Ph.D. students - SIDR
Josefine Andin (1979) has a master of science in medical biology and a licentiate degree in geriatrics from Linköping university.
Since 2007 she is a PhD student at SIDR in Linköping. In her research she performs cognitive studies and brain imaging to elucidate similarities and differences between how deaf and hearing persons processes language and arithmetics.
Jessica Arvidsson, born 1982, has a master¿s degree in Political Science. She has been involved in projects concerning LSS (The Act Concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments) at Halmstad University and she has also been employed as a PhD student in social work at Malmö University for a year and a half. Since january 1st 2011, Jessica is a PhD student in disability research at Halmstad University, studying the life after upper secondary school for pupils with learning disabilities with a special focus on the working life.
Patrik Arvidsson, born 1969, clinical psychologist and MSc degree in Applied Psychology from Umeå University. Working at the Adult Habilitation , County Council of Gävleborg and from 2007 also at the School of Health Sciences at Jönköping University. The interest and research domain is people with intellectual disability and the focus is aspects of everyday functioning and adaptive competence. The main aim of the research project is to investigate patterns of body-functions, activities and environmental factors in relation to self-rated participation according to ICF, in people with mild intellectual disability. The research is done collaboratively with the research group CHILD at Mälardalen University in Västerås and the School of Health Sciences at Jönköping University.
Anna Karin Axelsson, born 1960, is a registered physical therapist and has a master in medical science. She has worked in different fields of physical therapy of which the past ten years in the area of children's habilitation. Her research area is children with profound multiple disabilities and participation in family activities, and is based on the over-all agreement that participation is a prerequisite for learning as well as representing a central aspect of health. The main aim is to find facilitating factors to promote participation in family activities. The work is conducted at CHILD (Jönköping) and is financed by Allmänna Arvsfonden.
Aline Baggio, PhD student at Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University and Coordinator for Research and Development at Swedish Development Centre for Disability Sport. Her research focus on development of literacy for persons with deafness and development of teaching strategies in primary and secondary school to enhance the process of effectively learning how to read and write spoken languages. Her main interest is education of young persons with deafness with a special emphasis on communication. Furthermore she is interested in inclusion and how it can be functionally applied for persons with deafness.
Stefan Billinger, I’m a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist and working part-time as a school psychologist. My research is focused on the develop-ment of self-control in children and adolescents. The main question in my PhD theses is whether it is pos-sible to develop teaching strategies that increase chil-dren’s possibilities to self-control? The theoretical ba-sis of my work is the Relational frame theory. Relational frame theory is a psychological theory about human language and cognition. It is based on principals of learning and tries to provide a useful account of how people learn and use language.
Tomas Boman, born at 1954. He took his degree in Master of Social Science at the University of Uppsala. He works at the University in Gävle where he holds the post of lecture. He also hold the post as Director of studies in Sociology. The objective of his thesis in disability research is to examine the Labour market situation for people with disability. The main aims on his licentiate degree will concern employment and discrimination issues for people with disability.
Marianne Boström, born 1953, registered Occupational Therapist, BS degree from University of Gothenburg and Master of Caring Sciences including occupational therapy, education and sociology, from Uppsala University. She is a lecturer at the Department of Caring Sciences, Örebro University in the occupational therapy program. The thesis is an examination of ¿act¿ and ¿action¿as a social process, from G.H.Meads psychosocial theory. Abductive analysis is used, to interpret occupational therapists descriptions of , the therapeutic process accomplished together with persons who suffer from severe mental disability.
Sara Båsjö, born 1983, is an authorized audiologist and has ha bachelor degree in Audiology. She is a lecturer at the school of health and medical science in Örebro since 2010. Sara is also a doctoral student at the Swedish institute for disability research (SIDR) located at Örebro university and she also belongs to HEAD graduate school since 2012. The aim of her research is children’s and youths habits of listening to music and their hearing.
