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
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.
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.
Ad Hoc Manuscript Refereeing
Ad Hoc Grant Refereeing
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).
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)