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Jag är registrerad fysioterapeut sedan 1981 med expertis inom  specialiserad neurologisk rehabilitering, äldre, fallrädsla, fysisk aktivitet och hälsa, undvikande av aktivitet, venös insufficiens, kliniska mätmetoder, kvantitativa och kvalitativa/eksplorativa studier. Jag har varit kliniska anknuten till Sunnaas sykehus HF i Oslo sedan 1983 och akademisk anknuten till Karolinska Institutet sedan 2010 och till Oslo Akershus Högskola sedan 2016.

  • Docent vid Karolinska Institutet, NVS, Sektionen för fysioterapi (50%) från 2017, Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital (Sunnaas sykehus HF), Forskningsavdelingen, Nesodden, Norge (50%) (från 2016) och Högskolen i Oslo og Akershus, Fakultet for helsefag, Institutt for fysioterapi (20%) (från 2016). 
  • Biträdande forskargruppsledare i professor Agneta Ståhles forskargrupp, medlem i forskargruppen till docent Erika Franzen, NVS
  • Projektledare för SCIP FALLS Study, svensk-norsk multicenterstudie om förebyggande av fall hos patienter med ryggmärgsskada, ett samarbete mellan KI, Rehab Station Stockholm / Spinalis och Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Projektledare för SINpedSCI study, en international multicenter studie rörande psykosociala aspekt och rehabilitering för barn och ungdomar med ryggmärgsskada, ett samarbete mellan 10 rehabiliteringsenheter inom Sunnnas International Network in Rehabilitation (SIN) i sju länder; Norge, Sverige, China, USA, Russland, Israel och Palestina.  
  • Samordnare för forskningssamarbete mellan Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Norge och Karolinska Institutet 


1977 Biokjemitekniker, Tromsø Yrkesskole

1981  Bachelor i fysioterapi, Høgskolen i Bergen, Norge

1989  Master of Arts (Candidata magisterii) i sociologi, Universitetet i  Oslo, Norge

1994  Hovedfag i fysioterapi (MSc in Physiotherapy), Universitetet i Bergen, Norge

2009 PhD, Karolinska Institutet

2016 Associate professor Sunnaas sykehus HF og Höyskolen i Oslo og Akershus, Oslo, Norge

2017 Docent Karolinska Institutet


Current research projects follow four distinct tracks (1); Prevention of falls in persons with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Parkinson’s Disease, Osteoporosis and in older adults in Norway and Sweden, (2) Physical activity and health in disability/ chronic disease (3) Psychometric properties of measurements in specialized rehabilitation and (4) Psychosocial aspects and rehabilitation services for children and adolocents with SCI in the context of the Sunnaas International Network (SIN) - units (Norway, Sweden, China, US, Israel, Palestine and Russia).

Additional publications, published, accepted, submitted, in manuscript:

- Leavy B, Berntsson J, Franzén E, Skavberg Roaldsen K.
Perceptions of balance and falls following a supervised training intervention - a qualitative study of people with Parkinson's disease.Disabil Rehabil. 2017 Dec 21:1-7. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1417498. [Epub ahead of print]

- Jørgensen V, Opheim A, Halvarsson A, Franzén E, Roaldsen KS. Comparison of the Berg Balance Scale and the Mini-BESTest for Assessing Balance in Ambulatory People With Spinal Cord Injury: Validation Study. Phys Ther. 2017 Jun 1;97(6):677-687. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzx030.

- Jørgensen V, Roaldsen KS. Negotiating identity and self-image: perceptions of falls in ambulatory individuals with spinal cord injury - a qualitative study. Clin Rehabil. 2017 Apr;31(4):544-554. doi: 10.1177/0269215516648751. Epub 2016 Jul 10.

- Roaldsen KS, Wakefield E, Opheim A. Pragmatic evaluation of aspects concerning validity and feasibility of the Mini Balance Evaluation System Test (Mini-BESTest) in a specialized rehabilitation hospital. Int J Phys Ther Rehab 2015;2(104):1-6.

- Wallén MB, Ståhle A, Hagströmer M, Franzén E, Roaldsen KS. Exercise habits and perceptions of physical activity in older adults. Publication for Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Publication no MSB669, March 2014, pages 1-31. ISBN 978-91-7383-427-8.

- Butler Forslund E, Jörgensen V, Franzen E, Opheim A, Seiger Å, Ståhle A, Hultling C, Stanghelle JK, Roaldsen KS, Wahman K. High incidence of falls and fall-related injuries in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury – a prospective study on risk indicators. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2017; 49:144-151.

 - Leavy B, Roaldsen KS, Nylund K, Hagströmer M, Franzen E. 'Pushing the limits’ – Rethinking motor and cognitive resources after a highly challenging balance training program for Parkinson’s disease. Physical Therapy 2016;96. Published Ahead of Print Aug 11.

