Members of the HEAD Graduate School
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Presentation of members
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.
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.
Eline Borch Petersen (1986) got her Master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the Technical university of Denmark in 2011. Her employment as a research assistant at Eriksholm Research Centre, part of Oticon, Denmark, evolved into an industrial PhD, supported by the Oticon Foundation, between Eriksholm Research Centre and the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Linköping University initiated in 2012. The area of research is EEG and how changes in the EEG relates to listening and hearing impairment.
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.
Elisabet Classon is a doctoral student in Disability Research at Linköping University. She was born 1965, has a master¿s degree in psychology, directed towards cognitive behavioural therapy, from the University of Uppsala in 2001. Since then she¿s been working as a clinical psychologist in psychiatric care and she has an employment at the Psychiatric Clinic, University Hospital of Linköping. 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.
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. Ph.D. 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.
Cecilia Henricson is a doctoral student in Disability Research at Linköping University. She was born 1980 and is a lic. psychologist. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Milijana Lundberg, born in 1977, has a bachelor’s (2002) and a master's degree (2009) in Audiology from the University of Gothenburg. Milijanas clinical work was positioned at Hearing and Deafness organisation, Västra Götalandsregionen where her main interest was audiological rehabilitation with a focus on education. She is a doctoral student at the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, Gothenburg University since fall 2011. Her research interest is in developing tools and methods that can support the audiological rehabilitation process and the individual audiologist. Her Thesis will process the use of modern information technology in audiological rehabilitation.
Ulrika Löfkvist is a PhD-student at Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Division of Speech and Language Pathology, Karolinska Institutet. She is a certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) with a MSc who has worked clinically at the Cochlear Implant Section, Karolinska University Hospital since 2002. The purpose and aim of her project is to study lexical and semantic development in children with CI compared to normal hearing children and to examine how it¿s related to cognitive function and exposure of verbal stimulation from their parents. She is also a certified Listening Spoken Language Specialist Auditory Verbal Educator (LSLS Cert. AVEd) since 2009.
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.
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. His research field is cognitive hearing science and he is especially interested in multisensory integration and language understanding. For his thesis, he will study speech perception in different modalities (auditory, visual, and audiovisual), in both silent and noisy conditions.
Elaine Ng is a doctoral student in Disability Research at Linköping University. She was 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. The aim of her research project is to look into the effects of hearing aid fitting strategy on cognitive outcomes measurement.
Ann Mette Rekkedal (1959) is a doctoral student in Disability Research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. She is a teacher and hearing therapist and has worked with habilitation and rehabilitation for individuals with hearing loss for several years. The aim of the Phd-study is to investigate the use and effect of assistive listening devices (ALDs) to students with hearing
loss in inclusive schools. ALDs concern such equipment that is used beside hearing aids. The central question concerned how the technical equipment may affect students experiences of the school, in particular the communications in classrooms.
Niklas Rönnberg, born in 1973, is a Ph.D. student in Technical Audiology at Linköping University. His background 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.
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 experi-mental 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.
Victoria is a doctoral student at the department of clinical and experimental medicine. She has a bachelor¿s degree in Behavioural science and a master¿s degree in psychology. Before being accepted to doctoral studies, she worked at the social services and with people with physical and psychological disabilities. Her research aims to produce knowledge and methods to investigate how speech understanding can be disrupted by competing speech, and to investigate and describe different factors involved in informational masking.
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 SIDR. 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.
Simon Sundström (b. 1985) is a certified speech-language pathologist with a degree from Linköping University (2010), and has clinical experience working with alternative and augmentative communication, children with speech, language and communication disorders, and dyslexia assessment and consultancy. As of 2013, he is a PhD student in speech and language pathology at Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. The purpose of his PhD project is to investigate prosodic and phonological skills in relation to cognitive abilities in preschool age children with hearing impairment and children with language impairment.
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.
Elisabet Thorén (born in 1977) is an industrial PhD-student at Eriksholm Research Center, Oticon, Denmark and Technical Audiology, at Linköping University. Elisabet has a master’s degree in audiology from Lund University and is a certified clinical audiologist since 2002. Elisabet has been working as a research audiologist at Eriksholm Research Centre with main focus on the relationship between cognitive abilities and hearing loss. The topic of Elisabet’s thesis is interactive rehabilitation of hearing impaired via the Internet.
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 Ph.D. 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).
Johanna Westerberg is an ear surgeon at the ENT department at the University Hospital in Linköping. Johanna is also a doctoral student at the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Linköping and a member of HEAD graduate school since 2011. Her project deals with different aspects of the ear disease cholesteatoma; an expanding and destructive lesion in the middle ear and the mastoid process.
Parivash Ranjbar, born in 1968, is a post doctor at Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT and at Audiological Reaserch Centre in Örebro. She has a MSc PhD from the School of Science and Technology department at Örebro University, a bachelor degrees in computer engineering and Hearing science and a master degree in electronic. Her research focus on development of different communication aids for people with Deafness/Blindness/Deafblindness people. The main purpose of her thesis was to find out conditions, strategies and possibilities for persons with deafblindness to monitor, detect, localize and identify events in the surrounding.
Emelie Rydberg (1978) is a post doctor with a background in Hearing science, Sociology and Special Education (Bachelor¿s degree from Örebro, 2003). She has a PhD in Disability Science from the University of Örebro, 2010. Her PhD project focused on deaf people and the labour market in Sweden, including factors as education and income.
Malin Wass (1975) is a post doctor with a background in Cognitive Science (MSc from Umeå, 2003) and Disability Research (PhD from Linköping, 2009). Her PhD project was focused on cognitive and linguistic development in children with cochlear implants (CI). Current research interests concern various aspects of phonological representations in children with CI as well as in other populations. She also plans to investigate reading development in children with hearing impairment and the cognitive factors affecting these skills.
Sif Bjarnason is a post doctor in Disability Research at Örebro University. She was born 1970, has a bachelor degree in conservation (of the built environment) from University of Gothenburg. Sif has a severe hearing impairment and uses both cochlear implant and a hearing aid. For a few years she worked at Ahlséns research institute and was then admitted to IHV in 2005. The aim of the Phd-study was to investigate the use of assistive listening devices (ALDs) on the Swedish labour market. ALDs concern such equipment that is used beside hearing aids. The central question concerned both technical and various social mechanisms that may affect the use of this technology in communication.
Vendela Zetterqvist (Westin) is a licensed psychologist with a doctoral degree in Disability Research from Linköping University. The aims of her PhD thesis were: 1) to explore the role of acceptance and psychological flexibility in understanding tinnitus interference, both experimentally and with a longitudinal design 2) to evaluate the immediate and long-term outcomes of an acceptance based behaviour therapy (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; ACT) in the treatment of people with tinnitus and, 3) to investigate the relationship between treatment outcome and processes assumed to be the active ingredients of treatment (acceptance and cognitive defusion). Vendela now works at Akademiska Sjukhuset, Uppsala, with Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Care.
Isabelle Boisvert graduated as an Audiologist in 2004 (Montreal University) and worked in multiple clinical settings for 5 years before undertaking her PhD at Macquarie University in Australia, in collaboration with the HEAD graduate school in Sweden and the HEARing CRC in Australia. Her PhD thesis (awarded 2013) focused on examining the outcomes of cochlear implantation in adults with a long-term unilateral sound-deprivation. Isabelle now combines research positions within the clinical (Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre) and the academic (Macquarie University) settings in Sydney. Planned research includes examining differences in the clinical decision-making process, use of evidence-based practice guidelines, and better prediction of implantation outcomes.
Last updated: 2013-05-23