Titel: Professor i hälsovetenskap och global hälsa
Institution: Institutionen för hälso- och vårdvetenskap
Katarina Swahnberg is a Registered Nurse educated at the Red Cross Nursing School, Stockholm. She has a BSc in International Health Care, and a BSc and an MSc in Public Health.
She has been employed as RN at departments for infectious diseases, tropical medicine and HIV/AIDS at Roslagstulls Hospital in Stockholm, Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen and Fylkessykehuset in Lillehammer. She has also worked with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India.
After having worked internationally as a clinical nurse, she took a master’s degree in studies of public health in 1999. During these studies she developed a research interest in gender based violence, which resulted in a doctoral thesis on the topic in 2003. Building on this thesis, Katarina’s research consists mainly of two themes: (1) abuse in health care, and (2) male and female victimisation and ill-health. Both teams have a strong focus on the development of interventions and changing violent practices.
Violence against women is a major global health problem. Katarina is currently involved in an intervention study on violence against pregnant women in Nepal and Sri Lanka. She is also main supervisor for a PhD student from Nepal researching interventions against trafficking.