- Jørgensen V, Butler Forslund E, Opheim A, Franzén E, Wahman K, Hultling C, Seiger Å, Ståhle A, Stanghelle JK, Roaldsen KS. Falls and fear of falling predict future falls and related injuries in ambulatory individuals with spinal cord injury: a longitudinal observational study. J Physiother. 2017 Apr;63(2):108-113. doi: 10.1016/j.jphys.2016.11.010. Epub 2017 Feb 28

- *Jørgensen V, *Butler Forslund, Franzén E, Opheim A, Seiger Å, Ståhle A, Hultling C, Stanghelle J, **Wahman K, **Roaldsen KS. Factors associated with recurrent falls in individuals with spinal cord injury– a multi-center study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2016;97(11): 1908-1916. (* contributed equally),  DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.04.024

- Butler Forslund E, Skavberg Roaldsen K, Hultling C, Kerstin Wahman, Franzén E. Predictors of falls in wheelchair users with spinal cord injury – a prospective study using the Downton Fall Risk Index and a single question of previous falls. In manuscript Dec 2017.

- Gäverth J, Walter L, Roaldsen KS. 'Training improves functioning and wellness, but doesn't heal me.' Perceptions of physical activity in adult stroke survivors. A qualitative study. In manuscript, April 2018.

Test-retest reliability at the item level and total score level of the Norwegian version of the Spinal Cord Injury Falls Concern Scale (SCI-FCS).
Roaldsen K, Måøy , Jørgensen V, Stanghelle J
J Spinal Cord Med 2016 05;39(3):317-26

"You Have to Keep Moving, Be Active": Perceptions and Experiences of Habitual Physical Activity in Older Women With Osteoporosis.
Dohrn I, Ståhle A, Roaldsen K
Phys Ther 2016 Mar;96(3):361-70 

[42 patients with post-polio syndrome. A retrospective study from Sunnaas hospital].
Stanghelle J, Helseth R, Roaldsen K, Rand-Hendriksen S
Tidsskr. Nor. Laegeforen. 1991 Oct;111(26):3159-62

Young patients with cystic fibrosis: attitude toward physical activity and influence on physical fitness and spirometric values of a 2-week training course.
Stanghelle J, Winnem M, Roaldsen K, de Wit S, Notgewitch J, Nilsen B
Int J Sports Med 1988 Feb;9 Suppl 1():25-31

[Rehabilitation after stroke].
Maehlum S, Roaldsen K, Kolsrud M, Dahl M
Tidsskr. Nor. Laegeforen. 1990 Aug;110(20):2657-9

Additional publications published earlier than 1995:

- Stanghelle JK, Helseth R, Roaldsen KS, Rand-Henriksen S. 42 pasienter med post-poliosyndromet. Tidskr Nor Lægeforening 1991;26:11:159-62.

- Stanghelle JK, Winnem M, Roaldsen KS, de Wit S, Notgewisch JH, Nilsen BH. Young patients with Cystic Fibrosis; attitudes towards physical activity and influence on physical fitness and spirometric values of a 2-week training course. Int J Sports Med 1991; suppl 1(9):25:32.

- Mæhlum S, Roaldsen KS, Kolsrud M, Dahl M. Rehabilitering etter hjerneslag. Tidskr Nor Lægeforen 1990; 110:2657-59.

Pedagogiska meriter

2010 Pedagogy Course “Case-based Learning”, Medical Case Center, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Two days course

2011 Supervisor Course ”Doctoral Supervisor Training Course - Introductory”, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. One week course

2014 Supervisor Course “Basic University Teaching, GHP”, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Five weeks course

2015 Supervisor Course “Pedagogy for Research Supervisors”, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm , Sweden. Two weeks course

2017 "Designing Doctoral Courses", Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm , Sweden. Two weeks course

Since 1993 I have been teaching, examining and supervising at Oslo Akershus University College of Applied Sciences and at Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital. From 2004 and onwards I have been teaching, examining and supervising also at Karolinska Institutet.

My areas of teaching and supervision expertise are the field of physiotherapy, i.e. specialized rehabilitation after spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multi trauma i.e., but also psychometric properties of measurement instruments, venous insufficiency in elderly, balance disorders in elderly, physical activity and prevention of diseases.

My current teaching activity is to some degree at the Physiotherapy program at Karolinska Institutet and to a greater degree at the Department of Physiotherapy at Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Oslo, Norway. The duties include the main responsibilities for supervision of students at PhD and master levels at Sunnaas, Oslo Akershus University College of Applied Sciences and PhD, master and Bachelor levels at Karolinska Institutet, conduct research according to own research plan, contribute to the assessment and development of new research projects at Sunnaas, develop research applications at Sunnaas, develop curriculums and teach physiotherapists at Sunnaas to supports PT’s to deliver high quality, evidence-based practice, and teach selected topics at Karolinska Institutet, Division of Physiotherapy.

Teaching comprises a total of 1280 hours (per Dec 2016) including time devoted to planning, of which 41% at undergraduate level, 15% at graduate level, 39 % at postgraduate level and 5% other instructional time.


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