Launch of Mental Wellbeing summit post-conference compendium

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Please join us for the Uppsala Health Summit Post-Conference Report Launch:

Pathways to Lifelong Mental Wellbeing – Rebuilding Young People’s Mental Health in a Post Pandemic world

In October of 2021, Uppsala Health Summit explored the theme Pathways to Lifelong Mental Wellbeing together with researchers and practitioners from all over the world. The conclusions from the intensive dialogues have been gathered in a post-conference compendium of briefs.

In a webinar on Tuesday the 8th of March at 15:00-16:00 (CET) we will discuss this theme further together with a group of bright and insightful thinkers.

Please join us and gain insights into how we can build a movement for stronger mental wellbeing after the pandemic. The dialogue will have a specific focus on youth: How can we create integrated policies that build and protect young people’s wellbeing and also provide adequate support and timely intervention for the many in need?


Karin Brocki, Professor of Psychology, Uppsala University and Chair of the Uppsala Health Summit Programme Committee on mental wellbeing

Jacqueline Sperling, Clinical psychologist, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and the co-founder and co-program director of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program at McLean Hospital

David Anthony, Chief of Strategic Planning, Convening and Emerging Research Areas, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti

Lance McCracken, Professor of Psychology, Uppsala University

Prudence Atukunda Friberg, Senior Thematic Advisor, Humanitarian Unit, Church of Sweden

The webinar will be moderated by Fredrik Lindencrona, Lead for strategic improvement and international collaboration, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKR).

We look forward to welcoming you online on Tuesday, 8 March. Registrations are open and free of charge, participants can sign up until the start of the event. Feel free to share this invitation to those in your network that you know would be interested. If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact Ellen Genstrand at Uppsala Health Summit (

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Learn more about our participants

Karin Brocki conducts research in the field of developmental psychology. She is particularly interested in increasing understanding of how interaction between external and internal factors early in life affects the development of self-regulation skills (i.e. conscious control of thoughts, feelings and behavior) from childhood to adolescence. She also studies how variation in self-regulation skills is linked to later symptoms of children and adolescent’s mental illness and neuropsychiatric disabilities such as ADHD, Autism and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Recently, she has also studied the relationship between self-regulation skills in the form of psychological flexibility and levels of mental illness in adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jacqueline Sperling, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and the co-founder and Co-Program Director of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program at McLean Hospital. She also is the author of the young adult nonfiction book "Find Your Fierce: How to Put Social Anxiety in Its Place" and a contributor for Harvard Health Publishing. Dr. Sperling specializes in implementing evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and working with youth who present with anxiety disorders and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder. She also focuses on providing parent guidance by using treatments, such as behavioral parent training, to help families address children’s internalizing and externalizing behaviors.

David Anthony, chief of strategic planning, convening and emerging research areas at UNICEF Office of Research, Innocenti. Between 2010-17, David worked managing policy analysis at UNICEF New York and prior to this in New York DOC where he supervised the development of UNICEF’s flagship publications and The State of the World’s Children team. David has extensive experience in managerial and strategy development, partnerships and engagement at setting policy agendas and in translating them into practical action and results. Throughout his career he has successfully brought fresh thinking and strategies to some of the world’s leading organizations, including the EU and The Economist. David holds a Master of Science in Economics, University of London and Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of East Anglia.

Lance McCracken is currently Professor in Clinical Psychology, and Head of the Division of Clinical Psychology, at Uppsala University. He is also Visiting Professor at King's College London, in the Health Psychology Section, Psychology Department, within the Institute of Psychiatry, and an honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, at INPUT Pain Management, Guys' and St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London. He has worked as a clinician and conducted research into chronic pain treatment for more than 30 years. Lance’s research focuses on development of treatment for chronic pain & psychological flexibility.

Dr Prudence Atukunda (PhD) speciality is in Mental health interventions that include Community based and nutritional psychiatry in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Her research work has focused on randomized clinical trials in public health prevention programs including children and mothers. Main interests being epidemiology, neurocognitive assessments, gut microbiota evaluations, nutritional psychiatry, biostatistics, and community mental health implementation in Humanitarian settings.
She is working with Act Alliance Church of Sweden as a Senior Thematic Advisor Community Based psychosocial support in humanitarian setting. Act Alliance Church of Sweden engages communities, promotes & sustains psychosocial wellbeing among crisis affected populations.

Dr. Fredrik Lindencrona is a leading mental health policy & strategy expert with extensive regional, national and international experience. Fredrik has built and led the portfolio of strategic improvement, innovation and cross-sector partnership within the Swedish national mental health policy transformation program, Mission Mental Health since 2009. Currently he leads the development of the new mental health promotion & wellbeing strategy for Stockholm, the Capital Region of Sweden. Across all these efforts he has explored the opportunities provided by new innovative solutions including digital technology. He is actively engaged in many international networks in Europe and Globally and is regularly invited as expert to international organizations such as WHO and OECD. 

Last modified: 2022-03-24