Madeleine Liljegren

affiliated with the university

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychiatry


  • frontotemporal dementia, dementia, vascular dementia, Alzheimer's disease, criminal behavior, antisocial behavior, neuropathology, psychiatry, aggression



Dementia is a growing group of dieases in the society. Many patients suffering from dementia have to wait long before diagnosis can be made and treatment be planned and initiated.

The management of dementia represent a huge socio-economic challenge for health care and for the entire community. At Lund University there is extensive research going on since many years on the diseases of the dementia spectrum. Particularly on frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and the social consequences that the affected individual and their relatives have to live with.

FTD patients often perform normal results in simple psychometric clinical tests like Mini-Mental State Examination in the eraly stage of the disease. They can at the same time, however, exhibit a deviant and antisocial behavior. Some patients even commit criminal acts and this sometimes long before the diagnosis has been made. 


It is extremely important to find these individuals as early as possible in their disease course, so that they can get the help they need. It is in the interest of society that research is being conducted in this area, so that it becomes easier for the public, health care and the judiciary system to pay attention to early changes in behavior and provide adequate care to these patients. The goal is to bring light to a relatively unknown part of the symptoms of dementia, which in individual cases can have extremely tragic consequences. The aim is to improve the health care staff and the public's understanding of these phenomena, and to increase the opportunities for adequate management.

Planned parts of the doctoral thesis:

Project 1: identifying criminal behavior in dementia patients from a large population in San Francisco, USA. 

Project 2: to study the prevalence and frequency of physical aggression in individuals with neuropathologically verified dementia.

Project 3: to study dementia patients cared for in the law on compulsory psychiatric care, will be examined for type of dementia, prevalence and cause of LPT decision.

Project 4: to map criminal and antisocial behavior in dementia, in a neuropathologically verified population in Lund. 

Recent research outputs

Madeleine Liljegren, 2019 Jan 4, In : Läkartidningen. 03, 116:FHL7

Research output: Contribution to journalDebate/Note/Editorial

Madeleine Liljegren, 2018, Lund: Lund University, Faculty of Medicine. 68 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)

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