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About me

I am a registered physiotherapist since 1981 with expertise in specialized neurological rehabilitation, geriatric medicine, prevention of falls, fear of falling, avoidance of activity, physical activity and health, venous insufficiency, measurement methods, quantitative and qualitative / explorative research approaches. I have my clinical appointment at the Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital in Oslo, Norway since 1983 and have been affiliated to Karolinska Institutet since 2010 and to Oslo Akershus University College in Applied Sciences since 2016.

  • Associate professor at Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Department of Research, Oslo (50%) and Oslo University College of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy (20%). FOass/researcher at Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society (50%) (2013-ongoing)
  • Deputy leader of the research group of prof Agneta Ståhle and member of the research group of ass prof Erika Franzen, NVS
  • Principal investigator of the SCIP FALLS Study, a multicenter Swedish-Norwegian longitudenal study on prevention of falls in patients with spinal cord injury, a cooperation between KI, Rehab Station Stockholm Spinalis and Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital (2012-ongoing)
  • Principal investigator of the SINpedSCI study, an international multicenter study on rehabilitation of chiildren and adolescents with spinal cord injury in seven units participating in the Sunnaas International Network in Rehabilitation (SIN); Norway, Sweden, US, Russia, China, Israel and Palestine (2016-2020)
  • One of the principle investigators of the StayBalanced study– Prevention of falls in older adults through implementation of evidence based balance training– from clinical research to clinical practice (2015 - ongoing) 
  • Coordinator of the research collaboration between Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Norway and Karolinska Institutet (2006-ongoing)


1977 Biochemistry technician, Tromsø Vocational School

1981  Bachelor in Physiotherapy, Bergen University College, Norway

1989  Master of Arts (Candidata magisterii) in Sociology, University of Oslo, Norway

1994  Master of Science in Physiotherapy, University of Bergen, Norway

2009 Doctoral degree, Karolinska Institutet

Research description

Current research projects follow four distinct tracks (1); Prevention of falls in persons with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Parkinson’s Disease, Osteoporosis and in older adults in Norway and Sweden, (2) Physical activity and health in disability/ chronic disease (3) Psychometric properties of measurements in specialized rehabilitation and (4) Psychosocial aspects and rehabilitation services for children and adolocents with SCI in the context of the Sunnaas International Network in Rehabilitation (SIN) - units (Norway, Sweden, China, US, Israel, Palestine and Russia).

Additional publications, published, accepted, submitted, in manuscript:

- Roaldsen KS, Wakefield E, Opheim A. Pragmatic evaluation of aspects concerning validity and feasibility of the Mini Balance Evaluation System Test (Mini-BESTest) in a specialized rehabilitation hospital. Int J Phys Ther Rehab 2015;2(104):1-6.

- Wallén MB, Ståhle A, Hagströmer M, Franzén E, Roaldsen KS. Exercise habits and perceptions of physical activity in older adults. Publication for Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Publication no MSB669, March 2014, pages 1-31. ISBN 978-91-7383-427-8.

- Butler Forslund E, Jörgensen V, Franzen E, Opheim A, Seiger Å, Ståhle A, Hultling C, Stanghelle JK, Roaldsen K, Wahman K. High incidence of falls and fall-related injuries in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury – a prospective study on risk indicators. J Rehab Med 2016. Acctepted Sept 26. Preliminary number: 60003141.

 - Leavy B, Roaldsen KS, Nylund K, Hagströmmer M, Franzen E. 'Pushing the limits’ – Rethinking motor and cognitive resources after a highly challenging balance training program for Parkinson’s disease. Physical Therapy 2016, Accepted July 1.

- Jørgensen V, Butler Forslund, Opheim A, Franzén E, Wahman K, Hultling C, Seiger Å, Ståhle A, Stanghelle JK, Roaldsen KS. Falls and fear of falling are risk factors for future falls and related injuries in ambulating individuals with Spinal Cord Injury– a one year observational study. J Physiotheraphy, Resubmitted 1 July 2016.

- *Jørgensen V, *Butler Forslund, Franzén E, Opheim A, Seiger Å, Ståhle A, Hultling C, Stanghelle J,  **Wahman K, **Roaldsen KS. Factors Associated with Recurrent Falls in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury– a Cross-sectional Multi-Center Study. Arch Phys Med Rehab 2016 29 April, Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.04.024

- Jørgensen V and Roaldsen KS. Negotiating identity and self-image; perceptions of falls in ambulating indeviduals with spinal cord injury - a qualitative study. Clinical Rehabilitation 2016:1-11. Epub ahead of print, 11 Maj. DOI: 10.1177/0269215516648751

- Jørgensen V, Opheim A, Halvarsson A, Franzen E, Roaldsen KS. Comparison of Berg Balance Scale and Mini-BESTest for assessing balance in ambulatory individuals with spinal cord injury - a validation study. Physical Therapy 2016. Submitted Sept 2.

- Berntsson J, Leavy B, Franzen E, Roaldsen KS. 'Training as important as medication' -  balance and falls in persons with Parkinson’s disease 4-12 months after participating in balance training. A patient perspective. In manuscript, december 2016.

- Walter L, Gäverth J, Roaldsen KS. 'Training improves functioning and wellness, but doesn't heal me.' Perceptions of physical activity in adult stroke survivors. A qualitative study. In manuscript, December 2016.

Test-retest reliability at the item level and total score level of the Norwegian version of the Spinal Cord Injury Falls Concern Scale (SCI-FCS).
Roaldsen K, Måøy , Jørgensen V, Stanghelle J
J Spinal Cord Med 2016 May;39(3):317-26

"You Have to Keep Moving, Be Active": Perceptions and Experiences of Habitual Physical Activity in Older Women With Osteoporosis.
Dohrn I, Ståhle A, Roaldsen K
Phys Ther 2016 Mar;96(3):361-70  

[42 patients with post-polio syndrome. A retrospective study from Sunnaas hospital].
Stanghelle J, Helseth R, Roaldsen K, Rand-Hendriksen S
Tidsskr. Nor. Laegeforen. 1991 Oct;111(26):3159-62

Young patients with cystic fibrosis: attitude toward physical activity and influence on physical fitness and spirometric values of a 2-week training course.
Stanghelle J, Winnem M, Roaldsen K, de Wit S, Notgewitch J, Nilsen B
Int J Sports Med 1988 Feb;9 Suppl 1():25-31

[Rehabilitation after stroke].
Maehlum S, Roaldsen K, Kolsrud M, Dahl M
Tidsskr. Nor. Laegeforen. 1990 Aug;110(20):2657-9


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