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Tina Olsson

Senior Lecturer

Department of Social
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 25
41123 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 720
40530 Göteborg

About Tina Olsson

Research Interests

Prevention and intervention including development of interventions; evaluation of effectiveness and consequences of social interventions designed for vulnerable populations; implementation of interventions, applied health economics within social welfare.

Current research projects

Suicide prevention via active measures - an evaluation of AGAPE 2017-2020: This study arms to develop an undertanding of the impact of a social mobilization program on unaccompanied minors with specific focus on suicide prevention. (Folkhälsomyndigheten)

Support to youth in their transition from out-of-home care to independent living: This planning project is a collaboration between the municipal social services in Farsta, Stockholm, GU and LU. The aim of this project is to develop and preliminarily test a supportive intervention aimed at increasing youth outcomes in transition from out-of-home care to independent living. (FORTE)

Talking Mats: This planning project arms to implementering and assess the feasibility of using Talking Mats as a Communication support with older adults with demensia. This projekt is a collaboration between GU and Borås kommun. (FORTE)

PsPATHS: Preschool Promoting Alterntiv Thinking Strategies (PsPATHS) is an evidence based intervention (EBI) developed in the USA to promote social emotional competence in preschool children. This project is a randomized controlled trial of PsPATHS effectiveness in Sweden. Implementation drivers and the meaning of culture i preschool environments is also investigated. The culteral adaptation of PsPATHS from the American to Swedish context has been guided systematically by the Planned Intervention Adaptation (PIA) protocol. There are currently 300 four- and five-year olds in a number of preschools enrolled in the study. (FORTE)

Completed research projects

TAKE CHARGE for youth in their transition from out-of-home care to independent living: a feasibility study. TAKE CHARGE is an evidence-based intervention (EBI) developed in the USA to support youth in their transition from out-of-home care to indpendent living. This project is interested in the extent to which TAKE CHARGE in a Swedish kontext can support youth with school achievement and preparation for independent living. (Allmänna barnhuset)

PsPATHS: Preschool Promoting Alternativ Thinking Strategies (PsPATHS) is an evidence-based intervention (EBI) develope din the USA to adance social and emotionell kompetente amoung preschoolers. This project is a randomized kontroller trial of the intervention's effectiveness in Sweden as well as its implementationer and impact of culture in the preschool environment. (FORMAS)

Lunden study: The Lunden study follows a cohort of women placed in state run institutional care for severe drug dependency according to the Care of Young Persons Act (LVU) and the Law on Compulsory Care for Substance Abusers (LVM) between 1997-2000. The study follows their use of several societal resources over a 30 year period and aims to describe the societal costs that arrise as a result of severe substance abuse. In addition, this study investigates the difference in societal costs that arise as a result of discrete clinical activities provided in conjunction with placement. (The National Board of Institutional Care)

Cost-effectiveness of MultifunC: MultifunC is a structured treatment provided in the context of state insitutional care for youth with severe behavior problems and at high risk for criminal recidivism. The treatment model extends from intake and assessment through placement and aftercare. MultifunC was developed from the evidence base on effective services for this group of youth. This project investigates the cost-effectiveness of MultifunC compared to the traditional services offered this population with state run institutional care. (The National Board of Health and Welfare)

Kvinnofredsprojektet: This project aims to describe and compare the unit costs and treatment costs attached to interventions that were assessed in three national evaluations: the evaluation of treatments for men that engaged in violence in the home, evaluation of social service interventions for women exposed to violence in the home, and evaluation of treatments that support children that have witnessed violence toward their mothers. (The National Board of Health and Welfare)

National comparison of parent training programs (NJF): The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of parent training programs in (1) reducing child social, emotional, and behavioral problems, and (2) improving parenting. For parent training programs are included in the nation wide randomized trial: Connect, COPE, the Increadible Years, and Komet.

Previdence (MST-study): Multisystemic Therapy is a structured family and community based intervention for youth with severe behavior problems. This multi-site, multi-center, randomized controll trial investigates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of MST compare to traditional services offered this group by the municipal social welfare agencies.


I currently teach students of social work at the Bachelor and Master level. Academic advisor for students of social work at all levels.