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General Practice Research Unit in Tromsø +4777623340 93026145 Tromsø MH L10.224

Mette Bech Risør

Professor, assistant manager of AFE

Job description

I am in a 20 % position. My primary task in my position is to do research, develop research projects, teach PhD students, and supervise both at master and PhD level. 

  • Boge-Olsnes, Cathrine Maria; Risør, Mette Bech; Øberg, Gunn Kristin. How life events are perceived to link to bodily distress: A qualitative study of women with chronic pelvic pain.. Health Care for Women International 2022. ISSN 0739-9332.s doi: DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2022.2087076.
  • Damhus, Christina Sadolin; Brodersen, John Brandt; Risør, Mette Bech. Luckily—I am not the worrying kind: Experiences of patients in the Danish cancer patient pathway for non-specific symptoms and signs of cancer.. Health 2022. ISSN 1363-4593.s doi: 10.1177/13634593221096244.
  • Christensen, Iben Emilie; Risør, Mette Bech; Grøn, Lone; Reventlow, Susanne. Senses of Touch: The Absence and Presence of Touch in Health Care Encounters of Patients with Mental Illness. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 2022. ISSN 0165-005X.s doi:
  • Jønsson, Alexandra Brandt Ryborg; Christensen, Iben Emilie; Reventlow, Susanne; Risør, Mette Bech. Responsibilities of Risk: Living With Mental Illness During COVID-19. Medical Anthropology 2022. ISSN 0145-9740.s 1 - 13.s doi: 10.1080/01459740.2022.2045288.
  • Hulgaard, Ditte R; Risør, Mette Bech; Lambertsen, Gitte Delholm; Rask, Charlotte Ulrikke. Systemic family therapy for severe functional disorders in youths. A qualitative study in a psychiatric setting. Journal of Family Therapy 2021. ISSN 0163-4445.s doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12319.
  • Risør, Mette Bech; Lillevoll, Kjersti. Caught up in Care: Crafting Moral Subjects of Chronic Fatigue. Medical Anthropology 2021; Volum 40 (5). ISSN 0145-9740.s 432 - 445.s doi: 10.1080/01459740.2021.1883011.
  • Kvamme, Maria Fredriksen; Wang, Catharina Elisabeth Arfwedson; Waage, Trond; Risør, Mette Bech. ‘Fixing my life’: young people’s everyday efforts towards recovery from persistent bodily complaints.. Anthropology & Medicine 2020; Volum 27 (4). ISSN 1364-8470.s 412 - 427.s doi: 10.1080/13648470.2020.1719456.
  • Hulgaard, Ditte R; Rask, Charlotte Ulrikke; Risør, Mette Bech; Delholm, Gitte. ‘I can hardly breathe’: Exploring the parental experience of having a child with a functional disorder. Journal of Child Health Care 2019. ISSN 1367-4935.s doi: 10.1177/1367493519864745.
  • Hulgaard, Ditte Roth; Rask, Charlotte Ulrikke; Risør, Mette Bech; Delholm, Gitte. Illness perceptions of youths with functional disorders and their parents: An interpretative phenomenological analysis study. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2019. ISSN 1359-1045.s doi: 10.1177/1359104519846194.
  • Kvamme, Maria Fredriksen; Wang, Catharina Elisabeth Arfwedson; Waage, Trond; Risør, Mette Bech. Careful expressions of social aspects: How local professionals in high school settings, municipal services, and general practice communicate care to youth presenting persistent bodily complaints. Health and Social Care in the community 2019. ISSN 0966-0410.s doi: 10.1111/hsc.12762.
  • Offersen, Sara Marie Hebsgaard; Risør, Mette Bech; Vedsted, Peter; Andersen, Rikke Sand. Cancer-before-cancer. Mythologies of cancer in everyday life. Medicine Anthropology Theory 2018; Volum 5. ISSN 2405-691X.s doi: 10.17157/mat.5.5.540.
  • Haslund, Helle; Risør, Mette Bech. Vi har efterhånden fundet vores egne ben som forældre: Forældreskab og sundhedspleje i spændingsfeltet mellem velfærdsstat og privatsfære.. Tidsskrift for forskning i sygdom og samfund 2018 (29). ISSN 1604-3405.s 121 - 146.s doi: 10.7146/tfss.v15i29.111305.
