Hafrún Finnbogadóttir

Hafrún Finnbogadóttir

Associate professor
Department of Health and Caring Sciences Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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Hafrún Rafnar Finnbogadóttir is an associate professor in Care Science. She defended her PhD thesis: EXPOSURE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DURING PREGNANCY-Impact on outcome, midwives awaerness, women's experience and prevalence in the south of Sweden, in May 23rd, 2014 at Malmö University.

Background: Hafrún Rafnar Finnbogadóttir is registered nurse (from Iceland) as well as registered midwife (from Lund University, Sweden) and has a long working experience as a midwife. She have been operative in the Academy since year 2005, working first as a Lecturer and later as a Senior Lecturer. She have been dividing her working time between the role as a Senior Lecturer and as a researcher in Nursing Science at Malmö University between the years 2015-2020. As a senior lecturer she earned the title as an associate professor in September 2019.

Hafrún Rafnar Finnbogadóttir is a member and active in several international research networks where The Nursing Network on Violence Against Women (NNVAWI) is the network in which she has been/is most active and researchers have gathered around issues of violence against women.


Hafrún Rafnar Finnbogadóttir main areas of teaching have been in research methods, supervising on different levels as well as in reproductive health and intimate partner violence. She has a solid experience as a supervisor on all levels from Bachelor of Sciences to higher education (PhD). Her research is mainly focusing on interpersonal violence with a special focus on domestic violence to pregnant women, new mothers and their child-(ren). She is particularly experienced in quantitative research study design (Longitudinal Cohort-and Cross-sectional studies) but also skilled in qualitative research designs as well as Grounded Theory. She has also taught research methods in the departments post-graduate programs. 


Hafrún Rafnar Finnbogadóttir has been PI in two research projects; Exposed to Domestic Violence - mothers and foetus/child health and Expectant and new fathers / partners, health and lifestyles.

Ongoing project in collaboration with Icelandic researchers: Pregnant women‘ health and life-experiences during COVID-19 and their use of World Wide Web to seek information to get support  

This project aims to gain knowledge about the frequency of domestic violence during COVID-19 pandemic and the mental health of pregnant women. The results will be compared with previous studies and see if there is an increase or not. It will also be examined whether pregnant women use digital solutions during pregnancy, and whether services to them in this area need to be increased in the future.

Co-workers are: Ástþóra Kristinsdóttir, RN, RM, Msc at Development Centre for Primary Healthcare in Iceland (DCPHI). Linda Bára Lýðsdóttir, Associate professor and Director of MSc in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Reykjavik University, Iceland. Rannveig Sigurvinsdóttir, Assistant professor, Department of Psychology, Reykjavik University, Iceland.






Article in journal (Refereed)