A visiting scholar report from College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA fall 2015


First of all I want to thank the two persons that made this scholar visit possible, professor Anna Strömberg, my main supervisor, and professor Misook Chung at University of Kentucky who hosted my stay.


EtjänsteDuring four (mostly) warm and sunny weeks I had the privilege to visit professor Misook Chung who is a member of Riche Heart group at College of Nursing, University of Kentucky.

Professor Chung is very knowledgeable regarding mediator and moderator models and dyadic analysis and she shared her knowledge with me and taught me among other things how to analyse my data using Actor-Partner Independent Model.


klassenDuring my stay I attended several doctoral students classes. Subjects discussed weretheories and models to build a framework for your thesis, moderation models and self-care theories. I also attended RICH Heart team meetings were they once a week meet and discuss their ongoing research projects, grants and other issues.





I was invited to present my own PhD-project at two different occasions and I also told about how doctoral studies are performed in Sweden. Both faculties and doctoral students were invited and they were all very interested and had a lot of questions. There are a lot of differences between the countries but there are also similarities. At the end of my stay I was invited to a short visit at deans office.

During the weekends I was on several trips with both Misook Chung and Terry Lennie. We visited a bourbon distillery, Woodford Reserve, and Shaker Village; a beautiful place on the country site, were we walked and had dinner.

The last Friday I was at the universities theatre were students from UK Dept. of Theatre and Dance presented “The importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. The students were incredibly talented, and I’m sure some of them will become professional actors.

Results from the visit;

I have expanded my network with both professors and other PhD-students, which is good for future collaboration.

I have started to write a paper about mediation, I have almost finished a paper regarding Actor-Partner Independent Model and started to wright two abstracts that are going to be submitted to EuroHeartCare 2016.

I am grateful having had the possibility to do this scholar visit and start working together with Dr Chung and colleagues. Once again, thank you!


Maria Liljeroos