Assistant Professor in Critical Qualitative Health Research, Health Promotion, Health Equity, and Transformative Learning

Lisette Farias Vera


Critical Qualitative Health Research, Health Promotion, Health Equity, and Transformative Learning

Om mig

I am an Assistant Professor at the Division of Occupational Therapy at KI, Board Member of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE), Faculty member of the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Academic Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University Master of Science in Occupational Science, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational Science. I am also a registered Occupational Therapist in Chile and Sweden with work experience in both countries. 


My research focuses on critical health qualitative research and health promotion/equity, including transformative education. I work with different types of knowledge and stakeholder perspectives, using critical theory, critical reflexivity, and dialogical methods to enact ways of addressing health disparities. My doctoral thesis forwards a critical dialogical approach to promote values of transparency, partnership, and democratization in research. 

Current research collaborations

a) SAFe - Social services work with people with disabilities at risk of violence 

b) Health promotion work among children and young people living in vulnerable areas

List of Publications

List of Book Chapters


Pedagogiska meriter

Health professional education, particularly transformative learning, professional reasoning, and critical reflexivity is at the core of my research in higher education. I supervise undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. I am a faculty member of the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and the Master of Science in Occupational Science at Dalhousie University in Canada. 

I teach in the areas of (critical) occupational scienceepistemological foundations of qualitative health research, and critical social theory. As part of the international group in my Division and as a board member of ENOTHE, I collaborate in developing international courses, webinars/workshops, and educational projects across Europe. My focus on internationalizing the curriculum follows equity, decolonization, and anti-racism perspectives.

Course Leader

Undergraduate levelWork, activity, and participation (15 credits) (In Swedish)

Master Level: Occupational Science 1 (15 credits) (In Swedish)

Doctoral Level: Occupational Science conceptual development and application on research (3.0 credits) (In English)


-26 weeks (29 hp credits) of formal education in higher education pedagogy

- Member of KIs Pedagogical Academy 

-Representative of the teachers' team involved in the terms 4-6 of the Occupational Therapy program


  • Karolinska Institutet, Sweden (2022-present) - Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of Nursing
  • Western University, Canada (2018) - PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (field of Occupational Science)
  • Western University, Canada (2016) – Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning
  • Western University, Canada (2014) – Graduate Certificate in Academic and Professional Communication
  • Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (2012) - European M.Sc. in Occupational Therapy 
  • University of Chile (2008) – B.S. in Human Occupation and Occupational Therapy Degree

Akademiska priser och utmärkelser

  • Recipient of The Engelsberg Scholars-in-Residence programme 2022, Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation 
  • Recipient of Swedish Occupational Therapists Scholarship 2019
  • Recipient of Global Bridges Program for Junior Researchers (Strategic Grants SFO-V, Karolinska Institutet) 2019
  • Recipient of Ingela Petersson Lies Memorial Fund (NVS, Karolinska Institutet) 2019
  • Elected a Board member of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) 2018-present
  • Recipient of Ontario Trillium Scholarship (Doctoral Fellowship, Canada) 2013-2017
  • Recipient of Western Graduate Research Scholarship (Western University, Canada) 2013-2017
  • Recipient of Student Research Grant in Occupational Science from the Society for the Study of Occupation: USA 2016  
  • Recipient of Great Ideas for Teaching (GIFT) Award (Teaching Award, Western University) 2016
  • Recipient of Global Opportunities (GO) Award for Health Sciences (Western University) 2015
  • Recipient of the Canadian Society of Occupational Scientists Student Scholarship 2014
  • Recipient of the Linnaeus–Palme Scholarship for study abroad (Linnaeus-Palme Foundation, Sweden) 2007