I have extensive experience in hearing rehabilitation, clinical psychology and behavioral medicine. My research has had a multidisciplinary profile, including collaboration with colleagues in medicine, physiotherapy, psychology, nursing, and dentistry. The research has focused on issues related to adoption, initiation, and maintenance of health-related behaviours. It takes off from a bio-psycho-social framework applying theory and empirical findings from behavioural medicine in rehabilitation, secondary prevention and self-management related to acute and chronic conditions. Another focus is on the implementation of evidence-based behavioural medicine treatment in primary health care and in habilitation services for adults with Retts syndrome.
Academic and professional qualifications
Uppsala University, Professor, 2008, Clinical Psychology
Uppsala University, Docent, 1995, Clinical Psychology
Uppsala University, Ph.D., 1989, Clinical Psychology
Dissertation title: Assessment of tinnitus aurium: A behavioural approach to the evaluation of symptoms and the effects of intervention. Supervisor: prof Lennart Melin
Socialstyrelsen, 1985, Licensed Psychologist
Uppsala University, M.Sc., 1983, Clinical PsychologistUppsala University, B.Sc., 1979, Psychology
Professor em Psychology, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University (from 9/2020 – ).
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University (3/2008 – 8/2020)
Senior Lecturer (universitetslektor), Centre for Caring Sciences, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University (100% 3/1997 – 3/2008)
Assistant professor (forskarassistent), Centre for Caring Sciences, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University (100% 3/1991 – 2/1997)
Postdoctoral fellow, School of Psychology, The Flinders University of South Australia (100% 1/1992 – 7/1992)
Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, County Council of Västmanland, Västerås (10% of full time, 9/1991–6/1995)
Researcher (forskare), Department of Psychology, Uppsala University (50%, 7/1989–2/1991)
Clinical psychologist, Department of Audiology, Uppsala University Hospital (part time during 9/1984–2/1988; 50% during 3/1988–2/1991)
Doctoral student, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University (50%, 7/1984–6/1989)
Research assistant, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University (50%, 9/1982–6/1989)
Special assignments (within the university)
Substitute, Departmental Board, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, 7/2012–6/2015.
Assistant Department Chair, Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, 04/2013–3/2014.
Member, Faculty of Social Science, Recruitment Group (responsible for matters concerned with tenured lectureships), Uppsala University, 7/2011– 8/2020.
Member of the Course Classification Group at Uppsala University, 9/2008 – 8/2020.
Member and Vice-Chair (from 2013), Program Committee for the Speech Therapist Program, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, 7/2008 – 8/2020.
Director of studies (studierektor) for graduate research training in the Caring Sciences (vårdvetenskap), Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, 7/1999-3/2008.
Deputy Department Chair, Center for Caring Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, 7/1994–6/1997.
Member of the Departmental Board, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Uppsala University, 1/2000–3/2008
PhD students supervised to completion (main supervisor)
Eva Johansson/Denison (1999)
Anne Söderlund (2001)
Åsa Fichtel (2003)
Pernilla Åsenlöf (2005)
Cecilia Rastad (2009)
Magnus Lindberg (2010)
Birgitta Jönsson (2010)
PhD students supervised to completion (co-supervisor)
Gerhard Andersson (1995, main supervisor professor Lennart Melin)
Christina Hägnebo (1998, main supervisor professor Lennart Melin)
Annika Nilsson (2008, main supervisor docent Eva Denison)
Maria Sandborgh (2008, main supervisor docent Eva Denison)
Ingrid Demmelmaier (2010, main supervisor professor Pernilla Åsenlöf)
Catharina Gustafsson (2011, main supervisor docent Eva Denison)
Freddie Lymeus (2019, main supervisor professor Terry Hartig)
Helena Wandin (2021, main supervisor professor Karin Sonnander)
Experience in communicating results to stakeholders and usersI have extensive experience in lecturing and course work aimed at patients, end-users and personnel employed in different areas of rehabilitation, such as primary care, tinnitus, hearing impairment, long-term low back pain, and WAD. For all of these areas, I explain how health psychology and behavioral medicine approaches have been introduced in research, clinical trials and routine treatment.
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