Inger Canemark Jonasson is a doctoral student in Disability Research at School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University. She is a teacher and hearing therapist and has worked with habilitation and rehabilitation for adults and children with hearing loss and vision impairments for several years. Now, her working part is at the Hearing and Deaf Department, Västra Götalandregionen, Sweden. She works with rehabilitation for adults with cochlea-implants and adults with hearing and vision loss. The research field is experiences of participation and citizenship in daily life for adult persons with severe, acquired hearing and vision loss in a learning perspective, related to their own lives and history.
Emma Carlsson, born in 1980, has a master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Gothenburg and a bachelor's degree in Biomedicine from the School of Health Sciences in Jönköping. In 2007 she started working with Molecular Biology in Medical Services, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, County hospital Ryhov, Jönköping. In 2008 she started research on resistant bacteria and in 2010 she started her PhD project where she studies the effects of psychological stress as well as physical activity on the immune system in children and young adults. Currently she is working 80% with research and 20% with Molecular Biology at the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.
Elisabet Classon, born 1965, has a masters degree in psychology, directed towards cognitive behavioural therapy, from the University of Uppsala in 2001. Since then she has been working as a clinical psychologist in psychiatric care and she has an employment at the Psychiatric Clinic, University Hospital of Linköping. She is a member of HEAD graduate school and her research will focus on ERP-studies illuminating cognitive effects of hearing impairment.
Jakob Dahl is a clinical psychologist and a doctoral student at HEAD (Hearing and Deafness) graduate school. His area of research involves tinnitus, imaging (fMRI) and suppression of tinnitus and cognitive functions linked to tinnitus.
Mattias Ehn, born 1972 is a clinical psychologist and has a MSc degree in Applied Psychology from Stockholm University. He is working at the counseling and support team for persons with deaf blindness in Stockholm County. He is a doctoral student at the Swedish institute for Disability Research connected to Örebro University. The research domain is psychological consequences of acquired deaf-blindness.
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Ulrika Englund, born in 1976, has a Degree of Bachelor with a major in Public Health Sciences. Since 2007 Ulrika has been a part of a research team at the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Örebro University with a focus on inter-professional collaboration on e.g. children and youth with special needs and children and youth at risk. Ulrika is a doctoral student at SIDR since the autumn of 2012. In her research she will focus on disability and inter-professional collaboration between parties who in various ways support and care for children and young adults.
Marita Falkmer is a PhD student in Disability science HLK (School of Education and Communication) in Jönköping Sweden. The Phd project is pursued within the research group CHILD and with support from Norrköping Community, Sven Jerrings Fond, Stiftelsen Sunnerdahls Handikappfond, Claes Groschinskys Minnesfond and The Swedish Inheritance Fund. The aim of the project is to compare the effect of education about autism with the education about ethics to peers, relative to self rated and observed participation for students with Asperger syndrome and autism in compulsory schools. She has a background as a teacher in special education specialised in children and adolescents within the autism spectrum with long experience in working with this group of students in different school organisations as well as working with consultations and education in staff groups.
Kerstin Finndahl, born 1950, has a degree with an emphasis on business administration, and has earlier worked with business economical analysis at a national level. In recent years she has been engaged in projects concerning domestic violence and other types of abuse against women with disabilities. There are different forms of abuse, when analyzing the women¿s exposure to abuse there are findings indicating that the abuse can be related to a person¿s disability and context. Are there specific problems, which can be connected with different kinds of disabilities, when interacting with support organizations, police and the judicial system? The aim of the PhD theses is to describe abusive patterns, consequences and societal support from the perspectives of abused women, and the society. The focus is on disability related facts within the contexts of abusive activities and the societal capacity to meet violated women with disabilities.
Kennet Fröjd, PhD student at Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro University, Director at Swedish Development Centre for Disability Sport (SUH), R&D manager at University of Gävle. In Gävle he especially works with the development of higher education for students with intellectual disabilities and with inclusive education in adapted physical activity. His research focus on the development of cognitive function and performance in persons with intellectual disabilities. A major interest is also respiratory psychophysiology in combination with biofeedback and neurofeedback. Furthermore an equally major interest is the advancement of Paralympic sport through science where SUH is the European partner in a global Paralympic sport scientific network.
