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Maria Niemi

Project coordinator

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About me

I am a public health scientist with specific interest in preventive and public health interventions for depression, stress and anxiety. I have been working in this field since my PhD studies, in various settings and contexts, including semi-rural areas in Vietnam as well as Stockholm. I also work clinically with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction groups and psychotherapy. I am coordinator for sustainable development for the comittees of higher education and doctoral education at KI, and my ambition is to bridge my two disciplines of interest – individual mental health and sustainable development at the societal level – through research and education. I am also member of the management group of the KI Center for Social Sustainability.

Research description

My current projects concern evaluating the effects of a Mindfulness intervention in preventing stress during pregnancy and its negative consequences on the mother and infant, as well as mapping the implemetation of mindfulness based interventions in health care services in Sweden. Also, I am part of the international “Climate Change Task Force”, that maps behavioral interventions for reducing the negative climate impact of human behavior. I am main supervisor of one PhD student.


Ph.D Medical Science 2012

M.Sc Medical Anthropology 2004

B.Sc Neuroscience 2003

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