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Nóra Kerekes

Professor

Professor i medicinsk vetenskap (Psykiatri); Doktor i neurovetenskap

Staff member at Section for health promotion and care sciences.

Conducts research in medical and health sciences, other medical and health sciences.


Research area/research interest

A holistic perspective there the unique individual is at the heart of a dynamic and continuously changing world of mutual learning. This is my research and teaching philosophy. News article about me and my research area (Aug 2018)

I believe, that changing the brain to alter behaviours may not necessarily/inclusively require pharmacy or any invasive form of therapy. I lead epidemiological and clinical studies to investigate biological interventions' (diet, physical activity, yoga, acupuncture) effects on our behaviour.

Read about one of my studies in The Guardian (UK, Sept 2018):

Could yoga save prisoners from a life of crime?

Mission

I am the founder of the research centre "Centre for Holistic Psychiatry Research (CHoPy)”
www.chopy.se

current research projects

“Mental and Somatic Health without borders” (MeSHe)
 www.meshe.se  

This international research project is designed to identify culture-specific indicators and risk factors of substance abuse and aggressive antisocial or self-harm behaviours in adolescents. The ultimate goal of the project is to prevent persistence in these destructive behaviours and provide equal care to everyone without discriminating against the individuals who have immigrated or whose parents have immigrated to our culture. 

Present partners: Morocco, Serbia, Croatia, Vietnam.

 "Pain in Psychiatric Conditions" (PiPCo) www.pipco.se
An international and translational research project in cooperation with Bordeaux University, France; University Jaume in Castello, Spain and “BUP” at NU Health Care, Uddevalla; at Skaraborgs Hospital, Skövde and at Sahlgrenska Hospital, Gothenburg.

The project includes preclinical and clinical studies. The preclinical part focuses on neurobiological and cellbiological processes of nociception and neuroinflammation in animal models of psychiatric conditions.  The clinical part is in upstart phase and focuses on altered pain sensitivity in patients with neuropsychiatric disabilities and / or aggressiveness. 

The project has a registered Ph.D. student at Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University.

“Yoga as complementary care for youths committed to juvenile institutions” (SiS yoga)

www.sisyoga.se

The purpose of this study is to develop an evidence-based foundation for the psychological effects of yoga in an institutionalised population of young adults.

A randomised controlled study design will be utilised with a total of approximately 300 youths, randomly assigned to a “yoga” or “control (condition training)” group.

Our hypothesis is that yoga practice leads to a measurable decrease in psychological distress, aggressive and antisocial behaviours, pain, impulsivity, attention problem and negative affect in youths.

Two types of measures will be used: cognitive-behavioural tasks and self-report questionnaires.

Teaching

I have over 25 years of experience as a university teacher and over 15 years of experience as a university lecturer and supervisor of bachelor, magister and master essays and doctoral theses.

The subjects I have taught are mainly biological subjects: neurobiology, cell biology, physiology, histology, and in recent years criminology, adult and child psychiatry as well as scientific theory and methodology.

I founded and teach an advanced course on "Acupuncture in the care of persons with mental ill-health and psychiatric conditions".

keywords

aggression; complementary medicine; health sciences; integrated care; mental health / ill-health; social psychiatry; substance abuse; transdiagnostic psychiatry.

RESEARCH GATE

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Publications 

Selected articles from the different projects:

1.      Zouini, B., Sfendla, A., Hedman Ahlström B., Senhaji, M., and Kerekes N. (2019), Mental health profile and its relation with parental alcohol use problems and/or the experience of abuse in a sample of Moroccan high school students: an explorative study. Annals of General Psychiatry doi: 10.1186/s12991-019-0251-5

2.      Kerekes, N., Brändström, S. and Nilsson, T. (2019), Imprisoning yoga: Yoga practice may increase the character maturity of male prison inmates. Frontiers in Psychiatry 2019 May doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00406

3.      Zouini, B., Sfendla, A., Senhaji, M., Råstam, M. and Kerekes N. (2019), Somatic health and its association with negative psychosocial factors in a sample of Moroccan adolescents SAGE Open Medicine https://doi.org/10.1177/2050312119852527

4.      Zouini, B., Senhaji, M. and Kerekes, N. (2019),  Self-reported aggressive and antisocial behavior in a sample of Moroccan high school students Psihologija OnLine-First Issue 00, Pages: 1-1 https://doi.org/10.2298/PSI181225001Z

