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Britt af Klinteberg is Professor of Psychology, Stockholm University, connected to Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, and affiliated Professor of Psychology, Dept of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. She has conducted research on behaviour and personality, as well as neuropsychological and psychobiological indicators of vulnerability for developing ill health-related lifestyles and ‘disinhibitory psychopathology’. Her research focus is on dysfunctional impulse control, hyperactive behaviour, attention and cognition as important intervening factors in the development of psychosocial disturbances such as eating disorders, antisocial behaviour, drug abuse and violence. Recent studies investigate personality/temperament dimensions as moderators of stressors or consequences of experienced stress and the development of post traumatic stress disorder symptoms, as well as lesser known female patterns of personality disturbances, drug abuse and crime.

Board member of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID), 2009-2015; member of the Scientific board, Svenska Spel, 2010- 2016; member of the Evaluation panel within Psychology and Psychiatry, the Research Council of Norway, 2009; member of the Swedish Government's advisory board on alcohol, narcotics, doping and tobacco (ANDT-rådet), 2008- 2017; member of the Scientific Committee for the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, 2007-2012; deputy member of the Swedish Regional Board of Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, 2004-2014; Executive Committee member of the International Society for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders, World Psychiatric Association (WPA) section, 2004–2007, 2011-2014; and CAN (Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and other Drugs) Prize Committee member, Sweden, 2001-2006. She also served six years as Ordinary Board member of the Alcohol Research Council of the Swedish Alcohol Retailing Monopoly; and two years as Chairman of the Swedish Association of Alcohol and Drug Research, 2003 – 2005. She has published more than ninety scientific articles and chapters; is reviewer for a number of international journals; Associate Editor of Journal of Individual Differences, 2004-2009. Responsible for the database Young Lawbreakers as Adults (YLA) originating from a project initiated in 1956 by the Swedish Ministry of Justice. Collaboration work with research groups at St Petersburg State University, Russia; and Yale University, US.

Recent publications (a selection)

af Klinteberg, B., Johansson, S.E., Levander, M., Alm, P.O., & Oreland, L. (2017). Smoking habits – Associations with personality/behavior, platelet monoamine oxidase activity and plasma thyroid hormone levels, Personality and Individual Differences, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.05.022.                       

Väfors Fritz, M., Eklund, J. M., Liljeberg, J., & af Klinteberg, B. (2016). Quality of life in different male offender groups – possible underlying effects of intelligence and psychopathic tendencies. Journal of Forensic Science & Criminology, 4 (2), 202. 

Isaksson, J., Grigorenko, E. L., Oreland, L., af Klinteberg, B., Koposov, R. A., & Ruchkin, V. (2015). Exploring possible association between DβH genotype (C1021T), early onset of conduct disorder and psychopathic traits in juvenile delinquents. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 11/2015, doi: 10.1007/s00406-015-0664-3.

Beijer, U., Birath Scheffel, C., DeMarinis, V., & af Klinteberg, B. (2015). Facets of male violence against women with Substance Abuse Problems – Women with residence and homeless women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-21, doi: 10.1177/0886260515618211.

Wiklund, G., Ruchkin, V. V., Koposov, R. A., & af Klinteberg, B. (2014). Pro-bullying attitudes among incarcerated juvenile delinquents: Antisocial behavior, psychopathic tendencies and violent crime, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Volume 37, Issue 3, May–June 2014, Pages 281-288, Epub 2014 Jan 24, doi:10.1016/j.ijlp.2013.11.019.

Birath Scheffel, C., Beijer, U., DeMarinis, V., & af Klinteberg, B. (2013). Women with substance abuse problems exposed to men's violence - A public mental health challange. Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy, 4(2), 149, doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000149.

af Klinteberg, B., Almquist, Y., Beijer, U., & Rydelius, P-A. (2011). Family psychosocial characteristics influencing criminal behaviour and mortality - possible mediating factors: A longitudinal study of male and female subjects in the Stockholm Birth Cohort. BMC Public Health, 11, 756-, doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-756.

Ahrén-Moonga, J., Lekander, M., von Blixen, N., Rönnelid, J., Holmgren, S., & af Klinteberg, B. (2011). Levels of tumour necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-6 in severely ill patients with eating disorders. Neuropsychobiology, 63, 8-14, doi: 10.1159/000321832.

Eklund, J. M., Freidenfelt Liljeberg, J., & af Klinteberg, B. (2011). Delinquent behaviour patterns in adolescence: Development and associated personality traits. Personality and Mental Health, 5(3), 169-185, doi:10.1002/pmh.137.

Grigorenko, E., & af Klinteberg, B. (2010). Personality, intelligence, and somatic and mental health disturbances in a time of societal change: A study of Russian adults. Journal of Russian and East European Psychology, 48(5), 5-35.

Väfors Fritz, M., Rajaleid, K., Hemström, Ö.,& af Klinteberg, B. (2009). Quality of Life – Towards an understanding of individuals with psychopathic tendencies. Personality and Mental Health, 3(3), 183-192, doi: 10.1002/pmh.76.