Maria Haak

Senior Lecturer, Docent i gerontologi, Leg.arbetsterapeutFormer name: Maria Valdemarsson

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Medical and Health Sciences


  • CASE - Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments


My research focus on participation, independence and health of older people and people ageing with a disability, especially Parkinson’s disease, and their interaction with the home and its immediate surroundings. I am affiliated to the Forte centre Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE) and Lund University's strategic research area in neuroscience, MultiPark.

I am involved in all parts of the cross-national project Home and Health along the Process of Ageing, with the aim of investigating how housing affects health during ageing. In 2013, I was responsible for the  completion of the first part of the InnovAge projekt. The goal of this project is to develop a computer-based tool, which older people can easily use and thereby influence how their own and future homes will be built, renovated and adapted to support healthy ageing.

I am involved in teaching and course leading at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels, mainly in gerontology and I am responsible for occupational therapy in the master's programme in medical science. I am also study coordinator for the Swedish National Graduate School for  Competitive Science on Ageing and Health, SWEAH.

I am the main supervisor for PhD student Christine Etzerodt Laustsen and assistant supervisor for PhD student, Lizette Norin both at the faculty of medicine, Lund university. I'm also assistant supervisor for Isak Berge at Gothenburg university.

Haak, M. (2006). Participation and Independence in Old Age – Aspects of Home and Neighbourhood Environments. Doktorsavhandling. Institutionen för Hälsa, Vård och Samhälle, Lunds Universitet, Sverige. ISBN 91-85559-56-3.


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