Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2013
    Professor in Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet

  • 2008 – 2014
    Senior research position in medicine, Swedish Research Council

  • 2006
    Associated professor in Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet

  • 1999
    PhD in Cardiology, Karolinska Institutet, ”Physical fitness and quality of life in elderly patients recovering from an acute coronary event

  • 1997
    Specialist certification in Physiotherapy in Cardiovascular diseases

  • 1976
    Bachelor in Physiotherapy, SIIS, Stockholm, Sweden

  • 1972
    Teacher in Physical Education and Sports, GIH, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected publications

  • Roaldsen KS, Halvarsson A, Sarlija B, Franzen E, Ståhle A. Self-reported function and disability in late life – cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Swedish version of the late-life function and disability instrument. Disabil Rehabil. 2014;36(10):813-7

  • Halvarsson A, Franzén E, Farén E, Olsson E, Oddsson L, Ståhle A. Long-term effects of a progressive and specific balance training program for healthy elderly with an increased risk of falling- a randomized controlled trial. Clin. Rehabil. 2013;27(5):450-8.

  • Löfgren N, Halvarsson A, Ståhle A, Franzén E. Gait characteristics in elderly women with osteoporosis and fear of falling.European Journal of physiotherapy, 2013;15:139-45.

  • Halvarsson A, Franzén E, Ståhle A. Assessing the relative and absolute reliability of the Falls Efficacy Scale-International questionnaire in elderly with increased fall risk and the questionnaire’s validity in elderly women with osteoporosis. Osteoporos Int. 2013 Jun;24(6):1853-8.

  • Löfgren N, Lenholm E, Conradsson D, Ståhle A, Franzén E.

    The Mini-BESTest – a clinically reproducible tool for balance evaluations in mild to moderate Parkinson¿s disease? BMC Neurol. 2014 Dec 12;14(1):235.

  • Skavberg Roaldsen K, Halvarsson A, Sahlström T, Ståhle A. Task-specific balance training improves self-assessed function in community-dwelling older adults with balance deficits and fear of falling: a randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation 2014 Dec;28(12):1189-97.

  • Halvarsson A, Dohrn IM, Ståhle A.Taking balance training for older adults one step further: the rationale for and a description of a proven balance training programme. Clin Rehabil. 2015 May;29(5):417-25.

  • Halvarsson A, Franzén E, Ståhle A. Balance training with multi-task exercises improves fall-related self-efficacy, gait, balance performance and physical function in older adults with osteoporosis: a randomized controlled trial. Clin Rehabil. 2015 Apr;29(4):365-75.

  • Halvarsson A, Ståhle A, Halén C, Roaldsen KS. ‘Better safe than sorry’: A participant perspective of fall-related concerns and balance in older women with osteoporosis. Disabil Rehabil. 2015 Jul 3:1-7.

  • Dohrn IM, Hagströmer M, Hellenius ML, Ståhle A. Gait Speed, Quality of Life, and sedentary Time are Associated With Steps Per Day in Community Dwelling Older Adults With Osteoporosis. J Aging Phys Act 2015 Feb 2.

  • Dohrn IM, Ståhle A, Roaldsen KS. "You have to keep moving, Be active": Perceptions and experiences of habital physical activity in older women with osteoporosis. Phys THer. 2015 jul 23. PMID: 26206217.

  • Dohrn IM, Hagströmer M, Hellénius ML, Ståhle A. Short and longterm effects of balance training in older adults with osteoporosis: a randomized controlled study. J Geriatr Phys Ther. 2015 Feb 8. PMID: 26859463 (E-pub ahead of print).

  • Halvarsson A, Oddsson L, Franzén E, Ståhle A. Long-term effects of a progressive and specific balance-training program with multi-task exercises for older people with osteoporosis – randomized controlled study. Clin Rehabil. 2016 Nov;30(11):1049-1059. doi: 10.1177/0269215515605553. Epub 2016 Jul 11.

  • Halvarsson A, Ståhle A. Psychometric properties of the Swedish version of the Falls Efficacy Scale-International for older adults with osteoporosis, self-reported balance deficits and fear of falling.Disabil Rehabil. 2017 Jul 7:1-4.

  • Claesson IM, Grooten WJ, Lökk J, Ståhle A. Assessing postural balance in early Parkinson's Disease-validity of the BDL balance scale. Physiother Theory Pract. 2017 Jun;33(6):490-496.

Selected projects

  • “Stay Balanced” – Prevention of falls in older adults through implementation of evidence based balance training – from clinical research to clinical practice

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Board member (vice chairman 2010-2017) of the Professional Association for Physical Activity (YFA), since 2001

  • Expert advisor to the National Board of Health and Social Welfare, since 2002

  • Board member of the Swedish Association of Registered Physiotherapists Scientific Council, since 2013

  • Member of the Swedish Research Councils evaluation committee for health Sciences, Vice chair 2014 – 2015, Chair since 2016

  • Board member of the Regional Ethic Committee in Stockholm, since 2015

  • Chief editor of Physical activity in prevention and treatment of diseases (FYSS), 2003, 2008, 2017

  • Expert advisor to the Swedish Council on Health and Technology (SBU), 2004 – 2007

  • Board member of the Swedish Society of Sports Medicine, 2006 – 2015

Academic Committees

  • Board member of the Postgraduate Course Committee at Karolinska Institutet, since 2002

  • Research group leader, since 2008

  • Board member of the Tissue and Motion Research Network at Karolinska Institutet, since 2009

  • Board member of the Postgraduate Steering Group (FOUK) at Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2009 – 2017


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