Graciela Rovner, PhD

Graciela Rovner

Affiliated to teaching/tutoring

Pain and Mental Health Senior Specialist.
ACT reviewed trainer (the only physio worldwide).
Behavioral & process-based physiotherapy expert.

Teaching portfolio

I started to teach at the Buenos Aires National University at the age of 20. I was teaching at the Architecture program about how form, space, colors influence our psyche, given that I was studying both architecture and psychology. 

After moving to Sweden, I decided to work privately teaching health professionals how to create sustainable lifestyle behavioral changes. Since 2010, I supervise masters in physiotherapy and medical students and teach in interprofessional graduate courses (IPL), both in Sweden and as an invited professor in universities worldwide. My expertise is Behavioral Medicine and Interprofessional Learning (IPL), which I do since 2010 at Karolinska Institutet (KI). 

Currently, I am the course leader for ACT applied in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at KI.



2015 Post-doc fellow Department of Clinical Sciences, Danderyd Hospital (KI DS)

2014 PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg

2013 MSc in Clinical Medical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet

2011 MSc in Psychology, University of Linköping

2006 MSc in Physiotherapy, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg

2004-2006 Graduated studies in Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA


2006 Algology Specialization (Pain sciences) at the University of Gothenburg

2005 BSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Gothenburg

2004 BSc in Health Care Education at the University of Gothenburg

2003 BSc in Psychology at the Univesity of Gothenburg


Academic honours, awards and prizes

Nominated by the Swedish Association of Physiotherapy for the Award: the Physiotherapist of the Year 2014

Awarded with the best presentation at the international Conferences for Physiotherapists in Mental Health:  Madrid 2016 and Reykjavik 2018

Awarded Fellow of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences ACBS för contributing to the Association and the Contextual and Behavioral Sciences in a broader sense