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Caroline Wachtler

Associated

Visiting address : Alfred Nobels Allé 23 14152 Huddinge, Sweden
Postal address : Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), H1, Division of Family medicine, Alfred Nobels Allé 23 141 83 Huddinge, Sweden
Delivery address : 14152 Huddinge, Sweden

About me

The focus of my emerging primary care research career is implementation of best evidence in early identification and management of different types of depression in primary care. My clinical work as a resident in primary care (Stuvsta Primary care Center AB since 2009) informs my interest in mental health as I am daily made aware of the gap between research and practice. I boast a rare combination of skills in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. This places me ideally to pursue my focus on implementation of best evidence.

During my post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Department of General Practice, Faculty of Medicine (20140201 - 20150630), I worked at one of the world leading institutions for research in general practice, and have been successfully funded by my host institution. My role during my fellowship was design and implementation of a complex intervention for a new model of depression care in primary care. My supervisor, Professor Jane Gunn, has long experience with running clinical trials in primary care and has provided state of the art mentorship.

In my PhD thesis, which I completed at the Univeristy of Lund and defended in September 2006, I used mixed methods to investigate and understand barriers to use of cultural competency in primary care and medical education. I became an expert in qualitative methodological skills and learned statistical methodology during this period.

Prior to my PhD I did research in immunology, investigating how bacteria utilized their fimbria to access cells and initiate apoptosis. This was lab bench research during which I trained my ability to test hypotheses in a classic positivist environment. However, I also completed a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with Honors. During this time, I realized my strengths and developed my skills as a qualitative researcher. 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy 2006
The University of Lund (Sweden), Faculty of Medicine
Thesis title: Cultural Discord in a Medical Context: A Challenge for Physicians. Supervisor: Dr Margareta Troein

Doctor of Medicine 2006

University of Lund, Sweden, Faculty of Medicine

 

Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology)1999
New York University, School of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY USA
• Graduated magna cum laude
• NYU Scholars Award, Deans List of Honors

Teaching portfolio

Teaching

  • University of Melbourne, Department of General Practice 2015 Qualitative Research Methodology 12 5th year medical students Lecturer    
  • University of Melbourne, Department of General Practice 2015 Medicine: Motivational interviewing   2 5th year medical students Tutor
  • University of Melbourne, Department of General Practice 2014-2015 Medicine: Research methodology tutorials 6 Honours Lecturer
  • Karolinska Institute 2012-2016 Medicine: Clinical supervison  20 3rd year medical students  Clinical supervisor 
  • University of Lund 2004 Medicine: Doctor-Patient Consultation course  5 1st and 2nd year medical students Tutor

     
Supervision    

  • Dr Peter Olszamowski 2016 VESTA "Finns det evidens för att lokal kortisoninjektion är den bästa behandlingsmetoden, avseende smärta och rörlighet, vid adhesiv kapsulit?En litteraturgenomgång av översiktsartiklar" Main supervisor.
  • Dr Maria Gavelin 2016 VESTA "Gynnsamt samarbete? Några öppenvårdsgynekologers syn på samarbetet med primärvården i Stockholmsregionen." Main supervisor.
  • Ms Bridget Fernando 2014-2015 Scholarly Selective “Between a rock and a hard place”: Management of Hazara refugee mental health in General Practice. Co-supervisor with Dr Phyllis Lau
  • Ms Sahema Saberi 2014 Honours degree Understanding primary mental health care access and utilisation among young Hazara refugees living in Melbourne Co-supervisor with Dr. Phyllis Lau
     

Academic honors, awards and prizes

  • Research Travel Grant 2013 Swedish Society of Medicine
  • The Hennerlofska Fund 2004 Swedish Society of Medicine
  • NYU Scholars Award, Deans List of Honors 1999 New York University, School of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY USA
  • Graduated magna cum laude 1999 New York University, School of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY USA

Publications

Mental health interventions and future major depression among primary care patients with subthreshold depression
Davidson Sk, Harris Mg, Dowrick Cf, Wachtler Ca, Pirkis J, Gunn Jm
Journal of affective disorders 2015;177():65-73

Functional and structural alterations in the cingulate motor area relate to decreased fronto-striatal coupling in major depressive disorder with psychomotor disturbances
Liberg B, Klauser P, Harding Ih, Adler M, Rahm C, Lundberg J, et al
Frontiers in psychiatry 2014;5():176-

Pain, power and patience - A narrative study of general practitioners' relations with chronic pain patients
Kristiansson Mh, Brorsson A, Wachtler C, Troein M
BMC FAMILY PRACTICE 2011;:31-

Using narrative analysis to understand the combined use of complementary therapies and bio-medically oriented health care
Hök J, Wachtler C, Falkenberg T, Tishelman C
Social science & medicine (1982) 2007;65(8):1642-53

