Marie HolmefurTitle: Professor School/office: School of Health Sciences
Phone: +46 19 303612
About Marie Holmefur
Marie Holmefur is a registrered Occupational Therapist who graduated with a PhD from Karolinska Institutet in 2009 and was appointed professor at Örebro University in 2018.
Maries research focuses on measurement and interventions for enhancing everyday life in persons with a long-standing disability. In her PhD-thesis Marie evaluated and further developed the Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) which aims to measure and describe how effectively children with a unilateral disability use their affected hand in bimanual tasks. Further studies on the AHA and development of hand function in children with unilateral CP are ongoing. Marie has a strong interest in instrument development and psychometric testing and she uses both modern (Rasch analysis) and classic test theory in her studies.
Cognitive limitations are common in people with ADHD, Autism or mental illness and can lead to difficulties to handle time and structure daily activities. Marie leads the TOVA reserach group (Time management skills in people with cognitive limitations) who evaluates assessments and interventions to increase time management skills in everyday life, among other things the intervention Let's Get Organized is evaluated. Read about Maria Wingren's PhD-project here.
In the ALVA research group (Older persons health, care and everyday life) Marie supervises two PhD-students who are studying the life situation of older people who despite high age and declining health live in their ordinary housing. These older people often have a vulnerable situation where repeated readmissions to hospital increases the risk of difficulties handling everyday at home. We are studying how readmissions can be prevented. Read about Marie Jönsson's PhD-project here. The vulnerable situation of older people sometimes leads to an application to a nursing home. The long waiting time has been a problem for elderly and their relatives. During the Covid-19 pandemict the number of applications to nursing homes have dropped and we are studying what this means for the life situation at home for these vulnerable older people and their relatives. Read about Lisa Spang's PhD-project here.
Marie teaches on basic and advanced level and also on postgraduate level in areas of research methodology with focus on quantitative studies, psychometrics, evidence-based practice and research ethics. Marie is also course leader in all three levels.
Marie is the main or assistant supervisor of four PhD-students and she regularly serves as a reviewer for scientific journals in her field.