Rossana Pettersén, Phd.
Psychologist and researcher 

I'm passionate about research and  the evidence-based practice of clinical psychology

A little about me

 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Peruvian years

After studying the five-years psychology program in Lima-Peru, I chose to make my one-year internship in Clinical Psychology to obtain this specialization. This was an excellent program and I had the privilege to be trained by some of the best academics and clinicians in Latin America. I really appreciate the fact that we trained both in the private and the public sectors. Conditions in public hospitals were tough. I got to see and treat patients with disorders that otherwise I would had learned only in textbooks. The lack of resources also made me very creative when doing evaluations and providing therapy. By contrast, while working in a private hospital during my intership, I had access to state of the art resources. I was trained and closely supervised by one of the top psychiatrists and academics in Peru. He was also a great humanist and the founder of the Peruvian Bioethics Society. So, the standard of my internship was "highly-ethical clinical practice first." 

The Swedish years​​​​

After some years practicing as a clinical psychologist with traumatized patients, I came to Sweden. Here I made a second specialization in the form of a Master in Public Health with mention in Suicide Prevention at the Karolinska Institute. I had the privilege to be trained by world leaders in the field such as Danuta Wasserman and Hans Rosling. This was a very intensive master program and I got to learn from experts from all over the world. 
After finishing this Master program I was convinced that I wanted to be trained as a scientist and obtain a PhD. I was accepted to do a PhD in Medical Sciences at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute. My research project was a population-based study concerning suicide-bereaved families. During my PhD years I deepened my knowledge in epidemiological studies, research design, scientific methodology and psychological trauma. My research group was one of the world leaders in the scientific study of bereaved populations. I had the privilege to be supervised by "the dream team" of expert supervisors. Experts because they led the fields of epidemiology, psychology and psychiatry in Sweden and Norway. 

Currently, I'm an associate researcher at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute. My focus is on writing scientific articles and their publication. At this time, I investigate grief resolution in suicide-bereaved parents. The aim of my research is to produce scientific knowledge that can inform the national and international guidelines for preventing psychological problems in suicide-bereaved populations.