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Eva Sundin

Eva Sundin


School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Reader in Psychology

Dr Sundin's clinical expertise and research interests inform her teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has developed a new Level 3 module in her key specialism, cognitive behavioural therapy for trauma.

Dr Sundin is currently the Module Leader for: The MSc module Assessment, Case Formulation and Intervention. This module enables students to explore the different steps in psychological treatment. Students are required to attend lectures and seminars as well as workshops and they are assessed on the basis of a patchwork essay on the students' personal reflections related to the module. The MSc module Qualitative Research Design & Analysis 3. This module enables students to familiarise themselves with three different qualitative methodologies. During the module students undertake interview training and analyse transcripts on data from interviews. The UG level 3 module PSYC30519 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Trauma, which is a shorter version of the module that will be available 2012-13.

Dr Sundin also supervises research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr Sundin is currently acting as DoS (for three PhD students) and second supervisor (two PhD students). An equally important responsibility for Dr Sundin is to contribute to the Division's overall research performance by providing leadership for the psychological Wellbeing and Mental Health Research Group, developing contacts and communication with institutions outside Nottingham Trent University, doing high class research and publishing in high quality research journals.

Career overview

Dr Sundin's research areas include topics in the vast sub-discipline of clinical psychology. Her current and past research topics include a cross-cultural comparison of emotional regulation in women stress and traumatic experiences; evaluation of psychological treatment methods; learning and skills attainment in group settings. Students who wish to discuss research projects in any of these areas are welcome.

Dr Sundin has previously supervised research projects, for example:

  • Gender difference in the use of emotion control strategies
  • Group dynamics in online discussion groups
  • Can too little stress be a bad thing
  • An in-depth study of experiences of family members to people with schizophrenia
  • How do people handle criticism and stress?
  • Attachment, coping resources and fatigue - a quantitative study of personal vulnerability to stress
  • The relationship between burnout, treatment ideology, ward climate and psychosocial work conditions
  • Children's collaboration when interacting with a multi-user system

Research areas

Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing Research Group

  • Within the vast area of clinical psychology, Dr. Sundin’s research draws upon the full range of empirically grounded psychological theory, not only in psychopathology but also in other areas such as social and developmental psychology in order to allow consideration of context and lifespan development.
  • The principle area of study is psychological treatment and treatment training research. Dr. Sundin’s current research focuses on how psychotherapy supervision impacts on trainees’ knowledge attainment and psychotherapy outcome, and how trainees develop cooperative and teamwork skills in group supervision.
  • Another research strand focuses on how adaptive and maladaptive emotional regulation (e.g. shame, aggression, anxiety and fear) impacts on psychological wellbeing.
  • A third interest is interdisciplinary research in areas where knowledge and expertise as clinical psychologist can be applied. A recent example of such interdisciplinary research is a study of homelessness where Dr. Sundin together with researchers at NTU and University of Salford secured an ESRC grant.


  • 2011-2012 (approx £12k): Principal Investigator: Development of a network research project researching the trainee led psychotherapeutic treatment provided at three Swedish universities (Umea, Gothenburg, Lund). Funded by Umea University, Sweden
  • 2009- (£5k): Principal Investigator; A validation study of the Mindfulness Based Awareness Training Programme (MBAT) as a psychological health intervention in public and private sectors.
  • 2009- ( approx £116k): Co-Investigator with Dwyer (PI): The support priorities of multiply excluded homeless people and their compatibility with support agency agendas. Funded by ESRC.
  • 2009 (£5k): Principal Investigator: A cross-sectional pilot study of the relationship between neurophysiology, psychological wellbeing and meditation. The pilot study was funded by the Division of Psychology, NTU.
  • 2003-2005 (approx £150k): Principal Investigator with Ogren: A study of group supervision in psychotherapy. Funded by the Swedish Research Council.
  • 1999-2000 (approx £6k): Principal Investigator: Studies of student therapists' psychotherapeutic work at the Psychology Clinic, Umea University. Funded by Department of Applied Psychology, Umea University.
  • 1998-1999 (approx £32k): Principal Investigator: A study of the psychological impact of genetic testing for breast cancer. Awarded by University of California.
  • 1997-1998 (approx £22k): Dr Sundin received a Postdoctoral Award from the Swedish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • 1995-2000 (approx £250k): Co-Investigator with Professor Bengt Armelius (PI): Treatment within the Swedish NHS for people with alcohol, drug abuse and psychological disorders. Funded by the National Board of Institutional Care.
  • 1995-1997 (approx £20k): Principal Investigator: A study of the capacity to relate in people with severe psychopathology. Funded by the Swedish Council of Social Research.
  • 1992-1994 (approx £20k): Principal Investigator: A study of psychological resources and social adjustment in individuals with severe psychiatric disorder. Funded by the Swedish Council of Social Research, Magnus Bergvalls Foundation, JC Kempe's Memorial Foundation.
  • 1989-2000 (approx £1100k): Co-Investigator with Professor Bengt Armelius (PI): A longitudinal study of milieu therapy for psychotic patients in 28 Swedish NHS trusts. Funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation and the Swedish NHS trusts that took part in the study.

External activity

  • Visiting Professor of Psychology, Umea University, Sweden (2011-)
  • Member of St Mungo's Peer Support Intervention Consortium for initiating dialogue and valuable research (2011-)
  • Consultant clinical psychologist (part-time), Nottingham City Primary Care Trust (2010-2011)
  • Grant reviewer for The Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Canada (2011)
  • Lectures and seminars, 2 weekends/year on how to develop a quality assurance packet, The City Mental Health Clinic, Gothenburg NHS (2004-)
  • Invited consultant on assessing and evaluating psychological group treatment, The Couple Counselling Bureau, Umea City Council, Sweden (2003-2007)
  • Invited lecturer, 1-2 times/year, research guidance and advice to physicians and nurses, Women's Health Clinic Umea NHS (2000-2003)
  • Invited lecturer, the Council for the Welfare of Disabled persons, Vasterbottens NHS (May 2001)
  • Invited lecturer, current views on systematic evaluations a quality assurance work, The Hearing and Tinnitus Clinic, Umea NHS (2001)
  • Invited speaker, Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, USA (1998)

Journal referee:

  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • British Journal of Psychiatry
  • Nordic Journal of Psychology.

Sponsors and collaborators


  • ESRC
  • The Swedish Research Council
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden
  • The Swedish Council of Social Research
  • Magnus Bergvalls Foundation, Sweden
  • JC Kempe's Memorial Foundation, Sweden


  • Mardi Horowitz, Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.
  • Mark Shevlin, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
  • Stephen Joseph, University of Nottingham
  • Stephen Regel, University of Nottingham
  • Helene Ybrandt, PhD, Umea University, Sweden
  • Bengt-Ake Armelius, Professor of Psychology, Umea University, Sweden.
  • Siv Boalt Boethius, Professor of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
  • Marie-Louise Oegren, PhD, Stockholm University, Sweden.
  • Gunnar Carlberg, PhD, Erica Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden.