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Meet Mari Lundberg, New Manager for Education and Implementation at GPCC and newly appointed Professor

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Meet Mari Lundberg, New Manager for Education and Implementation at GPCC and newly appointed Professor

Portrait of Mari LundbergWho are you?
My name is Mari Lundberg and I was born and raised in Gothenburg and now live at a cycling distance.

What is your background?
I became a physiotherapist in 1992 and since then I have worked to support people to live a healthy life on the move. After working clinically for almost 10 years, I did my dissertation in 2006 at the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Gothenburg on a dissertation on motion fear in people with long-term pain. Since then I have worked as a teacher and researcher at various institutions and places of learning. I have been Director of Studies at Vårdalinstitutet, The Swedish Institute for Health Sciences, Universities of Gothenburg and Lund and I have worked as a University Lecturer at Karolinska Institutet. My experience of board work includes several years as Chair of international and national associations and unions.

Tell us a little about your own research.
My research is mainly about fear of movement and how we can understand, treat and prevent it from occurring. I run the research group Back in Motion, which is an inter-professional and interdisciplinary group. I have ongoing research funding from the Swedish Research Council, ALF and Region Västra Götaland. Four doctoral students have received their doctorate under my guidance, and I am supervisor for another five. Next year, I will lead the newly developed research domain about education and pedagogical development within GPCC

How are you as a person?
I grew up in a family where team sports were a natural part of life. It has characterized me in several ways. I enjoy working in groups and building teams. I see being in motion, preferably in nature, as a lifestyle but I also enjoy reading and I like everything that makes me laugh.

You have just been made Professor! Congratulations! How does it feel?
It feels fantastic! Like recognition for hard and systematic work.

What is your new role in GPCC?
Since April 1st this year, I have been responsible for education and implementation. I am also a member of the GPCC Steering Committee. This means that I will continue to develop the solid and innovative work that my representatives Irma Lindström Kjellberg and Catarina Wallengren Gustafsson have built up.

How did you end up here?
I have worked with GPCC since 2012 in both research and education, and based on that collaboration I was considered to be a suitable candidate for the role.

What do you see as important about person-centering?
The most important thing about person-centering is that it does not stop at being just pretty words, but that it becomes an act that is integrated into our various daily activities. Most studies have shown the effect of person-centering, but we need to know more about how to do the activities where person-centering works. We also need to understand more about how we can support a person-centered learning.

What do you look forward to working on at GPCC?
I consider it an honor to be able to continue to develop the business that has been built up for almost 10 years. As my assignment concerns education and implementation, I am particularly looking forward to developing and researching the learning about person-centering so that we can support the pursuit of a healthy life.

PHOTOGRAPHER: ANNIKA CLARHOLM