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Work experience

2015 - Present

Dean

Faculty of Rehabilition, Rīgas Stradiņš University (RSU)

2016 - Present

Associate professor

RSU Department of Rehabilitation

2012 - 2014

Postdoc

Centre of Ageing and Supportive Environment, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University

2010 - 2012

Visiting researcher

Centre of Ageing and Supportive Environment, Department of Health Sciences, Lund University

2011 - 2016

Assistant professor

RSU, Department of Rehabilitation

2008 - 2011

Lecturer

RSU, Department of Rehabilitation

2006 - 2011

Occupational therapist

The State Medical Commission for the Assessment of Health Condition and Working Ability

2000 - 2002

Occupational therapist

Children clinical university hospital, Department of Rehabilitation

1999 - 2010

Manager for clinical fieldwork

Medical Academy of Latvia/ Rīga Stradiņš university, Academic School of Occupational Therapy/ Occupational Therapy study programme

1996 - 2008

Assistant

Medical Academy of Latvia/ Rīga Stradiņš university, Academic School of Occupational Therapy/ Occupational Therapy study programme

1996 - 2000

Occupational therapist

National Rehabilitation Center “Vaivari”

1992 - 1994

Nurse

Tartu military hospital

Present

Associate Professor

Faculty of Rehabilitation, Department of Rehabilitation

Present

Dean

Faculty of Rehabilitation

Education and training

2005 - 2010

Dr. med.

Rīga Stradiņš University

Doctoral dissertation "Aspects of Home and Healthy Ageing among Very Old Europeans: a Latvian Perspective", 2010.

1995 - 1996

Occupational therapist

Medical Academy of Latvia, modified course "Occupational Therapy"

1988 - 1994

Sport physician

Tartu University

Achievements

Research interests

Active and healthy ageing. Ageing from life course perspective, changes over the time and the way how people adapt to these changes.

Older persons – environment interaction, which constructs their everyday life. Different aspects of housing and their impact on healthy ageing.

Functioning evaluation.

Assistive technologies and humans functioning.

Multidisciplinary and mixed methods research.​

Study programmes innitiated

Academic master programme "Rehabilitation"

Leading of study programme

RSU, Academic master programme "Rehabilitation"

Study courses developed

Functional ability limitations evaluation and classification

Occupational Therapy: gerontology and geriatrics

Gerontology and geriatrics ​

Research methods in rehabilitation

Selected phases of research

Knowledge translation and use in rehabilitation

Evidence based rehabilitation

 

Leading of study courses

Functional ability limitations evaluation and classification

Occupational Therapy: gerontology and geriatrics

Gerontology and geriatrics

Knowledge translation and use in rehabilitation

Multi-professional team in rehabilitation

Research methods in rehabilitation and selected phases of research

Evidence based rehabilitation

Environment and assistive technologies

Teaching in study courses

Evaluation of work ability and prophylaxis of disability

Functional ability limitation evaluation and classification

Occupational Therapy: gerontology and geriatrics

Gerontology and geriatrics

Knowledge translation and use in rehabilitation

Multi-professional team in rehabilitation

Research methods in rehabilitation and selected phases of research

Evidence based rehabilitation

Environment and assistive technologies

Occupation and cultural environment

Effective programs in rehabilitation

Organization and system of medical and social rehabilitation

Foundation of Rehabilitation

Projects

2018- currently, Study of the situation on the Functioning Assessment Systems available in Latvia and abroad, development of a description of the Functioning Assessment System and educational activities for the stakeholders groups.

- leading researcher

2017- currently. COST Action CA16226- Indoor living space improvement: Smart Habitat for the Elderly

- representative from Latvia; WP3 leader; WP4 participant

2016- 2018. SHARE (the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe) Wave 7.

- Country team leader (CTL) for Latvia.

2012- 2015. EC 7. framework program project Social Innovations Promoting Active And Healthy Ageing, InnovAge.

- Researcher in WP2.

2009- 2010. EC 7. framework program project Road map for Ageing Research, FUTURAGE.

- Participant in group of young researchers.

2005- 2007. National program "Atbalsts doktorantūras programmu īstenošanai un pēcdoktorantūras pētījumiem (ESF)" projekts "Atbalsts doktorantūras un pēcdoktorantūras pētījumiem medicīnas zinātnēs".