  • Østbye, Silje Vagli; Wang, Catharina Elisabeth Arfwedson; Granheim, Ida Pauline Høilo; Kristensen, Kjersti Elisabeth; Risør, Mette Bech. Epistemological and methodological paradoxes: secondary care specialists and their challenges working with adolescents with medically unexplained symptoms. International Journal of Mental Health Systems 2018; Volum 12:52. ISSN 1752-4458.s 1 - 14.s doi: 10.1186/s13033-018-0232-0.
  • Østbye, Silje Vagli; Kvamme, Maria Fredriksen; Wang, Catharina Elisabeth Arfwedson; Haavind, Hanne; Waage, Trond; Risør, Mette Bech. ‘Not a film about my slackness’: Making sense of medically unexplained illness in youth using collaborative visual methods. Health 2018; Volum 24 (1). ISSN 1363-4593.s 38 - 58.s doi: 10.1177/1363459318785696.
  • Skowronski, Magdalena; Risør, Mette Bech; Andersen, Rikke Sand; Foss, Nina. The cancer may come back: experiencing and managing worries of relapse in a North Norwegian village after treatment. Anthropology & Medicine 2018; Volum 26 (3). ISSN 1364-8470.s 296 - 310.s doi: 10.1080/13648470.2017.1391172.
  • Risør, Mette Bech; Nissen, Nina. Configurations of diagnostic processes and practices: an introduction. Publicacions URV 2018 ISBN 978-84-8424-663-3.s 11 - 32.s doi: 10.17345/9788484246633.
  • Skowronski, Magdalena; Risør, Mette Bech; Foss, Nina. The significance of cultural norms and clinical logics for the perception of possible relapse in rural Northern Norway – sensing symptoms of cancer. Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare 2017; Volum 1. ISSN 2532-2044.s 138 - 146.s doi: 10.4081/qrmh.2017.7116.
  • Skowronski, Magdalena; Risør, Mette Bech; Foss, Nina. Approaching Health in Landscapes: An Ethnographic Study with Chronic Cancer Patients from a Coastal Village in Northern Norway. Anthropology in Action 2017; Volum 24 (1). ISSN 0967-201X.s 27 - 33.s doi: 10.3167/aia.2017.240105.
  • Van Eerd, Eva A.M.; Risør, Mette Bech; Spigt, Marcus; Godycki-Ćwirko, Maciek; Andreeva, Elena; Francis, Nick; Wollny, Anja; Melbye, Hasse; van Schayck, Onno; Kotz, Daniel. Why do physicians lack engagement with smoking cessation treatment in their COPD patients? A multinational qualitative study. Npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 2017; Volum 27. ISSN 2055-1010.s doi: 10.1038/s41533-017-0038-6.
  • Seppola-Edvardsen, Tone; Risør, Mette Bech. Ignoring symptoms: The process of normalising sensory experiences after cancer. Anthropology in Action 2017; Volum 24 (1). ISSN 0967-201X.s 34 - 40.s doi: 10.3167/aia.2017.240106.
  • Andersen, Rikke Sand; Nichter, Mark; Risør, Mette Bech. Introduction. Sensations, Symptoms and Healthcare Seeking.. Anthropology in Action 2017; Volum 24 (1). ISSN 0967-201X.s 1 - 5.s doi: 10.3167/aia.2017.240101.
  • Laue, Johanna; Melbye, Hasse; Risør, Mette Bech. Self-treatment of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease requires more than symptom recognition – a qualitative study of COPD patients’ perspectives on self-treatment. BMC Family Practice 2017; Volum 18:8. ISSN 1471-2296.s 1 - 10.s doi: 10.1186/s12875-017-0582-8.
  • Lou, Stina; Nielsen, Camilla Palmhøj; Hvidman, Lone; Petersen, Olav Bjørn; Risør, Mette Bech. What do you think? the collaborative practices of choice and care in a Danish obstetric ultrasound unit. Anthropology & Medicine 2016; Volum 23 (1). ISSN 1364-8470.s 86 - 101.s doi: 10.1080/13648470.2015.1087966.
