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I'm on a leave of absence from November 1, 2019, to January 17, 2021.

Mats Christiansen


I'm on a leave of absence from November 1, 2019, to January 17, 2021.

About me

By profession, I am a registered nurse and authorized sexologist (Specialist in Sex Education, Sexual Health Promoter [NACS]). Before starting as a lecturer, I have worked in emergency departments, clinical trials of HIV, and hepatitis medications as well as HIV/STI screening. I maintain clinical contact and experience through per diem work at the emergency department at Södersjukhuset and via Helsebemanning A/S. To me, it is essential to stay up to date clinically and to know about the everyday work-life for nursing colleagues.

My passion has, from my undergraduate years, been the health and care needs of sexual minority patients (LGBTQ). In the last few years, my focus has mainly been on the older adult. Theoretically, my work is influenced by critical theories (gender, queer, and crip theories), particularly how that intersects with gerontology.

Research description

My dissertation research has focused on symptom management, adherence to a mHealth intervention, and its effect on self-care ability and health literacy in a group of men treated with radiotherapy for prostate cancer. 

Teaching portfolio

I teach at both undergraduate as well as at the post-graduate/specialist nursing programs at the Division of Nursing, but also in other programs at other divisions. My teaching is primarily focused on research methods and scientific theory, human sexuality, and gerontology.

I have experience from regular classroom lectures to distance learning, both with small as well as large groups. Additionally, I have experience from teaching at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), U.S.A.

In a collaboration between KI and the Student Union (MF), I participated in the review, the nursing and medical students did of their programs regarding equity. A report was published in Swedish: Vidgade perspektiv i utbildningen [Widened perspectives in the education].

In the last couple of years, I have published book chapters in Swedish textbooks about older gay men and HIV as well as queering caring moments. As part of the public component of academic work, I lecture about health for LGBTQ individuals, aging, and mental health and sexuality.


1996 University Certificate in Nursing, Göteborg University College for Caring Sciences, Sweden

1998 B.S. Nursing, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

2000 M.S. (one-year) Nursing, Sexology (Courses in sexology; clinical [90 ECTS-credits] and didactic [30 ECTS-credits]), University of Gothenburg, Sweden

2019 Ph.Lic. (Med. Sci.) (med. lic.), Caring Science, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

2021 (est.) P.G.Dip. (Specialist Nurse, Gerontological Nursing), Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

2019-2022 (est.) Ph.D., Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Eta and Tau Omega, inducted 2008

Chancellor's Award for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership for student, UCSF, 2010

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