- receiver of support.

2002- 2004. EC 5. framework program project "Autonomy, welbeing and participation in old age: home environment as prerequizite for healthy ageing" (ENABLE-AGE), contarct Nr. QLK6-CT-2001-00334.

- project team leader in Latvia.

Memberships

Latvian Association of Occupational Therapists (LEA):

- member since 1996;

- Secretary of Certification commission (2000- 2013);

- Vice president, member of the Board (2009- 2013).

World Federation of Occupational Thearpists (WFOT), Delegate from Latvia (2006- 2018).

European Council of Occupational Thearpists (COTEC), second delegate from Latvia (2004- 2013).

Gerontology Society of Amerika (GSA) member since 2012.

Expert at Latvian Science Council (2010- 2013, 2013- 2016).

Honours and awards

  • 2014- 22 Nordic countries Gerontology Congress, young researcher award (5000 SEK).
  • 2006- Doctoral student of the year, Rīga Stradiņš University.
  • 2004- Ake Isacsson Award, Lund University (10000 SEK).

Publications

Research articles​​

Consequences of chronic diseases and other limitations associated with old age - a scoping review / P.Maresova, E.Javanmardi, S.Tomsone ...[et al.] // BMC Public Health. - Vol.19, No.1 (2019, Nov.), article No.1431. - Web of Science un/vai Scopus. - DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-7762-5

Innovation and socio-economic development of Smart Furnitures by patent applications analysis / O.Krejcar, P.Maresova, S.Tomsone ...[et al.] // Hradec Economic Days. - Vol.9, No.1 (2019), part 1, p.476-486. - Web of Science un/vai Scopus.

The impact of maximal strength training on quality of life among women with breast cancer undergoing treatment / R.Ceseiko, A.Vetra, S.Tomsone ...[et al.] // Experimental Oncology. - Vol.41, No.2 (2019, June), p.166-172. - Web of Science un/vai Scopus. - DOI: 10.32471/exp-oncology.2312-8852.vol-41-no-2.13249

Accessibility problems in home environment for seniors in Latvia : experience from the research project innovAge (WP2) [Elektroniskais resurss] / S.Tomsone, L.Saukuma, Z.Liepina, J.Zalkalns // SHS Web of Conferences [Elektroniskais resurss] : Proceedings. - EDP Sciences, 2018. - Vol.40 (2018), article No.03004, [6 p.]. - 6th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" (Riga, Latvia, Nov.23-25, 2016). - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: https://www.shs-conferences.org/articles/shsconf/abs/2018/0…

Technological solutions for older people with Alzheimer's disease : review / P.Maresova, S.Tomsone, P.Lamenski ...[et al.] // Current Alzheimer Research. - Vol.15, Issue 10 (2018, Sept.), p.975-983. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Changes in home and health over nine years among very old people in Latvia - results from the ENABLE-AGE Project / C.Lofqvist, S.Tomsone, S.Iwarsson ...[et al.] // Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. - Vol.32, No.1 (2017, March), p.17-29. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Cross-national usability study of a housing accessibility App : findings from the European InnovAge Project [Elektroniskais resurss] / O.Jonsson, M.Haak, S.Tomsone ...[et al.] // Journal of Usability Studies [Elektroniskais resurss]. - Vol.12, Issue 1 (2016, Nov.), p.26-49. - Resurss aprakstīts 2017.g. 16.martā. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: http://uxpajournal.org/usability-housing-accessibility-euro…

Synthesizing ENABLE-AGE research findings to suggest evidence-based home and health interventions / S.Iwarsson, C.Löfqvist, S.Tomsone ...[et al.] // Journal of Housing for the Elderly. - Vol.30, No.3 (2016), p.330-343. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

The "Free from housing accessibility problems" app / O.Jonsson, B.Slaug, S.Tomsone ...[et al.] // Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. - Vol.229 (2016), p.567-570. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Tomsone, Signe. Enerģija un iniciatīva ir vislielākais resurss arī profesijas turpmākajā attīstībā / S.Tomsone // Mākslas terapijas izglītības desmit gadi Rīgas Stradiņa universitātē: no ieceres līdz profesijai / [sast. J.Duhovska, K.Mārtinsone] ; Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga : Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte, 2016. - 156.-157.lpp.

