Thóra Hafsteinsdóttir

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Function: Researcher
Research Group: Chronic Illnesses


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Thóra B. Hafsteinsdóttir RN, PhD is an Associate Professor of the Research Group Care for Nursing and Allied Health care for people with chronic illnesses at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and of the department of Nursing Science at the University of Utrecht and an adjunct associate professor of nursing at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland.

After finishing her PhD in 2003, which focused on the Neurodevelopmental treatment in the early stage of stroke, dr. Hafsteinsdóttir supervised various research and development projects both in the Netherlands and Iceland. One of these projects resulted in the publication of the Clinical Rehabilitation Guideline for Patients with Stroke, published in 2009, which she co-authored with prof. Schuurmans.

Hafsteinsdóttir supervises various research projects, focusing on nursing care and management of patients with stroke, rehabilitation, depression and nutrition. She gives lectures within a bachelor-program: Minor Neurorehabililation and Science within HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. She is also a lecturer and course coordinator within the Master of Science in Nursing at Clinical Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Utrecht University. Her focus is Evidence Based Nursing, neuroscience and rehabilitation nursing, research and systematic reviews.

Hafsteinsdóttir received the Anna-Reynvaan Research Award in 2005 and the Johanna Diepenveen-Speekenbrink Award in 1994. Hafsteinsdóttir has various publications on nursing care and management of patients with stroke and gives lectures nationally and internationally.

  • 2002-present Associate professor, Faculty Chair for People with Chronic Illness, University of Professional Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • 2002-present Associate professor, Department of Nursing Science, Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • 2006-2010 Editorial board of the Nursing Science Journal [Verpleegkunde Nederlands-Vlaams wetenschappelijk tijdschrift voor verpleegkundigen], the Netherlands.
  • 2009-present Adjunct Associate Professor and chair of Rehabilitation Nursing, Nursing Science Department, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland, since July 2009.
  • 2010-present President of the Rho Chi Chapter at-Large van Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • 2010-present President of the Johanna-Diepeveen-Speekenbrink Stichting.

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Nursing and Allied Health care for people with chronic illnesses

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