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About me

I pursued my doctoral studies 2009-2013 under the supervision of assistant professor Ellika Schalling (KI), and co-supervisors professor Lena Hartelius (Gothenberg University, GU) and professor Sten Fredrikson (KI). My thesis includes works on voice and speech characteristics in multiple sclerosis (MS) and cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI), and effects of respiratory training such as glossopharyngeal breating in MS and CSCI, and Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) in MS. I got my speech-language pathology (SLP) degree 1989 at the SLP program at GU. Current position (since 1997) is clinical SLP at Function Area Speech-Language Pathology at the Karolinska University Hospital, where my work focuses on assessment and treatment of speech, language and swallowing in patientes with neurological conditions, such as stroke, MS, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Huntington's disease. Affiliatied to the division of speech-language pathology at the Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology (CLINTEC) at the Karolinska Institutet, I am active in at the SLP program in teaching, clinical supervision, and supervision of students' theses.


Teaching Area

Collaborating in the course Speech Disorders and Dysphagia in Adults, (7,5 hp) in the SLP program, KI, in clinical training of SLP students, and in supervising students' theses.

For the present, I supervise SLPs Jeanette Holmgren Nilsson and Elisabet Östlund on their master theses: Effects of pitch training on swallowing safety in individuals with neurological conditions, for example, ALS (Holmgren Nilsson), and 2) Perception of pitch, identification of children's songs, and self-reported experiences of music

Research description

Research Area

After my dissertation in November 2013 I have (together with assistant professor Anita McAllister, KI) continued with in-depth studies about voice and speech in relation to respiratory function in CSCI. This project is planned to include four studies, with the aim of getting a basis for SLP intervention in this patient group. Study I has been published in Journal of Voice (2015); this study investigated the use of an audience response systems approach for the detection of subtle dysphonic signs in individuals with CSCI. The project is also undertaken in collaboration with professor Johan Sundberg at the Speech, Music, and Hearing, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Study II is currently carried out at the respiratory laboratory of professor Mattias Heldner, Department of Linguistics, Stockholm University (SU).

Together with assistant professor Ellika Schalling and professor Lena Hartelius (GU), surveys on self-perceived speech changes and services provided following MS, PD and CSCI are performed. The questionnaires used included questions on perceived  symptoms related to speech and communication, experienced restrictions in communicative participation, and services received.


Johansson K, Hartelius L, Schalling E. Speech, communication and swallowing changes in multiple sclerosis. Submitterad.

Schalling E, Johansson K, Hartelius L. 

Johansson K, Seiger Å, Forsén M, Holmgren Nilsson J, Schalling E. Speech function after cervical spinal cord injury: maximum speech performance in relation to respiratory function. Revidering pågår.

Johansson K, Strömbergsson S, Robieux C, McAllister A. Perceptueal detection of subtle dysphonic traits in individuals with cervical spinal cord injury using an audience response systems approach. J Voice, 2015, in press, Epub 2016 Feb 1

Vogel, A, Keage, M, Johansson, K, Schalling, E. Treatment for dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) in hereditary ataxia. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 2015, Vol.11, pp.CD010169

Johansson K, Hartelius L, Kjellmer L, Fredrikson S, Schalling E. ”I can walk briskly and speak at the same time” – Effects of expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) on speech in multiple sclerosis. J Med Speech Lang Pathol  2012 20(4):70-76

Johansson K, Nygren-Bonnier M, Schalling E. Effects of glossopharyngeal breathing on speech in severe multiple sclerosis: a case report. Mult Scler 2012 18(6):905-8. Epub 2011 Dec 19

Johansson K, Nygren-Bonnier M, Klefbeck B, Schalling E. Effects of glossopharyngeal breathing on voice in individuals with cervical spinal cord injury. Int J Ther Rehabil 2011 18(9):501-510

1998 Widen Holmqvist L, von Koch L, Kostulas V, Holm M, Widsell, G, Tegler H, Johansson K, Almazán J och J de Pedro-Cuesta. A randomized controlled trial of rehabilitation at home after stroke in southwest Stockholm. Stroke. 1998 29(3):591-7

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