School of Health Sciences
I teach primarily in pharmacology and physiology on both the nursing and biomedicine programs and also supervise thesis workers.
The mail goal of my research is to gain increased knowledge and understanding of how our own anti-stress system works and how it can be activated. If we know how to trigger our own anti-stress system, we can translate this into practical use and develop preventive methods to counter stress and stress-related illness. In particular, my research focuses on health promotion effects associated with sensory stimulation and the underlying physiological mechanisms for these effects.
I conduct my research primarily at Högskolan i Skövde but also work closely with the research group GRASP (Group for Research in Affective Somatosensation and Pain) at Linköping University.
Oxytocin is a principal hormone that exerts part of its effects by active fragmentsUvnäs-Moberg Kerstin, Handlin Linda, Kendall-Tackett Kathleen et al.Medical Hypotheses, 2019, 133, 1-9.
The Effects of a Therapy Dog on the Blood Pressure and Heart Rate of Older Residents in a Nursing HomeHandlin Linda, Nilsson Anne, Lidfors Lena et al.Anthrozoos, 2018, 31(5), 567-576.
Oxytocin and Cortisol Levels in Dog Owners and Their Dogs Are Associated with Behavioral Patterns: An Exploratory StudyPetersson Maria, Uvnäs-Moberg Kerstin, Nilsson Anne et al.Frontiers in Psychology, 2017, 8.
Promoting health of Swedish workers by complementary methods: example of a study design of a longitudinal randomized controlled intervention study
Handlin Linda, Muller Jasmin, Ekström AnetteMedical Research Archives, 2017, 5(8), 1-13.
Mechanical massage and mental training program effect employees' heart rate, blood pressure and fingertip temperature: An exploratory pilot studyMuller Jasmin, Ekström Anette, Harlén Mikael et al.European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2016, 8(5), 762-768.
The value of armchairs in providing mechanical massage and mental relaxation programmes is not established for workplace health promotion
Muller Jasmin, Handlin Linda, Harlén Mikael et al.Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 2016, 21(1), 44-45.
Mechanical massage and mental training programmes affect employees´ anxiety, stress susceptibility and detachment – a randomised explorative pilot studyMuller Jasmin, Handlin Linda, Harlén Mikael et al.BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015, 15(1).
Self-soothing behaviors with particular reference to oxytocin release induced by non-noxious sensory stimulation
Uvnäs-Moberg Kerstin, Handlin Linda, Petersson MariaFrontiers in Psychology, 2015, 5.
Dogs' endocrine and behavioural responses at reunion are affected by how the human initiates contactRehn Therese, Handlin Linda, Uvnäs-Moberg Kerstin et al.Physiology and Behavior, 2014, 124, 45-53.
Associations between the Psychological Characteristics of the Human-Dog Relationship and Oxytocin and Cortisol LevelsHandlin Linda, Nilsson Anne, Ejdebäck Mikael et al.Anthrozoos, 2012, 25(2), 215-228.