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emma.fransson@chess.su.se; emma.fransson@ki.se

My research largely focus on mental health and well-being for children as well as on mental health and associations with biomarkers.


In Elvis projektet we investigate mental health and wellbeing of children in joint physical custody and parents experiences of this living arrangement for young children. The project is funded through Länsförsäkringsbolagens forskningfond.

Project website: http://www.chess.su.se/research/projects/elvis-projektet

In BVC-ELVIS we are conducting research within the child health care centers (BVC) regarding new methods for nurses to work with psychosocial health. We will also collect data on the wellbeing of children living in joint physical custody (växelvis boende).

Doctoral thesis
My thesis Preterm birth- parents’ experiences, stress, affect and inflammatory markers explored psychosocial factors in relation to the risk of preterm delivery as well as associations between negative emotions and inflammatory markers during delivery. Two studies regarded parents’ experiences and stress in association with having a baby born preterm.

Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Bergström, M., Fransson, E., Fabian, H., Hjern, A., Sarkadi, A., & Salari, R. (2017). Pre-school children living in joint physical custody arrangements show less psychological symptoms than those living mostly or only with one parent. Acta Paediatrica.

  2. Låftman, S. B., Fransson, E., Modin, B. & Östberg, V. (2017). National data study showed that adolescents living in poorer households and with one parent were more likely to be bullied. Acta Paediatrica.
  3. Turunen, J., Fransson, E. & Bergström, M. (2017). Self-esteem in children in joint physical custody and other living arrangements. Public health.
  4. Bränn, E., Papadopoulos, F., Fransson, E., White, R., Edvinsson, Å., Hellgren, C., Kamali-Moghaddam, M., Boström, A., Schiöth, H. B. Sundström-Poromaa, I. & Skalkidou, S. (2017). Inflammatory markers in late pregnancy in association with postpartum depression − a nested case-control study. Psychoneuroendochrinology.
  5. Makieva, S., Dubicke, A., Rinaldi, S., Fransson, E., Ekman-Ordeberg, G. & Norman, J.E. (2017). The preterm cervix reveals a transcriptomic signature in the presence of premature pre-labor rupture of membranes. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
  6. Fransson, E., Låftman, S. B., Östberg, V., Hjern, A., & Bergström, M. (2017). The Living Conditions of Children with Shared Residence – the Swedish Example. Child Indicators Research. doi: 10.1007/s12187-017-9443-1
  7. Fransson, E., Sarkadi, A., Hjern, A., & Bergström, M. (2016). Why should they live more with one of us when they are children to us both?: Parents' motives for practicing equal joint physical custody for children aged 0–4. Children and Youth Services Review, 66, 154-160. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.05.011
  8. Fransson, E., Turunen, J., Hjern, A., Östberg, V., & Bergström, M. (2015). Psychological complaints among children in joint physical custody and other family types: Considering parental factors. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. doi: 10.1177/1403494815614463
  9. Bergström, M., Fransson, E., Modin, M., Berlin, M., Gustafsson, P.A., & Hjern, A. (2015) Fifty moves a year: is there an association between joint physical custody and psychosomatic problems in children? J Epidemiology and Community Health. Doi: 10.1136/jech-2014-205058.
  10. Fransson, E., Folkesson, L., Bergström, M., Östberg, V., & Lindfors, P. (2014). Exploring salivary cortisol and recurrent pain in mid-adolescents living in two homes. BMC Psychology, 2(46).
  11. Bergström, M., Fransson, E., Hjern, A., Köhler, L., & Wallby, T. (2014). Mental health in Swedish children living in joint physical custody and their parents' life satisfaction: A cross-sectional study. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 55(5), 433-439
  12. Bergström, M., Modin, B., Fransson, E., Rajmil, L., Berlin, M., Gustafsson, P. A., & Hjern, A. (2013). Living in two homes-a Swedish national survey of wellbeing in 12 and 15 year olds with joint physical custody. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 868
  13. Fransson, E., Dubicke, A., Byström, B., Ekman-Ordeberg, G., Hjelmstedt, A., & Lekander, M. (2011). Negative Emotions and Cytokines in Maternal and Cord Serum at Preterm Birth. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 67(6), 506-514.
  14. Fransson, E., Örtenstrand, A., & Hjelmstedt, A. (2011). Antenatal depressive symptoms and preterm birth: a prospective study of a Swedish national sample. Birth, 38(1)
  15. Dubicke, A., Andersson, P., Fransson, E., Andersson, E., Sioutas, A., Malmström, A., Ekman-Ordeberg, G. (2010). High-mobility group box protein 1 and its signalling receptors in human preterm and term cervix. Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 84(1), 86-94.
  16. Dubicke, A., Fransson, E., Centini, G., Andersson, E., Byström, B., Malmström, A., Ekman-Ordeberg, G. (2010). Pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines in human preterm and term cervical ripening. Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 84(2), 176-185.

Reports, book-chapters

  1. Fransson, E., Låftman, S. B., Östberg, V., & Bergström, M. (In press). Wellbeing among children with single parents in Sweden – focusing on Shared Residence. In Nieuwenhuis, R.  & Maldonado, L.C (Eds). The Triple Bind of Single-Parent Families. Policy Press, University of Bristol.
  2. Fransson, E., Bergström, M. & Hjern, A. (2015). Barn i växelvis boende – en forskningsöversikt. Rapport från CHESS på uppdrag av Socialstyrelsen.


  • 2012 PhD, Medical sciences, Karolinska Institutet
  • 2004 Clinical psychologist, Stockholm university


  • [2016-] Senior research consultant at the department for Microbiology, Tumor and Cell biology, Karolinska Institutet. 20%
  • [2012-] Researcher at CHESS, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University / Karolinska Institutet.
  • [2014-] Psychologist with responsibility for organizational development, child and adolescent psychiatry (BUP), Stockholm 10%
  • [2012-2014] Clinical psychologist, child and adolescent psychiatry (BUP), Stockholm
  • [2007-2012] PhD Student at Karolinska Institutet, department of Women’s and children’s’ health.
  • [2005-2007] Clinical psychologist, child and adolescent psychiatry (BUP), Stockholm


  • Member of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society (PNIRS).
  • Member of "Barnhälsovårdens nationella forskningsnätverk".


  • [2015-2016] Course manager, "Master Thesis in Public Health", advanced level, 30 credit points, Centre for Health Equity Studies.
  • Given lectures at e.g. Karolinska Institutet as part of the Psychologist-, Midwifery- and Child Nurse Programs (master level).


  • [2015-] Co-supervisor for a doctoral student, Karolinska Institutet.

Thesis supervision; master and candidate levels:

  • [2015] Two master level students, Karolinska Institutet
  • [2015] One candidate level student, Svenska Institutet för kognitiv psykoterapi
  • [2014] Three master level students, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm university and CHESS
  • [2012-2013] Five master level students, Karolinska Institutet.


  • [2015] Completed course in University Pedagogy - Professional Development Course on Teaching and Learning 1 (7.5 credits).
  • [2013] Completed course in University Pedagogy - Supervision of degree projects (4.5 credits).
  • Occasional peer reviews for:
    • Journal of Perinatal medicine
    • Clinical Psychology Review
    • Journal of Infant Mental health