From the beginning of my PT career 1973 critically questioned the reductionistic medical and positivistic paradigms in understanding and developing physiotherapy, separating body, soul and person. Took an active part in the creative professional development of “psychiatric” and “psychosomatic” physiotherapy in Sweden in the 1970-80 – where we were starting up the section in our trade union, giving courses and implementing our thoughts of the meaning and practice of movement, body awareness, training in therapeutic relationships etc in the curricula at the PT education in Sweden. My dissertation 2000 – “Body, being and meaning in a PT perspective” was a further step into a more theoretical development. I have a background in dance and movement improvisation and my main competence and interest is in qualitative research, phenomenology, the awareness of the lived body, movement and its implications for rehabilitation. I teach research methodology, paradigms, concepts, models and theories in PT at masterlevel and is part of the development of a new interprofessional Master Programme with a special in Health Care Development.
Relevant critical publications:
Samuelsson B, Rosberg S. (2018). Nonverbal affect attunement in mentalization-based treatment for patients with borderline personality disorder. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. Published online: 15 Mar 2018. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17432979.2018.1447015?journalCode=tbmd20
Öhlund H, Danielsson L, Rosberg S. (2018) Anxiety management – Participants’ experiences of a physiotherapeutic group treatment in Swedish psychiatric outpatient care. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. Published online: 18 Jun 2018. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09593985.2018.1485192?journalCode=iptp20
Danielsson L, Kihlbom B, Rosberg S.(2016). “Crawling Out of the Cocoon”: Patients’ Experiences of a Physical Therapy Exercise Intervention in the Treatment of Major Depression. Physical Therapy. Physical therapy, August 2016, Vol.96(8), pp.1241-50 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26847007
Danielsson L, Rosberg S. (2015). Opening towards life: Experiences of Basic Body Awareness Therapy in Persons with Major Depression. Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2015 May 7;10:27069. doi: 10.3402/qhw.v10.27069. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Opening+towards+life%3A+Experiences+of+Basic+Body+Awareness+Therapy
Danielsson L, Rosberg S. Depression embodied: an ambiguous striving against fading. Scand J Caring Sci. 2015 Sep;29(3):501-9. doi: 10.1111/scs.12182.
Danielsson L, Hansson-Scherman M, Rosberg S. (2013). To sense and make sense of anxiety: Physiotherapists perceptions of their treatment of patients with anxiety. Physiother Theory Pract. 2013 Nov;29(8):604-15.
Wickford, J, Edwards I, Rosberg S (2012). A transformative perspective on learning and professional practice development of Afghan physiotherapists. Physiother Theory Pract 2012:28(4):269-82.
Jingrot M. Rosberg S. (2008) Gradual loss of homelikeness in exhaustion disorder. Qualitative Health Research. 2008:18(11);1511-23.
Rosberg S. (2012) A Symbolic interactionist perspective on the creation of meaning in the physiotherapy treatment room. (In Swedish: Ett socialpsykologiskt perspektiv på meningsskapande i sjukgymnastik) Book chapter in: Biguet, G, Keskinen Rosenqvist R, Levy Berg A (red) Understanding the messages of the body – physiotherapeutic perspectives. (in Swedish: Att förstå kroppens budskap – sjukgymnastiska perspektiv). Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Rosberg S. (2000). Body being and meaning, a physiotherapeutic perspective. Thesis, Gothenburg University. Abstract in English: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237753710_Body_Being_and_Meaning_in_a_Physiotherapeutic_Perspective_Summary_of_a_thesis
Email address: Susanne.email@example.com
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Current position(s): Assistant professor at Gothenburg University, Section for rehabilitation and health/Physiotherapy