Katja Boersma is Professor of Psychology at the Center of Health and Medical Psychology, Örebro University, Sweden. Her main research interests revolve around understanding the role of psychology in the experience of pain and its consequences. An overarching goal is to develop and improve upon methods to prevent and treat chronic pain problems. With diverse methodologies Katja studies individual differences in for example emotional suffering, functional disability, overuse of prescription medication and sick leave. A particular focus is on the role of emotions and the regulation of emotions in the development and treatment of these problems.