Liselotte Schäfer Elinder

Liselotte Schäfer Elinder

Adjunct Professor | Research team leader | Docent
Telephone: 072-526 69 91
Visiting address: Solnavägen 1 E, 11365 Stockholm
Postal address: K9 Global folkhälsa, K9 GPH Schäfer Elinder, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Adjunct professor in Public Health Sciences at the Department of Global Public Health [1] and leader of the reserach group Community Nutrition and Physical Activity [2]. I am also employed at the Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine, Region Stockholm [3] working with health promotion, disease prevention and R2P. After my PhD from the Academy of Technical Sciences in Denmark in 1990, I became a postdoc at researcher in the area of atherosclerosis research at Karolinska Institutet. In 1997 I became an associate professor in biochemistry. Shortly after, I got the opportunity to widen my competence in the area of public health by joining the Swedish National Institute of Public Health as head of the Unit for Diet and Physical Activity where I was engaged in the development of the Swedish Public Health Policy adopted in 2003. For 3 years, I served an adviser to the WHO Europe office in nutrition and physical activity. In 2006 I joined the Centre for Public Health in Stockholm County as head of the Unit for Applied Nutrition and returned to Karolinska Institutet as vice head for the Division of Intervention and Implementation Research, Department of Public Health Sciences where I became an adjunct senior lecturer in intervention and implementation research in 2013. In 2017 I was awarded professor in Public Health Sciences at the Department of Global Public Health.



  • My research focuses on three main areas:
    * Epidemiological studies of healthy and sustainable dietary habits and physical activity and their upstream determinants
    * Multidisciplinary research on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions and tools to promote health and prevent obesity and
    chronic diseases
    * Commissioned assignments within the group’s research competence


  • Main activities:
    * Intervention and Implementation Research course 2454 (third cycle). Lecturer and examiner (5 ECTS)
    * Implementation and evaluation course in the Master of Public Health health promotion track, course leader and lecturer (7 ECTS)
    * Health, environment and society, medical students, lecturer


All other publications

Selected grants


  • A partnership model for early prevention of cardiovascular disease – co-design and evaluation of a family support program for school and primary health care (Co-fam)
    Swedish Heart and Lung Foundation
    1 August 2024 - 31 July 2027
  • Implementation of evidence-based counselling within school health care to promote health and prevent disease
    National Research School for Care Sciences
    1 January 2018 - 1 January 2022
  • Evaluation of a health intervention through school health care to promote health and prevent disease
    Familjen Kamprads Stiftelse
    1 January 2017 - 1 January 2020
  • Effectiveness of a universal theory-based parental support programme within school health care targeting children's dietary habits , physical activity and body weight
    National Research School for Care Sciences
    1 January 2012 - 1 January 2016


  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2017-2025

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 1997

Leadership and responsibility assignments

  • Research team leader, Community Nutrition and Physical Activity, Karolinska Institute, 2009-

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