Hans Erik Frölander, born 1966, clinical psychologist and MSc degree in Applied Psychology from Umeå University. Working part – time at Resource Centre Deafblind within the National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools. PhD student from 2009 at the Swedish institute for Disability Research (SIDR) and HEAD, connected to Örebro University. The research domain is Cognition and Deafblindness, focusing cognitive development in children and adolescents with congenital/early deafblindness.
Sarah Granberg is a doctoral student at the Swedish institute for disability research (SIDR) located at Örebro University in Örebro, Sweden. Sarah is involved in two research projects; the first one is focusing on the development of ICF Core Sets for Hearing Loss and the second project on individuals with hearing loss who suffers from the sleep condition primary insomnia. Sarah was born 1973 in Arvika, Sweden. She is a registered Audiologist and has got a degree of Bachelor of Hearing Science. She has also studied linguistics and phonetics. Sarah is also a lecturer at the department of Hearing Science and her teaching area is audiological rehabilitation.
Johanna Gustafsson, born 1975, has a bachelor degree in behavioural sciences with emphasis on psychology. She is now employed at Stiftelsen Activa as a work consultant and as a researcher. Her research area is labour market and working life for people with disabilities and the role of support for people with disabilities finding their way to employment. The support is mainly focused on Supported employment. The aim of the doctoral thesis is to highlight factors on psychological, psychosocial and societal levels and how they influence the possibilities to maintain work and to investigate which factors in the support that have been successful.
Cecilia Henricson, born 1980, is a lic. psychologist and is a doctoral student at IBL. Since the focus of her research is on the cognitive and language development of children with cochlear implants it falls within the frames of the Swedish institute for Disability Research (SIDR) and HEAD. She worked with children and youth with disabilities during her first year in the psychologist profession. This deepened her interest of the area of disabilities.
Hugo Hesser is a doctoral student in disability research at Linköping University. He has a master degree in applied psychology from Linköping University and is a licensed clinical psychologist with clinical training in cognitive behavior therapy. His PhD project will focus on mechanisms involved in the development of disability and distress associated with tinnitus. The overall aim of the project is to evaluate significant clinical processes/mechanisms that can guide the development of effective treatment strategies for the condition. He is also involved in other research projects focusing on chronic pain, depression and anxiety disorders.
Emil Holmer, born in 1983, is a clinical psychologist with previous working experience from a psychiatric clinic and test development. In his PhD project he will focus on deafness and literacy. One of his favorite spare time activities is to learn more about the phenomenon mentalization.
Håkan Hua, born in 1986, is an authorized audiologist (2009) and has a Master’s degree in Audiology (2010). He was formerly a clinical audiologist at Hearing and Deafness Activities in Gothenburg and a research audiologist at the Cochlear implant department in Sahlgrenska University Hospital. He has also since 2010 been working as a guest lecturer at the Audiologist program at Sahlgrenska Academy with main responsibilities for the courses in medicine and integration of Sustainable development. His research/clinical interests include bimodal stimulation, hearing aid fitting and signal processing. He belongs to the HEAD graduate school and the aim of his research project is to examine the interaction between hearing impairment, work related noise and working ability.
Elin Hultman born 1976. Master of Social Science within the Social and Cultural Analysis Programme. I have been working as a social welfare secretary in the social services. My research interest is vulnerable children and their health .The thesis includes archive studies of social files from the social service and medical records from the medical service but also interviews with children how are or had been in social childcare in an institution and a foster home. The aim of the thesis is to increase knowledge of vulnerable children’s health.
Nina Klang, born 1978, language teacher; has worked as an interpreter and a teacher with children at elementary school and gymnasium in Russia. MSc in Children-Health-Intervention-Learning-Development (CHILD). She is a member of CHILD group and teacher in special education at Malardalen university. Her research work concerns International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), its conceptual model and application in child and youth habilitation as well as in pedagogical context at school.