Tomsone, Signe. Experiences of mobility device use over time : a multiple case study among very old Latvian women / S.Tomsone, M.Haak, C.Löfqvist // Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy. - Vol.23, No.1 (2016), p.67-78. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

A European perspective on the service delivery systems for assistive technology--differences and similarities between Latvia and Sweden / S.Tomsone, Z.Liepina, C.Löfqvist ...[et al.] // Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. - Vol.30, No.1 (2015, March), p.51-67. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Cross-national user priorities for housing provision and accessibility - findings from the European innovAge project / S.Tomsone, M.Haak, B.Slaug ...[et al.] // International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. - Vol.12, No.3 (2015, March), p.2670-2686. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Self-rated health among very old people in European countries [Elektroniskais resurss] : an explorative study in Latvia and Sweden / S.Tomsone, A.K.Harschell, L.A.Schaap ...[et al.] // Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine [Elektroniskais resurss]. - No.1 (2015, Jan.-Dec.), 10 p. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: http://ggm.sagepub.com/content/1/2333721415598432.full.pdf+…

Healthy ageing and home: the perspectives of very old people in five European countries [Elektroniskais resurss] / S.Tomsone, J.Sixsmith, A.Sixsmith ...[et al.] // Social Sciene & Medicine [Elektroniskais resurss]. - Vol.106 (2014, Apr.), p.1-9. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S027795361…

Tomsone, Signe. Everyday technologies as intervention media : hands-on practice for undergraduate occupational therapy students in Latvia / S.Tomsone, L.Cibule // WFOT Bulletin. - Vol.69 (2014, May), p.46-48.

Tomsone, Signe. Speciālistu sagatavošanai jāmainās atbilstīgi vajadzībām / S.Tomsone // Rehabilitācija: RSU Rehabilitācijas fakultātes 20 gadi : 1994-2014 : [rakstu krājums] / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2014. - 66.-68.lpp.

Aspects of housing and perceived health among ADL independent and ADL dependent groups of older people in three national samples / S.Tomsone, V.Horstmann, F.Oswald, S.Iwarsson // Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. - Vol.25, No.3 (2013, June), p.317-328. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Abstracts​​

Maximal strength training for breast cancer patients undergoing adjuvant treatment / R.Cešeiko, S.Tomsone, A.Vētra ...[et al.] // Rīga Stradiņš University International Conference on Medical and Health Care Sciences "Knowledge for Use in Practice" (Riga, Latvia, Apr.1-3, 2019) : Abstracts / Rīga Stradiņš University. - Rīga, 2019. - P.52.

Aerobic capacity for breast cancer survivors two to three years after breast surgery / L.Majevska, R.Ceseiko, S.Tomsone, A.Vetra // 7th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare: Contemporary Social Dynamics and Welfare: Urban and Rural Development Perspectives" (Rīga, Oct.10-12, 2018) : Abstracts / Rīga Stradiņš University. - Rīga, 2018. - P.86.

Ausekle, Sandra. Dzīves kvalitātes analīze personām ar redzes funkciju traucējumu izraisītiem funkcionēšanas ierobežojumiem / S.Ausekle, S.Tomsone // 2018.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2018.g. 22.-23.martā) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2018. - 207.lpp.

Krūts vēža slimnieču aerobās spējas pirms ķīmijterapijas uzsākšanas / R.Cešeiko, J.Eglītis, S.Tomsone ...[u.c.] // 2018.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2018.g. 22.-23.martā) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2018. - 97.lpp.

Lomonovska, Ināra. Analysis of efficiency of housing adaptation in Jelgava city / I.Lomonovska, S.Tomsone // 7th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare: Contemporary Social Dynamics and Welfare: Urban and Rural Development Perspectives" (Rīga, Oct.10-12, 2018) : Abstracts / Rīga Stradiņš University. - Rīga, 2018. - P.83.

Ozoliņa, Gunta. Quality of life and other characteristics of the elderly patients with hip fracture / G.Ozoliņa, S.Tomsone // 21st European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (Vilnius, Lithuania, May 1-6, 2018) : Abstract Book. - Vilnius, 2018. - P.261.

Ozoliņa, Gunta. Subjektīvs seniora vecuma pacientu dzīves kvalitātes un no gūžu locītavu darbības atkarīgās dzīves kvalitātes raksturojums / G.Ozoliņa, S.Tomsone // 2018.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2018.g. 22.-23.martā) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2018. - 206.lpp.

