psychology, and is licensed psychologist at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research interest is mainly in the field of developmental psychology focusing on adolescents’ mental health, substance use and personality through a positive perspective of well-being.

She is currently a member of the Advisory Board (insynsråd) at the Swedish Higher Ediucation Authority (UKÄ) as well as head of the psychiatric out patient clinic for children and adolescents in Lillehammer/Otta, Norway. Karin is a member of the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) was 2016 elected as the national representative for Sweden in SECNet (the EARA Student and Early Career Network). She is also a member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) since 2015.

She was chairing the doctoral committee at the university of Gothenburg, from 2014 to 2016, and the doctoral council at the faculty of social sciences, from 2013 to 2015. Karin got her master degree in clinical psychology 2011 from Umeå University, Sweden. She worked as a psychologist at the district psychiatry center in Lillehammer, Norway 2011-2013 and was also a part of the "Utøya study" 2011-2014 after the massacre in July 22 2011.


Karin is currently teaching at advanced course level in addiction/dependency about trauma, psychopathology and substance abuse as well as advanced course level in health psychology about positive psychology. She is also a lecturer in developmental psychology and supervises master thesis.

Research interests

Mental health, mental health problems, well-being (emotional, psychological and social), psychopathology, personality, attachment child-parent, substance abuse and dependency.

Current research

Longitudinal Research on Development In Adolescence (LoRDIA).