Lisa Ekstam

Lecturer, PhD, Occupational therapist (registered)

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
  • Health Sciences


  • CASE - Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments


I am registered occupational therapist since 2001 and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Occupational Therapy from Karolinska Institutet (KI), 2009. My research interest is about everyday doing and its relation to health. I hold a position as University lecturer and teaches primarily at the occupational therapy undergraduate programme at Lund University.

Current research

I am involved in research that develops and evaluates the effect of interventions that aims to enhance activity, participation, health and quality of life. Of particular interest is how people deal with changes that occur in everyday life, home and life related to aging and/or disability.

I am part of the research team Participation, ageing and everyday life at the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University.

I am involved in a project that is evaluating housing adaptation. The project also includes a process evaluation and a health economic evaluation. Housing adaptations and mobility devices – Evaluation of a new practice strategy 

I am also involved in an interdisciplinary project in which we study “doing age” at senior camps. Pensioner camps as a phenomena

The phenomena “senior camps” are being studies from three perspectives:

  •  History of ideas: How age is put into context in the organization of the senior camps.
  • An ethnographic perspective: How age is constructed at the camps.
  • An occupational perspective: Implications of the visit to a senior camp for older people's everyday life and health.

Earlier research

Rehabilitation after stroke

In my dissertation which I defendend in 2009 at the Karolinska Institutet I explored changes in everyday life during the first year after stroke. The title of my thesis is: Changes in daily life after stroke: Older persons and couples' daily activities during the first year at home after stroke

After the disseration I was a postdoc in the research group "Health in Everyday Life among people with neurological Disorders" (HELD) at the Division of Occupational Therapy, KI. I was involved in two projects. A prospective observational study of the rehabilitation process after stroke and a cluster randomized controlled multicenter study evaluating the effect of a client centered ADL intervention.

Collaboration and clinic
I collaborate in my research projects with several municipalities in Skåne.

Thesis (in Swedish)
Ekstam, Lisa (2009): Förändringar i vardagslivet efter stroke: Äldre personers och pars dagliga aktiviteter under det första året hemma efter stroke, Karolinska Institutet



I am a Lecturer at the occupational therapy program at Lund University and supervise students at bachelor, master and doctoral level. I have previous teaching experience from the occupational therapy program at KI (2003-2012). I was the co-supervisor  for PhD Björg Þórðardóttir who graduated in 2016.

Recent research outputs

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