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About me

-Professor of Multicultural Health and Care Research, Cultural Medicine Unit, Department of LIME, Karolinska Institututet (KI), since 2015, (20%).

-Licensed psychologist at Academic Primary Health Care Center, since 2014

 

Some previous appointments

-Senior researcher, Dept of LIME (2010-2014)

-PI Section for stress research, KI (1986-94), Head (IPM, migration and health, 1994-2007), group leader (Stress Research Institute 2007-2010)

-Guest professor, 15%, Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society

-Adjunct lecturer, 20% Dept of Neurotec, KI, Center for Psychiatric Research Stocholm

-Clinical psychologist 1974-1985 (psychiatry), community (1986), primary health care (2014-, 40%)

Education

Graduated as B.A. Psychology, Sociology, Pedagogy, University of Uppsala, 1972 and M.A. Psychology, University of Umeå, 1974

Doctor Medical Sciences, PhD (psychiatry), Karolinska Institutet (KI), Huddinge university hospital, Dept of psychiatry, Title: Social Determinants of Aggressive Behaviour in a Sample of Chinese Primary School Children, supervisor: professor Bengt Jansson, MD, PhD, 1986 

Visiting scientists (1 v) prof Michael Rutter, London University 1986 and in PRChina 1988-1990

Associate Professor in Transcultural Psychology at Karolinska Institutet, 1992, Professor competence  2006 (KI- Dnr 176/05-221)

Licensed psychologist, National Board of Health and Welfare, 1978

Research description

Our increasingly global and multicultural society alongside an egalitarian health care policy places new demands on us all. My research area is in multicultural health and care research. I give four projects as examples:

1. Early mental health promotion measures are needed. Events that elicit stress after arrival in the reception country, “postmigration stress”, have a negative impact on health-related quality of life among newcomers. An innovative model of culturally tailored health promotion groups for refugees have been performed by my research group among newcoming refugees and relatives in several Swedish contexts with promising results. The results are of significance not only for the individual and his/her relatives but also for healthcare and society as a whole. We have ongoing collaboration with health staff in Växjö. This intervention is also significant for chronic patients as foreign borns have higher amount of public health disorders (eg diabetes, heart problems, cancer) than the Swedish borns.

2. Technological progress and changes in health care practices, with an increased focus on clinical communication and contemplation, have successively led to the increased use of simulation models (Virtual patients including Virtual interpreter and Virtual supervisor) as a method of instruction, learning and clinical interviewing within the field of medicine. To achieve this, I and my research group have chosen a strategy of developing computerised patient simulations in national (SU) and international (Harvard) collaborations, where medical students and in future psychology students and resident doctors can practice and provide feedback to a virtual counsellor. A new project funded by FORTE and ALF-Ped is entitled “Virtual Clinical Encounters between doctors and refugee patients for medical assessment and follow-up: To develop, test and evaluate the impact on empathy” (Erica Rothlind, PhD in progress).

3. Serious parental illness is a risk factor of ill health in the children of the family. Health care staff in Sweden is legally obliged to ensure that the children of seriously ill parents are informed and have received advice and support regarding their parents’ illness. In primary health care, no method that can help parents communicate information about their illness to their children exists. The aim of this doctoral project (Charlotte Oja) is to test the safety and effects of the psycho-educational method “Let´s Talk about the Children” for use in primary health care for helping seriously ill parents to relate information about their illness to their children.

4. Translation/backtranslation and validation of General Medical Council Multi-Source Feedback Questionnaires for evaluation clinical competence among residence doctors in family medicin a pilot project  and supervisor in VESTA (residence doctors in Family Medicine (AT/ST unit at APC)

 

Number of publications since 1984:85 articles in international scientific journals, 49 in Swedish scientific journ als, 92 book chalpters (48 In English), 1 book, 1 book (co-ediotr, APA), 21 Stress Research Reports, 2 invited commentaries, 5 guest editorials (Swedish), more than 200 abstracts at scientific conferences

Interview in Swedish: http://www.1.6miljonerklubben.com/lyckopodden/ Längd: 48:33 minuter | fredagen den 4 juli 2014

 

Research cooperation outside KI:

Internationally with reserachers from universities in Copenhagen, Denmark, London, UK, Harvard, USA

 

Supervision: Supervised (in transcultural psychiary and psychology, public health and pediatric care, medical education) 11 PhDs to dissertation (1 of them  as a co-supervisor), 2 licentiats

Now, the main supervisor of two doctoral studens (1 in progress)

Supervisor of postdocs and previously of 1 postdocs

Undergraduate level: 22 (D-level in medicine, psychology, public health 20 weeks/30 ECT), 29 (C-level 10 weeks/15 ECT), 32 medical students T7 or T11, own project, 7,5 hp,1 CHESS traineeship (7,5hp)

18 VESTA (CeFam, residence doctors in family medicine), 3 ongoing

 

External funding from e.g.

