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Professor Evalotte Morelius

Professor of Nursing (Children and young people)

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2272
Mobile: 045 231 8207
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.460  

Evalotte PhD, MSc, RN specialist in Paediatric and Neonatal Nursing holds a joint position as Professor of Nursing, Children and Young People between Edith Cowan University's School of Nursing and Midwifery and Perth Children’s Hospital.


Before Evalotte moved to Australia she was the Head of the Division of Nursing Science and the Coordinator of the Paediatric Master Program at Linkoping University in Sweden. During the years between 2008 and 2013, she was the President of the Swedish Association of Paediatric Nurses and has also been a board member of the Association for Children in the County of Östergötland, and Paediatric Nursing Associations of Europe.

During the research journey, Evalotte has supervised almost 30 master and PhD students in the area of paediatric and neonatal nursing. She has published books for children as well as book chapters and a textbook about children and stress, and about 55 articles in English or Swedish. Evalotte has been in the grading committee for nine PhD graduates and frequently reviews articles in the areas of stress, paediatric or neonatal nursing.

Professional Associations

  • International Network for Child and Family Centred Care.
  • Australian Paediatric Nurse Scientists (AusPaNS).
  • Australian College of Nursing (ACN).
  • Australian College of Children & Young People's Nurses (ACCYPN).

Awards and Recognition

  • 2018: Prof Nils Svenningsens prize for the highest ranked research project in neonatology (Swedish foundation for research in neonatology).
  • 2015: STINT fellowship (The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education), National University of Singapore.
  • 2011 - 2014: Postdoc at Linkoping University 40%.

Research Areas and Interests

Evalotte's research interest is Stress within the family. The aim with her research is to develop and evaluate methods to prevent and decrease stress in childhood. To measure the objective level of stress, Evalotte has specialized in salivary cortisol and the development of the stress system in early life. Evalotte also aims to evaluate methods with the potential to increase the interaction between preterm infants and their parents in the NICU since increased interaction will facilitate decreased stress levels.

  • Stress;
  • Children;
  • Family;
  • Parent-infant interaction;
  • Salivary Cortisol; and
  • Neonatal Intensive Care.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Sweden, 2006.

Research Outputs

Journal Articles

  • Sahlén Helmer, C., Birberg Thornberg, U., Frostell, A., Ortenstrand, A., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2020). A Randomized Trial of Continuous Versus Intermittent Skin-to-Skin Contact After Premature Birth and the Effects on Mother–Infant Interaction. Advances in Neonatal Care, 20(3), E48-E56.
  • Zhang, H., Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Goh , SH., Wang, W. (2020). Developing a structured three-phase video-assisted debriefing to enhance prelicensure nursing students’ debriefing experiences, reflective abilities, and professional competencies: A proof-of-concept study. Nurse Education in Practice, 44(March 2020), Article number 102740.
  • Angelhoff, C., Sjølie , H., Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Løyland, B. (2020). "Like Walking in a Fog"-Parents' perceptions of sleep and consequences of sleep loss when staying overnight with their child in hospital. Journal of Sleep Research, 29(2), article number e12945.
  • Flankegård, G., Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Duchen, K., Rytterström, P. (2020). Experiences of parents who give pharmacological treatment to children with functional constipation at home. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 76(12), 3519-3527.
  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Foster, M., Gill, FJ. (2020). A scoping review of nursing research priorities in pediatric care. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 42(May-June 2020), e57-e69.
  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Olsson, E., Sahlén Helmer, C., Thernström Blomqvist, Y., Angelhoff, C. (2020). External barriers for including parents of preterm infants in a randomised clinical trial in the neonatal intensive care unit in Sweden: A descriptive study. BMJ Open, 10(12), Article number e040991.
  • Philipson, A., Särnblad, S., Ekstav, L., Eriksson, M., Fagerberg, U., Möller, M., Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Duberg, A. (2020). An intervention with dance and yoga for girls with functional abdominal pain disorders (Just in TIME): Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(12), Article number e19748.
  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Elander, A., Saghamre, E. (2020). A Swedish translation and validation of the Mother-to-Infant Bonding Scale. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2020(Article in press), 1-6.
  • Zhang, H., Wang, W., Goh, SH., Wu, XV., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2020). The impact of a three-phase video-assisted debriefing on nursing students' debriefing experiences, perceived stress and facilitators' practices: A mixed methods study. Nurse Education Today, 90(July 2020), Article number: 104460.
  • Edelbring, S., Alehagen, S., Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Johansson, A., Rytterstrom, P. (2020). Should the PBL tutor be present? A crosssectional study of group effectiveness in synchronous and asynchronous settings. BMC Medical Education, 20(1), Article number 103.
  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Kling, K., Haraldsson, E., Alehagen, S. (2020). You can’t flight, you need to fight – a qualitative study of mothers’ experiences of feeding extremely preterm infants. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29(13-14), 2420-2428.

