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Christina Olsson

Affiliated to teaching/tutoring

About me

Christina Olsson – Associate Professor and lecturer at the Division of Physiotherapy, Department of NVS. Employed at Academic Primary Healthcare Centre, Region Stockholm.

I gained my degree in Physiotherapy in Uppsala in 1985. I defended my thesis for a PhD in 2010. Title: “Lumbopelvic pain during and after pregnancy. Aspects on catastrophizing, fear-avoidance beliefs, physical ability and health-related quality of life”. Since September 2022 I am Associated Professor in Physiotherapy.

I have worked for many years as a physiotherapist in primary healthcare in Stockholm, Sweden. I have been involved in the clinical education program for physiotherapy students and I have also worked as a lecturer at the physiotherapy education programme at Karolinska Institutet, mainly within the musculoskeletal area. I have been working with professional development and continuing education for physiotherapists in primary healthcare in the Stockholm area. I have had assignments as an Interprofessional Coordinator of clinical education, continuing education and patient-oriented research (14 yrs) and Head of the Unit for Education (3 yrs) at Academic Primary Healthcare Centre, Region Stockholm. I am also a lecturer at the Division of Physiotherapy, Department of NVS, KI.

Research description

My main research interest is lumbopelvic pain during and after pregnancy but also other areas related to primary healthcare. I also have a great interest in clinical education and interprofessional learning.


Education (ECTS-credits)

Higher education

1985 University Certificate (U. C.) in Physiotherapy, Uppsala

2001 Master of Medical Science with a major in Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

2010 Doctor of Philosophy, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm


1997 Pedagogy for physiotherapy supervisors, KI, Stockholm, 7,5hp

2011 Basic Course in Education for University Teachers in Higher Education,Lime (CME), KI, Stockholm , 7,5hp

2012 Doctoral supervision, KI (5 days), KI, Stockholm.

2014 Flexible Distance Online Learning, KI, Stockholm, eq 3hp


2000 Women’s medicine, Uppsala university, 7,5hp

2003 Exercise in health, ill health and chronic disability, KI, Stockholm, 15hp

2005 Health from a gender perspective, KI, Stockholm, 15hp

2016 Implementation, Linköping University, 7,5hp


Academic honours, awards and prizes

Danderyd Academic Primary Healthcare Centre was awarded the KLOK Award 2019 from the unit for Teaching and Learning at Karolinska Institutet. The aim of the award is to highlight good examples of units where there is good leadership and a well-organized care with learning in focus that promotes high quality education in clinical placements for KI's education programs.