Classroom 1504 at GIH or via Teams.

E-PABS Thursday Seminar: Master's Students Present Their Work in Cognitive Difficulties and Stress in Adolescents

Welcome to a seminar with two Master's students who present their thesis work at GIH. Ila Iverson studies severe cognitive difficulties and food insecurity among American adolescents, and Liene Jepse studies the effects of a school-based intervention with physical activity on stress levels in Swedish adolescents.

About the seminar

Ila Iverson and Liene Jepse are Master's students at Karolinska Institutet and are doing their degree projects at the E-PABS research group at GIH, with Professor Gisela Nyberg as supervisor. This seminar gives the students the opportunity to practice for their final exam and get feedback from their research colleagues.

“Serious Cognitive Difficulties are Associated with Food Insecurity Among Adolescents in the United States” (by Ila Iverson)

The purpose of this study is to investigate the association between parents' reported severe cognitive difficulties and food insecurity in adolescents, after statistical adjustment for factors known to be associated with cognitive difficulties, such as neurodevelopmental disorders, psychiatric conditions, and adverse childhood experiences.

Ila Iverson holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia in Canada, and is studying at Karolinska Institutet's master's program in global health.

“Effects of a multi-component school-based intervention on stress levels in adolescents: a cluster randomized controlled pilot study” (by Liene Jepse)

The aim of this thesis was to gain knowledge of the effects of a multi-component school-based intervention delivered during an extended school day on reducing stress levels among 8th grade adolescents. The six month intervention consisted of an extended school day by three hours weekly with a structured set of different physical activities, walking with audiobooks, and homework support. The combined effect of these activities on stress levels remains underexplored. The pilot study, conducted in the Stockholm area during the 2021/2022 academic year, is part of a larger GIH study within E-PABS: The School Project for Brain Health – A School-Based Intervention to Improve Mental Health, Cognitive Functions and School Performance in Adolescents.

Liene Jepse holds a bachelor's degree in health care from Riga Stradins University in Latvia, and is studying at the master's program in public health with a focus on health promotion and prevention at Karolinska Institutet.

The seminar will be held in English and presented within the framework of the E-PABS Research Centre for Physical Activity, Brain Health and Sustainability.

When: Thursday 11 April at 13.00-14.00
Where: Classroom 1504 at GIH or via Teams.



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