Professor of Psychology, Karolinska Institutet
I completed my Ph.D. in psychology at New York University (2006, advisor: Elizabeth Phelps) and post-doctoral training at Columbia University (2006-08, advisor: Kevin Ochsner). In 2008, I joined Karolinska Institutet (KI), Department of Clinical Neuroscience, as a researcher to work with Arne Öhman. I was appointed Associate Professor at the same institution in 2011, and from Sept. 2019, I am a full Professor of Psychology. Broadly, my research aims at better understanding emotional learning and regulation in social situations. More specifically, I am interested in the neural mechanisms underlying the acquisition, maintenance and change of fears and aversions of other individuals, and how these processes depend on social cognition and interaction. A related interest is the transfer of emotional information between individuals, for example, how we learn the value of objects, situations, and our own actions by observing others’ behavior. To further our mechanistic understanding in these domains, my research group and I are taking a multi-method approach, including behavioral paradigms inspired by real-life situations, peripheral psychophysiology, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).