Frida Eek

Senior LecturerFormer name: Frida Carlsson

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Physiotherapy


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


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. My main research area has been within two broader fields; work related stress/cortisol research, and public health/epidemiology. More recently, I have also become engaged in 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).

These two fields were combined in a project  aiming to explore associations between different aspects of work place- and gender equality  factors and subjective and physiological stress and well being among working parents with small children. The methodology consisted of a combination of a longitudinal questionnaire survey data collection and physiological stress measures through analysis of cortisol and testosterone in saliva. 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 Scientific Design within the Master Programme in Medical Sciences, Bachelor thesis course at the Physiotherapy programme, and Degree project 1/Bachelor thesis course at the Medical programme. I also teach and/or examine within different courses at the Physiotherapy-, Medical-, Biomedicine-, Midwifery programme, and the Master Programme in Medical Science, and supervise Bachelor- and Master theses.

Recent research outputs

Beata Lindholm, Frida Eek, Skogar, Ö. & Eva E. Hansson, 2019, In : Acta Neurologica Scandinavica. 139, 6, p. 512-518

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rano, J., Fridén, C. & Frida Eek, 2019, In : Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 59, 6, p. 1068-76

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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