Mandana Fallahpour

Mandana Fallah Pour

Assistant senior lecturer

About me

I am currently Assistant Senior Lecturer at the Occupational Therapy Programme at the Division of Occupational Therapy at Karolinska Institutet. I am also researcher in the Nordic Brain Network  (NBN),  the Health in Everyday Life among people with Neurological Disorders (HELD) and the CACTUS research groups (Cognitive Accessibility and Technology Use when Ageing in home and Society) at the Department of Neurobilogy, Care Sciences and Society at Karolinska Institutet.

Research description

In my doctoral research the focus was on the concept of participation in everyday occupations among persons with stroke in Iran and different factors influencing participation using both quantitative and qualitative methods. In that research project an occupational perspective was applied where the last synthesis in the thesis produced and highlighted some socio-cultural aspects on the concept of participation to use both nationally and worldwide. In line with that special focus on the concept of participation in everyday occupation, my postdoctoral research has followed the same research line with intentionally expanding my focus in research to the concept of environment (i.e. everyday technology use, living context, and culture) and its relation to participation and also extending the study group to persons with acquired brain injury (ABI) and cognitive impairments (e.g., dementia). 

I am currently inloved in research  research focusing on persons with dementia and elderly working mainly with two research groups: 

1) The Nordic Brain Network  (NBN) research group led by Professor Miia Kivipelto, MD., PhD (Ageing Research Center and Division of Clinical Geriatrics, Department of NVS, Karolinska Institutet) with the focus on the field of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease research, the related risk factors and prevention. The NBN has collaborations among Nordic countries, with the members who are primarily working in Sweden and Finland. The NBN is an international research group communicating with international researchers from various countries in the world. Nordic Brain Network | Karolinska Institutet (

2) The Health in Everyday Life among people with Neurological Disorders (HELD) research group led by Professor Susanne Guidetti, OT, PhD (Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of NVS, Karolinska Institutet) focusing on enabling participation and health in everyday life among persons at risk or with neurological disorder (e.g., stroke). Health in Everyday Life among people with neurological Disorders (HELD) | Karolinska Institutet (

3) The Cognitive Accessibility and Technology Use when Ageing in home and Society (CACTUS) research group led by Professor Louise Nygård, OT, PhD (Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of NVS, Karolinska Institutet), focusing on persons with cognitive impairment and their participation in everyday life and everyday technology use. CACTUS - Cognitive Accessibility and Technology Use when aging in home and Society | Karolinska Institutet (


Publications in English:

Schuhmacher, T. P., Andresen, M., & Fallahpour, M. (2022). Clinical reasoning of occupational therapists in selecting activities together with older adults with dementia to postpone further development of cognitive decline. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/11038128.2022.2112282.

Fallahpour, M., Fritz, H., Thunborg, C., Akenine, U., & Kivipelto, M. (2022). Experiences of Active Everyday Life among persons with prodromal Alzheimer’s disease: a qualitative study. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 15:1921-1932. DOI: 10.2147/JMDH.S369878.  

Fallahpour, M., Eriksson, G., & Guidetti, S. (2022). Changes in Perceived Impact of Stroke on Everyday Life over Five Years in a Rehabilitation Sample that Received an Activity of Daily Living Intervention: A Follow-Up Study. J Rehabil Med, 54, jrm00291. DOI: 10.2340/jrm.v54.1060.

Fallahpour, M., Nygard, L., & Asaba, E. (2022). Communication and engagement as potentiality in everyday life between persons with young onset dementia living in a nursing home and caregivers. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being, 17(1), 2035305. 

Akenine, U., Thunberg, C., Kivipelto, M., & Fallahpour, M. (2022). Experiences of Participation in a Multimodal Preventive Trial MIND-ADMINI Among Persons with Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare 2022(15), 219-234. 

Bergstrom, A., Fallahpour, M., & Vikstrom, S. (2021). Occupational gaps reported by proxies for persons with dementia residing in a nursing home. Scand J Occup Ther, 1-10. 

