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Elia Psouni

Associate Professor (Docent), Developmental Psychology, Family Psychology


The main goal of my research is to advance our understanding of developmental processes associated with emotional regulation and capacity to achieve psychological balance and, thereby, wellbeing, throughout the lifespan. The mechanisms how experiences in close relationships - conceptualized through an attachment theoretical perspective - affect this balance are a special focus. I address these issues combining methods from attachment research, cognitive developmental research, and experimental neuropsychological techniques but also looking at social epidemiological data. Another focus is on the evolutionary roots of human development.

My research interests and current projects include:

• Attachment and caregiving: development and consequences


• Structure of cognitive representations of close relationships

• Socioemotional development in middle childhood and preadolescence

• Parental caregiving development and its antecedents Swedish

• Emotion regulation, family relationships and dealing with health adversity


• Evolutionary roots of human development


• Socio-cognitive development in early childhood
Swedish (poster)


I am responsible for the teaching of Developmental Psychology at the International MSc Program at the Department of Psychology and at the Speech therapy and Audiology programs at the Faculty of Medicine. I am also course coordinator and head examiner for the undergraduate and Master’s dissertations at the Department of Psychology.

Professional preparation

I have an MSc in Organizational Psychology (1997) and a PhD in Developmental Psychology (1999) from the Department of Experimental Psychology, Bristol University, UK. I have training in CBT and am registered clinical psychologist in the UK and Sweden (Psykologlegitimation 2000). I did a post-doc in Medical Psychology and Pediatric Psychology (2000-2002) at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University.

Professional Activities

Ad Hoc Manuscript Refereeing

  • PLoS ONE
  • International Journal of Behavioural Development
  • Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
  • Stress and Health
  • Invited reviewer for Norton & Co
  • Invited reviewer for McGraw Hill Publishers

Ad Hoc Grant Refereeing
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Professional Memberships

  • Americal Psychological Association (APA)
  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
  • Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies (SEAS)
  • International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD)
  • Swedish Psychological Association (Sveriges Psykologförbund)

Special collaborations

  • Member of board, Centre of Excellence in Reproductive and Perinatal Science (CERPS), LU
  • Member of EpiHealth strategic research group, LU
  • Collaboration with professor Juan Merlo (LU), combining the social epidemiological and developmental psychological perspectives

Method development

Secure Base Script Test for middle childhood (SBST: Psouni & Apetroaia, 2011a, 2011b, 2013)

Parental Caregiving and Attachment Interview (P-CAI: Bengtsson & Psouni, 2008; Psouni & Bengtsson, under revision).

Method training and reliability

Adult Attachment Interview (AAI)
Reactions to Diagnosis Interview (RDI)
Friends and Family Interview (FFI)
Reflective Functioning (RF)
Attachment Script Assessment (ASA)
Late Childhood Attachment Interview (LCAI/BISK)



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Last modified 15 Jan 2014

Elia Psouni. Foto Ingela Björck

Elia Psouni
Associate Professor



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Department of Psychology, Box 213, SE-221 00 Lund. Phone: +46 46-222 00 00, Fax: +46 46-222 42 09