International Network for Well-Being

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Our research comprises the whole field of the Science of Well-Being within different populations to promote health and the study of biopsychosocial resilience in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.

The International Network for Well-Being is a network of junior and senior researchers and students who are interested in the Science of Well-Being. Our research comprises the whole field of the Science of Well-Being within different populations, such as, healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, young adults, children, elderly, refugees, long-term unemployed, and etc., in order to promote health, health equality, and the study of biopsychosocial resilience in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.

We use the biopsychosocial model of health, comprising physical, psychological, social well-being, as the base of our research. Our methods are person-centered and therefore focusing on the non-linear characteristics of complex adaptive systems, such as, human personality and other determinants of health. Thus, we work in multi-Disciplinary Research and Innovation Teams. At this moment we have two active labs within the network:

  • Promotion of Health and Innovation (PHI) Lab.
  • Lab for Biopsychosocial Personality Research (BPS-PR Lab).


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Marko Mihailovic, Danilo Garcia, Clara Amato, Erik Lindskar, Patricia Rosenberg, Elina Bjork, Nigel Lester, Kevin M. Cloninger, Robert Cloninger (2022)

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C Robert Cloninger.
C. Robert Cloninger is a renowned psychiatrist and geneticist known for his significant contributions to the study of personality genetics, particularly in relation to schizophrenia.

One of Dr. Cloninger's major achievements is his development of the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI), a psychometric tool that assesses personality traits. This inventory has been influential in understanding how genetic factors contribute to individual differences in personality. Through his work with the TCI, Cloninger proposed a biopsychosocial model of personality that integrates genetic, neurobiological, and developmental factors.

In the realm of schizophrenia research, Dr. Cloninger has made notable contributions by investigating the genetic basis of this complex psychiatric disorder. His studies have elucidated the role of genetic predispositions in the development and manifestation of schizophrenia, underscoring the importance of both genetic and environmental factors in its etiology.

More recently, Cloninger's work has focused on the genetics of personality traits, well-being, and resilience. His research has employed advanced genetic methodologies, including genome-wide association studies (GWAS), unsupervised machine learning techniques, etc. Dr. Cloninger's most recent findings underscore the polygenic nature of personality, suggesting that multiple genes of small effect collectively contribute to the heritability of different personality traits. This research has advanced our understanding of the biological basis of personality and its implications for mental health and well-being.

Sverker Sikström


Sverker Sikström.

Dr. Sikström is the professor in Cognitive Psychology at Lund university. His research interests include measuring psychological constructs with open-ended questions analysed by AI methods and comparing this with conventional rating scales. He has applied these methods in different areas in psychology with a focues on mental health.

Claudia Chiarolanza


Claudia Chiarolanza.

Dr. Chiarolanza is an Assistant Professor in Dynamic Psychology, with a focus on Couple and Family Psychology at Sapienza - University of Rome. She is the Responsible of the Family Mediation Laboratory and promotes school interventions in the schools about conflict management and negotiation. Her research interests are marital conflict, dyadic coping, marital satisfaction and maintenance of close relationships over the time. She has over 100 publications including scientific articles, book chapters, conference presentations, and books.


Elisabetta Sagone


Elisabetta Saagone.
Dr. Sagone is Associate Professor in Developmental and Educational Psychology at University of Catania, Italy. She is an Affiliate Member of SIPP-Italian Society of Positive Psychology and of ONSBI - National Observatory Health and Welfare of Teachers. Her interests of research are focused on psychological well-being, coping strategies in family, self-efficacy in life skills, and resilience in adolescence. She has over 130 scientific publications including articles, conference proceedings, and books.

Nobuhiko Kijima


Nobuhiko Kijima

Dr. Kijima is an Associate Professor at Keio University in Japan. He is interested in Cloninger's work on personality theory and spent a year studying abroad in Sweden to collaborate with Dr. Garcia. For his research on wellbeing, he has been working on spiritual work in recent years. As for empirical research, he is one of the members of the Keio Twin Study (Keio Twin Study) and is involved in genes related to personality, cognitive function, etc.

Um i Lela


Um I Lela.

Dr. Lela is an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Psychology at the School of Art & Social Sciences at GIFT University, Pakistan. She holds a position of Founding Head of the Humanities & Social Sciences Department, as well as serving as the Director of the Wellness Center, Career Development Center, and Rehabilitation Center at GIFT University. Dr. Lela's research interests include Psychometrics, Well-being, Personality, Health Psychology, Mental Health, Parenting, Educational Psychology, and Organizational Psychology. She has published numerous articles and authored book chapters in the aforementioned areas.


Ricardo Sanmartín


Ricardo Sanmartín.

Dr. Sanmartín is an Associate Professor at the University of Alicante in the Developmental Psychology and Didactics Department. He has been collaborating with the International Network for Well-Being since 2020. Some of the research he has conducted comprises affect, perfectionism, social anxiety, school attendance problems, among other psychoeducational variables, and he has studied their influence among children and adolescents. He has more than 60 scientific articles indexed in JCR, more than 10 chapters, more than 100 contributions to scientific congresses and has collaborated in more than 20 projects.

JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji



JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji.


JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji is a postdoc research associate at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, USA; and was a visiting Fulbright scholar at Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio USA (2019-2020). He also holds a senior lecturer position in psychology and a senior research fellow at the Center for Translation and Implementation Research (CTAIR), University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria. He was a recipient of the Developing Country Fellowship Award (2022) of the ISSBD for his research on school bullying. In addition to being guest editor of a special issue on Aging in sub-Saharan Africa for Innovation in Aging, and Editor of the Nigerian Journal of Psychological Research, he hold editorial positions in five other journals. As a member of the academic council of Child & Family Blog he helps to make research on how family influences child development more widely understandble to non-professional readers. He has authored (or co-authored) over 100 ressearch publications focusing on how individual-level and social-level cultural processes and pathways influence mental well-being across the life course.

Niloufar Jalali-Moghadam


Niloufar Jalali-Moghadam.

Dr. Jalali-Moghadam is a specialist in clinical psychology and works at the district psychiatric center Østfold Hospital, in Norway. She also has independent private practice and conducts research. She has a background as a researcher, psychotherapist, counsellor and group therapist. Her research field includes multilingualism, language difficulties and pedagogical aspects of education for children with minority backgrounds. Dr. Jalali-Moghadam contributes to several national and international research, and treatment development projects on multilingualism and multiculturalism. She has been connected to the network since 2018.


Kevin M. Cloninger


Kevin. M Cloninger.

Dr. Kevin M. Cloninger holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver. He has conducted quantitative and qualitative research in different fields of psychology, psychiatry, and pedagogy including Personality Theory, Identity and Moral Development, Curriculum Theory, Development and Evaluation, Coaching Theory, Moral Education, Teacher beliefs, and Gifted Education. He is the Executive Director of Anthropedia, a non-profit foundation that promotes well-being through health and education initiatives. Anthropedia is led by an institute of experts from the fields of medicine, psychology, art, education, and public health. Based on the findings of the Institute, Dr. Cloninger has created personal development resources and well-being education programs, both digital and face-to-face, using innovative multimedia resources (e.g., the psycho-educative interactive video series “know Yourself”) for individuals, professionals, and organizations seeking an effective approach to achieving and sustaining physical, mental, and social health.

Maryam Kazemitabar


Maryam Kazemitabar.

Dr. Kazemitabar is a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University's Department of Internal Medicine, leveraging her expertise in Psychometrics, acquired from the University of Tehran in 2020. With a broad spectrum of research interests spanning pain management, opioid therapy, substance abuse, mental health, and personality, she has made significant contributions to the academic landscape through numerous publications in esteemed scholarly journals. Dr. Kazemitabar research aims to understand the complexities surrounding prescription opioid use and overdose risk among participants enrolled in Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. By employing innovative methodologies, Maryam is dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field and forging collaborative partnerships to address pressing issues related to opioid misuse and overdose prevention.

Thiago Daniele


Thiago Daniele,

Dr. Daniele is an Assistant Professor in the Postgraduate Program in Public Health (PPGSC) at University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR). He is the leader of the Study and Research Group of Aging, Health and Society (GEPESS). Some of the research he has conducted comprises a comprehensive understanding of promoting health behaviors, investigating the complexities of aging processes, cognitive mechanisms, racism, physical activity and societal and cultural influences on health. He conducts both qualitative and quantitative studies. Dr. Daniele is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Promotion of Health and Innovation (PHI) Lab within the International Network for Well-being at Linköping University.


Matheus van Tol


Matheus van Tol

Matheus works a manager at BearingPoint and has over 15 years of experience public in health and health promotion. Matheus has been actively involved in public health initiatives in universities, private and public sectors in Brazil, United States, India, and Europe. Matheus has worked as a consultant for multinational organizations such as the World Health Organization, Doctors Without Borders and Save the children. In addition, Matheus is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Karolinska Institute researching the effects of physical activity in vulnerable populations’ physical and psychological health and well-being.

Paulo A. S. Moreira


Paulo A S Moreira.
Dr. Moreira is a clinical psychologist and teaches at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal. He develops research at The Research Center in Sports Sciences, Health Sciences and Human Development (CIDESD), Portugal. Dr. Moreira’s main research interests include the processes underlying positive development, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary informed integrative theoretical frameworks, such as the psychobiological model of personality. His ongoing research includes studies that aim to better understand the interactions between the individual (e.g. personality, subjective well-being) and societal challenges (e.g. engagement with sustainable development).

