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Ana Paula Finatto Canabarro

PhD Student

Doctoral student at the Global Sexual Health research group.

About me

Doctoral student (Licentiate candidate) in the Global Sexual Health research group at the Global Public Health Department, Karolinska Institutet.

Previous experiences include quantitative and qualitative methods in public health, statistical analysis, systematic reviews, regulatory affairs (including clinical trials) and laboratory medicine (immunocytology and genetics). 

Fields and methods of interest. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights; Infectious diseases; Vaccinology; Survey analysis; Mixed-methods research; Meta-analysis.


Research description

Project name. CTEST: Improving young Swedish men health services utilization for Chlamydia trachomatis infection detection and treatment. How can we do it?

My thesis aims to understand why young men living in Stockholm have lower prevalence of testing for sexually transmitted infections when compared to other gender and age groups. A cross-sectional population-based study was conducted to test the potential association of social factors (masculinities and social capital levels) with the self-perceived STI risk and STI testing patterns in this population.


Teaching portfolio

Health Indicators seminar facilitator - Global Health course  (2020 - 2022)

Thematic Analysis and Meta-Ethnography lecturer - Qualitative Methods course (2021 - 2022)

Health Policy teaching assistant - Advanced course in Health Systems and Policy course (2022)


Work Experience

Research Assistant (Qualitative Methods in Public Health; Environmental epidemiology) - Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (2020-2021)

Research Assistant (Fear of crime & Built environment) - Department of Urban Planning and Environment, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden (2019)

Health Inspector - Regional Biomedical Council 1st Region, Brazil (2013-2018)

Intern in Clinical Research - Moinhos de Vento Hospital, Brazil (2012)

Researcher (Telemedicine; Micro-g Physiology) - Center for Microgravity Research, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (2011-2012)


Other activities

Reviewer for the Social Science & Medicine journal (2022) and Global Health Action journal (2022).

Member of the Karolinska Chapter of Decolonizing Global Health (2020 – 2022).

Social Manager at the Public Health Section, Medicinska Föreningen (2020 – 2021).


   Master of Medical Science, Major: Public Health/Epidemiology - Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (2021)

   Specialization in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine - Brazilian College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, São Judas Tadeu University, Brazil (2016)

   Bachelor's degree in Biomedicine, Major: Health Informatics, Pharmacology and Toxicology - Federal Health Sciences University of Porto Alegre, Brazil (2012)

Academic honours, awards and prizes

   Nordplus scholarship to represent Karolinska Institutet in the Global Health Case Challenge (2021)

Event organized by the University of Copenhagen.

   8th position (out of 521 teams) in the hackathon "Hack the Crisis Sweden" (2020)

Hackaton organized by DIGG – Myndigheten för digital förvaltning.

My project "Joy Inside" consisted of boxes with ludic activities and games that were delivered to kids weekly. All the content was on the COVID-19 pandemic and could be used to explain the new situation and mitigation measures to children in an easy, light and funny way. The project's main goal was to decrease the stress in children and families caused by the pandemic.

   Grants Samstiftelse för Studier - Medicinska Föreningen (2020).



Finatto Canabarro, A.P., van der Westhuizen, A., Zanni, F., Abbadi, A., Shabnab, S., and Mölsted Alvesson, H. (2023). “We were like Zoom beings”: Insider perspectives on student learning during the initial shift to online classes in Sweden at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cogent Education, 10(1).

Canabarro, A., & Salazar, M. (2022). Masculinities and self-perceived risk of contracting STIs among young men in Stockholm, Sweden. European Journal of Public Health, 32(Supplement_3), ckac131.574.

Canabarro, A.P.F., Eriksson, M., Nielsen, A., & Salazar, M. (2022). Social capital and STIs testing among young men in Stockholm, Sweden: A cross-sectional study. European Journal of Public Health, 32(Supplement_3), ckac130.113.

Ceccato, V., Canabarro, A., & Vazquez, L. (2020). Do green areas affect crime and safety? In V. Ceccato & M. K. Nalla, Crime and Fear in Public Places (1st ed., pp. 75–107). Routledge.

Ceccato, V., Vasquez, L., Langefors, L., Canabarro, A., & Petersson, R. (2019). Trygg stadsmiljö Teori och praktik för brottsförebyggande & trygghetsskapande åtgärder.

Canabarro, A.P.F., Schwalbert, Â. M., Cardoso, R. B., Valdez, C. F., Trindade, C. S., De Oliveira, H. W., Lamadrid, I. G., & Russomano, T. (2014). Avaliação do foto-eletrocardiograma como ferramenta de segunda opinião formativa. Scientia Medica, 23(4), 219.