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About me

Earned her doctoral degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2006 at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, where she studied for 5 years as a Fulbright Commission Scholar. Her dissertation examined variability in classroom social communication performance in children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and typically developing peers. In 1996, she received a Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Therapy from Göteborg University. Since 2006, she works as a speech language pathologist at the Clinical Department of Speech Pathology, Karolinska University Hospital. She is part of an interprofessional team, assessing children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Lisen Kjellmer is a research affiliate at the Division of Speech and Language Pathology, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology at the Karolinska Institutet (KI).


Teaching interests

Course coordinator of "Language impairments in children and adolescents" (4.5 credits) at the Study program in Speech and Language Pathology at KI during fall semester 2011. Teaching includes

  • "Language impairments in children and youth definition, prevalence, and prognosis",
  • "Pragmatic impairments assessment, diagnosis, and intervention",
  • "Test methodology, analysis and interpretation of test results", and "Diagnosis and differential diagnosis".

Lecturer at as well as course coordinator of (together with Prof. Lohmander) courses at advanced level about evidence-based practices in speech language pathology.

Research description

Research interests

Main research area is language and communication in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Lisen Kjellmer is currently part of a large, interdisciplinary project following approximately 200 preschool children with autism spectrum disorder in the Stockholm County. Current subprojects examine language profiles in these children in relation to cognition, type and severity of autism, adaptive functioning, and type of intervention. Further, she is investigating social communication in children with Fetal Alchohol Spectrum Disorders in collaboration with the Unviersity of Washington, Seattle, USA. In addition, Lisen Kjellmer is supervising clinical projects at the Clinical Department of Speech Pathology, Karolinska University Hospital, using single-subject methodology to evaluate treatment effects.

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