5.      Bador, K. and Kerekes, N. (2019), Evaluation of an integrated, intensive, cognitive behavior therapy treatment within addiction care. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-019-09657-5

6.      Sfendla, A., Hedman Ahlström, B., Lemrani, D., Senhaji, M. and Kerekes, N. (2018), Protective and risk factors of drug dependence in Moroccan clinical and prison populations. PeerJ https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5930

7.      Bouchatta, O., Manouze, H., Bouali-Benazzouz, R., Kerekes, N., Ba M'Hamed, S., Fossat, P., Bennis, M. and Landry, M. (2018), Neonatal 6-OHDA lesion model in mouse induces Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-like behaviour. Scientific Reports 18;8(1):15349. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-33778-0

8.      Sfendla, A., Malmström, P., Thorstenson, S. and Kerekes, N. (2018), Yoga practice reduces the psychological distress levels of prison inmates Frontiers in Psychiatry 9:407 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00407

9.   Kerekes N, Fielding C, Apelqvist S (2017) “Yoga in correctional settings: A randomized controlled study” Frontiers in Psychiatry https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00204

10. Sfendla A., Zouini B., Lemrani D., Berman A.H., Senhaji M. and Kerekes N. (2017) "Psychometric properties of the Arabic version of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) in clinical, inmate and young adult samples" Int Journal of Behavioral medicine doi: 10.1007/s12529-016-9623-2 http://rdcu.be/oOHX

Publications


A 3-year follow-up study of Swedish youths committed to juvenile institutions : Frequent occurrence of criminality and health care use regardless of drug abuse

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A 3-year follow-up study of Swedish youths committed to juvenile institutions : Frequent occurrence of criminality and health care use regardless of drug abuse

This 3-year follow-up study compares background variables, extent of criminality and criminal recidivism in the form of all court convictions, the...

Acute and chronic glue sniffing effects and consequences of withdrawal on aggressive behavior

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Acute and chronic glue sniffing effects and consequences of withdrawal on aggressive behavior

Drug abuse act on brain mechanisms that cause a high-risk individual to engage in aggressive and violent behavior. While a drug-violence relationsh...

Aggressive Antisocial Behaviors Are Related to Character Maturity in Young Swedish Violent Offenders Independent of ADHD

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Aggressive Antisocial Behaviors Are Related to Character Maturity in Young Swedish Violent Offenders Independent of ADHD

Background: Antisocial personality and psychopathic traits have constantly been found to accompany criminal and aggressive behaviors, but little...

Antisocial behavior and polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene : findings in two independent samples

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Antisocial behavior and polymorphisms in the oxytocin receptor gene : findings in two independent samples

The quantitative genetic contribution to antisocial behavior is well established, but few, if any, genetic variants are established as risk factors...

Associations Between Conduct Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Problems and Psychopathic Personality Traits in a Swedish Twin Youth Population

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Associations Between Conduct Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Problems and Psychopathic Personality Traits in a Swedish Twin Youth Population

Previous research has found a complex relationship between psychopathic traits, neurodevelopmental problems (NDPs), and conduct disorder (CD) in...

Correction to : Physical health in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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Correction to : Physical health in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

The original version of this article unfortunately contained a mistake in Fig. 2 part labels, the label "d" was incorrectly labelled as "c" and the...

Evaluation of an Integrated Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment Within Addiction Care

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Evaluation of an Integrated Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment Within Addiction Care

The study aimed to evaluate an integrated intensive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) group treatment for people with substance-related syndrome i...

Imprisoning Yoga : Yoga Practice May Increase the Character Maturity of Male Prison Inmates.

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Imprisoning Yoga : Yoga Practice May Increase the Character Maturity of Male Prison Inmates.

Background: A specific personality profile, characterized by low character maturity (low scores on the self-directedness and cooperativeness...

Mechanisms of pain hypersensitivity in a pharmacological mouse model of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Published

Mechanisms of pain hypersensitivity in a pharmacological mouse model of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Mental health profile and its relation with parental alcohol use problems and/or the experience of abuse in a sample of Moroccan high school students : An explorative study

Published

Mental health profile and its relation with parental alcohol use problems and/or the experience of abuse in a sample of Moroccan high school students : An explorative study

Background: Studies on mental health are scarce from Arab countries, especially studies focusing on adolescents. In addition to the neurobiological...

