Frida Eek

Frida Eek

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RPT, MSc Sport Psychology, PhD Medical Science,  Associate Professor in Epidemiology

I did my PhD within Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2005), where I worked as a researcher until 2012, when I was appointed as senior lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences. In 2010, I became Associate Professor in Epidemiology. My main research area has previously been within two broader fields; work related stress/cortisol research, and public health/epidemiology. More recently (since 2015) I have also became engaged within the field of sports medicine research.

The stress research has mainly consisted of studies using a methodology for stress measurement including subjective as well as physiological measures, including field studies on work places, measures of stress in relation to psychosomatic syndromes such as environmental intolerance but also in relation to sports performance, and methodological elaborations of the application and implications of cortisol as a measure of physiological stress response. The epidemiological/public health related research has comprised studies on BMI change in the population and health related behaviours such as smoking (in the population and during pregnancy). After my PhD, I was responsible for a project  aiming to explore associations between different work place factors and stress and well being among working parents with small children. We also explored aspects of recovery and occupational balance, and how gender equality can be related to health outcomes.

Within sports medicine, I am main supervisor for Tobias Wörner, whose PhD project is about rehabilitation and return to sport after hip arthroscopy. We have also two ongoing projects about hip and groin problems in Swedish elite ice hockey, of which one has a special focus on goal keepers.

I am also main supervisor for Emelia Mellergård, whose PhD project is about demographic and psyhcological factors in relation to HbA1C variability in type 2 diabetes, and co-supervisor for Elin Östlind within the project Active@work.

I teach mainly statistics, scientific (quantitative) methods and epidemiology. I’m responsible for the courses "Medical Science" (7.5 hp) and 'Biostatistics' (7.5 hp) within the Master Programme in Medical Sciences, Bachelor thesis course (15 hp) at the Physiotherapy programme, and "Scientific theory and application" (15 hp) course at the Medical programme. I also teach and/or examine within other courses at the Physiotherapy-, Medical-, Biomedicine-, Midwifery programme, and the Master Programme in Medical Science, and supervise Bachelor- and Master theses.

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
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Physiotherapy

Free keywords

  • Sports medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Epidemiology
  • Occupational and environmental health
  • Stress
  • Public health


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