Associate Professor in Pediatric Science, Reg. Dietician, M.Sc. Psychology, Family Therapist
My research team aims to identify early drivers of obesity to develop effective interventions, http://ki.se/clintec/mer-och-mindre-studien-mom. Working across the medical and the social sciences, the projects I lead investigate how lifestyle patterns develop across generations. I lead an advanced level course on children's food and eating, and lecture on pediatric nutrition and health communication.
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My research is inspired by my experiences at the Childhood Obesity Unit at the Pediatric Hospital in Malmö, Sweden, where I worked for almost a decade as a clinician. In my doctoral thesis, in the discipline of Pediatrics (2009, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden), I examined different methods of multidisciplinary treatment of obesity in children and adolescents, with particular attention to possibilities for family therapy. This is still the main focus of my team, based mainly at Karolinska Institutet, where we develop and evaluate childhood obesity interventions.
My postdoctoral education (2009-2014) included research at Yale University, USA (Yale Pediatric Obesity/Diabetes Research Program), University of Oregon, USA (Department of Psychology) and University of Oxford, UK (Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology). I am associated with Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity at the University of Oxford and with Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene, USA.
I have served on numerous expert committees and boards such as Childhood Obesity Task Force of the European Association for the Study on Obesity (EASO), European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) and Swedish Association for the Study on Obesity (SFO). Since 2016 I serve as a member of the expert group for nutrition and public health at the National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket).
I lecture about body weight, health communication, quantitative methodology, critical appraisal, food and eating practices of children and adolescents, and supervise students on the bachelor, master, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. I have supervised one doctoral student, Anna Ek, who defended her doctoral thesis "Early obesity: family-based risk factors and treatment interventions" in September 2016. Currently, I am the main supervisor for doctoral students Maria Somaraki and Karolin Bergman, and mentor for postdoctoral fellows Anna Ek and Pernilla Sandvik. I was also mentor for Elin Lövestam, associate senior lecturer, during her postdoctoral fellowship (ended in November 2017).
I conduct quantitative and qualitative research. A particular highlight is the More and Less Study, a randomized controlled trial at Karolinska Institutet, where I lead a research team aiming to test different treatment options for preschoolers with obesity.
My recent publications have focused on obesity through the prism of social inequality, sense of coherence and intergenerational perspectives on body weight, food and eating.
My research is funded by Swedish Research Council, VINNOVA, EU HORIZON 2020, Swedish Medical Association, FORTE, the Jerring Foundation, among others (received funding since 2009, approx 20 million SEK).
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