Daniela Morato Parada

Educator and psychologist

Daniela Morato Parada.
Daniela has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in 2006, supplemented with a solid background in clinical psychology and health psychology. Currently, she serves as a professor in the master’s program in Cognitive Psychotherapy at the Gabriel René Moreno University, where she develops and offers specialized courses in cognitive therapy. Additionally, she has worked as a university lecturer at the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Throughout her career, Daniela has gained extensive experience as a therapist working with patients in various clinical settings. Her commitment extends beyond the university classrooms and the consulting room; she has played a significant role as a coordinator in an NGO, working with vulnerable populations, especially people migrating within the country and from rural areas. In this role, she has provided psychological and social support, helping these individuals adapt to new circumstances and cope with the challenges associated with migration. Daniela has training and certifications in neurobehavioral assessment, emotional regulation, brief therapy for depression, and clinical strategies for borderline personality disorder.


Thomas Westberg

PhD student

Thomas Westerberg
Thomas is currently pursuing a PhD at the Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg. In addition to his doctoral studies, he is actively engaged as a member in various Swedish Regional Process Teams (RPT) and National Working Groups, addressing ADHD and Autism as well as RPT of Substance Abuse and Dependency. Thomas is also valued member of the research group specializing in addiction psychology and alcohol research (Addiction Psychology: Experimental and Clinical Research - APEC), Center for Education and Research on Addiction (CERA), and Swedish Society for Alcohol and Drug Research (SAD). His areas of research specialization lie within the realm of substance use, harmful behaviors, and addiction, aiming to enhance understanding of the interplay between psychological mechanisms, mental health, and the progression of gambling addiction, as well as treatment outcomes.

Mohammad Taghi Kheirkhah


Mohammad Taghi Kheirkhaj.
Dr. Kheirkhah is a postdoctoral researcher at the Promotion of Health and Innovation (PHI) Lab within the International Network for Well-being at Linköping University. He earned his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Shahid Beheshti University in 2024. His research covers diverse areas, including addictive behaviors, pain, cognitive aging, and neuropsychological interventions. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, he explores innovative approaches for monitoring and treating neuropsychological issues. He collaborates actively with researchers from various disciplines, and his work contributes to promoting health and well-being

Erica Schütz


Erica Schütz.
Dr. Schütz is assistant professor in psychology with a specialization in health psychology at Linnaeus University in Kalmar. Her research interest is personality, health and well-being from a biopsychosocial perspective.


Maede S. Etesami

PhD student

Maede S Etesami.
Maede is a clinical psychologist pursuing a PhD in neuropsychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and as a researcher at The Vascular Diseases Research Group (VaDi). Her research focuses on cognitive and psychiatric recovery after stroke and its predictors. She has extensive experience in cognitive rehabilitation for individuals with HIV. Maede is a member of the Promotion of Health and Innovation (PHI) at Linköping University and the Health Promotion Research Center at the Iran University of Medical Sciences. She also collaborates with the Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS (IRCHA).

Maryam Moghadasin


Maryam Moghadasin.
Dr. Moghadasin is an Associate Professor in Psychometric at the Kharazmi University. She a faculty member of at the Department of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Moghadasin does research in abnormal psychology, personality psychology and assessment, and behavior and cognitive assessment in children and adolescents. She is the head of Kharazmi University’s Counseling Center and the director of the Cognitive Laboratory of the Faculty of Psychology. Some of the research she has conducted comprises assessment of genetics and epigenetics of personality, well-being, sexual well-being in females, and effects of social media on psychological well-being. She has over 120 publications including scientific articles and books.

André Coelho Haviaras


Andre Coelho Haviaras.
André is a psychiatrist, with a specialization in general psychiatry from the Institute of Psychiatry of Santa Catarina (Brazil) and in child and adolescent psychiatry from the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA). He has a postgraduate degree in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Currently, he works in private medical practice and as a researcher at the International Network for Well-being. André has a special interest in studying the mental health of children and adolescents. He has two years of work experience as a psychiatrist at the Socio-Educational Foundation of Rio Grande do Sul, attending to juvenile offenders, as well as two years in the psychiatry department at the Joana de Gusmão Children's Hospital and one year and four months at the Center for Psychosocial Attention for Children and Adolescents in the municipality of São José (Santa Catarina/Brazil).


Nafiseh Kananifar


Nafiseh Kananifar.
Dr. Kananifar is a Post Doctoral Researcher at the Lab for Biopsychosocial Personality Research (BPS-PR). She obtained her bachelor’s degree in industrial & organizational psychology from Azad University of Isfahan, Iran. She obtained her master’s degree in counselling and PhD degree in personality & mental health psychology respectively from University of Malaya, Malaysia. She is also Certified Licensed Counsellor and a member in the Board of Counsellors in Malaysia since 2020. She became a member in the International Network for Well-Being in May 2024.

Dr. Kananifar has extensive research, academic and counselling experience. She has also worked as postdoc research associate and a tutor for undergraduate students in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Malaya, Malaysia and as researcher in a collaboration project with University of Darwin, Australia. During her work, Dr. Kananifar has passed over 1500hrs of training in various psychotherapy methods and theories. Her research area includes personality, well-being and mental health. More recently, her research involves personality and work performance. She has many published articles in academic journals and international conferences. Her skills have been recognized over the years through various personal and team awards.