Ekblad: Intervention programs for new-coming asylum seekers and Refugees, HSN 0803-0349 (Folkhälsoanslaget), KI, 2,000 000 SEK (2008-11)

Ekblad: FAS-2009-1482, A scientific national and international network in migration, social medicine and global mental health, KI, 300 000 SEK (2009-13)

Ekblad: FAS-2007-1961, Immigrant women’s health, KI, 2 850 000 SEK + KID (2008-12)

Ekblad: scientific leader, Socialstyrelsen, Platform between Södertälje community and Stockholm county council regarding needs and care of new-coming refugees, KI, 960 000 (Carlén, M, PI, Psykiatricenter Södertälje) (2010), approved continuation 2011, 998 000 SEK and approved continueation 2012, 998 000 SEK (Hägglöf, C, PI, Södertälje municipality)

Ekblad: PI, Tailored interactive training with virtual advisor encounters to improve under-standing and retention of basic statistics in doctoral students – an individualised and inter-cultural collaborative learning framework. KI, Dnr 3532/10-509, (2011) 200 000 SEK

Ekblad: project partner, NIH Grant (Richard Mollica: PI, Harvard and foreign adjunct professor in psychiatry at KI,) Virtual encounters-an innovative research and collaborative education program in the field of caring for traumatized patients (pilot study 2011-2012) 89 000 US$, plan to apply for the main RCT study Spring 2014

Ekblad: PI, Webbased Health School for students and patients in Stockholm’s multicultural primary health care (Verktyg för att förbättra interkulturell kompetens över professionsgränser på verksamhetsförlagd utbildning i primärvården). ALF-ped  Diarienr SLL20110292 (2012) 300 000 SEK; Diarienr SLL20130186, 2014-2015, 350 000 SEK/year

1.6miljonerklubben (PI) (Ekblad, KI partner; L-O Larsson Angereds närsjukhus partner) Lifestyle course – for female new-comers as  third country nationals Integrationsfonden, 2012-2014 (june), 2 706 087 SEK

Ekblad, S (PI) Virtual Clinical Encounters between doctors and refugee patients for medical assesment and follow-up: To develop, test and evaluate the impact on empathy , 2014-0853FORTE, Approved 2014-09-25 2 580 000 SEK 2015-2017

Main supervisor project Primary health clinics facilities to detect and prevent health problems in children and young people whose parents are on long term sick leave (Primärvårdens möjligheter att upptäcka och förebygga ohälsa hos barn och unga vars föräldrar är långvarigt sjukskrivna). Sponsor: Capio

Expert “Health/lifestyle course to newcoming women”, to Växjö municipality by primary health care and Rehab centre and Public health unit, Landstinget Kronoberg (contacgt person: Erica Ericsson),  1/8 2014-juni 2015, total 680 000 SEK

 

Some current commissions:

Mentor at KI: 1 female PhD (2010-), 1 female PhD (2012-)

Program Co-Director (2012-); Member of intl Faculty in Master Program “Global Mental Health – Trauma and Recovery”. 2 weeks on site and 5 months web-based learning. Yearly 50 international students. 350 participants in the alumini network (www.hprt-cambridge.org)

(2006-) “Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma – 2014 ad Oriveto Porano, Italy, 11,20 minutes, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EevQqD8vK-g

Member, Examination Board at KI, 18 halfway control seminars, 22 dissertation seminars 1994-2015

KID evaluator, Karolinska Institutet, Sept 3, 2013, 2014, 2015 (global health, qualitative methods)

Member of Rätt till vård initiative (vårdetiskt nätver/careethical network) Member of right to care (http://www.vårdpapperslosa.se, 2012-

Adjunct professor at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, lectures in their Global Mental Health II seminar, Spring 2013 – ongoing (video-conference)

Project expert in ”Health promoting interventions by taobacco prevention on receipt in the

primary health care in Stockholm County Council” (PI=Tanja Tomson), LIME/KI, Sep 2013-

Member of Review Panel – International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, March 27 2014-

Medical expert in the medical reference group, 1,6&2,6miljonerklubben (www.1.6miljonerklubben.com). 2014-

 

Some previous commissions:

Coordinator. A scientific network for national and international PhD-studies in the field of migration, social medicine, global mental health, (1993-2011) (www.fas.se)

