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Johanna Gustafsson

Title: Senior Lecturer School/office: School of Health Sciences


Phone: +46 19 303948

Room: P2121

About Johanna Gustafsson

Johanna Gustafsson (b. 1975) is a senior lecturer/associate professor at Örebro University. Currently she is a post-doc in a Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship at OsloMet.  Johanna has a master's degree in behavioral science with psychology as a major, from 2003 and a PhD in Disability Science from 2014, at Örebro University.


Johanna's main focus in research is vocational rehabilitation and working life for people with disabilities, with a special interest in the Supported employment (SE) methods. She is currently involved as a researcher in several different projects which concern Supported employment and gender, health and wellness factors for people with hearing impairment in working life, implementation of Supported employment, and Solution-focused working methods and health for unaccompanied adolescents at HVB homes and in Upper secondary education, as well as validation of ICF core sets for hearing loss.


Johanna's teaching assignments are both at the undergraduate level in the Audiologist program and in the Occupational Therapist program, and at the advanced level, on doctoral courses in Disability Science. She mainly teaches in subjects related to her research topics and research methods.

Johanna is currently supervising two doctoral students:

Elin Karlsson since 2017 (assistant supervisor)
Ingrid Witte since 2019 (assistant supervisor)

Collaborations and assignments

Johanna has several national and international assignments and collaborations. Since 2016, she is the Swedish expert in the Academic Network of Experts in Disability (ANED), which reports to the European Commission. She is also an international expert in INTEGRATE, a research program at Oslo Metropolitan University.

Johanna has been involved in different assignments in the Swedish welfare sector. In recent years, she has had assignments as process support in the project Breddad Rekrytering which is run by SALAR, evaluator of Arvsfonden's Egen Kraft project, evaluator in the Implementation of Supported employment at Jobbtorg Stockholm, co-researcher in "Research project in collaboration to describe and strengthen health among unaccompanied adolescents and staff at HVB homes and in three Swedish municipalities" and in the SIM project (Solution-focused Intervention for Mental Health among students in Upper secondary education). Johanna has also had several different national and international assignments related to disability issues.


Articles in journals |  Articles, reviews/surveys |  Doctoral theses, monographs | 

Articles in journals

Karlsson, E. , Mäki-Torkko, E. , Widén, S. , Gustafsson, J. , Manchaiah, V. , Mahomed-Asmail, F. , Swanepoel, D. W. , Yerraguntla, K. & et al. (2021). Validation of the Brief International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) core set for hearing loss: an international multicentre study. International Journal of Audiology, 60 (6), 412-420.
Persson Waye, K. , Fredriksson, S. , Hussain-Alkhateeb, L. , Gustafsson, J. & van Kamp, I. (2019). Preschool teachers' perspective on how high noise levels at preschool affect children's behavior. PLOS ONE, 14 (3).
Gustafsson, J. , Peralta, J. & Danermark, B. (2018). Supported Employment and Social Inclusion: Experiences of Workers with Disabilities in Wage Subsidized Employment in Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 20 (1), 26-36.
Gustafsson, J. , Peralta, J. & Danermark, B. (2013). The employer's perspective: employment of people with disabilities in wage subsidized employments. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.
Gustafsson, J. , Peralta, J. & Danermark, B. (2013). The employer’s perspective on supported employment for people with disabilities: successful approaches of Supported employment organizations. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 38 (2), 99-111.
Germundsson, P. , Gustafsson, J. , Lind, M. & Danermark, B. (2012). Disability and supported employment: impact on employment, income, and allowances. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 35 (3), 263-269.

Articles, reviews/surveys

Doctoral theses, monographs