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Sven Carlsson

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

About Sven Carlsson


Born 1935. Associated to the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, since 1960. FD 1977, Assoc. Professor 1978, Licensed Psychologist 1979. Professor 1996, emeritus since 2000. Honorary Doctor of Odontology at the Sahlgrenska Academy 2009.


In the past, responsible for courses within the areas of Health Psychology, Psychosomatics, Medical Psychology, Research Methodology and Psychometrics. Supervisor of numerous MA dissertations, and some 20 doctoral theses in Psychology, Odontology and Medicine.

Research interests

My main research interest falls within Health Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine. Specific examples: Phobic dental fear; Psychological and social aspects of longstanding pain; Psychological treatment in primary health care settings.

Current research

Phobic and moderate dental fear: etiology, diagnosis and treatment. Psychological aspects of long-standing pain.

Selected publications

Carlsson, S.G., Wide Boman, U., Lundgren, J. & Hakeberg, M. (2013). Dental anxiety - a joint interest for dentists and psychologists. European Journal of Dental Sciences, 121 (No. 3, Part II), 221-224.

Wide Boman, U., Lundgren, J., Berggren, U, & Carlsson, S.G. (2010). Psychosocial and dental factors in the maintenance of severe dental fear. Swedish Dental Journal, 34, 121-127.

Olsson, I., Bunketorp, O., Carlsson, S.G. & Styf, J. (2002). Prediction of outcome in whiplash-associated disorders using West-Haven-Yale Multidimensional Pain Inventory. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 18, 238-244.

Lundgren, J., Berggren, U. & Carlsson, S.G. (2001). Psychophysiological reactions in dental phobic patients during video-stimulation. European Journal of Oral Sciences, 109, 172-177.

Thunberg, K.A., Carlsson, S.G. & Hallberg, L.R-M. (2001). Health care professionals´ understanding of chronic pain: a grounded theory study. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 15, 99-105.

Berggren, U., Hakeberg, M. & Carlsson, S.G. (2000). Relaxation vs. cognitively oriented therapies for dental fear. Journal of Dental Research, 79, 1645-1651.