Parental Alienation Study Group, Inc. (PASG), is an international, not-for-profit corporation. PASG has about 400 members – mostly mental health and legal professionals – from 42 countries. The members of PASG are interested in educating the general public, mental health clinicians, forensic practitioners, attorneys, and judges regarding parental alienation. PASG members are also interested in developing and promoting research on the causes, evaluation, prevention, and treatment of parental alienation.
PASG Board of Directors
William Bernet, M.D., President
Abe Worenklein, Ph.D., Secretary
Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D., Treasurer
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.
New York, New York
J. Michael Bone, Ph.D.
Winter Park, Florida
Wilfrid von Boch-Galhau, M.D.
Lena Hellblom Sjögren, Ph.D.
The Scientific Council for PASG2018
William Bernet, M.D., professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine,
Nashville, Tennessee, is the president of PASG. He was one of the editors of Parental
Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals.
Lars Dencik, Ph.D., is Senior Professor of Social Psychology at Roskilde University,
Denmark where he founded Centre for Childhood- and Family Studies and acted as director
for the social- cultural psychology program of the Danish research school for psychology.
His research has focussed on the impact of societal modernization on family life and
children’s development. At present he is directing a longitudinal research project
investigating how family patterns and social relations develop due to the ongoing
modernization of the social welfare state. Dencik is Swedish and resides in Stockholm.
Lena Hellblom Sjögren, Ph.D., is an investigative forensic psychologist and researcher
with interest in human rights, democracy and the violations of these rights. Board member
of PASG, chair for PASG Nordic and for the Program Committee for PASG2018. She first
wrote about a child´s unjustified rejection of a non-abusive parent without any
ambivalence in her book Secrets and Memories, then in her book The Child´s Right to
Eivind Meland, M.D., M.D., is professor at Department of Global Public Health and
Primary Care at the University of Bergen. specialized in family medicine. He is presently
working part time as a clinician, and has many years' experience also from preventive
health services for children and adolescents, with publications on divorce and loss of
parental contact and sex differences in subjective health. His publications address
subjective health and health behavior in adolescence and motivational factors influencing
health behavior. He has also an interest in medical ethics and public health/ preventive
J.P. Roos, Ph.D., professor emeritus in Social Policy, University of Helsinki has
published extensively on well-being, life stories, generations and generational helping.
His most recent project was a longitudinal study on the helping situation for Finnish
baby boomers, their parents, children and grandchildren. The concept of parental
alienation has relevance also for grandparents who may be hindered to have contact
with their grandchildren, he , once vice president for the Nordic Committee for Human
Rights (NKMR), points out.
Frode Thuen, Ph.D., is professor at the Centre of Evidence Practice at Western Norway
University of Applied Sciences, and psychologist in private practice. Family issues and
couple relationships are the main areas of his research and clinical interests, including
disputes and conflicts between divorced parents, and how this influences the psychosocial
health and development of their children.
Per-Ole Träskman, professor emeritus, University of Lund, has a LL.D.-degree from the
University of Helsinki 1977, where he also was ordinary professor in criminal law and the
law of procedure, and where he still is associate professor. Later he worked as guest
professor and assistant professor at the Copenhagen Business School. Since 1995 he has
been attached to the University of Lund as a professor of criminal law. He was the dean of
the Faculty 2000-2009. He has published a couple of books in criminal law and criminal
procedure and some hundred scientific articles mainly in criminal law, procedural law,
criminology and criminal policy. He is doctor honoris causa at the University of Turku
(Finland) and professor honoris causa at the Ho Chi Minh Law University in Vietnam.
PASG Nordic board of Directors and Program Committee for PASG2018
Lena Hellblom Sjögren, Ph.D., Chair and Secretary
Jan Angner, civil engineer, Treasurer
Maritta Lilleberg, Auditor
Ulrika Nixon, preschool teacher. (Member of a parents´ group called “Free children”)
Mats Hertsberg, MBA, M.Sc. (Member of a parent´s group called “Father-Child”)
Carl Söderberg, Forester. (Member of a parent´s group called “Father-Child”)
Ingemar Lilleberg, psychologist and organization consultant.( Member of a grandparents´ group called “Missed grandchildren”)
Maine Ödling, Pharmacist. (Member of a parents´ group called “Free children”)