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Lisa Dinkler

Associate Researcher

Department of Psychiatry and
Visiting address
Gillbergcentrum, Kungsgatan 12
41119 Göteborg
Postal address
Gillbergcentrum, Kungsgatan 12
41119 Göteborg

About Lisa Dinkler

Research field: child and adolescent psychiatry, psychiatric and genetic epidemiology

I have a strong interest in eating disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders, as well as their comorbidity. My PhD focused on the restrictive eating disorders anorexia nervosa and Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). I studied the intricate link between anorexia nervosa and autism spectrum disorder, first, by prospectively examining autistic traits in children who later developed AN in a large Swedish twin cohort, and second, by studying experimentally whether specific social-emotional difficulties are common to anorexia nervosa and autism, using eye tracking methodology. My research also examined the prevalence of ARFID in children, which is still largely unknown, and the comorbidity of ARFID with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in a birth cohort of Japanese children. Furthermore, my thesis investigated whether diagnosed eating disorders can be conceptualized as the extreme manifestation of disordered eating behaviors that are continuously distributed in the population when it comes to the underlying genetic risk factors, using twin methodology.

In addition, I have also been conducting research on child maltreatment and neurodevelopmental disorders, studying the potential causal impact of child maltreatment on neurodevelopmental disorders using twin methodology, as well as examining their association with mania symptoms in adolescence prospectively. Currently, I am working on several epidemiological and clinical studies of ARFID in Sweden.