Lisa Kilman is a doctoral student at Linköping University. She has a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in education. She has been working for several years as a teacher as well as a principal in compulsory school. Her research concerns the combined effects of a second language and hearing impairment on speech perception in noise.
Ann-Charlotte Linton is working in a remedial centre at an Upper secondary school in Lindesberg for students with neuropsychiatric disorders. She has a teaching diploma from Uppsala University, a Master’s of Education from the University of Greenwich and a Master in Pedagogic from Örebro University. Her dissertation focuses on motivational factors in students with Asperger syndrome. Her research includes identifying task characteristics that facilitate versus undermine motivation in educational contexts using a Self –Determination Theory (SDT) approach.
He has worked in wide range of experience in clinical, educational, research and management roles. However, due to his interest in teaching and research he returned to University to pursue an academic career. He is also involved in various external activities which include: Co-founder & President of non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) ‘Audiology India’ and Board of Director for British Academy of Audiology (BAA).
Lina is prosthetist/orthotist and has worked clinically in Lund. She has also worked as a lecturer in the Prosthetics and Orthotics Bachelor program in the Department for Rehabilitation at Jönköping University, Sweden. She has a masters degree in prosthetics and orthotics and a masters degree in International Health from the department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University. Linas research aims to investigate how the education of prosthetic and orthotic professionals and services to patients can be improved in developing countries.
Marie is a social worker and has a masters degree in social work. She works as a business developer for the management of rehabilitation and assistive devices. The service includes primarily the development and implementation of a national qualityregister of habilitation HabQ, but also public health work and collaboration between rehabilitation and other activities. Marie is a PhD student at the Institute for Disability Studies since February 2013 and has a clinical PhD student position at the center for rehabilitation research in Örebro County council. Her research will focus on return to work after brain injury.
Cecilia von Mentzer is a doctoral student in Disability Research at Linköping University. She was born in 1968 and is a certified speech and language pathologist since 1991. Cecilia has been working with language impaired children and children with dyslexia at Uppsala University hospital since 1994. She started in the field of cochlear implants 2005 situated at the Department of Hearing Implants in Uppsala. She wrote her Master of Science at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm 2005. Cecilia is the originator of Pratvis (Talkwise), a computer based program for phonological training. Pratvis has served as the tool for phonological training in a work by Strömbergsson, writing her Master of Science at Lund University. 2006 the County Council in Uppsala financed a study examining if Pratvis could enhance the speech intelligibility in four children, two with normal hearing and two with cochlear implants. Cecilia’s research field concerns computer based phonological training in children with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants, behavioral and neurophysiological findings.
Therése Mineur; I’m a Ph D student in Disability Research, hired at Halmstad University since august -08. I’m an educationalist with a preschool teacher degree and I’m also educated for teaching at the upper secondary school. My head subjects are pedagogy and disability research, in which I have a master degree. I have been working as a teacher in the upper secondary school at the programs for pupils with intellectual disabilities (in Sweden called särskola). In my thesis I’m interested in these pupils experiences and thoughts about their school-days and the school organisation. Most of these pupils are attending special classes, but far from all, as some of them are attending classes in compulsory school. In which different ways the programs for pupils with intellectual disabilities at the upper secondary school level are organised are, except from traditional special classes, indistinct. How different ways of organisation are affecting the pictures of themselves that the pupils have, their future and vital conditions are further questions as I’m searching answers for.
Sushmit Mishra (1981) did his bachelor’s in Audiology & Speech, Language Pathology (2005) and Masters in Audiology (2007). He practiced as an audiologist in India for a year where he was involved with new born hearing screening program, cochlear implantation and fitting of hearing aids. Sushmit’s research is towards developing theoretical aspects of a clinical test of cognitive spare capacity to be used is audiological clinic. The research is aimed to improve audiological rehabilitation of adults who are using hearing aids.
Shahram Moradi, Born in 1979, has a master degree in clinical psychology. My research field is cognitive hearing science and I am especially interested in multisensory integration and language understanding. For my thesis, I will study speech perception in different modalities (auditory, visual, and audiovisual), in both silent and noisy conditions.
