Helen LindnerTitle: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Health Sciences
Phone: +46 19 303734
About Helen Lindner
I am a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at Örebro University in Sweden. I have a BSc degree in Pharmacology at University College, London, UK, a MSc degree in Medical Informatics at University of London, UK and a BSc degree in Occupational Therapy at Örebro University, Sweden. In 2013 I received a PhD degree in Medical Sciences at Örebro University. My current work tasks include teaching occupation-based cognitive rehabilitation and working as clinical occupational therapist with patients of mild to severe cognitive impairments at the local hospital.
My two main research interests are (i) to investigate cognitive functions in individuals with multiple disabilities (fig.1), and (ii) to explore the process in learning a multi-articulating prosthetic hand (fig.2). I use eye-tracking technology and motion analysis to quantify and understand attention, visuospatial skill, cognitive load and body movements in different patient groups and activities. My research goal is to integrate research results timely into current rehabilitation practice.
I coordinate a course in occupational therapy for individuals with cognitive impairments, psychiatric disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders. I teach basic pharmacology to occupational therapy students and how medications affect occupational therapy interventions. I am a co-supervisor of a doctoral student that studies the relationship between early interventions and later outcomes among children with limb deficiency.
I work part-time as occupational therapist at the Adult Habilitation Centre, Region Örebro County. My two main tasks are: (1) provide training in eye tracking for patients with cognitive impairment and communication difficulties, (2) provide treatments using multisensory environments for patients with sensory processing difficulties, such as children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
I have two ongoing research collaborations within the field of upper limb prosthetics; one project is a collaboration with the researchers at the University of Tokyo to develop the Japanese version of the Assessment of Capacity for Myoelectric Control. The other project is a collaboration with the researcher at the University of New Brunswick, Canada to explore the process in learning a multi-articulating prosthetic hand .