Matti Cervin

affiliated with the university, PhD, 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

Aspvall, K., Matti Cervin, Andrén, P., Sean Perrin, Mataix-Cols, D. & Andersson, E., 2020 Feb 3, In : BMC Psychiatry. 20, 42.

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