Humanities for medical students? A qualitative study of a medical humanities curriculum in a medical school program
Wachtler C, Lundin S, Troein M
BMC medical education 2006;6():16-

Meeting and treating cultural difference in primary care: a qualitative interview study
Wachtler C, Brorsson A, Troein M
FAMILY PRACTICE 2006;23(1):111-5

A hidden curriculum: mapping cultural competency in a medical programme
Wachtler C, Troein M
MEDICAL EDUCATION 2003;37(10):861-8

Escherichia coli P fimbriae utilize the Toll-like receptor 4 pathway for cell activation
Frendeus B, Wachtler C, Hedlund M, Fischer H, Samuelsson P, Svensson M, et al
MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY 2001;40(1):37-51

Toll-like receptor signaling and chemokine receptor expression influence the severity of urinary tract infection
Svanborg C, Frendeus B, Godaly G, Hang L, Hedlund M, Wachtler C
JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES 2001;:S61-5

Type 1 fimbriae deliver an LPS- and TLR4-dependent activation signal to CD14-negative cells
Hedlund M, Frendeus B, Wachtler C, Hang L, Fischer H, Svanborg C
MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY 2001;39(3):542-52

P fimbriae-dependent, lipopolysaccharide-independent activation of epithelial cytokine responses
Hedlund M, Wachtler C, Johansson E, Hang L, Somerville Je, Darveau Rp, et al
MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY 1999;33(4):693-703

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Presentations

Conference Participation

  • Wachtler C, Davidson S, Gunn J. Target-D: A randomised trial of a clinical prediction tool for targeting depression care. North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) 2015, Cancun, Mexico (Submitted, poster).
  • Wachtler C, Mendoza A, Davidson S, Coe A, Sterling L, Gunn J. Development of a mobile app to identify risk of persistent depression in primary care patients and match risk with treatment recommendations. North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) 2015, Cancun, Mexico (Submitted, oral presentation).
  • Fernando B, Wachtler C, Lau PM. Between a rock and a hard place: General practitioner’s use of refugee patient identification and mental health resources in the management of Hazara refugee patients. Royal Academy of Clinicians in General Practice Conference (GP15) 2015, Melbourne, Australia (Presentation).
  • Davidson S, Harris M, Dowrick C, Wachtler C, Pirkis J, Gunn J. Mental health interventions and future major depression among primary care patients with subthreshold depression. Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Conference 2015, Oxford, England (Presentation).
  • Wachtler C, Mendoza A, Davidson S, Coe A, Sterling L, Gunn J. Participatory design for development of a triage tool: the Target-D mobile application for assessment and communication of risk for persistent depressive symptoms. Primary Health Care Research Conference (PHCRIS) 2015, Adelaide, Australia (Presentation).
  • Wachtler C, Chondros P, Densley K, Gunn J. Characteristics and usual care of individuals in primary care at high risk of persistent depression. Primary Health Care Research Conference (PHCRIS) 2015, Adelaide, Australia (Poster).
  • Wachtler C, Coe A, Gunn J. Finding the best evidence iCBT program for primary care in Australia: A multimethod study combining systematic review and participatory observation of user experience. Primary Health Care Research Conference (PHCRIS) 2015, Adelaide, Australia (Poster).
  • Fernando B, Wachtler C, Lau PM. Between a rock and a hard place: General practitioner’s use of refugee patient identification and mental health resources in the management of Hazara refugee patients. Primary Health Care Research Conference (PHCRIS) 2015, Adelaide, Australia (Poster).
  • Fernando B, Wachtler C, Lau PM. Between a rock and a hard place: General practitioner’s use of refugee patient identification and mental health resources in the management of Hazara refugee patients. Future of General Practice Conference 2015, Melbourne, Australia (Presentation).
  • Saberi S, Wachtler C, Lau PM. Understanding primary mental health care access and utilisation among young Hazara refugees living in Melbourne. The Inaugural International Conference on Migration, Social Disadvantage and Health 2015.
  • Saberi S, Wachtler C, Lau PM. Understanding primary mental health care access and utilisation among young Hazara refugees living in Melbourne. The Biomed Link Conference, University of Melbourne 2014.
  • Wachtler C, Brorsson A, Troein M. När allmänläkare möter invandrarpatienter beaktas inte kultur. (When Primary Care Physicians See Immigrant Patients Culture is not Taken into Account) En kvalitativ intervjustudie. Svenska läkaresällskapets riksstämma 2005, Stockholm, Sweden (Poster).
  • Wachtler C, Lundin S, Troein M. Humanities for medical students. An anthropological examination of pitfalls and possibilities. Association of Medical Educators in Europe Conference 2004, (Abstract).

Invited Presentations

  • Wachtler C. Cultural Discord in a Medical Context: A Challenge for Physicians. March 2013. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.