Maria Sandgren is working with photography, music and texts about psychological phenomena in her project ”Where is the therapy.” The project is about how we can understand ourselves and others – through art, life experiences and psychology. She appreciates this way of combining her interests and psychological knowledge, as she believes that there are many ways to understand people’s experiences and their thoughts, feelings and actions.

Maria has an extensive background in psychology. She studied first to become a reg psychologist at Uppsala University and finished later a PhD degree in psychology at Stockholm University. Her worklife has included academic work with teaching and research, and part-time work as a private practitioner.

Member in Center for Photography (Centrum för fotografi) and Swedish Psychological Association (Svenska psykologförbundet).


Scientific publications

Grape, C., Sandgren, M., Hansson, L-O., Ericson, M., & Theorell, T. (2002). Does singing promote well-being?: An empirical study of professional and amateur singers during a singing lesson. Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science, 38, 65-74.

Sandgren, M. (2002). Voice, soma, and psyche: a qualitative and quantitative study of opera singers. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 17, 11-21.

Cuypers, K.F., Knudtsen, M.S., Sandgren, M., Krokstad, S., Wikström, B.M., & Theorell, T. (2011). Cultural activities and public health: research in Norway and Sweden. An overview. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 3, 6-26.

Dimdins, G., Sandgren, M., & Montgomery, H. (2016). Psychological Variables Underlying Political Orientations in an Old and a New Democracy: A Comparative Study between Sweden and Latvia. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 57, 437-445.

Sandgren, M. (2005). Being or becoming an opera singer. Doktorsavhandling. Psykologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.

Sandgren, M. (2018). Exploring personality and musical self-perceptions among singers and instrumentalists at music colleges. Psychology of Music, 47, 465-482.

Sandgren, M. (2018). How modes of instrumental practice are distributed in three musical genres and among singers and instrumentalists at music colleges. Psychology of Music, 47, 767-778.

Nilsson, A., Montgomery, H., Dimdins, G., Sandgren, M., Erlandsson, A., & Taleny, A. (2020). Beyond “liberals” and “conservatives”: Complexity in ideology, moral intuitions, and worldview among Swedish voters. (2020). European Journal of Personality, 34, 448-469.

Hansson, K, Sveningsson, M., Ganetz, H., & Sandgren, M. (2020). Legitimising a feminist agenda: The #metoo pettions in Sweden 2017-2018. Nordic Journal of Media Studies, 2, 121-132.


Sandgren, M. (2020). Kärlek när det skymmer. Äldre i centrum. https://aldreicentrum.se/signerat/kronikor/karlek-nar-det-skymmer/