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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

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

Older persons – environment interaction, which constructs their everyday life.

Different aspects of housing and their impact on healthy ageing.

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

Comparison of different aspects of home environment, functional capacity, disability and health in different cultural contexts.

Multidisciplinary and mixed methods research.​

Study programmes innitiated

Academic master programme "Rehabilitation"

Leading of study programme

Rīga Stradiņš University, academic master programme "Rehabilitation"

Study courses developed

Functional ability limitation evaluation and classification

Occupational Therapy: gerontology and geriatrics

Gerontology and geriatrics ​

Leading of 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

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

2016- currently, 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- currently).

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

Articles

Life satisfaction in older women in Latvia and Sweden - relations to standard of living, aspects of health and coping behaviour/ V.Horstmann, M.Haak, S.Tomsone ...[et al.] // Journal of cross-cultural gerontology. - Vol.27, N4 (2012, Dec.), p.391-407. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

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.

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.

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+…

Thesis

Kožinova, Olga. Dzīves kvalitātes salīdzinājums dažādās sociālās aprūpes iestādēs dzīvojošām personām ar garīgās attīstības traucējumiem / O.Kožinova, S.Tomsone // 2010.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2010.g. 18.-19.martā) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2010. - 42.lpp.

Gaidlazda, Rasa. Fizioterapeitu profesionālās darbības aspekti un pacientu vērtējums par fizioterapijas pakalpojumiem ambulatorās ārstēšanas etapā / R.Gaidlazda, S.Tomsone // 2011.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2011.g. 14.-15.aprīlī) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2011. - 457.lpp.

Overview of occupational therapy in Baltic countries / A.Cirtautas, L.Cibule, S.Tomsone, K.Lilienberg // Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. - Vol.43, N 9 (2011, Sept.), p.843-844. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Tomsone, Signe. Bakalaura darbu analīze Ergoterapijas studiju programmā laika posmā no 2000. līdz 2010.gadam / S.Tomsone, I.Kalniņa, L.Cibule // 2011.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2011.g. 14.-15.aprīlī) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2011. - 470.lpp.

Abilities to perform daily activities and changes over the time among very old people / E.Taurina, J.Vasilevska, Z.Liepina, S.Tomsone // 4th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" & 1st Conference of Speech Therapists (Riga, Nov.22-23, 2012) : Abstracts / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte ...[u.c.]. - Riga, 2012. - P.102.

Factors associated with self-rated health of elderly people / J.Vasilevska, A.Villerusa, S.Tomsone, Z.Liepina // 4th International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference "Society. Health. Welfare" & 1st Conference of Speech Therapists (Riga, Nov.22-23, 2012) : Abstracts / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte ...[u.c.]. - Riga, 2012. - P.106.

Long term outcomes of intensive programme "A European perspective on social inclusion of persons with disabilities and elderly" in Baltic countries / L.Cibule, I.Kalnina, S.Tomsone, Z.Liepina, L.Saukuma ...[et al.] // 18th Annual Meeting of ENOTHE (Vilnius, Lithuania, Oct.18-20, 2012) : [Programme]. - Vilnius, 2012. - [Nav norādītas lpp.].

Occupational therapy in Baltic States : similarities and differences / L.Cibule, S.Tomsone, A.Cirtautas ...[et al.] // 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapists "Occupation diversity for the future" (Stockholm, Sweden, May 24-27, 2012) : Abstracts. - Stockholm, 2012. - FrPS601:45.

Tauriņa, Elīna. Vecu cilvēku spējas veikt ikdienas aktivitātes un izmaiņas laika gaitā / E.Tauriņa, J.Vasiļevska, S.Tomsone // 2012.gada Zinātniskās konferences tēzes (Rīga, 2012.g. 29.-30.martā) / Rīgas Stradiņa universitāte. - Rīga, 2012. - 358.lpp.

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.

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.

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.

Book chapters

Latvia / L.Vilka, S.Tomsone, A.Vilks, J.Zalkalns ...[et al.] // Long-term care policies for older populations in new EU member states and Croatia: challenges and opportunities / The World Bank. - Washington, 2010. - P.71-85. - Starptautiski citējamā izdevumā.

Contacts

Colleagues

Aivars Vētra
Academic Staff, Manager
Anita Vētra
Head of the Department, Academic Staff
Daina Šmite
Academic Staff, Head of Study Programme
Inese Znotiņa
Vice-Dean, Academic Staff, Head of Study Programme
Ilze Blūmentāle
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Zane Liepiņa
Head of Study Programme, Academic Staff
Ruta Balode
Academic Staff
Guna Bērziņa
Academic Staff
Daiga Bruzgule
Academic Staff
Dace Driba
Academic Staff
Velga Gaļanska
Academic Staff
Ināra Kalēja
Academic Staff
Māra Kaše
Academic Staff