I am a PhD student at Doctoral School of Health Care Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. I have a clinical background as an occupational therapist within the neurological field, mainly rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). I have worked since 2003 as an occupational therapist at Spinalis SCI unit at Rehab Station Stockholm and also participated as an occupational therapist in the project Spinalis Botswana SCI Rehab Project.
My research area is return to work (RTW) for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). First years after SCI is crucial for a return to work, early and coordinated rehabilitation are necessary to facilitate participation in the labor market for persons with SCI. The overall aim of this project is to generate knowledge about RTW for adults with SCI, in order to develop and evaluate innovative interventions that can serve as a compliment to current systems for returning to work. The thesis is based on a participatory approach, i.e. an approach where the participant is seen as collators in research. In cooperation with persons with SCI and actors in RTW, knowledge will be generated to serve as a foundation in development of a complex intervention.