Annika Lexén

Associate Senior Lecturer

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical and Health Sciences



I took my PhD exam in 2014 at the Department of Health Sciences, Lund University. I have lengthy experience in working as an occupational therapist within psychiatric healthcare in Malmö. I have a great interest in evidence-based practice, and am knowledgeable in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness Therapy. I’m also interested in pedagogy and curriculum development.

When I worked as an occupational therapist in mental healthcare, I met many persons with lived experience of mental illness who wanted to work and contribute to society on the same conditions as others. This was the background for my doctoral thesis, “Work and psychiatric disabilities”. These persons describe their experiences of social exclusion, and that they lacked the support and opportunities needed to fully participate in society. My thesis adds to our knowledge base of how the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach can be optimized to secure a more sustainable working career for people with severe mental illness. The thesis has given IPS participants an active voice about what it is like to start to work in a Swedish context, visualized psychiatric disability in relation to work, discerned the support and process in IPS, and emphasized the employer experiences in an IPS context. In conclusion, the organization of IPS, and articulation of the support and process in IPS, are important to address in order to increase job tenure and employment success among this group of people.

In my current research, I’m generally interested in the development and evaluation of integrated psychiatric treatment models that are based on a recovery perspective. I am also interested in how underlying factors related to the individual, environment, and occupation, impact on psychiatric disabilities. For the past few years my research focuses on the environmental importance, such as managers perceptions of mental illness both in recruitment and when an employee is on sick leave due to mental illness, and vocational rehabilitation professionals' attitudes towards mental illness.

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