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Alexandra Ullsten

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Alexandra Ullsten

About Alexandra Ullsten

Alexandra Ullsten, PhD in Musicology/Music Therapy, works as a music and art therapist at the Central Hospital in Karlstad, Region Värmland, Sweden. In 2010, Alexandra pioneered the implementation of neonatal music therapy in Swedish healthcare. The Central Hospital/Karlstad NICU, became the first hospital in the Nordic countries to offer a family-centred music therapy program for hospitalised infants and their parents. Alexandra’s research area concerns family-centred music therapy during painful procedures in neonatal care focusing on parent-driven non-pharmacological pain management such as parental infant-directed singing.

Alexandra is a member of the international research networks Pain in Early Life (PEARL) and Pain in Child Health (PICH), and a invited member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, for the international research project LongSTEP “Longitudinal Study of music Therapy’s Effectiveness on Premature infants and their parents”, Bergen University/NORCE, Norway. She is an invited peer reviewer for Acta Paediatrica, Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Paediatric & Neonatal Pain, Medicines, Health Psychology Report.

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Articles in journals

Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. & Axelin, A. (2019). O Parent, Where Art Thou?. Paediatric & Neonatal Pain, 1 (2), 53-55.
Ullsten, A. , Hugosson, P. , Forsberg, M. , Forzelius, L. , Klässbo, M. , Olsson, E. , Volgsten, U. , Westrup, B. & et al. (2017). Efficacy of Live Lullaby Singing During Procedural Pain in Preterm and Term Neonates. Music and Medicine, 9 (2), 73-85.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2017). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during painful procedures: a case study with microanalysis. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 26 (2), 142-166.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2016). Live music therapy with lullaby singing during painful procedures in neonatal care. Nordisk tidskrift for musikkterapi - Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 25 (Suppl. 1), 79.

Chapters in books

Ullsten, A. , Söderström Gaden, T. & Mangersnes, J. (2019). Development of family-centred care informing Nordic neonatal music therapy. In: Lars Ole Bonde, Kjersti Johansson, Music in paediatric hospitals – Nordic perspectives (pp. 1-25). Oslo: CREMAH, Norwegian Academy of Music.

Conference papers

Ullsten, A. , Mangersnes, J. & Söderström Gaden, T. (2019). A Nordic perspective on family-centered neonatal music therapy. Paper presented at 11th European music therapy conference, Aalborg, Denmark, June 26-30, 2019.
Ullsten, A. , Söderström Gaden, T. & Mangersnes, J. (2019). Development of family-centred care informing Nordic neonatal music therapy: Music in Paediatric Hospitals in the Nordic Countries. Paper presented at 11th European music therapy conference, Aalborg, Denmark, June 26-30, 2019.
Ullsten, A. , Volgsten, U. , Klässbo, M. & Eriksson, M. (2019). Live lullaby singing during painful procedures in preterm and term infants. Paper presented at 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain (ISPP 2019), Basel, Switzerland, June 16-20, 2019.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2018). Family-centred music therapy during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at PEARL/PICH2Go-meeting, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 25-27, 2018.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2018). Family-centred music therapy during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at 9th Nordic Music Therapy Congress, Stockholm, Sweden, August 8-12, 2018.
Ullsten, A. , Hugoson, P. , Forsberg, M. , Forzelius, L. , Klässbo, M. , Olsson, E. , Volgsten, U. , Westrup, B. & et al. (2017). Efficacy of Live Lullaby Singing During Procedural Pain in Preterm and Term Neonates. Paper presented at Forum Värmland 2017, Landstinget i Värmland och Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, Sweden, February 14, 2017.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2017). Live music therapy with lullaby singing during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at Man and Sound Environment 2017, Ljudmiljöcentrum, Lunds universitet, Lund, November 16, 2017.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2016). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during venepuncture. A case study with microanalysis of two premature born infants. In: Lars Berglund, Musikforskning i dag, Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, 14–16 juni 2016. Paper presented at Musikforskning i dag, Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, 14–16 juni, 2016 (pp. 31-31). Växjö, Sweden: Linnéuniversitetet.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2016). Live music therapy with lullaby singing during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at 10th European Music Therapy Conference Vienna 2016, Vienna, Austria, July 5-9, 2016.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2016). Live music therapy with lullaby singing during painful procedures in neonatal care. Paper presented at Vårmöte i Perinatologi. 14 April, 2016, Örebro.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2015). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during venepuncture. A case study with microanalysis of two premature born infants.. Paper presented at The 8th Nordic Music Therapy Congress, Oslo, Norway, 5th - 8th August, 2015.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2015). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during venepuncture. A case study with microanalysis of two premature born infants.. Paper presented at The 10th International Forum on Pediatric Pain (IFPP), Nova Scotia, Canada, October 1-4th, 2015.
Ullsten, A. , Eriksson, M. , Klässbo, M. & Volgsten, U. (2015). Live music therapy with lullaby singing as affective support during venepuncture: A case study with microanalysis of two premature born infants. Paper presented at Nobel Day Festivities at School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden, December 10, 2015.

Doctoral theses, comprehensive summaries

Ullsten, A. (2019). Singing, sharing, soothing: Family-centred music therapy during painful procedures in neonatal care. (Doctoral dissertation). (Comprehensive summary) Örebro: Örebro University.