Elaine Ng, born 1979, has a Master’s degree in Audiology. She was formerly a research assistant/clinical audiologist in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. Her clinical/research interests include hearing aid fitting and speech understanding in noise. She belongs to the HEAD graduate school and the aim of her research project is to look into the effects of hearing aid fitting strategy on cognitive outcomes measurement.
Johanna Norderyd is a specialist in paediatric dentistry and works at the National Oral Disability Centre at the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education in Jönköping. The overall research concerns oral health described from a bio-psycho-social perspective in children and adolescents with disability and dental care provided. ICF-CY (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health - Children and Youth Version) has not been implemented in Swedish dentistry and as part of the project a modified ICF-CY checklist is used in order to describe oral health in relation to general health, functioning and environment in a group of children with disability that receives dental care at a department for paediatric dentistry.
Emelie Nordqvist, born 1981, has a bachelor degree and soon a masters degree in psychology from Örebro university. The research focuses on long term memory in infants. The main purpose of the project is to obtain a better understanding of individual variation in early memory by connecting observations of deferred imitation with measures of ERP in 9 and 14 month old children.
Lena Olsson is a professional social worker and has a Master¿s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor in Psychology. Lena has worked in different authorities and units concerning social care and social support, primarily in social services, concerning support to people with disabilities. Today Lena works as a development officer in social services in Jönköping Municipality and as a research - and development officer at FoUrum, a department of Regional Development Council of Jönköping County.
The PhD project is conducted within the CHILD research programme and is financed by the Swedish National Institute of Public Health. The research is carried out in cooperation between the School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, FoUrum – the regional research and development platform for social services in the municipalities of Jönköpings county – and Jönköping County Council. The project concerns families with children with mild intellectual disabilities and aims to survey the families knowledge about and need of society support, and in what extent these needs are met. The aim is also to develop and evaluate a targeted support to the parents. The implementation of the project is done through outreach work, interviews with parents and children, education and training of professionals and interaction between regional municipalities and the county council in the region.
Antonia Pavli, born in 1984, is a PhD student at the Swedish Institute for Disability Research, located in Örebro University. The aim of her research project is to examine how disability is constructed through disability classification systems in Greece. More specifically, she will examine how disability classification systems have been designed and implemented as well as the consequences that the categorization and quantification of disability has for disabled people in Greece. She holds a MA from the International Master Program in European Studies of Society, Science and Technology (ESST) (2010), a MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the National and Technical University of Athens (2009) and a BA in Philosophy and History of Science from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (2006).
Niklas Rönnberg, born in 1973, is a PhD student in Technical Audiology at Linköping University. His back-ground is in communication studies and audio engineering, and he wrote both his bachelor and master theses at the Department of Thematic Studies - Communication, Linköping University. Niklas' research project aims to develop a clinical test for hearing aid fitting. This test, Auditory Inference Span Test, will consider cognitive spare capacity, speech perception and signal processing.
Berit Rönnåsen is a graduate student in HEAD graduate school and in Disability Studies at Örebro University since 2009. She is also working part-time a Special Counsellor for deaf blind children and adults where most of the time is spent on supervising parents and professionals. In her thesis work she will be focusing on development of communicative ability in children with congenital deaf blindness and early acquired deaf blindness in connection to different syndromes.
Staffan Sandén, born 1937, has a Msc degree of Social Science with a major in sociology, and a masters degree in Disabilty Studies. Since retiring from a post with the County Council of Halland, he has, during the years 1996-1999, been contributing to the research and evaluation undertaken by the Wigforss Institute for Research on Welfare at Halmstad University of the Swedish reform for disabled people of 1994. His research insterest is into disabled people's lived experiences of citizenship, which among other things has resulted in a comparative study between the UK and Sweden on how citizenship is perceived and defined by disabled people (1999, 2006, 2007). The aim of the doctoral thesis is, to begin with, to create a broad descriptive view of how the 'common' disabled person, member of a disability organization, but not active within the organization, apprehends and defines the concept of citizenship. Empirical data (survey, interviews, literature studies) will be analysed on differences in perspectives that might exist among disabled people with different kinds of impairments, i.e with membership in different disability organizations, and from access to civil, political and social rights, as well as active citizenship, obligations, participation and feeling of fellowship.
