Åsa Norman

Senior research specialist

About me

PhD and Associate Professor with a background in behavioural science and anthropology specialising in prevention of child ill-health through interventions targeting parenting.

Research description

I focus my research on preventing ill-health among children in disadvantaged situations, through developing, assessing and implementing interventions targeting both physical and psychological outcomes.

I currently lead projects to promote positive family factors among families affected by prison incarceration with a specific focus on promoting healthy development for children with an incarcerated parent.  Within this research focus I am the project leader and PI for:

1. the development and evaluation of an intervention to promote psychosocial health for children with incarcerated parents and their non-incarcerated caregiver

2. the evaluation of a parental support intervention conducted in prisons in Sweden with the aim to prevent children's poor psychosocial health and future delinquency and marginalisation through increased positive parenting.

I collaborate on reserach projects that focus on:

  • evaluting the effects and feasibility of treatment for sexual offending (STOPPA) at Karolinska Institutet
  • investigating how social emotional competencies and well-being change across development (PATHS) at Stockholm University,
  • implmenting and promoting of physical activity in secondary school contexts at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH 
  • supporting physical activity in prediabetes and type 2 diabetes (Sophia Step Study) at Sophiahemmet University.
  • Implementing the parental support intervention "A Healty School Start" in he project “IMplementation and evaluation of the school-based family support PRogram a Healthy School Start to promote child health and prevent OVErweight and obesity (IMPROVE)” at Karolinska Institutet

Previous projects include three waves of evaluation of a school-based parental support intervention aimed to promote children’s healthy dietary and physical activity behaviours and to prevent child obesity in disadvantaged areas, the Healthy School Start intervention. The implementation of the Healthy School Start Intervention is currently being evaluated in an implementation trial: “IMplementation and evaluation of the school-based family support PRogram a Healthy School Start to promote child health and prevent OVErweight and obesity (IMPROVE)”. These trials intervention is carried out by the research group Community Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Department of Global Public Health.

I mainly work with disadvantaged families and use both quantitative and qualitative methods

My research interests also involve behaviour change, motivational interviewing, and development of theory related to prevention and cultural adaptation of evidenced-based practices.

Teaching portfolio

I teach on various levels and in various programs and courses at KI and Stockholm University and supervise on master's and PhD level.

I am the course leader of an introductory course in scientific methods (in Swedish) and give seminars on PhD-level in mixed-methods.

Additional teaching focuses mainly on research methods (Mixed-methods, and qualitative methods), developmental psychology, behaviour change and motivational interviewing, and intervention and implementation research.