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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, MScOT, Owner of Dysfagiklinikken, Adslevvej 2a, 8362 Hörning, Denmark

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My research profile can be summarized in clinics and practices related research with the aim to understand and explain, as well as contributing to evidence-based interdisciplinary clinical practice in dysphagia.

I have completed my research in both the natural sciences and the humanities. I was employed at the Department of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark and completed international PhD school in rehabilitation research and research training program in Social Studies in Medicine.


2008-2012: Difficulties in swallowing and eating following acquired brain injury – from a professional and a patient perspective. Phd thesis (2013). The Institute of Public Health and Hammel Neurorehabilitation and Research Centre. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark


2013 Ph.D., Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, Odense

2006 Master of Medical Science, Major: Occupational Therapy (MScOT), University of Lund,

2003 Occupational Therapy Specialist in Neurorehabilitation, The Danish Association of
Occupational Therapists, Copenhagen

2001 G/F.O.T.T. instructor, ARCOS, Malvern, United Kingdom

1989 Occupational Therapist (Basic grade), School of Occupational Therapy, Holstebro


Positions and employment

From June 2019- Private Practice Occupational Therapist and owner of Dysfagiklinikken.
Collaborate on education and research with Hammel Neurorehabilitation
Centre and University Research Clinic.

2016-June 2019 Consultant/Occupational Therapy specialist/Dysphagia, Ear, Nose and Tract
Department, University Hospital of Aarhus.

2013-June 2019 Functional head of the Centre of Competence for Oropharyngeal Dysphagia
and Head of Occupational Therapy research, Hammel Neurorehabilitation
Centre and University Research Clinic

2006-2013 Clinical Developer/Occupational Therapy, Hammel Neurorehabilitation Centre
and University Research Clinic

2000-2006 Developmental Therapist/Occupational Therapy, Hammel Neurorehabilitation
Centre and University Research Clinic

1989-2000 Head Occupational Therapist, Living and Rehabilitationcenter Lunden, Varde
Other experience and professional memberships

1989- Member, Danish Occupational Therapy Association (ETF)

2001- Member, Special interest group for Facial-Oral Tract Therapy (SIG-F.O.T.T.)

2005- Member, Danish Federation of Neurorehabilitation (DSNR)

2008- Member, European Society of Swallowing Disorders (ESSD)

2012- Member, Ergoterapifagligt Selskab for neurorehabilitering (EFS-neurorehabilitation)

2012- Member, Ergoterapifagligt Selskab for forskning (EFS-forskning)

2013- Chairman, Ergoterapifagligt Selskab for dysfagi (EFS-dysfagi)

2016- Member, Danish Association of Dysphagia (DSD) Side 2

2017- Member, Klub for privatpraktiserende ergoterapeuter (KKPE)

2008 The Ropox Award, the Danish Occupational Therapy Association


Item analysis of the Eating Assessment Tool (EAT10) by the Rasch model: a secondary analysis
of cross-sectional survey data obtained among community-dwelling elders.
Hansen T, Kjaersgaard A. 2020. In: Health Qual Life Outcomes 13;18(1):139.
First-Hand Experience of Severe Dysphagia Following Brainstem Stroke: Two Qualitative Cases.
Kjaersgaard A, Pallesen H. 2020. In: Geriatrics. 5, 1, 15.

Systematic review and evidence based recommendations on texture modified foods and
thickened liquids for adults (above 17 years) with oropharyngeal dysphagia – An updated
clinical guideline. Beck AM, Kjaersgaard A, Hansen T, Poulsen I. 2018. In: Clinical Nutrition 37, 6, p:

Letter to the editor: Effect of a Minimal-Massive Intervention in Hospitalized Older Patients
with Oropharyngeal Dysphagia: a Proof og Concept Study (1). Hansen T, Kjaersgaard A, Beck, A.M.,
Poulsen I. 2018. In: Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging. 22, 8,1018-1018.

Brain Injury and Severe Eating Difficulties at Admission-Patient Perspective Nine to Fifteen
Months after Discharge: A Pilot Study.
Kjaersgaard A, Kristensen HK. 2017. In: Brain Science. Aug 7;7(8).

A validation study of the Facial-Oral Tract Therapy Swallowing Assessment of Saliva
Mortensen, J., Jensen, D. & Kjaersgaard, A. 2016 In: Clinical Rehabilitation. Apr 30(4):410-5.

(Neurogenic oropharyngeal dysphagia is a frequent condition in patients admitted to ICU)
Neurogen dysfagi ses hyppigt hos patienter på intensivafdelinger
Pedersen, A. B., Kjærsgaard, A., Larsen, J. K. R. & Nielsen, L. H. 2 Mar 2015 In: Ugeskrift for laeger.177,10.
Factors affecting return to oral intake in inpatient rehabilitation after acquired brain injury
Kjaersgaard, A., Nielsen, L. H. & Sjölund, B. H. 2015 In: Brain Injury. p. 1-11.

Tongue motor training-behavioural and neurophysiological aspects
Kothari, M., Svensson, P., Jensen, J., Kjaersgaard, A., Baad-Hansen, L. & Nielsen, J. F. 2014, Replace,
Repair, Restore, Relieve – Bridging Clinical and Engineering Solutions in
Neurorehabilitation. SpringerLink, Vol: 7. P: 47-48.
Randomized trial of two swallowing assessment approaches in patients with acquired brain
injury: Facial-Oral Tract Therapy versus Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
Kjaersgaard, A., Nielsen, L. H. & Sjölund, B. H. 1 Mar 2014 In: Clinical Rehabilitation. 28, 3, p: 243-253.

Systematic review and evidence based recommendations on texture modified foods and
thickened fluids for adults (≥18 years) with oropharyngeal dysphagia Side 3
Andersen, U. T., Beck, A. M., Kjaersgaard, A., Hansen, T. & Poulsen, I. 1 Aug 2013 In: e – S P E N
Journal. 8, 4.
Training-induced cortical plasticity compared between three tongue-training paradigms.
KothariM, Svensson P, Jensen J, Kjærsgaard A, Jeonghee K, Nielsen JF, Ghovanloo M, Baad-Hansen L. In:
Neuroscience. 2013. 246:1-12.

Measuring elderly dysphagic patients’ performance in eating – a review
Hansen, T., Kjærsgaard, A. & Faber, J. 2011 In: Disability and Rehabilitation. 33, 21-22, p: 1931-40.

(Neurorehabilitation – neurogenic dysphagia) Neurorehabilitering – neurogen dysfagi
Kjærsgaard, A., Nielsen, L. H. & Kock-Jensen, C. 22 Mar 2010 In: Ugeskrift for Laeger. 172, 12, p: 956.

(Dysphagia – an overlooked porblem in neurorehabilitation) Dysfagi–et overset problem i
Kjaersgaard, A. & Langhorn, L. 15 Jan 2007 In: Ugeskrift for laeger. 169, 3, p. 220-3