Kai Österberg

Kai Österberg

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Research interests

Exhaustion disorder (burnout) – Etiology, effects on emotions and cognition, diagnostics, screening, and intervention/treatment..

Chronic toxic encephalopathy – neuropsychological assessment and diagnostic criteria

Idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI) / multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) – Etiology, diagnostics, and treatment.

Current projects

Prospective validation of a new instrument for screening of incipient exhaustion disorder.
In co-operation with Björn Karlson* and Njördur Viborg.

Sustainable return-to-work after a workplace intervention for burnout.
In co-operation with Björn Karlson and Peter Jönsson.

Cognitive functioning after burnout syndrome.
In co-operation with Björn Karlson and Sofia Skogsliden.

Inadequate stress responsivity as a vulnerability factor for exhaustion disorder.
In co-operation with Björn Karlson (PI), Peter Jönsson, Gerd Johansson, Mattias Wallergård, and Åse Marie Hansen.

Does reduced ability to perceive internal bodily signals and to interpret negative affect contribute to the development of burnout? 
In co-operation with Peter Jönsson (PI).


* = Deceased

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

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychology

Collaborations the last five years

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