Journal Articles

  • Zhang, H., Goh, S., Wu, V., Wang, W., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2019). Prelicensure nursing students' perspectives on video-assisted debriefing following high fidelity simulation: A qualitative study.. Nurse Education Today, 79(August 2019), 1-7.
  • Shorey, S., Ng , Y., Ng, E., Siew, A., Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Yoong, J., Gandhi, M. (2019). Effectiveness of a Technology-Based Supportive Educational Parenting Program on Parental Outcomes (Part 1): Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21(2), Article no. e10816.
  • Angelhoff, C., Edell-Gustafsson, U., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2019). The cortisol response in parents staying with a sick child at hospital. Nursing Open, 6(2), 620-625.
  • Zhang, H., Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Goh, S., Wang, W. (2019). Effectiveness of Video-Assisted Debriefing in Simulation-Based Health Professions Education: A Systematic Review of Quantitative Evidence. Nurse Educator, 44(3), e1-e6.

Journal Articles

  • Shorey, S., Ng, Y., Siew, A., Yoong, J., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2018). Effectiveness of a Technology-Based Supportive Educational Parenting Program on Parental Outcomes in Singapore: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(1), article no.e4.
  • Angelhoff, C., Edell-Gustafsson, U., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2018). Sleep quality and mood in mothers and fathers accommodated in the family-centred paediatric ward. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(3-4), e544-e550.
  • Angelhoff, C., Blomqvist, Y., Helmer, S., Olsson, E., Shorey, S., Frostell, A., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2018). Effect of skin-to-skin contact on parents' sleep quality, mood, parent-infant interaction and cortisol concentrations in neonatal care units: Study protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(7), article no.e021606.

Journal Articles

  • Shorey, S., Ng, Y., Danbjorg, D., Dennis, C., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2017). Effectiveness of the ‘Home-but not Alone’ mobile health application educational programme on parental outcomes: a randomized controlled trial, study protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(1), 253-264.
  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Ivars, K., Gustafsson, P., Theodorsson, E., Nelson, N. (2017). Salivary cortisol circadian rhythm in infants at psychosocial risk showed more variations than previous studies of healthy full-term infants. Acta Paediatrica, 106(12), 2060-2061.
  • Ivars, K., Nelson, N., Theodorsson, A., Strom, J., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2017). Development of salivary cortisol circadian rhythm in preterm infants. PLoS One, 12(8), article no.e0182685.

Journal Articles

  • Shorey, S., He, H., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2016). Skin-to-skin contact by fathers and the impact on infant and paternal outcomes: an integrative review. Midwifery, 40(Sep), 207-217.
  • Forsner, M., Nilsson, S., Finnstrom, B., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2016). Expectation prior to human papilloma virus vaccination: 11 to 12-Year-old girls’ written narratives. Journal of Child Health Care, 20(3), 365-373.
  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., He, H., Shorey, S. (2016). Salivary cortisol reactivity in preterm infants in neonatal intensive care: An integrative Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(3), art no. 337.

Journal Articles

  • Angelhoff, C., Edell-Gustafsson, U., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2015). Sleep of Parents Living with a Child Receiving Hospital-Based Home Care: A Phenomenographical Study. Nursing Research, 64(5), 372-380.
  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Anderson, G. (2015). Neonatal nurses' beliefs about almost continuous parent-infant skin-to-skin contact in neonatal intensive care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(17-18), 2620-2627.
  • Nilsson, S., Forsner, M., Finnstrom, B., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2015). Relaxation and guided imagery do not reduce stress, pain and unpleasantness for 11- to 12-year-old girls during vaccinations. Acta Paediatrica, 104(7), 724-729.
  • Edell-Gustafsson, U., Angelhoff, C., Johnsson, E., Karlsson, J., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2015). Hindering and buffering factors for parental sleep in neonatal care. A phenomenographic study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(5-6), 717-727.
  • Ivars, K., Nelson, N., Theodorsson, A., Theodorsson, E., Strom, J., Pahlsson Morelius, EM. (2015). Development of salivary cortisol circadian rhythm and reference intervals in full-term infants. PLoS One, 10(6), article no. e0129502.
  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Ortenstrand, A., Theodorsson, E., Frostell, A. (2015). A randomised trial of continuous skin-to-skin contact after preterm birth and the effects on salivary cortisol, parental stress, depression, and breastfeeding. Early Human Development, 91(1), 63-70.

Journal Articles

  • Nilsson, S., Finnstrom, B., Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Forsner, M. (2014). The Facial Affective Scale as a Predictor for Pain Unpleasantness When Children Undergo Immunizations. Nursing Research and Practice, 2014(2014), Article no.628198.
  • Pahlsson Morelius, EM., Hemmingsson, H. (2014). Parents of children with physical disabilities - perceived health in parents related to the child's sleep problems and need for attention at night. Child: Care, Health and Development, 40(3), 412-418.

Research Projects

  • Physiological indicators of stress during Cybersecurity work, Cyber Security Research Centre Ltd, Cyber Security Research Centre PhD Scholarship, 2020 ‑ 2023, $180,000.
  • Staff experiences in using the Needs of Children’s Questionnaire at Liverpool Hospital, South Western Sydney Local Health District, New South Wales Health, NSW Government, Agency for Clinical Innovation Research Grant, 2021 ‑ 2022, $29,987.
  • A systematic review of systematic reviews of pain assessment tools used for infants, PainChek Ltd, Grant, 2021 ‑ 2022.
  • Developing a sleep intervention for caregivers of people living with dementia, Australian Association of Gerontology, AAG - R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund, 2020 ‑ 2022, $6,364.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Contemporary idiopathic childhood constipation health education within the primary health care setting and its utilisation by families living in Perth, Western Australia: A mixed methods study
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