Effective strength training for breast cancer patients (literature review) / R.Ceseiko, J.Eglitis, A.Vetra, S.Tomsone // 2017.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2017.g. 6.-7.aprīlī) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2017. - 119.lpp.

Ozoliņa, Gunta. Gūžu locītavu darbības traucējumu un osteoartrīta vērtējuma skalas tulkošana un validēšana latviešu valodā / G.Ozoliņa, S.Tomsone // 2017.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2017.g. 6.-7.aprīlī) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2017. - 254.lpp.

Analysis of bachelor's thesis in occupational therapy at Riga Stradins University in 2000-2015 [Elektroniskais resurss] / L.Cibule, I.Kalnina, S.Tomsone ...[et al.] // 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress "Connecting: education/practice/research/policy" (Galway, Ireland, June 15-19, 2016) [Elektroniskais resurss] : Book of Abstracts. - Galway, 2016. - P.117. - Resurss aprakstīts 2017.g. 30.martā. - Pieejas veids: Tīmeklis WWW.URL: http://www.conference.ie/content/Book%20of%20Abstacts.pdf

Tomsone, Signe. Accessibility problems in home environment for seniors in Latvia : experience from the research project innovage (Wp2) / S.Tomsone, L.Saukuma, Z.Liepina // 6th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare: Living in the World of Diversity: Social Transformations. Innovations. Solutions" (Riga, Nov.23-25, 2016) : Abstracts / Rīga Stradiņš University ...[et al.] - Riga, 2016. - P.119.-120.

Tomsone, Signe. Vides pieejamības problēmas senioru dzīvesvietā Latvijā : projekta INNOVAGE pieredze / S.Tomsone, Z.Liepiņa, L.Saukuma // 2016.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2016.g. 17.-18.martā) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2016. - 35.lpp.

Tomsone, Signe. Nākotnes risinājumi vides pieejamības problēmai senioru dzīvesvietā : jaunas lietotnes izmēģinājums Latvijā projekta INNOVAGE ietvaros / S.Tomsone, Z.Liepiņa, L.Saukuma // 2015.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2015.g. 26.-27.martā) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2015. - 47.lpp.

Pētniecības ciklu metodes aprobācija Latvijā projekta INNOVAGE ietvaros / L.Saukuma, Z.Liepiņa, S.Tomsone ...[u.c.] // 2014.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2014.g. 10.-11.aprīlī) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2014. - 55.lpp.

User involvement in research : experience from the research circle in Latvia within the project INNOVAGE WP2 / S.Tomsone, L.Saukuma, Z.Liepiņa ...[u.c.] // 5th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" & 2nd Conference of Speech Therapists (Riga, Nov.26-28, 2014) : Abstracts / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte ...[u.c.]. - Riga, 2014. - P.76.

Ar veselības pašvērtējumu saistītie faktori gados veciem cilvēkiem / J.Vasiļevska, A.Villeruša, S.Tomsone, Z.Liepiņa // 2013.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2013.g. 21.-22.martā) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2013. - 325.lpp.

Tomsone, Signe. Elderly and leisure - healthy ageing promotion through occupations [Elektroniskais resurss] / S.Tomsone // 8th Congress of Baltic Association for Rehabilitation "Rehabilitation in Baltic States 2020: policy and practice" (Riga, Latvia, Sept.18-19, 2013) : Abstract book [Elektroniskais resurss]. - Rīga, 2013. - P.8, on CD-ROM.

Books and brochures​​

Tomsone, Signe. Starptautiskā funkcionēšanas, nespējas un veselības klasifikācija / S.Tomsone // Veselības psiholoģija : teorijas un prakses starpdisciplinārā perspektīva / K.Mārtinsones un V.Sudrabas zinātniskajā redakcijā. - Rīga : Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte, 2019. - 1.4.3.nod., 42.-48.lpp.

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Daina Šmite
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Ruta Balode
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Ilze Blūmentāle
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Daiga Bruzgule
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Dace Driba
Academic Staff
Velga Gaļanska
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Ināra Kalēja
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Māra Kaše
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Evita Kučerova
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Zane Liepiņa
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Illa Mihejeva
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