Märta Wallinus

affiliated with the university, PhD, Reg. psychologist, PhD, Master in Psychology

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Substance Abuse
  • Neurosciences
  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


  • violence, mental health, prevention, forensic psychiatry


Märta's research concerns risk and desistence factors for persistent aggressive antisocial behaviors, with an emphasis on applied research that may provide knowledge needed for the prevention of mental illness and aggressive antisocial behaviors. She is researcher in a large multicenter study, the Development of Aggressive Antisocial Behavior Study (DAABS), which studies the development of persistent aggressive antisocial behaviors over the life time and the development of mental illness in offenders. She is also head researcher for a project on a cohort of forensic psychiatric patients from a large, high security hospital, investigating self-directed and overt aggression in forensic psychiatric patients. She is also involved in research on neurophysiological markers for self-directed and overt aggression, as well as externalizing behaviors and mental disorders. Furthermore, she studies the diagnostic stability in forensic psychiatric patients. Finally, she is head researcher for a large multicenter, longitudinal study on the development and prevention of mental illness and externalizing behaviors in young school children, the Early Prevention In Children in Swedish Schools (EPIC Schools) study.



Professional work

Märta has vast clinical experience from work as clinical psychologist within correctional facilities and forensic psychiatry in Sweden. She has mostly worked with persons with severe and persistent aggressive antisocial behavior, often with severe mental health comorbidity and social dysfunction. In her clinical work, she has always been active in method development, e.g., development of a method, VR:SAM, that combines violence risk screening with structured violence risk management. She has also implemented structured risk management within the forensic psychiatric facilities in Region Skåne, Sweden. Märta continues to work with translations, e.g., a manual for assessment of protective factors for violence risk, SAPROF, and the self-report questionnarie Externalizing Spectrum Inventory - Brief Form.


Märta lectures on mental health, aggressive antisocial behavior (including violence and criminality), and prevention of these global health challenges. She has recurring lectures for the police, academic educations, mental health care personnel, social services personnel, and school personnel.

Recent research outputs

Fernando Renee González Moraga, Sygel, K., Garcia, D., Enebrink, P., Billstedt, E., Sean Perrin, Björn Hofvander & Märta Wallinus, 2019, (Accepted/In press).

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