About me

I am senior lecturer in physiotherapy and associate professor in aging research at Karolinska Institutet (KI). I am also physiotherapist at the Karolinska University Hospital, and vice-principal investigator of the Swedish National study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K: http://www.snac-k.se) population-study. I obtained my PhD in physiotherapy at KI. Thereafter, I did my postdoctoral training first at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg and then at the Aging Research Center, KI.

Research description

My main research interest include physical performance, sedentary behavior and injurious falls in older adults. Goals are to increase knowledge regarding: 1) The complex interactions between biological, demographic, and social factors, chronic diseases, and lifestyle that may explain the development of disability in old age. 2) Predictors and consequences of injurious falls among older adults. 3) How and which patterns of sedentary behavior are linked to poor health among older adults. In this project, objective instruments are used to assess physical activity and sedentary behavior, which permits a more valid and detailed examination than previously possible in population-based studies of older adults.   

My research has been supported by various foundations, including Stockholm County Council, the Swedish Research Council (VR), Forte, Vårdalinstitutet and the Research School in Health Care Science. I was WP-leader in the EU-financed MPI-age project (2014-2017: http://www.mpiage.eu/). I am principal supervisor for two PhD students and one postdoc, and co-supervisor of four PhD students.

Teaching portfolio

I have arranged and taught several courses in physiotherapy, geriatrics and epidemiology/public health. Currently, I am responsible for the master course in dementia care for physiotherapists and occupational therapists at KI. I am also responsible for a freestanding course on health in old age from a multiprofessional perspective. Furthermore, I teach physiotherapy students in global health, research methodology, and geriatric physiotherapy.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

In 2015, I received the Karolina Prize (Karolinapriset; the Karolinska Hospital research prize): https://www.karolinska.se/om-oss/centrala-nyheter/2015/05/karolinaprise…