Anna Jervaeus

Assistant senior lecturer

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About me

I am a registered nurse since 2003 and I have mainly been working with cancer care in different contexts.

I have a master in Medical Science with a major in Global Health from Karolinska Institutet 2010.

In 2010 I started my research education at Karolinska Institutet and in May 2014 I defended my thesis. The focus for my thesis was on health-related quality of life, independence and sexuality and both quantitative and qualitative methods were used.

From August 2014 I work as associate senior lecturer at the Division of Nursing and Im also involved in several research activities and belong to the Wengström group https://ki.se/nvs/wengstrom-group.

I was accepted as Docent of Nursing Science in June 2021.

Besides that, during 2016 and 2017 I have worked as coordinator for the programme for doctoral education in health care science (PUF-V). The programme provides a range of learning activities for doctoral students within the specific research theme of health care science and also offers opportunities for networking. 

From 2021 to December 2022 I was Associate programme director for the Study programmes in specialist nursing responsible for the ongoing work at the different programmes. The programme director (PD) has, upon delegation from the Head of Department or the Committee for Higher Education, an overall responsibility for the ongoing work on the programmes https://medarbetare.ki.se/programdirektorer.

In November 2022 I received a large grant from The Swedish Cancer Society so for the three coming years I will be working full-time with research. Please see below for more details.


Research description

Titel of thesis: Being young with a cancer experience- Health-related quality of life with special focus on independence and sexuality.

One of the research projects I´m involved in (Screening for colorectal cancer- experiences from participants and non-participants) aimed at exploring how individuals reason when deciding to participate or not in a screening program. The project has been a part of the larger SCREESCO study (Screening of Swedish Colons) and is now finalized. My responsibilities mainly concerned analyses of quantitative data from several questionnaires regarding shared decision-making, health literacy and anxiety. I was also co-supervisor for one PhD-student working in the project. The project will continue with development of a online decision-aid for those invited to screening, with the possibility to be used in several screening programs. For this project we received a large amount of money from the Swedish Cancer Society. 


Another research project I have worked with is OptiTrain. This randomised controlled trial compared the effect of different physical exercise regimens on the physical and mental well-being in women with breast cancer during and after chemo- and hormonal therapy.


I´m also engaged in a research collaboration were we analyze interviews from patients, suffering from aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (aSAH), and there family members. Research in this area is lacking and the aim is therefore to explore the recovery and the need for support during the first year after a aSAH. At the moment we are analyzing the interviews.


In addition, I together with other researchers recently started a new project aiming at testing and evaluating a psychosocial support program (Promoting Resilience in Stress Management, PRISM) for adolescents and young adults newly diagnosed with cancer. We have translated and adapted a program from Seattle and a pilot study has been performed. Now we are working on implementing the PRISM on a larger scale. The support program are intended to be performed completely online. 


Please see below for my publication list.

Teaching portfolio

Supervision and examination of bachelor and master theses. (2014- ongoing)

Clinical teaching, seminars and examinations. (2014-2017)

Course coordinator for the course Cancer nursing (bachelor level) 7.5 credits (2015-2017)

Examiner for the course Haematology nursing (advanced level) 7.5 credits (2017)

Teaching and examination regarding scientific theory and method (bachelor and advanced level) (2014- and ongoing)

Course coordinator for the course Scientific theory and research methods in nursing, 7.5 credits (2020- ongoing)


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 120 credits, Lund University, Sweden, 2000-2003
  • Medical anthropology, 5 credits, Lund University, 2005
  • Hematology, 10 credits, Linköping University, Sweden, 2006
  • Master of Medical Science with a major in Global Health, 60 credits, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 2009-2010
  • Doctoral degree, Title of thesis: Being young with a cancer experience- Health-related Quality of Life with special focus on independence and sexuality, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, 2014
  • Basic course in pedagogy, 7.5 credits, Karolinska Institutet   2014
  • Introductory Doctoral Supervision Course, one week, Karolinska Institutet 2016
  • Pedagogy for Doctoral Supervisors, two weeks, Karolinska Institutet 2017-2018
  • Integrative Nursing, 7,5 credits, Karolinska Institutet 2018
  • Advanced course in pedagogy for higher education, five weeks, Karolinska Institutet 2021-2022
  • Leadership program for future leaders in academia, Karolinska Institutet 2023-

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Swedish Association of Paediatric Nurses: Nominated for Best thesis for doctoral degree in paediatric nursing 2014