Matti Cervin

affiliated with the university, Clinical psychologist

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry


I study how emotion, emotion regulation and cognitive control are involved in the onset and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children and adolescents. I employ self/parent-report tools, experimental tasks, and psycho- and electrophysiological measures. Youth with a broad range of distress and fear symptoms are involved in my research projects. The overarching goal of my research is to build a better understanding of obsessive-compusive disorder (and related emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression) to improve prevention, detection and treatments for affected children and adolescents.

Professional work

I work as a clinical psychologist in Lund. Most of my clinical work has to do with the assesment and treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, OCD and depression. Further, I am engaged in the implementation of systematic diagnostic assessments and session-by-session monitoring of outcome in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services around Skåne.


I work together with researchers from the Karolinska Institute on a genome-wide association project of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. In my experimental research I work closely with researchers from the Department of Psychology in Lund. I also have collaborations with researchers from Rotterdam, Tel Aviv, and New York.

Recent research outputs

Matti Cervin, Storch, E. A., Piacentini, J., Birmaher, B., Compton, S. N., Albano, A. M., Gosch, E., Walkup, J. T. & Kendall, P. C., 2019 Aug 29, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cervin, M., Perrin, S., Olsson, E., Apsvall, K., Geller, D., Wilhelm, S., McGuire, J., Lázaro, L., Martínez González, A. E., Barcaccia, B., Pozza, A., Goodman, W., Murphy, T., Seçer, İ., Piqueras, J., Rodríguez-Jiménez, T., Godoy, A., Rosa-Alcázar, A., Rosa-Alcázar, A., Ruiz-García, B. & 2 othersStorch, E. & Mataix-Coles, D., 2019 Aug 14, In : Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 58

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