  • Merrild, Camilla Hoffmann; Risør, Mette Bech; Vedsted, Peter; Andersen, Rikke Sand. Class, social suffering, and health consumerism. Medical Anthropology 2016; Volum 35 (6). ISSN 0145-9740.s 517 - 528.s doi: 10.1080/01459740.2015.1102248.
  • Karterud, Hilde Nordahl; Haavet, Ole Rikard; Risør, Mette Bech. Social participation in young people with nonepileptic seizures (NES): A qualitative study of managing legitimacy in everyday life. Epilepsy & Behavior 2016; Volum 57. ISSN 1525-5050.s 23 - 28.s doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2016.01.009.
  • Hoffman Merrild, Camilla; Andersen Sand, Rikke; Risør, Mette Bech; Vedsted, Peter. Resisting 'reason'. A Comparative Anthropological Study of Social Differences and Resistance Toward Health Promotion and Illness Prevention In Denmark. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 2016; Volum 31 (2). ISSN 0745-5194.s 218 - 236.s doi: 10.1111/maq.12295.
  • Bach, Anne Mette; Risør, Mette Bech; Forman, Axel; Seibæk, Lene. Practices and Attitudes Concerning Endometriosis Among Nurses Specializing in Gynecology.. Global Qualitative Nursing Research 2016; Volum 3. ISSN 2333-3936.s 1 - 12.s doi: 10.1177/2333393616651351.
  • Lou, Stina; P. Nielsen, Camilla; Hvidman, Lone; Petersen, Olav Bjørn; Risør, Mette Bech. Coping with worry while waiting for diagnostic results: a qualitative study of the experiences of pregnant couples following a high-risk prenatal screening result. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016; Volum 16:321. ISSN 1471-2393.s 1 - 8.s doi: 10.1186/s12884-016-1114-6.
  • Hjortdahl, Magnus; Halvorsen, Peder Andreas; Risør, Mette Bech. Rural GPs’ attitudes toward participating in emergency medicine: a qualitative study. Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care 2016; Volum 34 (4). ISSN 0281-3432.s 377 - 384.s doi: 10.1080/02813432.2016.1249047.
  • Johansen, May-Lill; Risør, Mette Bech. What is the problem with medically unexplained symptoms for GPs? A meta-synthesis of qualitative studies. Patient Education and Counseling 2016; Volum 100 (4). ISSN 0738-3991.s 647 - 654.s doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.11.015.
  • Seppola-Edvardsen, Tone; Andersen, Rikke Sand; Risør, Mette Bech. Sharing or not sharing? Balancing uncertainties after cancer in urban Norway. Health, Risk and Society 2016; Volum 18 (7-8). ISSN 1369-8575.s 367 - 384.s doi: 10.1080/13698575.2016.1262943.
  • Laue, Johanna; Melbye, Hasse; Halvorsen, Peder Andreas; Andreeva, Elena; Godycki-Cwirko, Maciek; Wollny, Anja; Francis, Nick; Spigt, Mark; Kung, Kenny; Risør, Mette Bech. How do general practitioners implement decision-making regarding COPD patients with exacerbations? An international focus group study. The International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2016; Volum 11 (1). ISSN 1176-9106.s 3109 - 3119.s doi: 10.2147/COPD.S118856.
  • Offersen, Sara Marie Hebsgaard; Risør, Mette Bech; Vedsted, Peter; Andersen, Rikke Sand. Am I fine? Exploring everyday life ambiguities and potentialities of embodied sensations in a Danish middle-class community. Medicine Anthropology Theory 2016; Volum 3 (3). ISSN 2405-691X.s 23 - 45.s doi: 10.17157/mat.3.3.392.
  • Nielsen, Mikka; Petersen, Anders; Risør, Mette Bech; Rønberg, Mette. Introduktion.Diagnoser: Organisation, kultur og mennesker. Tidsskrift for forskning i sygdom og samfund 2016; Volum 25. ISSN 1604-3405.s 5 - 13.s doi: 10.7146/tfss.v13i25.24996.
