Annikki Arola

Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy


Phone number:0294 282 822

Annikki Arola, PhD, principal lecturer in occupational therapy and head of the Occupational Therapy program at Arcada UAS.

Annikki Arola has a PhD from the Department of Health and Rehabilitation at University of Gothenburg. Her research focuses on health and wellbeing in the aging population. She is particularly interested in solutions on how health in everyday life can be promoted, maintained and supported among older persons in society. Annikki Arola has been part of multidisciplinary research centers such as Ageing and Health, AGECAP and Centre for person-centred care, GPCC, at University of Gothenburg. Additionally, she is affiliated as post-doc alumnus to the SWEAH, the National Graduate School on Ageing and Health at Lund University. For the moment Annikki Arola is working on developing the Health Tech Hub at Arcada. This Hub will serve as an environment where users, professionals and stakeholders can test and develop health technology based on AI. Connected to this, Annikki Arola is involved in a research project focusing on AI driven Nordic Health and Welfare, where the focus is on how AI based application can be used to motivate and promote health in everyday life among persons between 65-74 years of age.

Annikki Arola also serves actively as a reviewer for scientific journals focusing on occupational science and occupational therapy, health promotion, ageing and rehabilitation.

Selected publications:
Arola, L., Mårtensson, L., & Häggblom Kronlöf, G. 2017. Viewing oneself as a capable person – experiences of professionals working with older Finnish immigrants. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 31(4), 759-767.

Arola LA., Dellenborg, L., & Häggblom-Kronlöf , G. 2018. Occupational perspective of health among persons ageing in the context of migration. Journal of Occupational Science, 25(1), 65-75. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1368411

Arola, L A,. Barenfeld,E., Dahlin-Ivanoff, S., & Häggblom-Kronlöf, G. 2018. Distribution and evaluation of sense of coherence among older immigrants before and after a health promotion intervention – results from the RCT study promoting aging migrants’ capability. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 13, 2317-2328. External link.

Arola, A. 2018. Capturing the experience of health among persons aging in a migration context: Health promotion interventions as means to enable health and occupations in daily life. (Doctoral dissertation). External link

Arola LA, Dahlin-Ivanoff, S, Häggblom Kronlöf G. 2019. Impact of a person-centred group intervention on life satisfaction and engagement in activities among persons aging in the context of migration. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, DOI: 10.1080/11038128.2018.1515245

Annikki Arola