I am a professor in paediatric nursing at Linköping university and hold an adjunct professorial position at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. Previously I was the head of the Division of nursing science and director of the master program for paediatric nursing at Linköping university. In 2015, I was awarded with a sabbatical fellowship to join the National University of Singapore.

I am the leader of the Stress Research Program. The aim with my research is to develop and evaluate methods to prevent and decrease stress for children and their families.  My research has a highly clinical, family-centered focus and includes RCTs as well as methodology research and qualitative research. To measure the objective level of stress, I have specialised in salivary cortisol and the development of the stress system in early life. 

The clinical work has focused on neonatal nursing. I was president of the Swedish association of paediatric nurses 2008-2013. 


Stress in children

The main aim of my research is to learn more about stress and reactivity in children by measuring cortisol in the saliva and to evaluate healthcare methods with the potential of preventing and relieving stress.

When children are exposed to stress factors, a response mechanism is triggered that activates the entire body. If the child is exposed to repeated stress factors that do not permit rest and recuperation, the risk of impact on memory, learning, concentration, behavioural problems and changes to the stress system increases.

Director of research

I am director of research for the following projects:

  • Kangaroo Study
  • LiMoNid Study
  • Sleep in parents of sick children
  • Nourishing extreme preterm infants

I am also participating in these projects:

  • Development of infant circadian rhythm of cortisol (USDyk)
  • Development and Evaluation of a Transitional Family Centred Care Model for Families of Preterm Infants
  • Fear of the needle among children and adolescents


I teach at the Specialist Nursing programme with a specialisation in health care for children and adolescents.

Networks, assignments and higher education degrees


  • National Association of Paediatric Nurses
  • Chair of the National Association of Paediatric Nurses, 2008-2013
  • Nordic Attachment Network (NAN) 
  • Pain in Early Life (PEARL) 
  • Separation and Closeness Experiences in the Neonatal Environment (SCENE)
  • Network of PhD nurses who conduct research about children


  • Head of the Division of Nursing (ISV)
  • Course coordinator, Specialist Nursing programme, with a specialisation in health care for children and adolescents
  • Examining committees
  • Referee
  • Lecture about stress 

Research supervisor

  • Thesis no. 124, 2013. Was assistant supervisor for Licentiate of Medicine students. Marie Teder, evaluation of a family-based behavioural intervention programme for children with obesity
  • Principal supervisor for Charlotte Angelhoff. Sleep in parents of sick children
  • Assistant supervisor for Katrin Ivars. Development of infant circadian rhythm of cortisol (USDyk)
  • Assistant supervisor for Denise Rocha Araújo. Development and Evaluation of a Transitional Family Centred Care Model for Families of Preterm Infants

Higher education degrees

  • Registered Nurse, 1987
  • Specialist Nurse, health care for children and adolescents, 1990
  • Master of Medicine, Nursing, 1999
  • Doctor of Medicine, Paediatrics, 2006
  • Post-doc, 2011-2014
  • Associate Professor of Nursing with a specialisation in paediatrics, 2014
  • Sabbatical, National University of Singapore 2015


STINT fellowship 2015/16, National University of Singapore, Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education.






Research projects


Collaboration with researchers

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