Co-chair (prof Derrick Silove, NSW, Australia), Intl Committee for Mental Health of Migrants and Refugees, World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) (1997-2000)

Transcultural psychiatry. Scholarship in the name of  prof Bengt Jansson, KI, 1999

Member of Karolinska Institutet’s Ethical Council, Stockholm (2005-2009)

Majblomman. Queen Sylvia gave the diploma at a ceremony, Castle, Stockholm, 2006

Member of scientific board, DIGNITY (former RCT), Copenhagen, Denmark (2009-2013)

Member of scientific review group for applications (PhD students and post doc) to Care Sciences, KI, 2003-2009

Examinator, international PhD, NSW, Australia, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2012

External faculty opponent, 2006, licentiate, Umeå University

Mentor: 2 female post doc (2002, 2008), 1 male PhD (2009-2014)

Invited member of an Expert Panel Group in the field of Mental Health, Immigrant Perspective and children to parents with diseases, Evaluation of applications, The Research Council of Norway, Oslo, 2011, 2013

Erasmusprogram, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), centre for Psychiatry, August 15-29, 2013

Expert candidate number EX2013D152061 European Comission, November 29, 2013 (http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/experts)

International expert for UNHCR at seminar “Mental Health and Psychosocial Treatment for Victims of Trafficing, Torture and Rape, in Tel Aviv, 10-12 December 2013

Diplom for excellent supervision on the course Master in Medicine Spring 2012 at Karolinska Institutet(Fanny Berger, ceremony June 5, 2014)

Publications

Psychometric analysis of the Swedish version of the General Medical Council's multi source feedback questionnaires
Olsson Je, Wallentin Fy, Toth-pal E, Ekblad S, Bertilson Bc
International journal of medical education 2017;8():252-261

Resourcing: An approach used by foreign-born parents struggling on in childhood cancer care
Pergert P, Ekblad S, Björk O, Enskär K, Andrews T
European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society 2016;23():1-7

Innovative training with virtual patients in transcultural psychiatry: the impact on resident psychiatrists' confidence
Pantziaras I, Fors U, Ekblad S
PloS one 2015;10(3):e0119754-

Training with virtual patients in transcultural psychiatry: do the learners actually learn?
Pantziaras I, Fors U, Ekblad S
Journal of medical Internet research 2015;17(2):e46-

Lifestyle course as an investment in perceived improved health among newly arrived women from countries outside Europe
Ekblad S, Persson-valenzuela Ub
International journal of environmental research and public health 2014;11(10):10622-40

Current research in transcultural psychiatry in the Nordic countries
Ekblad S, Kastrup Mc
Transcultural psychiatry 2013;50(6):841-57

Educational potential of a virtual patient system for caring for traumatized patients in primary care
Ekblad S, Mollica Rf, Fors U, Pantziaras I, Lavelle J
BMC medical education 2013;13():110-

Hospitalisation for depressive disorder following unemployment--differentials by gender and immigrant status: a population-based cohort study in Sweden
Hollander Ac, Bruce D, Ekberg J, Burström B, Ekblad S
Journal of epidemiology and community health 2013;67(10):875-81

The association between immigrant subgroup and poor mental health: a population-based register study
Hollander Ac, Bruce D, Burström B, Ekblad S
The Journal of nervous and mental disease 2013;201(8):645-52

Adapting research to local contexts based on the model of Campinha-Bacote for cultural competence: a case scenario of 3 ethnic groups in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Dejman M, Forouzan As, Ekblad S
Eastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de sante de la Mediterranee orientale = al-Majallah al-sihhiyah li-sharq al-mutawassit 2012;18(11):1166-9

An exploration of the connection between two meaning perspectives: an evidence-based approach to health information delivery to vulnerable groups of Arabic- and Somali-speaking asylum seekers in a Swedish context
Ekblad S, Linander A, Asplund M
GLOBAL HEALTH PROMOTION 2012;19(3):21-31

Longitudinal study of mortality among refugees in Sweden
Hollander Ac, Bruce D, Ekberg J, Burström B, Borrell C, Ekblad S
International journal of epidemiology 2012;41(4):1153-61

Migration and health in the European Union.
Ekblad S
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2012;22(6):930-930

Naturalistic outcome of treatment of psychosis by traditional healers in Jinja and Iganga districts, Eastern Uganda - a 3- and 6 months follow up
Abbo C, Okello Es, Musisi S, Waako P, Ekblad S
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS 2012;:13-

Protecting family interests: an interview study with foreign-born parents struggling on in childhood cancer care
Pergert P, Ekblad S, Björk O, Enskär K, Andrews T
International journal of pediatrics 2012;2012():681301-

