Åsa Norman

Åsa Norman

Senior Research Specialist | Docent
Telephone: +46852480074
Visiting address: Nobels väg 9, 17165 Solna
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 Psykologi Enebrink Norman, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • PhD and Associate Professor with a background in behavioural science and
    anthropology specialising in prevention of child ill-health through
    interventions targeting parenting.


  • I focus my research on preventing ill-health among children in disadvantaged
    situations, through developing, assessing and implementing interventions
    targeting both physical and psychological outcomes.
    *I currently lead projects to promote positive family factors among families
    affected by prison incarceration with a specific focus on promoting healthy
    development for children with an incarcerated parent. *
    Within this research focus I am the project leader and PI for:
    1. the development and evaluation of an intervention to promote psychosocial
    health for children with incarcerated parents and their non-incarcerated
    2. the evaluation of a parental support intervention conducted in prisons in
    Sweden with the aim to prevent children's poor psychosocial health and future
    delinquency and marginalisation through increased positive parenting.
    Read more about the above projects here [1]
    *I collaborate on reserach projects *that focus on:
    * evaluting the effects and feasibility of treatment for sexual offending
    (STOPPA) at Karolinska Institutet
    * investigating how social emotional competencies and well-being change
    across development (PATHS) at Stockholm University,
    * implmenting and promoting of physical activity in secondary school
    contexts at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH
    * supporting physical activity in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes (Sophia
    Step Study) at Sophiahemmet University.
    * Implementing the parental support intervention "A Healty School Start" in
    he project “IMplementation and evaluation of the school-based family
    support PRogram a Healthy School Start to promote child health and prevent
    OVErweight and obesity (IMPROVE)” at Karolinska Institutet
    *Previous projects* include three waves of evaluation of a school-based
    parental support intervention aimed to promote children’s healthy dietary
    and physical activity behaviours and to prevent child obesity in
    disadvantaged areas, the Healthy School Start intervention. The
    implementation of the Healthy School Start Intervention is currently being
    evaluated in an implementation trial: “IMplementation and evaluation of the
    school-based family support PRogram a Healthy School Start to promote child
    health and prevent OVErweight and obesity (IMPROVE)”. These trials
    intervention is carried out by the research group Community Nutrition and
    Physical Activity at the Department of Global Public Health.
    I mainly work with disadvantaged families and use both quantitative and
    qualitative methods
    *My research interests* also involve behaviour change, motivational
    interviewing, and development of theory related to prevention and cultural
    adaptation of evidenced-based practices.
    [1] https://ki.se/cns/utveckling-och-utvardering-av-stod-till-barn-med-en-foralder-i-fangelse-och-deras-icke


  • I teach on various levels and in various programs and courses at KI and
    Stockholm University and supervise on master's and PhD level.
    I am the course leader of an introductory course in scientific methods (in
    Swedish) [1] and give seminars on PhD-level in mixed-methods [2].
    Additional teaching focuses mainly on research methods (Mixed-methods, and
    qualitative methods), developmental psychology, behaviour change and
    motivational interviewing, and intervention and implementation research.
    [1] https://utbildning.ki.se/course/1QA137/22-23
    [2] https://medarbetare.ki.se/9-och-18-november-tva-seminarier-i-mixed-methods-inom-vardvetenskap-med-asa-norman


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  • Senior Research Specialist, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2022
  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2017

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