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About me

I am a professor and research group leader for the research group Innovative care at Medical Management Centre at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME).

  • Since October 2014- continuing: Investor Endowed chair, Professor of Innovative Care, Karolinska Institutet, Dept of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Medical Management Centre. This position is a joint position with clinical employment as University nurse, with special responsibility for strategic health care innovation at the Department of Development and Innovation, Karolinska University Hospital (in Swedish: universitetssjuksköterska, med särskilt ansvar för strategisk vårdinnovation, vid Utveckling och Innovation, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset inom Stockholms läns landsting).  
  • Leader for Core 4 Cancer and Palliative Care of the Karolinska Institutet-Umeå University Strategic Research Program for Health Care Sciences (SFO-V) responsible for coordinating and leading development of this research line
  • Member of the steering committee for the Karolinska Institutet-Umeå University Strategic Research Program for Health Care Sciences (SFO-V)
  • In addition, I have led several major national and international projects, e.g. lead for the Swedish Core 2 component of the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership; have been Swedish PI for the EU RN4CAST project (and we have continued funding for this project nationally), lead the national research program DöBra

Education

1970-1973: Sarah Lawrence College, NY, U.S. Liberal arts studies; Major Women’s Studies

1978-1980: University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., Degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing included specialist education in medicine/surgery and psychiatric nursing

1979-1981: “student-trainee”, Wurzel Clinic, Philadelphia Psychiatric Center

Wurzel Clinic provided family, group and individual therapy for multi-drug abusers on both in- and out-patient basis. As a trainee, I worked as therapist 16-20 hours/week with both clinical and theoretical supervision.

1984: Specialist in psychiatric nursing (Sweden)

1986: Specialist in cancer nursing (Sweden) First specialist education course for cancer nursing in Sweden

1993: Doctoral Degree Thesis title: “Making Sense of Sickness Experience: Cancer patients’ perspectives on their sickness and care in urban Sweden:  Aspects of relevance for nursing”. Includes thesis and 4 accepted/publised peer-reviewed articles + one manuscript; Main supervisor: Docent Lisbeth Sachs, medical anthropologist; co-supervisor: Prof Töres Theorell, MD; Karolinska Institutet, Department of International Health Care Research (IHCAR), Stockholm Sweden

1997-2001: Post-doctoral Training 50% Post-doctoral Fellowship, Nämnden för Vårdvetenskap (now Forskningsnämnd Vård= Board for Research in Health and Caring Sciences) Karolinska Institutet, Placement at IHCAR, allowed for collaboration with Prof Lesley Degner, Winnipeg Canada, without placement in Canada

2000: Docent level competence Subject: Nursing, with focus on cancer nursing, Karolinska Institutet, Dept of Nursing, Stockholm, Sweden, Promotion to approximate equivalent of Associate Professor (based on peer-review process, course in university pedagogy and teaching lecture)

2006: Full Professor Promotion to Full professor April 1, 2006, Subject: Nursing, Karolinska Institutet (based on external review process)

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • 1987 Recipient of award from Swedish Union of Health Care Professionals, Division for Medical Radiology and Oncology to study provision of psychosocial care for cancer patients in Finland and Norway
  • 2003 Recipient of “Birgitta Bloms Stipend” from Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation
  • 2008 Recipient of the Mebius Kramer Lecturer award. The Mebius Kramer Lecture was initiated in 1992 on the occasion of the retirement of prof dr Mebius Kramer, who was dean of the Academic Medical Hospital at Utrecht. Mebius Kramer lectures are given by distinguished nursing scientists who have made important contributions to and whose work has led to new and significant insights for nursing science.     
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