Research on psychological interventions for somatic and psychiatric conditions

Hugo Hesser, PhD, is an associate professor of clinical psychology. His research focuses on the evaluation of psychological treatments of somatic and psychiatric conditions, such as tinnitus, IBS, chronic pain, interpersonal violence, pathological gambling and depression and anxiety disorders. A particular interest is the application of advanced statistical models to test causal effects and mechanisms of change in treatment studies. Dr Hesser is an associate editorial board member of the leading CBT journal Behaviour Research and Therapy. He teaches courses in introductory and advanced quantitative methodology and he serves as a statistical advisor for the scientific journal Internet Interventions. He is also works part time as a clinical psychologist at Linköping university hospital.    

Ongoing research and research interests

  • Tinnitus
  • Psychological treatments of chronic pain
  • Psychological treatments of IBS
  • Prevention of interpersonal violence
  • Internet-delivered psychological treatments of psychiatric and somatic conditions
  • Prevention of pathological gambling
  • Psychological treatments of insomnia

Related researchers

Examples of recent publications

2018

Peter Molander, Hugo Hesser, Sandra Weineland, Kajsa Bergwall, Sonia Buck, Johan Jäder Malmlöf, Henning Lantz, Thomas Lunner, Gerhard Andersson

Internet-based acceptance and commitment therapy for psychological distress experienced by people with hearing problems: a pilot randomized controlled trial

In Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

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Hugo Hesser, Erik Hedman-Lagerlöf, Erik Andersson, Perjohan Lindfors, Brjann Ljotsson

How Does Exposure Therapy Work? A Comparison Between Generic and Gastrointestinal Anxiety-Specific Mediators in a Dismantling Study of Exposure Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

In Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

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2017

Hugo Hesser, E. Hedman, P. Lindfors, E. Andersson, B. Ljotsson

The specific effect of systematic exposure in irritable bowel syndrome: complier average causal effect analysis using growth mixture modeling

In Psychological Medicine

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Erik Hedman, Hugo Hesser, Erik Andersson, Erland Axelsson, Brjann Ljotsson

The mediating effect of mindful non-reactivity in exposure-based cognitive behavior therapy for severe health anxiety

In Journal of Anxiety Disorders

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Heather D. Hadjistavropoulos, Nicole E. Pugh, Hugo Hesser, Gerhard Andersson

Therapeutic Alliance in Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Depression or Generalized Anxiety

In Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

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Robert Johansson, Thomas Hesslow, Brjánn Ljótsson, Angelica Jansson, Lina Jonsson, Smilla Färdig, Josefine Karlsson, Hugo Hesser, Ronald J Frederick, Peter Lilliengren, Per Carlbring, Gerhard Andersson

Internet-based affect-focused psychodynamic therapy for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial with 2-year follow-up.

In Psychotherapy

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Robert Johansson, Thomas Hesslow, Brjann Ljotsson, Angelica Jansson, Lina Jonsson, Smilla Färdig, Josefine Karlsson, Hugo Hesser, Ronald J. Frederick, Peter Lilliengren, Per Carlbring, Gerhard Andersson

Internet-based Affect-focused Psychodynamic Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial With 2-Year Follow-Up

In Psychotherapy

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Hugo Hesser, Sandra Axelsson, Victoria Backe, Jonna Engstrand, Tina Gustafsson, Elin Holmgren, Ulrika Jeppsson, Maria Pollack, Kjell Norden, Dan Rosenqvist, Gerhard Andersson

Preventing intimate partner violence via the Internet: A randomized controlled trial of emotion-regulation and conflict-management training for individuals with aggression problems

In Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

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2016

David Forsstrom, Hugo Hesser, Per Carlbring

Usage of a Responsible Gambling Tool: A Descriptive Analysis and Latent Class Analysis of User Behavior

In Journal of Gambling Studies

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Heather D. Hadjistavropoulos, Nicole E. Pugh, Hugo Hesser, Gerhard Andersson

Predicting Response to Therapist-Assisted Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression or Anxiety Within an Open Dissemination Trial

In Behavior Therapy

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