Many psychiatric conditions are hallmarked by dysregulated stress reactivity and emotional responding. My research aims to better understand stress and emotion processing in order to develop novel psychiatric therapies.

Our work combines behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging methods to gain better insight into how we perceive and react to stressful situations and emotional stimuli. I am particularly interested in the role of the endocannabinoid system, a neuromodulatory system involved in both stress reactivity and emotion processing. In healthy populations, we are exploring how external factors (e.g. stress, drugs of abuse) influence the endocannabinoid system. In clinical populations, we are interested in how the endocannabinoid system becomes dysregulated and contributes to impairments in stress and emotional reactivity. Our overall goal is to determine if the endocannabinoid system can serve as a novel target in the treatment of psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).



Publications in DiVA



Steven J. Middleton, Irene Perini, Andreas C. Themistocleous, Greg A. Weir, Kirsty McCann, Allison M. Barry, Andrew Marshall, Michael Lee, Leah M. Mayo, Manon Bohic, Georgios Baskozos, India Morrison, Line S. Loken, Sarah Mcintyre, Saad Nagi, Roland Staud, Isac Sehlstedt, Richard D. Johnson, Johan Wessberg, John N. Wood, Christopher G. Woods, Aziz Moqrich, Håkan Olausson, David L. Bennett (2022) Na(v)1.7 is required for normal C-low threshold mechanoreceptor function in humans and mice Brain, Vol. 1145, p. 3637-3653 Continue to DOI


About me


  • 2020 Assistant Professor, Center for Social and Affective Neuroscience (CSAN), Linköping University
  • 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CSAN, Linköping University
  • 2015 Ph.D. in Neurobiology, University of Chicago
    Advisor: Harriet de Wit
    Thesis title: A multidimensional approach to de novo drug conditioning in healthy humans: combining self-report, behavioral, and psychophysiological measures.
  • 2013 M.S. in Molecular Pathogenesis & Molecular Medicine, University of Chicago
  • 2009 B.S. in Neuroscience, University of Michigan
    Advisors: Shelly Flagel, Terry Robinson, Huda Akil
    Thesis title: Characterizing individual variation to reward-related cues in animals selectively bred for locomotor response to novelty.


  • 2020-2024 Swedish Research Council Starting Grant
  • 2019-2021 Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Award
  • 2015-2017 Linköping University Centre for Systems Neurobiology Postdoctoral Fellowship