Presentation in English



Rikard K. Wicksell, PhD, is professor of clinical health psychology and head of the research group Behavioral Medicine at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. He is also a clinical psychologist and head of research and development at the Pain Clinic, Capio St Goran Hospital, Stockholm Sweden. As a clinical researcher in the field of behavioral medicine, he has since 2001 developed a treatment model and a clinical research program for adult and pediatric chronic pain patients based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). His ongoing translational research program includes studies related to treatment evaluation (outcome and change processes), predictors and moderators of change, the role and function of biological processes in pain and behavioral treatment, measurement development, parental and family factors in pediatric chronic pain, neuropsychiatric comorbidity in pediatric chronic pain, and pain in a life course perspective. During the past 7 years, a main focus has been on agile development of digital health solutions to increase resilience and functioning in adult and pediatric chronic pain. He has published close to 100 papers in the field of adult and pediatric behavioral health, written numerous book chapter and is the author of the self-help bookLiving with pain – ACT as a life strategy”. 

Rikard is also co-chair of the European Pediatric Psychology Network (EPPN), a regional interest group of the Society for Pediatric Psychology, and part of the Ukraine task force within EPPN aiming to build infrastructure and evidence-based pediatric psychology services to children and families affected by the war. 

Agile User-Centered Development and Scientific Innovation of Digital Behavioral Health to Increase Resilience and Functioning in Youth with Chronic Pain

The digital revolution has dramatically changed health care, and the possibilities to make behavioral treatments available have never been better.

The prevalence and implications of pediatric chronic pain call for further development and dissemination of evidence-based behavioral health programs to improve resilience and functioning. Today, few patients have access to such treatment.

Digital solutions can provide user-friendly, tailored, self-management programs that are cost-effective and accessible.

Numerous pain management apps have been developed by the industry, but rarely tested using scientific standards. However, few digital interventions developed in academia reach clinical practice. Thus, increasing access to evidence-based digital behavioral health appears a remaining challenge.

In this talk, a model for scientific innovation will be presented combining key features from industry with methodological rigor from research. The ongoing DAHLIA project is used to illustrate the process, including user-centered development, individual-level evaluation in a series of optimization studies, and identification of barriers and facilitators of implementation.

Results from the DAHLIA-prototype development as well as related projects will be discussed, including the tailoring of DAHLIA for young cancer survivors with remaining symptoms.