Elinor Schad

Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Educational Psychology Specialist, Senior lecturer, Program Director for the Supplementary Program for Psychologists

Personal profile


I am a research practitioner with a background in clinical and educational psychology. Since 2018, I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Lund University and in 2022, I joined the LU based Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities as a Research Fellow (https://www.medical-humanities.lu.se/).

My research centers around the well-being of individuals in the context of school or work. I focus especially on how demands and resources interact to shape an individual's learning, professional development, and life situation. 

Currently, I lead a longitudinal study following newly graduated healthcare professionals during their first four years in professional practice. The results will be used to guide and advance university training and recidency programs in several clinical programs.

I am also the lead researcher for the Swedish part of an international project studying how psyhological knowledge is used in schools. In 2022 we presesented the first preliminary results at an invited symposia at the ECP in Ljubljana.


Academic and Professional Training

I graduated from University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science with Honors. After that I pursued a Master of Science Degree in Medicinal Chemistry at the Rackham School of Graduate studies, also at University of Michigan. After relocating to Sweden, I attended the five year Clinical Progam in Psychology at Lund University. My residency training was done at the Child and Youth Psychiatric Clinic at the Lund University Hospital. I also have a specialist certificate in Educational Psychology and a PhD in Work and Organisational Psychology from Lund University. The majority of my clinical work has been done in schools.





Developed scales

Compassion Fatigue Inventory: 

The Compassion Fatigue Inventory (CFI) was developed by my group in 2020. The CFI may be freely used for research purposes. It is currently under translation to several languages. Please contact me if you are intreseted in using this scale.

Compassion Fatigue Inventory_English.pdf (lu.se)





Currently, I teach both introductory (The Psychology Profession) and advanded level (Educational Psychology) courses in the clinical psychology program. I also supervise students writing their Masters or PhD thesis. Central to my teaching goal is the personal growth of each individual student.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

Free keywords

  • Educational psychology
  • School psychology
  • Preschool psychology
  • Child development
  • Adolescent adjustment
  • Professional development
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Medical Humanities


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