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About me

I have a PhD in Physiotherapy and defended my thesis in September 2015. Currently I have a postdoc position at the Division of Physiotherapy and a position as Course coordinator for the Doctoral school of research in family medicine, KI/SLL. I am a registered physiotherapist since 1988 with my clinical background in the primary healthcare. I have also worked with the implementation of Physical activity on prescription (FaR) in the Stockholm County.


2015 Doctoral degree, Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet

  • Thesis title: Physical activity and health-related quality of life in older adults with osteoporosis. Supervisors: Professor Agneta Ståhle, associate professor Maria Hagströmer and professor Mai-Lis Hellenius.

2008 Master of Science, Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet

1988 University diploma, Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet


Research description

My research mainly focuses on physical activity and health, and on objective assessment of physical activity (accelerometry). The overall aim of my thesis was to explore correlates for physical activity in older adults with osteoporosis and to evaluate whether a specific, progressive balance-training program focusing on dual- and multi-task exercises had effects on objectively measured habitual physical activity and health-related quality of life. I continue to be engaged in the implementation of the balance training program, as affiliated researcher in Professor Ståhle’s research group.

In my current postdoc project in Professor Hagströmer's group we investigate the associations of objectively assessed sedentary time and physical activity with mortality in a Swedish population-based cohort (the ABC-study) with 15 years follow-up.

I have received a postdoctoral grant as a SFO-V fellow at KI, 2018-2019, and my future postdoc project will investigate objectively assessed sedentary behavior and its association with cognitive function in over 500 older men and women, participating in the Swedish National study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K).

Additional publications:

Dohrn IM, Lundin M, Nilsson-Wikmar L.

Sjukgymnastiskt vårdprogram för gravida med rygg/bäckensmärta - en pilotstudie. Nordisk Fysioterapi 2002;6(1):35-40

Dohrn IM. Book chapter: Sjukgymnastens perspektiv på stillasittande. I Ekblom Bak E (Red.),  Långvarigt stillasittande - en hälsofara i tiden. Lund: Studentlitteratur (2013) 

Dohrn IM. Sport prescription in Sweden, an effective tool? Sport et Santé en Europe/Sport and Health in Europe, Sport & Citizenship, Sept 2014.



Teaching portfolio

My areas of teaching expertise are in physical activity and health, Physical activity on prescription (FaR), objective assessment of sedentary behavior and physical activity, and physical activity older adults. I currently teach at the Physiotherapy program, the Medicine program, and advanced courses at KI. As a course coordinator for the Doctoral school of research in family medicine, I also teach doctoral level courses at KI, and I am responsible for course planning and course syllabus.


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