Simon Fagernäs

Simon Fagernäs


Clinical psychologist and PhD-student aiming at increasing our understanding of the psychotherapists' clinical challenges and how to develop clinical supervision to enhance clinical competence.

Om mig

I graduated at the psychology program at Uppsala University in 2017. I have a background in the field of psychometrics and talent assessment for recruitment purposes. I've also worked with the development of Yomento, an app for leadership development based on core principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In 2017, I switched to the field of clinical psychology and started to work with psychological treatments in an outpatient psychiatric unit at Psykiatri Nordväst in Stockholm City Council, where I still work 50 %, treating patients with depression and anxiety disorders. I am currently under training in Metacognitive Therapy (MCT).

In 2019, I started my PhD training at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet. I work 50 % with my PhD-project, in parallell with my 50 % clinical work. 

In general, my curiosity lies in clinical supervision, therapist variables contributing to increased treatment efficacy, change-mechanisms, and metacognitive therapy.


My research is about clinical supervision and psychotherapist training. Currently, I am collecting data on psychotherapists' clinical challenges in order to better understand the needs of support or competency development. The upcoming years, I will direct my research at evaluating a theoretically promising, novel method for clinical supervision, called Bug-in-the-Eye/Ear (BITE). BITE is a method for live-supervision where the therapist gets real-time guidance from the supervisor during the therapy session with the patient. In comparison to traditional methods of supervision, BITE enables real time-feedback which is one of the most important factors for maximizing procedural learning. My main supervisor is Sven Alfonsson. 

Alongside my PhD-project, I've been involved in research about how to use artificial intelligence (NLP) in qualitative psychotherapy research. 

Pedagogiska meriter

At the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet, I teach at the psychotherapist program. This involves teaching psychological treatments for depression and anxiety disorders and topics concerning my own research. I also supervise a theses for a MSc student and supervise students from Karolinska Institutet and Stockholms University in their clinical trainee programs. 


Licensed clinical psychologist

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