Professor Steven J. Linton
Senior Professor, Clinical Psychology; Scientific Leader, Center for Health and Medical Psychology, Orebro, Sweden
Steven J. Linton is Senior Professor of Clinical Psychology who has focused his research on the role of psychological factors in the development and treatment of pain. To this end he has conducted several impressive longitudinal and clinical studies to identify key processes in the etiology of chronic pain and disability. This has also resulted in theoretical advancements including the fear and avoidance model and a model for the interaction of emotions and pain. He has also worked diligently to provide interventions. A host of randomized controlled studies lay at the base of these psychologically oriented treatments for patients with severe chronic pain problems including exposure in-vivo and a hybrid, emotion-focused therapy that he has pioneered. Rather than simply treat chronic pain once developed, Professor Linton has also paved the way to an early identification system based on psychosocial factors for patients with back pain in primary care coupled to early, preventative interventions. Most recently his work has focused on implementing very early preventive interventions focusing on communication and problem solving techniques as well as evaluating the effects of a hybrid therapy for patients suffering chronic pain and disability. Consequently, Professor Linton brings clinical and scientific expertise to the conference.
As Senior Professor of Clinical Psychology and a scientific leader for the Center for Health and Medical Psychology his work ranges from teaching clinical and health psychology, to the translation and implementation of new findings, to a vibrant research agenda. He currently supervises several doctoral and master level students. He enjoys the great outdoors, self-sufficient gardening, and running!