Lena Wettergren

Affiliated to teaching/tutoring

About me

I am an Associate Professor in Nursing and a Senior lecturer working at the Division for Reproductive Health, Department of Women's and Children's Health. I primarily focus on research and education on advanced and doctoral level. I have a 6-year research appointment financed by The Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation. I am a registered nurse and have my clinical background in psychosocial oncology.


Registered Nurse, 1980

Basic Education in Psychotherapy, Stockholm County Council, 1995                  

PhD, Karolinska Institutet, 2002

Commission of trust

Director of the Doctoral School in Health Care Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, 2016--

Member of the Dissertation Committee, Karolinska Institutet, 2011-2013 and 2015-2018

Research description

My research focuses on psychosocial aspects of cancer care and fertility/infertility. Ongoing projects:

Fertility-related communication in cancer care 

Fex-Can - Fertility and sexuality following cancer 

Health-related quality of life and needs of care and support among cancer patients in East Africa 

Sexuality and thoughts about fertility in childhood cancer survivors 

Translation and adaption of the PRO-CTCAE – a measure of symptoms in clinical trials 


Teaching portfolio

I teach and supervise in master programmes and research education. I am course coordinator for the doctoral course “Quality of life as an outcome measure in care sciences”, (3.0 ECTS) held every other year at Karolinska Institutet.