Scandinavia 9/11-lessons learnt and ways forward
Ekblad S, Mollica Rf
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY 2012;26(2):135-137

Wars, Insurgencies, and Terrorist Attacks: A Psycho-Social Perspective from the Muslim World
Ekblad S
TRANSCULTURAL PSYCHIATRY 2012;49(3-4):642-644

An Explanatory Model of Depression among Female Patients in Fars, Kurds, Turks Ethnic Groups of Iran
Dejman M, Forouzan As, Assari S, Malekafzali H, Nohesara S, Khatibzadeh N, et al
IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2011;40(3):79-88

Gender-related mental health differences between refugees and non-refugee immigrants- a cross-sectional register-based study
Hollander Ac, Bruce D, Burstrom B, Ekblad S
BMC PUBLIC HEALTH 2011;:180-

How Iranian lay people in three ethnic groups conceptualize a case of a depressed woman: an explanatory model
Dejman M, Forouzan As, Assari S, Rasoulian M, Jazayery A, Malekafzali H, et al
ETHNICITY & HEALTH 2010;15(5):475-93

A study of aggression among mass-evacuated Kosovo Albanians
Roth G, Ekblad S, Prochazka H
Torture : quarterly journal on rehabilitation of torture victims and prevention of torture 2009;19(3):227-37

[Health care needs and accessibility: how to improve health of vulnerable groups?]
Burström B, Ekblad S, Irestig R, Al-adhami M
Lakartidningen 2009;106(52):3525-6

Making meaningful space for oneself: photo-based dialogue with siblings of refugee children with severe withdrawal symptoms
Svensson M, Ekblad S, Ascher H
CHILDRENS GEOGRAPHIES 2009;7(2):209-228

Modes of Interaction and Performance of Human Service Networks A study of refugee resettlement support in Sweden
Lindencrona F, Ekblad S, Axelsson R
PUBLIC MANAGEMENT REVIEW 2009;11(2):191-215

Struggling on: Experiences of Foreign-Born Parents In Childhood Cancer Care
Pergert P, Ekblad S, Bjork O, Enskar K, Andrews T
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING 2009;13(1):60-61

The prevalence and severity of mental illnesses handled by traditional healers in two districts in Uganda
Abbo C, Ekblad S, Waako P, Okello E, Musisi S
AFRICAN HEALTH SCIENCES 2009;:S16-22

Bridging obstacles to transcultural caring relationships - Tools discovered through interviews with staff in pediatric oncology care
Pergert P, Ekblad S, Enskar K, Bjork O
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING 2008;12(1):35-43

Introducing a psychological agenda for understanding somatic symptoms - An area of conflict for clinicians in relation to patients in a multicultural community
Baarnhielm S, Ekblad S
CULTURE MEDICINE AND PSYCHIATRY 2008;32(3):386-405

Medical and licit drug use in an urban/rural study population with a refugee background, 7-8 years into resettlement
Johansson Blight K, Persson Jo, Ekblad S, Ekberg J
Psycho-social medicine 2008;5():Doc04-

Mental health of recently resettled refugees from the Middle East in Sweden: the impact of pre-resettlement trauma, resettlement stress and capacity to handle stress
Lindencrona F, Ekblad S, Hauff E
SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY 2008;43(2):121-31

Nurses reactions to overwhelming emotional expressions of parents in transcultural care
Pergert P, Ekblad S, Enskar K, Bjork O
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ONCOLOGY NURSING 2008;12(2):162-162

Protecting professional composure in transcultural pediatric nursing
Pergert P, Ekbad S, Enskar K, Bjork O
QUALITATIVE HEALTH RESEARCH 2008;18(5):647-57

Psychological distress and associated factors among the attendees of traditional healing practices in Jinja and Iganga districts, Eastern Uganda: a cross-sectional study
Abbo C, Ekblad S, Waako P, Okello E, Muhwezi W, Musisi S
International journal of mental health systems 2008;2(1):16-

Nurses reactions to overwhelming emotional expressions of parents in transcultural care
Pergert P, Ekblad S, Enskar K, Bjork O
PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER 2007;49(4):560-560

Obstacles to Transcultural caring relationships: Experiences of health care staff in pediatric oncology
Pergert P, Ekblad S, Enskar K, Bjork O
JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY NURSING 2007;24(6):314-28

Protecting professional cool: Nurses strategies to deal with overwhelming emotional expressions of parents
Pergert P, Ekblad S, Enskar K, Bjork O
PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER 2007;49(4):557-558

The validity of screening instruments for posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and other anxiety symptoms in Tajikistan
Hollander Ac, Ekblad S, Mukhamadiev D, Muminova R
JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE 2007;195(11):955-8

