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 gender?
I am also working clinically at the Department of Speech and Language Pathology, Danderyd Hospital. All the years I have worked there 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 who stutter.
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. In 2018, I became European Fluency Specialist, in accordance with criteria developed by the European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Consortium.
Stuttering is a speech fluency disorder surrounded by many prejudices. The quality of life of the person is often strongly negatively affected. Many of those who stutter may become adept at word and situational avoidances as a coping strategy that may result in a low frequency of overt stuttering. Thus, one can find ways to hide the stuttering symptoms and clinical experience tells us that females tend to be overrepresented in that regard.
In a recently performed study in my doctoral project where the aim was to explore and compare the experience of stuttering, coping strategies and impact on quality of life for stuttering females and males in different ages. It was concluded that experience of stuttering and coping strategies differ between genders. Females in their teens showed a more negative experience of stuttering and a greater tendency of using avoidance strategies than male peers. The teenage girls also expressed that they avoid talking and withdraw socially to a greater extent than teenage boys. There is a risk that stuttering females who are effectively hiding their symptoms will not get professional intervention as it seems as if they have recovered naturally.
The expected outcome of the doctoral project is enhanced knowledge to whether differences exist between stuttering females and males with regard to experiences and coping strategies. This is important in both assessment and intervention for children and teenagers who stutter and can thus contribute to equal health care.
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. In the spring of 2018, I 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