Graciela Rovner, PhD, RPhT, MSc.
Nominated by the Swedish Association of Physiotherapy for the Award: the Physiotherapist of the Year 2014.
Graciela Rovner is senior pain specialist physiotherapist in Sweden, with extensive experience in training and supervising inter-professional chronic pain rehabilitation teams, in Sweden, UK, US, Spain and Argentina. She has been conducting research since 2003 and she undertook her PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine at the medical school (Shalgrenska Academy) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Graciela has three Masters degrees from Swedish institutions (in Clinical Medical Sciences from the Karolinska Institute, in Psychology from Linköping University, and in Physical Therapy from University of Gothenburg) as well as Bachelor in all of those and in Health Care Education. Graciela was awarded with international grants (from EU and from the International Association for the Study of Pain) and lead clinical and research projects in Argentina and Sweden. She supervise medical students in their final thesis (empirical master thesis). She has published two national reports, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters and three books currently in press. she is the past acting Director at the of the Board at the Swedish Association of Physiotherapy (Mental Health section), and chair of the Swedish Congress of Behavioral therapy 2014. Graciela is currently engaged in three current pain-related projects: the first is to systematize the assessment processes in pain rehabilitation clinics in UK and Sweden, the second is to identify rehabilitation-relevant clusters of patients with differential response to interprofessional rehabilitation programs and the third, to develop and test these different programs (with sound combination between psychotherapy and physiotherapy doses). As part of the research, she is consulting expert to rehabilitation clinics to help them to develop their programs and increase their competencies to implement behavioral strategies to improve functional patient outcomes with consistent theoretical basis across the inter-professional team.