A longitudinal perspective on depression and sense of coherence in a sample of mass-evacuated adults from Kosovo
Roth G, Ekblad S
JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE 2006;194(5):378-81

A longitudinal study of PTSD in a sample of adult mass-evacuated Kosovars, some of whom returned to their home country
Roth G, Ekbad S, Agren H
EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY 2006;21(3):152-9

Mental health, employment and gender. Cross-sectional evidence in a sample of refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina living in two Swedish regions
Blight Kj, Ekblad S, Persson Jo, Ekberg J
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE 2006;62(7):1697-709

Historical reflections on mental health care in Sweden: the welfare state and cultural diversity
Bäärnhielm S, Ekblad S, Ekberg J, Ginsburg Be
Transcultural psychiatry 2005;42(3):394-419

[Social reconstruction can be the best healing after the tsunami. Residents of disaster areas must receive help based on local conditions]
Ekblad S
Lakartidningen 2005;102(14):1019-20

Cognitive-behavioral treatment of tortured asylum seekers: a case study
Basoglu M, Ekblad S, Baarnhielm S, Livanou M
JOURNAL OF ANXIETY DISORDERS 2004;18(3):357-69

The use of international videoconferencing as a strategy for teaching medical students about transcultural psychiatry
Ekblad S, Manicavasagar V, Silove D, Bäärnhielm S, Reczycki M, Mollica R, et al
Transcultural psychiatry 2004;41(1):120-9

Screening for post-traumatic stress disorder among refugees in Stockholm
Sondergaard Hp, Ekblad S, Theorell T
NORDIC JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY 2003;57(3):185-9

Caregivers' encounter with somatic communication of mental ill health in a multicultural community
Baarnhielm S, Ekblad S
EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY 2002;:94S-94S

Psychological impact of torture: a 3-month follow-up of mass-evacuated Kosovan adults in Sweden. Lessons learnt for prevention
Ekblad S, Prochazka H, Roth G
ACTA PSYCHIATRICA SCANDINAVICA 2002;:30-6

[Something is missing! Cultural diversity does affect the care]
Ekblad S, Bäärnhielm S, Theorell T
Lakartidningen 2002;99(8):818-9

The impact of torture on post-traumatic stress symptoms in massevacuated from Kosovo
Ekblad S
EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY 2002;:94S-94S

Theory and choice of method in studying health promoting initiatives from a transcultural perspective.
Lindencrona F, Blight Kj, Ekblad S
NORDISK PSYKOLOGI 2002;54(1):7-26

Health psychology: theory, research and practice.
Ekblad S
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2001;11(1):117-117

Self-reported life event patterns and their relation to health among recently resettled Iraqi and Kurdish refugees in Sweden
Sondergaard Hp, Ekblad S, Theorell T
JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE 2001;189(12):838-45

Cultural challenges in end-of-life care: reflections from focus groups' interviews with hospice staff in Stockholm
Ekblad S, Marttila A, Emilsson M
JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING 2000;31(3):623-30

Health promotion in migrants and older adults: epidemiological diagnosis, intervention development and effect evaluation.
Ekblad S
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2000;10(3):236-236

The rights of the severely mentally ill in post-conflict societies
Silove D, Ekblad S, Mollica R
LANCET 2000;355(9214):1548-9

Turkish migrant women encountering health care in stockholm: A qualitative study of somatization and illness meaning
Baarnhielm S, Ekblad S
CULTURE MEDICINE AND PSYCHIATRY 2000;24(4):431-52

People-centred health promotion.
Ekblad S
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 1999;9(1):73-74

[Traumatic stress in adult refugees: when ill-health is silent or speaks broken Swedish]
Söndergaard Hp, Ekblad S
Lakartidningen 1998;95(13):1415-16

Diagnosing posttraumatic stress disorder in multicultural patients in a Stockholm psychiatric clinic
Ekblad S, Roth G
JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE 1997;185(2):102-7

Help for refugees
Ekblad S, Klefbeck El, Wennstrom C, Pietkainen Al
WORLD HEALTH FORUM 1997;18(3-4):305-10

Relationships between traumatic life events, symptoms and Sense of Coherence subscale meaningfulness in a group of refugee and immigrant patients referred to a psychiatric outpatient clinic in Stockholm
Ekblad S, Wennstrom C
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE 1997;6(4):279-285

The importance of including quality-of-life indices in international social and economic development activities
Marsella Aj, Levi L, Ekblad S
APPLIED & PREVENTIVE PSYCHOLOGY 1997;6(2):55-67

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