  • Karterud, Hilde; Risør, Mette Bech; Haavet, Ole Rikard. The impact of conveying the diagnosis when using a biopsychosocial approach: A qualitative study among adolescents and young adults with NES (non-epileptic seizures). Seizure 2015; Volum 24. ISSN 1059-1311.s 107 - 113.s doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2014.09.006.
  • van Eerd, Eva; Risør, Mette Bech; van Rossem, Carolien; van Schayck, Onno CP; Kotz, Daniel. Experiences of tobacco smoking and quitting in smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-a qualitative analysis. BMC Family Practice 2015; Volum 16 (164). ISSN 1471-2296.s doi: 10.1186/s12875-015-0382-y.
  • Eriksen, Thor Eirik; Risør, Mette Bech. What is called symptom?. Medicine, Health care and Philosophy 2014; Volum 17 (1). ISSN 1386-7423.s 89 - 102.s doi: 10.1007/s11019-013-9501-5.
  • Wilhelmsen, Maja; Høifødt, Ragnhild Sørensen; Kolstrup, nils; Waterloo, Knut; Eisemann, Martin; Chenhall, Richard; Risør, Mette Bech. Norwegian general practitioners'perspectives on implementation of a guided web-based cognitive behavioral therapy for depression: A qualitative study. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2014; Volum 16:e208 (9). ISSN 1438-8871.s doi: 10.2196/jmir.3556.
  • Krane, Line; Larsen, Eva Ladekjær; Vinther Nielsen, Claus; Stapelfeldt, Christina Malmose; Johnsen, Roar; Risør, Mette Bech. Attitudes towards sickness absence and sickness presenteeism in health and care sectors in Norway and Denmark: A qualitative study. BMC Public Health 2014; Volum 14 (880). ISSN 1471-2458.s doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-880.
  • Davies, Freya; Risør, Mette Bech; Melbye, Hasse; Spigt, Mark; Brookes-Howell, Lucy; O'Neill, Claire; Godycki-Cwirko, Maciek; Wollny, Anja; Andreeva, Elena; Butler, Chris; Francis, Nick. Primary and secondary care clinicians' views on self-treatment of COPD exacerbations: A multinational qualitative study. Patient Education and Counseling 2014; Volum 96 (2). ISSN 0738-3991.s 256 - 263.s doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.05.011.
  • Lind, Annemette Bondo; Risør, Mette Bech; Nielsen, Klaus; Delmar, Charlotte; Christensen, Morten Bondo; Lomborg, Kirsten. Longing for existential recognition: A qualitative study of everyday concerns for people with somatoform disorders. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 2014; Volum 76 (2). ISSN 0022-3999.s 99 - 104.s doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.11.005.
  • Andersen, Rikke Sand; Risør, Mette Bech. The importance of contextualization. Anthropological reflections on descriptive analysis, its limitations and implications. Anthropology & Medicine 2014; Volum 21 (3). ISSN 1364-8470.s 345 - 356.s doi: 10.1080/13648470.2013.876355.
  • Risør, Mette Bech; Spigt, Mark; Iversen, Robert; Godycki-Cwirko, Maciek; Francis, Nick; Altiner, Attila; Andreeva, Elena; Kung, Kenny; Melbye, Hasse. The complexity of managing COPD exacerbations: a grounded theory study of European general practice. BMJ Open 2013; Volum 3. ISSN 2044-6055.s doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003861.
  • Wilhelmsen, Maja; Lillevoll, Kjersti; Risør, Mette Bech; Høifødt, Ragnhild Sørensen; Johansen, May-Lill; Waterloo, Knut; Eisemann, Martin; Kolstrup, nils. Motivation to persist with internet-based cognitive behavioural treatment using blended care: a qualitative study. BMC Psychiatry 2013; Volum 13 (1). ISSN 1471-244X.s doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-13-296.
  • Kirkegaard, Pia; Edwards, Adrian; Risør, Mette Bech; Thomsen, Janus Laust. Risk of cardiovascular disease? A qualitative study of risk interpretation among patients with high cholesterol. BMC Family Practice 2013; Volum 14:137. ISSN 1471-2296.s doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-14-137.
