Visiting Scholar

Mria Elvén

Maria Elvén, MSc, PT

Division of Physiotherapy
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare
Mälardalen University, Sweden

Dates of Visit: October 15- 25, 2018

Purpose of Visit

During her two week visit, Maria will be meeting with members of the CHES and the physical therapy communities to discuss her ideas related to clinical reasoning in the context of health promotion.


Maria Elvén is a PhD candidate and a lecturer at Mälardalen University in Sweden, Division of Physical Therapy. Her research focuses on the integration of behavioral considerations in clinical reasoning for the purpose of changing or maintaining clients’ health-related behaviors to improve their health and well-being. Her developing theoretical model suggests that such reasoning may involve considerations of bio-psychosocial factors, the use of functional behavioral analyses and the selection of behavior change strategies in a collaborative and context-dependent process. In the context of this work, she has developed and evaluated a web-based instrument to measure such reasoning. In the course of her PhD studies, Maria has been working with Professor Elizabeth Dean at the Department of Physical Therapy, UBC, who is one of her thesis supervisors.