Professor Emerita, ECADC, ECPS, ECCS
Sigurlína was born in 1942 and has a Master’s and a doctoral degree in social psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Her bachelor´s degree in psychology was from the University of Iceland. She went to Chicago as a Fulbright grant recipient. Sigurlína is certified as an Alcoholic and other Drug Counselor, a Prevention Specialist, and a Clinical Supervisor, by the European Certification Board.
Sigurlína is one of the founders of the Krýsuvík Association, which operates the Krýsuvík Treatment Center. Treatment at this center is intensive and takes six months at least. Their clients are mainly relapsers who have tried other treatment options without success, and decide to take their condition seriously enough to spend this time in rehabilitation. This association was founded in 1986, and Sigurlína has been chairperson for the board for most of that time, except for her stay in Chicago.
Sigurlína started working for the University of Iceland in the department of Education after graduation from Loyola, as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and a Professor, respectively. She is now retired and works independently. She has a long experience as an alcoholic counselor, a prevention specialist, and a clinical supervisor as well.
Her research has had three main foci: (a) program evaluation; (b) health issues; and (c) alcoholism and rehabilitation from alcoholism.