About me

Current position

University level Karolinska Institutet Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society, division of Physical Therapy 2013- (100%). Amount of research within the employment about 25%. Associated professor (Docent) since spring 2011

Previous positions and periods of appointment

Research assistant Health University Linköping. 1991-1992. University lecturer/associated professor Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Caring Sciences and Society, division of Physical Therapy from 2002-currently Ergonomist at Karolinska Institutet Department of Public Health, division of Work and Environmental Medicine from 2002-2012


Research group leader (https://ki.se/en/nvs/musculoskeletal-disorders-from-a-biopsychosocial-p…) Sixty referee-reviewed publications (see below)   Presentations at national and international conferences (see below). Grant holder in TRAMA project (Ett EU-finansierat projekt 2008-2009). Member in networks on Occupational Health Services 2010-2013, Regeneritive Medicine, Swedish biomechanics Society

Previous and current research funding.

Music Norrtälje 2002-2006: 6 research months NVV, about 150 000 SEK in total AFA insurance 2010-2013: 2 500 000 SEK. KI-fonden 2010-2013: about 130 000 SEK in total. Co-worker in several other projects (5%-10% employed at KI, NVS) Private funding 2011: 175 000 (BACKAPP AB), 2014: 325 000 (Scandinavian Business Seating AS) Qinematic – insurance company financed a project 575 000 SEK

Education at the Karolinska Institutet

Co-supervisor of three ongoing doctoral students: John Ressman, Tom Torstensen, Magdalena Fresk Main supervisor of one finished doctoral student: Roman Kuster 2021 Co-supervisor of three finished doctoral student: Christina Olsson, 2010, Ingrid Claesson, 2018, Elena Tseli 2019. External mentor for two doctoral students at the Karolinska Institutet (2009 and 2017) Supervision of exam projects at bachelor level >150 students. Supervision of exam projects at advanced level >90 students. International supervisors at bachelor and master level. Head course organization for several courses on bachelor, advanced and doctoral level Member in several halftime and disputation committees 2012-2019 Coordinator international collaborations with Rosario University Bogota Colombia, ZWAH (Zurich, Switzerland)., Bern University (Switzerland).

Research description

Movement science in a broad perspective Epidemiology Musculoskeletal pain in a biopsychosocial perspective



Higher education degree(s)

Master in public health 1988 University of Maastricht the Netherlands. Physical Therapy, 1995, Karolinska Institutet. Doctoral degree 2006, Med Dr. Karolinska Institutet. Doctoral thesis title: Work and Neck/Shoulder Pain – Risk and Prognostic factors.

Pedagogics for university teachers. Karolinska institutet (framtidens lärare) Supervisor courses 2009 and 2017.


Academic honours, awards and prizes

“Best teacher in physiotherapy” –reward winner: 2015 and 2017, nomitated nearly every year since 2014