Amin Saremi, born in 1983, is a researcher in acoustic signal processing. Having a Msc in Electronic engineering from Luleå technical university Sweden, he also has degrees in music, speech and sound processing. In 2006 he successfully designed and constructed a tuner and pitch detector for some musical instruments. He was employed as a research engineer on different industrial ultrasonic measurements. Amin Saremi is currently a doctoral student at department of clinical and experimental medicine (IKE), Linköping university hospital and is working on a Swedish project corresponding to hearing and deafness (HEAD).
Åsa Skagerstrand, born 1969, is a registered audiologist since 1994. She is working at the audiological clinic at Örebro university hospital with rehabilitation. She is also a PhD student within Disability Research (SIDR) at Örebro University with focus on annoying sounds for hearing aid users. The work aims to give a description of the hearing aid user’s ordinary environment of sound with focus on annoying sounds. In the thesis the hearing impaired person’s perception of annoying sounds is studied as well as how the hearing aid deals with annoying sounds. The aim is to provide a better understanding and a better way of rehabilitation for the hearing impaired, focusing both on the signal system and the audiologists work.
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Helena Stålnacke, (1973) is a registered audiologist and since 1998 working as a lecturer within hearing sciences at Örebro University. Her teaching mainly concerns audiological diagnostics. She is a doctoral student at IHV and also accepted to the HEAD graduate school. The area for her licentiate thesis focuses on the phonological development among young children (2;6 to 3;6 years) who have experienced recurrent episodes of acute otitis media in their early childhood. A consequence of acute otitis media is a mild fluctuating hearing loss which affects the child’s ability to perceive speech sounds which in turn might affect the child development of phonology. Therefore the aim of the study is to describe and to compare the phonological development between children who have had acute otitis media and matching peers with no experience of acute otitis media.
Birgitta Thorslund, born 1976, has a master degree of Biomedical engineering and a master degree in Ergonomics. She is working at VTI (Swedish national road and transport institute) in the department of Road user behavior. Since 2011 Birgitta is a Ph D student at IHV with focus on cognitive aspects of hearing and traffic. In a questionnaire survey she has mapped transport habits of individuals with and without hearing disorder. Birgitta has also conducted a study in a car simulator regarding cognitive workload, hearing disorder and design of driver support systems.
Wycliffe Yumba is a doctoral student in Disability research (Cognitive Hearing Science) at Linköping University. He has a Bachelor degree in Physics (Université Pédagogique Nationale, Congo DRC), in Sociology (Linköping University), an Intercontinental Master in Adult Learning and Global Change(Linköping University), and a Master degree in Psychology (Linköping University, Sweden). He has been working as a translator, teacher for several years in different adult education centers. He is involved in the n200 project at the Swedish Institute for Disability Research (SIDR), Linnaeus Centre HEAD. His research is focused on aspects of cognition and hearing. The results of this longitudinal study will contribute to the improvement of audiological rehabilitation for the adults who use hearing aids.
Moa Wahlqvist is a PhD student at Örebro University. She was born 1979, has a bachelor degree in Social work from University of Örebro. She has also taken courses in Sociology. The research is about acquired deaf blindness, adult persons with Usher type 2 and health factors.
Camilla Warnicke, born in 1971, is an educated sign language and interpreter and an interpreter for people with deafblindness at Örebro County Council Interpreter Center since 2000. She is by The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency certified as an sign language interpreter. She has a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Sociology at Örebro University and since 2008 accepted as an doctoral student at the Swedish Institute for Disability Reaserch. Camilla is going to do reasearch on the interaction between users, sign language users and those who is not sign language users, and the sign language interpreter in mediated conversations at the Video Relay Service (Bildtelefon.net).