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Gender working life psychosocial health (GAP)

GAP applies psychosocial, sociocultural and gender theoretical perspectives on body, health and movement. We study how these perspectives can be developed and integrated within physiotherapy theory, method and practice.

Specific Research Fields

- Stress and behavioural medicine
- Work, organisation and leadership
- Mental and psychosomatic health of children and young
- Professional development in health care
- Working life, gender and health for musicians
- Body and movement as identity and experience
- Longlasting pain, crisis and trauma
- Intervention and implementation

Ongoing research within the research area

RECO – "Rehabilitation for improved cognition"


The purpose of this study was to investigate if the addition of a specific computer based cognitive training or physical fitness training could enhance executive functions in patients with exhaustion disorder who are participating in a multimodal rehabilitation program. In collaboration with serveral departments at the University and at the University Hospital of Umeå.

Workplace-oriented intervention for patients with exhaustion disorder


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of a workplace-oriented intervention for patients with exhaustion disorder who are participating in a multimodal rehabilitation program. In collaboration with the stress clinic at the University Hospital of Umeå.


Stress and Health in Youth (Umeå SHY)


The interdisciplinary project aims to develop knowledge and understanding about body, stress and health among young people and to develop gender-sensitive and health promoting intervention models. The Umeå SHY project is being conducted in close collaboration with school health and youth health services, as well as youth psychiatry.


Musculoskeletal health problems in young musicians


The research project aims at increasing knowledge of young people's health in relation to making music, and preventing musculoskeletal disorders among young musicians. We develop and integrate gender studies with a health promotion for music students. We also spread information about Music Medicine to health professionals who come into contact with musicians. In collaboration with the National Graduate School of Gender Studies.

Head of project

Gunilla Stenberg
Senior lecturer (associate professor), clinical
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