Erik Blennow Nordström

Erik Blennow Nordström

PhD, Neuropsychologist, Timlärare

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I am a member of the multidisciplinary research group Center for Cardiac Arrest at Lund University. Here, my PhD thesis in clinical medicine with a focus on neuropsychology was defended in 2022. 

In 2023–2024 I am a postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, NY as a Fulbright Scholar. During the postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, I will study the consequences of cardiac arrest among U.S. cardiac arrest survivors.

My primary research interest centers on cognitive impairment after cardiac arrest. The insufficient blood flow to the brain which follows cardiac arrest may cause heterogeneous brain damage. Adjacent areas of interest are psychological distress, such as anxiety and depression, and fatigue. Evaluation of rating scales and tests after acquired brain damage is another research focus. Rating scales and tests with acceptable feasibility, validity and reliability are a prerequisite for adequate clinical care, support, and rehabilitation.

Cognitive impairment following cardiac arrest could lead to reduced quality of life, reduced societal participation including return to work, as well as a heavy caregiver and relational burden. More research on cognitive impairment and psychological distress after cardiac arrest is of interest for healthcare providers, patients, relatives, and for future studies.

Professional work

Alongside my research, I usually work as a licensed psychologist at Skane University Hospital, Clinic of Rehabilitation Medicine. Here I perform neuropsychological assessment and treatment of patients who has suffered acquired brain injury or neurologic disorder, vis-a-vis the hospital's out-patient neurology units and the out-patient neurorehabilitation unit. We work interdisciplinary in teams. My professional work has also included clinical supervision of students and professionals, as well as educational assignments concerning stroke, cardiac arrest, and teamwork towards the public and other healthcare providers.

I have previous experience working as a psychologist with in-patient neurorehabilitation of moderate to severe aquired brain injury, among others involving rehabilitation of patients surviving cardiac arrest, and as a consultant for an in-patient general neurorehabilitation service. Earlier I have been active as a school psychologist and at a memory clinic.

Beside my professional work, I am a member of the national board of the Swedish Neuropsychological Society. Our society is a professional compound within the Swedish Psychological Association. Our focus is to distribute current neuropsychological research and good clinical practice to our members and to the public.


I teach in cognition and neuropsychology at the Psychology Program (Master of Science in Psychology Program), at first cycle courses and at second cycle courses, the latter more specifically related to acquired brain injury, rehabilitation methods and team work.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Applied Psychology

Free keywords

  • Neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Brain injury
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Cognition
  • Neurological disorders


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