  • Lillevoll, Kjersti; Wilhelmsen, Maja; Kolstrup, Nils; Høifødt, Ragnhild Sørensen; Waterloo, Knut; Eisemann, Martin; Risør, Mette Bech. Patients’ experiences of helpfulness in guided internet-based treatment for depression: qualitative study of integrated therapeutic dimensions. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2013; Volum 15 (6:e126). ISSN 1438-8871.s doi: 10.2196/jmir.2531.
  • Dalsgaard, Trine; Ostenfeld-Rosenthal, Ann; Risør, Mette Bech. Kulturelle tilgange til studiet af funktionelle lidelser. Munksgaard Forlag 2012 ISBN 978-87-628-1124-9.s 169 - 182.
  • Kirkegaard, Pia; Risør, Mette Bech; Edwards, Adrian; Junge, Anne Gram; Thomsen, Janus Laust. Speaking of risk, managing uncertainty: decision-making about cholesterol-reducing treatment in general practice. Quality in Primary Care 2012; Volum 20 (4). ISSN 1479-1072.s 245 - 252.
  • Hansen, Henriette Schou; Rosendal, Marianne; Fink, Per; Risør, Mette Bech. The General Practitioner’s Consultation Approaches to Medically Unexplained Symptoms: A Qualitative Study. ISRN Family Medicine 2012; Volum 2012. ISSN 2314-4769.s doi: 10.5402/2013/541604.
  • Melbye, Hasse; Joensen, Lisa; Risør, Mette Bech; Halvorsen, Peder Andreas. Symptoms of respiratory tract infection and associated care-seeking in subjects with and without obstructive lung disease; The Tromso Study: Tromso 6. BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2012; Volum 12 (1). ISSN 1471-2466.s 51 - .s doi: 10.1186/1471-2466-12-51.
  • Vinther Nielsen, Claus; Wind, Gitte; Risør, Mette Bech. Introduktion: Arbejde – sundhed og sygdom. Tidsskrift for forskning i sygdom og samfund 2012 (16). ISSN 1604-3405.s 5 - 14.s doi: 10.7146/tfss.v9i16.6996.
  • Risør, Mette Bech. The process of symptomization: Clinical encounters with functional disorders. URV Publications 2011 ISBN 978-84-694-4991-2.s 21 - 37.
  • Kirkegaard, Pia; Edwards, Adrian; Hansen, Bo; Hansen, Mette Damborg; Jensen, Morten; Lauritzen, Torsten; Risør, Mette Bech; Thomsen, Janus. The RISAP-study: a complex intervention in risk communication and shared decision-making in general practice. BMC Family Practice 2010; Volum 11. ISSN 1471-2296.s doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-11-70.
  • Nissen, Nina; Risør, Mette Bech. Diagnostic fluidity: working with uncertainty and mutability. Publicacions URV 2018 ISBN 978-84-8424-663-3.s 11 - 32.s doi: 10.17345/9788484246633.
  • Risør, Mette Bech. AFFECTIVITY IN CLINICAL ENCOUNTERS: THE POTENTIAL OF ‘ACTIVITY’ IN DIAGNOSING CHRONIC FATIGUE. IX MAAH Conference: Transfigurations of Uncertainty in Health and Medicine 2021-10-07 - 2021-10-11 2021.
  • Risør, Mette Bech. Caught up in care – chronic fatigue and self-management. Webinar for the network "Society and Technologies on Health and Illness" 2021-02-25 - 2021-02-25 2021.
  • Kvamme, Maria Fredriksen; Risør, Mette Bech; Wang, Catharina Elisabeth Arfwedson; Waage, Trond. Suffering, agency and care in medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). An ethnographic study of the social course and reframing of MUS in Norwegian youth. (fulltekst) (sammendrag) (prosjekt) 2020 ISBN 978-82-7589-706-8.
  • Seppola-Edvardsen, Tone; Risør, Mette Bech. Kreftpasienter etter endt behandling - hvordan forstå og håndtere kroppslige sensasjoner og symptomer?. Faglig møte 2020-02-17 - 2020-02-17 2020.
