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Solveig Arnadottir


Visiting Researcher

  • Geriatric Certified Physiotherapist, Associate Professor at the University of Iceland

I graduated from University of Iceland in 1991, after completing a four year Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Following a period working as a physiotherapist in Iceland I moved to the USA, where I worked for two years before going back to full-time education to complete a Masters in Human Movement Sciences from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. My emphasis in the MS program was on ageing, biomechanics and musculoskeletal conditions. Upon return to Iceland I worked in inpatient geriatric rehabilitation centre and held a partial lecturer position at the University of Akureyri. In 2005-2006 I lived in Sweden and started my part time PhD studies which I completed in 2010 while working as a lecturer in Iceland. The title of my dissertation was "Physical activity, participation and self-rated health among older community-dwelling Icelanders: a population-based study".

I now work full time as a senior lecturer within the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Iceland. My research interest are in the area of ageing and include physical activity, disability/participation, standardized outcome measures and rural health. In the past 4 years, much of my time has been devoted in reorganizing the physiotherapy program in Iceland, which now includes greater focus on ageing clients/ populations, health promotion and evidence-based practice.

At present I am on a 6 month sabbatical leave from the University of Iceland during which I joined the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford (RRIO) as a visiting researcher; a well appreciated opportunity to spend time with people working on top quality research. As a visiting researcher I will work on secondary analysis of PreFIT data, observe in the BOOST trial and continue to analyse Icelandic total population data exploring how outpatient physiotherapy is facing the expanding population of older adults.