Maria Hagströmer

Maria Hagströmer

Professor/Physical Therapist | Docent
Telephone: +46852488836
Mobile phone: +46707129590
Visiting address: Alfred Nobels Allé 23, 14183 Huddinge
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Fysioterapi Hagströmer, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I am a Professor in Physiotherapy at the Division of Physiotherapy, Department of NVS, KI with a joint position at Academic Primary Care Centre in Region Stockholm. My clinical traning is in Physiotherapy and Public health. I defended my thesis titled “Assessment of health enhancing physical activity at population level” in 2007 and have thereafter combined research with teaching and leadership.

    2007: PhD in the disciple Medical Sciences, Public Health Nutrition, KI
    2001: Master in Public Health, Karolinska Institutet
    1996: Bachelor in Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet
    1981: Laboratory assistant, Clinical Chemistry, Sundsvall

    Academic honours, awards and prizes
    2011: awarded the KI Pedagogic academy.
    2014: awarded the Swedish Physiotherapist of the year.
    2018: awarded the KI working environment and health prize.


  • My research focus is in the area of physical activity and physical exercise. I study a) the levels and patterns of objectively assessed physical activity at population level as well as in subgroups of the population, b) the link between physical activity and health and c) the effect of exercise interventions on habitual physical activity levels. My research combines epidemiology, method development and intervention research.

    I have been successful as a principal applicant in receiving grants from Karolinska Institutet strategic research foundations, The Swedish Reserach Council (VR), Folksam, Åke Wiberg foundation, Diabetes foundation, Cancer foundation, ALF-medicine and funding for doctoral students from KID and School of doctoral education in health care sciences.

    I have over 170 peer-reviewed publications and an H-index of 40.


  • I have a strong committment in teaching and learning. I am actively working on developing and improving courses with the student's learning in focus. Since 2011, I have been a member of the pedagogical Academy at Karolinska Institutet. In my role as Professor in Physiotherapy, I will support the research basis of education at basic, advanced, and postgraduate educational level. I have previously been a teacher representative in the program board for the study program in Physiotherapy.

    I have taken basic pedagogical courses, courses on distance learning, course design and examinations, IT-in education and pedagogical leadership.

    My teaching is primarily in health promotion, physical activity, exercise and health and measurement methods. I have for example been course leader for a post-graduate course "Measurement of physical activity using objective methods" and the single-subject course "Physical Activity as Prevention". I teach in the Physiotherapy program and the single-subject course "Working with disease prevention methods". I have also developed and been a teacher on a massive online open course and "Pedagogy for research supervisors".


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  • Professor/Physical Therapist, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2010
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet, 2007
  • Master Of Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, 2001
  • Bachelor Of Science In Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet, 1997

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