  • Halvorsen, Peder Andreas; Risør, Mette Bech; Melbye, Hasse. The Stethoscope 2030: Towards Personalized Diagnostics With Digital Auscultation. Using Practice Based Research Networks for Clinical Research 2019-09-04 - 2019-09-04 2019.
  • Risør, Mette Bech. Subjectivities at stake – the crafting of agency and personhood during clinical assessment of CFS/ME (chronic fatigue). Xth Medical Anthropology at Home (MAAH) Conference. Subjectivities and afflictions: Agency, health systems and the politics of/for life 2018-10-18 - 2018-10-21 2018.
  • Risør, Mette Bech. Subjectivities at stake - the crafting of agency and personhood during clinical assessment of CFS/ME. Anthropology Speaker Series, Winter 2018 2018-03-21 - 2018-03-21 2018.
  • Risør, Mette Bech; Andersen, RS. Caught in bureaucratisation? Different disciplinary approaches to symptom negotiations in Northern GP-clinical practice. Nordic Congress for General Practice 2017 2017-06-14 - 2017-06-16 2017.
  • Kvamme, Maria Fredriksen; Risør, Mette Bech. “We know what it really is but…” Explanations, concepts and metaphors applied to medically unexplained symptoms in youth by health and other involved professionals in a Norwegian city. SYMPCA 2017 Symposium on Symptom Research in Primary Care 2017-09-22 - 2017-09-23 2017.
  • Brenman, Natassia; Witeska-Mlynarczyk, Anna; Nissen, Nina; Risør, Mette Bech. Somatosphere: Configurations of diagnostic processes, practices, and evidence: a conference report. (fulltekst) 2016.
  • Risør, Mette Bech; Andersen, Rikke Sand. Sensationer, symptomer og social praksis. Symptomnetværket i Danmark 2016-09-07 - 2016-09-07 2016.
  • Risør, Mette Bech. Symptoms in context - symptoms in the making. Symptom Research in Primary Care 2015-10-02 - 2015-10-04 2015.
  • Kvamme, Maria Fredriksen; Risør, Mette Bech; Wang, Catharina Elisabeth Arfwedson; Østbye, Silje Vagli. Vil ha ungdommenes historier. 2015.
  • Wilhelmsen, Maja; Kolstrup, nils; Risør, Mette Bech; Høifødt, Ragnhild Sørensen. Norwegian General Practitioners' Perspectives on the Implementation of a Guided Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy of Depression: A Qualitative Study. International Society for Research on Internet Interventions 2014-10-23 - 2014-10-25 2014.
  • Wang, Catharina E.; Hope, Siren; Waage, Trond; Risør, Mette Bech. Filmer seg ut av ungdomsproblemer. 2014.
  • Wang, Catharina E.; Hope, Siren; Waage, Trond; Risør, Mette Bech. Filmer seg ut av ungdomsproblemene. 2014.
  • Risør, Mette Bech. Kvalitativ forskning – hva er det og hvordan gør man?Forskellige dimensioner af forskningsprocessen. Grunnkurs D , forskningstrening for allmennleger i spesialisering 2012-04-23 - 2012-04-23 2012.
  • Risør, Mette Bech. Medisinsk uforklarte plager/bodily distress disorder – et antropologisk perspektiv. PMU - kurs i MUPS (medisinsk uforklarlige plager og sykdommer) 2012-10-23 - 2012-10-23 2012.
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    Research interests

    Mette Bech Risør is a professor in medical anthropology. She has many years of experience with research in functional disorders, however her research interests also span other fields, such as symptom perception/interpretation, illness perceptions, health systems and health practices in everyday life. Theoretically she is inspired by critical theory but also by phenomenology/life world concepts and theories on health, illness and doctor-patient relations. She has operationalised these theories and others in analyses of knowledge production, illness explanations and rationality/reasoning.

    Mette Bech Risør has huge experience with collaborating interdisciplinart with health professionals, not only practically but also with a focus on the potentials for methodological development. She has a broad exepreince with teaching and supervision and has chaired and started several larger research projects. She is a member of the editorial board (former editor-in-chief for 15 years) and main initiator of the journal: Journal of Research in Sickness and Society.