Neonatal 6-OHDA lesion model in mouse induces Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-like behaviour

Published

Neonatal 6-OHDA lesion model in mouse induces Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-like behaviour

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired attention, impulsivity and...

Partnership Interacts with the Association between Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Positive Affect

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Partnership Interacts with the Association between Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Positive Affect

Background: Subjective well-being is a central concept of positive psychology, and is directly coupled with a high level of positive affect and a l...

Personality and trait aggression profiles of male and female prison inmates

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Personality and trait aggression profiles of male and female prison inmates

Gender specific personality profiles in association with the level of aggressive antisocial behavior in offenders have not been previously...

Physical health in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

Published

Physical health in children with neurodevelopmental disorders

With increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) attention has been drawn to these children's physical...

Prison Adjusted Measure of Aggression (PAMA)

Published

Prison Adjusted Measure of Aggression (PAMA)

Psychometric Properties of the Arabic Version of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) in Clinical, Prison Inmate, and Student Samples

Published

Psychometric Properties of the Arabic Version of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) in Clinical, Prison Inmate, and Student Samples

Purpose The study aimed to validate the Arabic version of the Drug Use Disorders Identification Test (DUDIT) by (1) assessing its factor structure,...

Risk and protective factors for drug dependence in two Moroccan high-risk male populations

Published

Risk and protective factors for drug dependence in two Moroccan high-risk male populations

Background Substance use is linked to biological, environmental, and social factors. This study provides insights on protective and risk factors fo...

Self-reported aggressive and antisocial behaviors in Moroccan high school students

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Self-reported aggressive and antisocial behaviors in Moroccan high school students

The aims of the present study were to map the level and distribution of aggressive and antisocial behaviors in a sample of Moroccan high school...

Somatic health and its association with negative psychosocial factors in a sample of Moroccan adolescents

Published

Somatic health and its association with negative psychosocial factors in a sample of Moroccan adolescents

Background: Adolescence is a distinct developmental phase characterized by multiple physical and psychological changes andby an increased...

The coexistence of psychiatric and gastrointestinal problems in children with restrictive eating in a nationwide Swedish twin study

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The coexistence of psychiatric and gastrointestinal problems in children with restrictive eating in a nationwide Swedish twin study

Background Restrictive eating problems are rare in children but overrepresented in those with neurodevelopmental problems. Comorbidities decrease...

The genetic and environmental structure of the character sub-scales of the temperament and character inventory in adolescence.

Published

The genetic and environmental structure of the character sub-scales of the temperament and character inventory in adolescence.

BACKGROUND: The character higher order scales (self-directedness, cooperativeness, and self-transcendence) in the temperament and character invento...

The level of sense of coherence among Swedish nursing staff

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The level of sense of coherence among Swedish nursing staff

Aim To explore the level of sense of coherence among Swedish nursing staff. Design: An explorative quantitative study design was adopted using a...

The Prison Adjusted Measure of Aggression (PAMA) : Psychometric Characteristics of a New Tool Measuring Change in Aggressive Behaviors in Correctional Settings

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The Prison Adjusted Measure of Aggression (PAMA) : Psychometric Characteristics of a New Tool Measuring Change in Aggressive Behaviors in Correctional Settings

There is a need for instruments that can be used in correctional settings to measure changes in aggressive behaviors over a limited time period. Th...

The protective effect of character maturity in child aggressive antisocial behavior

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The protective effect of character maturity in child aggressive antisocial behavior

BACKGROUND: Childhood aggressive antisocial behavior (CD) is one of the strongest predictors of mental health problems and criminal behavior in...

Utveckling av ett nytt yrke inom socialpsykiatrisk vård

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Utveckling av ett nytt yrke inom socialpsykiatrisk vård

The program in Social Psychiatric Care is a three-year program at the university level leading to a vocational qualification in social psychiatric...

Yoga in Correctional Settings : A Randomized Controlled Study

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Yoga in Correctional Settings : A Randomized Controlled Study

Background: The effect of yoga in the reduction of depressive symptoms, anxiety, stress, anger as well as in the increased ability of behavioral...

Yoga Practice Reduces the Psychological Distress Levels of Prison Inmates

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Yoga Practice Reduces the Psychological Distress Levels of Prison Inmates

Background: Psychiatric ill-health is prevalent among prison inmates and often hampers their rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is crucial for reducing...