Pernilla Åsenlöf

Professor at Department of Neuroscience, Åsenlöf: Physiotheraphy

+4618-471 4768
Mobile phone:
+46 70 4562831
Visiting address:
Room BMC C2:2 BMC
Husargatan 3
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 593
751 24 UPPSALA

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PhD, Associate Professor, Registered Physiotherapist.

University lecturer with clinical affiliation to the University Hospital in Uppsala.

Principal Investigator for the interdisciplinary research group "Behavioural Medicine and Physiotherapy" at the Department of Neuroscience. Current research projects follow two distinct tracks (1) Tailored behavioural medicine treatments and musculoskeletal pain, (2) Tailored behavioural medicine treatments, physical activity and eating behaviours.

Academic merits: PhD, Associate Professor

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The Behavioural medicine and Physiotherapy research group was established at the Department of Neuroscience in 2008. Members are predominantly registered Physiotherapists, but the interdisciplinary feature of the group has been crucial for its progress within behavioural medicine. Current members include physiotherapists, nurses, dental hygienists and psychologists associated to either the Medical or Social Sciences faculties.

Ongoing research focuses on issues related to adoption and maintenance of health-related behaviours within a bio-psycho-social framework. The understanding of how biological, psychological and social variables interact during development of chronic conditions as well as recovery is the basis for research. Theoretical principles from social cognitive theory and learning psychology are integrated with empirical evidence on prognostic factors of each particular condition studied to create and evaluate tailored behavioural medicine interventions.

A comprehensive future goal is to find optimal matches of assessment strategies, treatments, self-management procedures and individual patient profiles/characteristics. The comprehensive research question is “Who benefit from which dose and content of behavioural medicine treatment at which time point?”Aspects unifying as well as differentiating conditions and patient profiles regarding prerequisites and effects of health behavior interventions are expected.

Ongoing research has two main tracks. Within each track, clinical trials and implementation strategies are emphasized.

Track 1 - Tailored behavioural medicine treatments and musculoskeletal pain

Ongoing projects:

  • Acute Whiplash Associated Disorders - Prognostic factors , Behavioural Medicine Management and Health economic aspects
  • Behavioural medicine treatments for children and adolescents in pain
  • STEP-UP: A randomised controlled trial for the study of a stepped-care model of tailored behavioural medicine pain treatments in primary care.

Track 2 - Tailored behavioural medicine treatments, physical activity and eating behaviours

  • Health behaviour change in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and obesity/overweight

  • PINNs - Integration of patients´ innovations in a professional-supported web-based intervention targeting physical activity. A study among patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Increasing physical activity in persons with schizophrenia – a behavioral medicine intervention

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