Berger, M., Asaba, E., Fallahpour, M., & Farias, L. (2020). The sociocultural shaping of mothers’ doing, being, becoming and belonging after returning to work. Journal of Occupational Science online published 18 Nov 2020. DOI:

Akenine, U., Barbera, M., Beishuizen, C., Fallahpour, M., Guillemont, J., Rosenberg, A., Coley, N., Mangialasche, F., Salo, L., Savy, S., Pols, J., Andrieu, S., Richard, E., Soininen, H., Moll van Charante, E., Kivipelto, M. (2020). Prevention of cardiovascular disease and dementia among older adults: a Qualitative study of individuals’ attitudes in a European context. BMJ Open, 10(8), e037050. DOI:

Harutyunyan, Z., Öhman, A. & Fallahpour, M. (2020) Lived experience of participation in Daily occupations among older people living in social house in Armenia. Armenian Journal of Special Education, 1, 127-149. DOI:

Köttl, H., Fallahpour, M., Nygard, L., Hedman, A., & Kottorp, A. (2020). Depression, Everyday technology use and life satisfaction in older adults with cognitive impairments: a Cross sectional exploratory study. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences. Doi:

Fallahpour, M., Borell, L., Sandberg, L., & Boström, A.-M. (2020). Dementia care Education targeting job strain and organizational climate among dementia care specialists in Swedish home care. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 13, 85-97. DOI:

Beishuizen, C. R. L., Akenine, U., Barbera, M., Rosenberg, A., Fallahpour, M., Richard, E.,Soininen, H., Mangialasche, F.,  Kivipelto, M., Pols, A.J. & Moll van Charante, E. P. (2019). Integrating nurses’ experiences with supporting behaviour change for cardiovascular prevention into a self-management internet platform in Finland and the Netherlands: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 9(6), e023480.

Malinowsky, C & Fallahpour, M, Larsson Lund, M., Nygård, L. & Kottorp, A. (2018). Skill clusters of ability to manage everyday technology among people with and without cognitive impairment, dementia and acquired brain injury. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 25(2):99-107. doi: 10.1080/11038128.2017.1298665. Epub 2017 Mar 2.

Kottorp, A., Fallahpour, M., Malinowsky, C., Larsson Lund, M., & Nygard, L. (July 2017). Skill Clusters in Ability to Manage Everyday Technology Among Older People With and Without Cognitive Impairments. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association 71(4_Supplement_1), 7111500008p1.

Tham, K., Erikson, A., & Fallahpour, M. (2017). Performance capacity and the lived body. In R. R. Taylor (Ed.), Kielhofner's Model Of Human Occupation (pp. 74-89). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Fallahpour, M., Borell, L., Luborsky, M., & Nygard, L. (2016). Leisure-activity participation to prevent later-life cognitive decline: a systematic review. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 23(3), 162-197.

Fallahpour, M., Kottorp, A., Nygard, L., & Lund, M. L. (2015). Participation after acquired brain injury: Associations with everyday technology and activities in daily life. Scand J Occup Ther, 22(5), 366-376.

Fallahpour, M., Kottorp, A., Nygard, L., & Lund, M. L. (2014). Perceived difficulty in use of everyday technology in persons with acquired brain injury of different severity: A comparison with controls. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 46(7), 635-641.

Fallahpour, M., Jonsson, H., Joghataei, M. T., Nikbakht Nasrabadi, A., & Tham, K. (2013). I am not living my life:  lived experience of participation in everyday occupations after stroke in Tehran. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine,45, 528-34.

Hosseini, S.L., Fallahpour, M., Sayadi, M., Gharib, M., Haghgoo, H. (2012). The impact of Mental practice on stroke patients’ postural balance. Journal of Neurological Sciences, 322 (1-2), 263-267.

Fallahpour, M., Jonsson, H., Joghataei, M. T., & Kottorp, A. (2011). Impact on Participation and Autonomy (IPA): Psychometric evaluation of the Persian version to use for persons with stroke. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy 2011, 18(1), 59-71.

Fallahpour M, Tham K, Joghataei MT, Jonsson H. (2011). Perceived participation and autonomy: Aspects of functioning and contextual factors predicting participation after stroke. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 43(5), 388-97.

Fallahpour, M., Tham, K., Joghataei, M. T., Eriksson, G., & Jonsson, H. (2011). Occupational gaps in everyday life after stroke and the relation to aspects of functioning and perceived life satisfaction. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 31, 200-8

Azimian M, Shahvarughi Farahani A, Dadkhah A, Fallahpour M., Karimlu M. (2009). Fatigue Severity Scale: The psychometric properties of the Persian-version in patients with multiple sclerosis. Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 4, 974-7.

Fallahpour M. (2004). A review on occupational therapy in Iran. Iranian Rehabilitation Journal, 2(1), 5-8.

Fallahpour, M., Joghataei, M. T., A'shayeri, H., Salavati, M., & Hosseini, S. A. (2003). Effects of Mental Practice on Balance in the Elderly. Achives of rehabilitation 4(3 and 4), 34-39.



1992-1996 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Occupational Therapy

1999-2002 Master of Science (MSc) in Occupational Therapy

2005- 2011 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Therapy

2011-2015 Postdoctoral studies in Occupational Therapy