About me

I have a PhD since 2015 and I am currently working as a researcher and teacher at the Division of Physiotherapy, Dept of Neurobiology, Health Care Sciences and Society. I am a physiotherapist and my clinical background is in the primary healthcare. I have also worked with the implementation of Physical activity on prescription (FaR) in the Stockholm County, as a course coordinator for the Doctoral school of research in family medicine, KI/SLL, and as a postdoc researcher at Aging Research Center 2018/19. I have ongoing collaborations with researchers at Arizona State University and at the University of Queensland, where I also have been a visiting postdoc.

Research description

My research mainly focuses on physical activity and health, and on objective assessment of physical activity (accelerometry). I am a member of Professor Hagströmer's research group "Physical activity and Sports medicine with focus on prevention" and have investigated the associations of objectively assessed sedentary time and physical activity with mortality and morbidity in a Swedish population-based cohort (the ABC-study) with 15 years follow-up.

I have received a postdoctoral grant as a SFO-V fellow from the Strategic Research Area Health Care Science at KI, 2018/19. In my postdoc project I investigated objectively assessed sedentary behavior and its association with cognitive function in over 650 older women and men, participating in the Swedish National study on Aging and Care in Kungsholmen (SNAC-K).

The overall aim of my thesis was to explore correlates for physical activity in older adults with osteoporosis and to evaluate whether a specific, progressive balance-training program focusing on dual- and multi-task exercises had effects on objectively measured habitual physical activity and health-related quality of life. I have continued to be engaged in the implementation of the balance training program, as affiliated to the research group "Physical Activity for Healthy Living and Active Ageing".

Additional publications:

Dohrn IM. (Red.). (2018) Fysisk aktivitet som medicin – en praktisk handbok utifrån FYSS. Stockholm: SISU Idrottsböcker. ISBN:978-91-7727-035-5

Dohrn IM. Sport prescription in Sweden, an effective tool? Sport et Santé en Europe/Sport and Health in Europe, Sport & Citizenship, Sept 2014.

Dohrn IM. (2013) Sjukgymnastens perspektiv på stillasittande. I Ekblom Bak E (Red.), Långvarigt stillasittande - en hälsofara i tiden. Lund: Studentlitteratur. ISBN:978-91-4407-805-2

Dohrn IM, Lundin M, Nilsson-Wikmar L. Sjukgymnastiskt vårdprogram för gravida med rygg/bäckensmärta - en pilotstudie. Nordisk Fysioterapi 2002;6(1):35-40


Teaching portfolio

My areas of teaching expertise are in physical activity and health, Physical activity on prescription (FaR), objective assessment of sedentary behavior and physical activity, and physical activity older adults. I am the course leader for the freestanding course "Physical Activity as Prevention FYSS/FaR". I teach at the Physiotherapy program, the Medicine program, and advanced courses at KI. I also teach doctoral level courses at KI, and I have been responsible for course planning and course syllabus as a course coordinator for the Doctoral school of research in family medicine.


2015 Doctoral degree, Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet

  • Thesis title: Physical activity and health-related quality of life in older adults with osteoporosis. Supervisors: Professor Agneta Ståhle, associate professor Maria Hagströmer and professor Mai-Lis Hellenius.

2008 Master of Science, Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet

1988 University diploma, Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet


Academic honours, awards and prizes

Best Oral Presentation in Medicine/Physiology, Swedish Association for Physical Activity and Sports Medicine Conference 2019

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