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About me

Has been pro-vice-chancellor at Karolinska Institutet 2013-2015.

Member of the board of Karolinska University Hospital, member of the board of the Flemingsberg Science Foundation, and member of the CTMH (Centre for Technology in Medicine and Health) steering committee.

Professor of occupational therapy since 2009.

Graduated with a PhD in 1998 from Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurology, with a thesis titled Unilateral Neglect: Aspects of rehabilitation from an occupational therapy perspective. Made docent of occupational therapy in 2004.

1999-2009 senior lecturer at KI clinically associated with Rosenlund’s geriatric clinic and later the occupational therapy clinic at Karolinska University Hospital.

Member of the board of the Nationella Stroketeamrådet since 2004, and member of the Stroke Association’s research council since 2006.

2002-2008 head of the occupational therapy division, 2005-2008 faculty representative to the Board of Higher Education, 2009-2013 head of the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), KI.

Research description

My research concerns the post-stroke rehabilitation process with a focus on the daily activity engagement of patients and their close friends and families. The objectives of the research group are to develop, evaluate and implement a person-centred rehabilitation model in keeping with international guidelines on the development of complex, non-pharmacological interventions in order to facilitate the experience of activity engagement and participation in daily life.

The rehabilitation model is based on a series of qualitative studies of people’s experiences during the post-stroke rehabilitation process as well as qualitative studies of the experiences of close friends and family. The model is being evaluated in a randomised, controlled study, and will then be developed with the involvement of the interprofessional team and the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support a cohesive chain of rehabilitation. The group has now received funding for the development of an activity-science-based stroke-prevention model for people who have a raised risk of stroke (e.g. following a Transient Ischemic Attack). The project also includes the development of a new ICT-based examination method for measuring changes in people’s activity patterns, activity balance, activity engagement and risk of suffering a stroke. The project is being run in collaboration with researchers in the fields of neurology, general medicine and computer science, and international research teams working in “occupational science”.

The research concerns the consequences of cognitive impairment in the patient’s everyday life and how therapeutic components in environments and activities can contribute to post-stroke rehabilitation.

The research group is particularly focused on studying the knowledge lacuna identified in the healthcare services and issues concerning the everyday lives of people with neurological disabilities. The research is based on different perspectives: of the people/clients/patients with neurological disabilities, of the close friends and families, and of healthcare personnel.

The research group is also working closely with medical staff on developing and studying the effects of new healthcare interventions in order to ease their passage into clinical praxis. One such intervention is the various examination and assessment instruments for stroke patients developed by the group, instruments that are used internationally for the purposes of both research and rehabilitation. 


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