Pia Svedberg's research group

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In the research group we study health-, work-, and lifestyle factors related to several diseases and health conditions. We have a special focus on risk factors for work disability, and on consequences of being sickness absent or on disability pension, especially work disability due to mental and musculoskeletal disorders. We also conduct research on stress-related ill-health and child and adolescent mental health.

In most studies on sickness absence and disability pension one can question to what extent the results are related to selection mechanisms. Using twin data is one way to handle this and this is why we do several studies based on data from the Swedish Twin Registry.

Research projects

1. STODS: the Swedish Twin project Of Disability pension and Sickness absence

    Ongoing sub-studies: 

  • Childbirth, hospitalization and sickness absence (PI: Svedberg, Co-PI: Alexanderson); 
  • Mental health in childhood and adolescence and the association to future sickness absence (PI: Narusyte; Funding: Forte); 
  • Stress-related sickness absence: risk factors and consequences (PI: Svedberg; Funding: KID, Magnus Bergvalls foundation). 

2. A twin study of factors associated with burnout

3. Stress-related sickness absence: The importance of total workload and part time work and the effect on stress hormones

4. Shift work, sleep and cancer


Selected publications

The associations between job insecurity, depressive symptoms and burnout: The role of performance-based self-esteem. Blom V, Richter A, Hallsten L, Svedberg P. Economic and Industrial Democracy 2016; 9(1):110-122.

Synergistic effect between back pain and common mental disorders and the risk of future disability pension: a nationwide study from Sweden.
Dorner T, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P, Tinghög P, Ropponen A, Mittendorfer-Rutz E
Psychol Med 2016 Jan;46(2):425-36

The Intergenerational Transmission of Anxiety: A Children-of-Twins Study.
Eley T, McAdams T, Rijsdijk F, Lichtenstein P, Narusyte J, Reiss D, et al
Am J Psychiatry 2015 Jul;172(7):630-7

Developing register-based measures for assessment of working time patterns for epidemiologic studies.
Härmä M, Ropponen A, Hakola T, Koskinen A, Vanttola P, Puttonen S, et al
Scand J Work Environ Health 2015 May;41(3):268-79

High Job Demands, Job Strain, and Iso-Strain are Risk Factors for Sick Leave due to Mental Disorders: A Prospective Swedish Twin Study With a 5-Year Follow-Up.
Mather L, Bergström G, Blom V, Svedberg P
J. Occup. Environ. Med. 2015 Aug;57(8):858-65

Night work and breast cancer in women: a Swedish cohort study.
Åkerstedt T, Knutsson A, Narusyte J, Svedberg P, Kecklund G, Alexanderson K
BMJ Open 2015 Apr;5(4):e008127

The covariation between burnout and sick leave due to mental disorders is explained by a shared genetic liability: a prospective swedish twin study with a five-year follow-up.
Mather L, Bergström G, Blom V, Svedberg P
Twin Res Hum Genet 2014 Dec;17(6):535-44 

A prospective twin cohort study of disability pensions due to musculoskeletal diagnoses in relation to stability and change in pain.
Ropponen A, Svedberg P, Kalso E, Koskenvuo M, Silventoinen K, Kaprio J
Pain 2013 Oct;154(10):1966-72 

Genetic liability to disability pension in women and men: a prospective population-based twin study.
Narusyte J, Ropponen A, Silventoinen K, Alexanderson K, Kaprio J, Samuelsson , et al
PLoS ONE 2011 ;6(8):e23143 


Group members

Senior researcher

Pia Svedberg

Phone: 08-524 832 15
Organizational unit: Insurance Medicine Svedberg
E-mail: Pia.Svedberg@ki.se

Assistant professor

Jurgita Narusyte

Phone: 08-524 832 59
Organizational unit: Insurance Medicine Svedberg
E-mail: Jurgita.Narusyte@ki.se

Graduate Student

Lisa Mather

Phone: 08-52483224(admass)
Organizational unit: Insurance Medicine Svedberg
E-mail: lisa.mather@ki.se


Victoria Blom

Organizational unit: Insurance Medicine Svedberg
E-mail: victoria.blom@ki.se


Lennart Hallsten

Organizational unit: Insurance Medicine Svedberg
E-mail: Lennart.Hallsten@ki.se


Annina Ropponen

Organizational unit: Insurance Medicine Svedberg
E-mail: annina.ropponen@ki.se

Insurance Medicine