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Graciela Rovner

PhD in Rehabilitation Medicine, Fellow at ACBS, Peer reviewed ACBS trainer, Senior Pain Specialist Physiotherapist
Highest Degree Held: Ph.D.
Specialties: creACTivity- Embodied ACT processes; ACT adapted for Rehabilitation medicine and to chronic pain rehab (with focus on training physioterapists, MD, OT and nurses).
Types of Clients: Adults, Elderly, Groups (group therapy), Organizations, Not listed
Languages spoken: English, Español, Français, Italiano, Português, Svenska
Licensures/Certifications: Registred Physical Therapist
ACT/CBS Background and Training: Write to my email: act(at)
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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy training from 2007- to present. Trained by:
ACT: Kelly Wilson (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), Kirk Strosahl & Patricia Robinson (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), Steven Hayes (2014), Lance McCracken (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Russ
Harris (2009, 2011), JoAnne Dahl (2007, 2008, 2009), Robyn Walser (2011; 2012), F. Bond (2013)
FACT (briefs interventions) Kirk Strosahl, Patricia Robinson (2009, 2010, 2013) & Thomas Gustavsson (2013)
RFT: Niklas Törneke (2011), Yvonne Barnes-Holmes (2012, 2013), Matt Villate (2012, 2013 & 2014)
FAP: Benjamin Schoendorff (2010, 2012 & 2014), Mavis and Rob Kohlenberg (2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016).
Mindfulness: Left in a buddhistic monastery one year 1982 (a practice that now is called mindfulness)
ACT-MAtrix: Kevin Polk (2011), Benjamin Schoendorff (2010, 2012, 2014)
Jason Luoma and Jenna 2-days workshop 2016

During the 2008 I've got a grant from the European Union to build an ACT-based rehabilitation clinic.

Rovner, G. (2014). Indicators for behavioral pain rehabilitation: impact and predictive value on assessment, patient selection, treatment and outcome. Dissertation University of Gothenburg, Sweden. ISBN 978-91-628-9003-2 (paper edition) ISBN 978-91-628-9012-4 (e-book)

Scientific Publications at International Peer Reviewed Journals
Rovner, G.; Årestedt, K.; Gerdle, B.; Börsbo, B. & McCracken, L., (2014) Psychometric properties of the 8-item Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire (CPAQ - 8) in a Swedish Chronic Pain Cohort. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. J Rehabil Med 46: 73–80
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Bromley Milton, M.; Börsbo, B; Rovner, G.; Lundgren-Nilsson, Å.; Stibrant-Sunnerhagen, K.; Gerdle, B. (2013) Is pain intensity really that important to assess in chronic pain patients? A study based on the Swedish Quality Registry for Pain Rehabilitation (SQRP). PlosOne. Jun 21;8(6):e65483.
This article was based on a report I wrote, however, the interpretation of the results was unfortunately changed :(

Rovner, G.; Vowles, K.; Gerdle, B. & Gillanders, D. (2015) Latent Class Analysis of the Short and Long-Form of the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire- Further Examination of Patient Subgroups. J Pain. 2015 Aug 19. pii: S1526-5900(15)00810-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2015.07.007. PMID:26297968
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Graciela S. Rovner, Katharina S. Sunnerhagen, Ann Björkdahl, Björn Gerdle, Björn Börsbo, Fredrik Johansson, David Gillanders (2017). Chronic pain and sex-differences; women accept and move, while men feel blue.
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Book chapters
Rovner, G., (2012). Acceptans och mindfulness: ett fysioterapeutiskt förhållningssätt in Levy Berg et al.(Eds.) Att förstå kroppens budskap- sjukgymnastiska perspektiv (pages . Studentlitteratur (the Swedish 'University Press').
Rovner, G., (2012). Hälsofrämjande smärtrehabilitering: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Hertting & Kristensson (Eds). Hälsofrämjande moten i vården. Studentlitteratur (the Swedish 'University Press'). Presenterad at the Swedish Medical Congress in Stockholm in 2012
Rovner, G & Skinta, MD., (2017) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for the mindful physiotherapist in Probst, M. et al (Eds.) Physiotherapy in PHYSIOTHERAPY in Mental Health and Psychiatry
ACT/CBS Experience: Since 2004
Additional Information: During the last 17 years, I developed the Behavioral Plasticity model and the ACTiveRehab concept. It main focus is the emBODyACT framework and the identification of behavioral plasticity profiles (or psychological flexibility profiles, Rovner et al., 2019). I lead grad courses at Karolinska Institutet and a program at ACT Institutet Sweden for the certification of the Behavioral Plasticity model. The model, allows the professional or interprofessional team to tailor group-based interventions to these different groups depending on their differential rehabilitation needs in terms of ACT-based therapeutic processes. Contact me if you or your clinic is interested in this model!
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