Associate Professor in Pediatric Science, Reg. Dietician, M.Sc. Psychology, Family Therapist.
My research aims to identify the most important familial and sociocultural drivers of obesity early in life. 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 in courses on pediatric nutrition, public health, 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.
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).
My research has been funded by Swedish Research Council, VINNOVA, Swedish Medical Association, and the Jerring Foundation, among others. I am the treasurer of the European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) and serve as a member of the expert group for nutrition and public health at the National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket).
I conduct quantitative and qualitative research. A particular highlight is the More & 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 most recent publications have focused on obesity through the prism of social inequality, sense of coherence and intergenerational perspectives on body weight, food and eating.
I lecture about body weight, 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. I also mentor the following postdoctoral fellows: Anna Ek, Pernilla Sandvik and Elin Lövestam.
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