Lisette Farias Vera

Assistant professor

Assistant Professor, research areas within critical health research and health equity, and transformative education and practice.

About me

I am Assistant Professor at the Division of Occupational Therapy at Karolinska Institutet, Board Member of the Swedish Occupational Therapists Association’s Scholarship Fund, Board Member of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE), and Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational Science. I am also a registered Occupational Therapist in Chile and Sweden with work experience in both countries. 

Research description

My research interests are within critical health research and health equity, including health professional development toward social responsive practices, and transformative education and practice. To advance this research, I apply critical theory and dialogical and collaborative methods to enact reflexivity among health professionals working with groups in vulnerable conditions and co-design possibilities for action based on different types of knowledge and experience. As an example of this, my doctoral thesis forwards a critical dialogical approach and critical reflexivity to enact values such as transparency, partnership, and democratization of the research process. 

List of Publications

Book Chapters

  1. Farias, L & Aldrich, B. (2021). Critical Theory: Resources for questioning and transforming everyday life. In S. Taff (Ed.), Philosophical Foundations for Occupational Therapy Education, Research, and Practice. Slack Inc.
  2. Farias, L. (2020). The (Mis)shaping of Health: Problematizing Neoliberal Discourses of Individualism and Responsibility. In H. Hosseini, J. Goodman, S. C. Motta, & B. K. Gills (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies (pp. 268-281). London: Routledge.
  3. Nichols B., Farias L. (2018) Maternal Care in Guatemala: Problematizing Discourses of Development, Transnational Advocacy, and Indigeneity. In: Schwartz D. (eds) Maternal Death and Pregnancy-Related Morbidity Among Indigenous Women of Mexico and Central America. Global Maternal and Child Health (Medical, Anthropological, and Public Health Perspectives). Springer.

Teaching portfolio

The core of my research in teaching is health professional education, particularly transformative learning, professional reasoning, and critical reflexivity. I supervise undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students. I teach within epistemological foundations of qualitative research and qualitative methods, critical social theory, (critical) occupational science, and health promotion. As part of the international group at my Division and board member of ENOTHE, I collaborate in the development of international courses, webinars/workshops, and educational projects across Europe. My focus on internationalization of the curriculum follows equity, decolonization, and inclusion perspectives.


  • Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (2022-present) - Postdoctor in Health Promotion, Division of Nursing
  • Western University, Canada (2018) - PhD. Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (field of Occupational Science)
  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (2012) - European M.Sc. Occupational Therapy 
  • University of Chile (2008) – B.Sc. Human Occupation and Occupational Therapy Degree
  • Western University, Canada (2016) – Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning
  • Western University, Canada (2014) – Graduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication

Academic honours, awards and prizes

  • Recipient of The Engelsberg Scholars-in-Residence programme 2022, Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation 
  • Recipient of Swedish Occupational Therapists Scholarship 2019
  • Recipient of Global Bridges Program for Junior Researchers (Strategic Grants SFO-V, Karolinska Institutet) 2019
  • Recipient of Ingela Petersson Lies Memorial Fund (NVS, Karolinska Institutet) 2019
  • Elected a Board member of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) 2018-present
  • Recipient of Ontario Trillium Scholarship (Doctoral Fellowship, Canada) 2013-2017
  • Recipient of Western Graduate Research Scholarship (Western University, Canada) 2013-2017
  • Recipient of Student Research Grant in Occupational Science from the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA 2016 
  • Recipient of Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) Award (Teaching Award, Western University) 2016
  • Recipient of Global Opportunities (GO) Award for Health Sciences (Western University) 2015
  • Recipient of the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists Student Scholarship 2014
  • Recipient of the Linnaeus–Palme Scholarship for study abroad (Linnaeus-Palme Foundation, Sweden) 2007