I am doctoral student at the division of Speech and language pathology since 2016,. My research field is stuttering and in my doctoral project I investigate the experiences of stuttering in young women and men. Are they the same or do the experiences and perceptions differ between the sexes?
I am also working clinically at the Department of Speech and Language Pathology, Danderyd Hospital. All my working years at the clinic have been devoted exclusively to speech fluency disorders (stuttering and cluttering). In my clinical work, I assess and give intervention to children, teens and adults with speech fluency disorders.
I am a certified specialist in the area of speech disorders / speech fluency disorders, in accordance with the Swedish Logopedics Association's (Slof) criteria for specialization. Since 2018, I am also certified European Fluency Specialist, in accordance with criteria developed by the European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Consortium.
Available knowledge about stuttering is mainly based on research where the majority of the participants are men, and where results usually are reported on a group level and less often for men and women separately. Possible differences between men's and women's stuttering symptoms, coping strategies and experiences of how stuttering has an impact on quality of life is therefore at risk of being unexplored. The aim of my doctoral project is to investigate how the development of stuttering relates to sex, both in terms of audible, manifest symptoms and experiences of the disorder. The studies hitherto completed in the project have shown that stuttering has a more negative impact on teenage girls compared to male peers. Teenage girls who stutter more often report that they avoid speaking and withdraw from social-communicative interactions, compared to the report of age-matched boys. In a parallell study of non-stuttering teenagers experience of speaking and communication in different contexts, a difference between the sexes was not seen in a corresponding way, suggesting that stuttering in young women has significant consequences.
The aim of the doctoral project is to enhance the knowledge of whether there are differences between how females and males in different ages experience and cope with stuttering. This may have clinical importance in the assessment process and choice of intervention and can contribute to more equal care. The result of the project is also expected to improve support that young people who stutter, and especially girls who stutter, receive from parents, teachers, and others, as the knowledge of stuttering in general, and sex differences specifically, for this age group is limited.
I am responsible for the content and structure of theory, practice and assessment of fluency disorders at the Study programme in Speech and Language Pathology at Karolinska Institutet since 2008, where I also have an ongoing teaching assignment. I also have a teaching assignment in the field of fluency disorders at the programme in Speech and Language Pathology at Åbo Academy, Finland. Since 2018, I have volunteered to teach the MSc Speech and Language students in a course on stammering at the University of Ghana.
Professional degree in Speech and language Pathology, Lund University 2003
Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology, Karolinska Institutet 2015
Accepted as a doctoral student at Karolinska Institutet in 2016