Psychological Stress and its Related Health Outcomes
The aim of my research is to study the health impact of severe psychological stress, especially for severely stressful life events focusing on bereavement and cancer diagnosis, as two major life events specifically.
Our team was constructed in 2008 and has since been focusing on the dual relationship between psychological stress and cancer. First we are interested in the impact of cancer diagnosis, as a traumatic life event, on the well-being of the patients and their beloved ones. Second, we are interested in the roles of severe psychological stress, such as bereavement and other traumatic events, on cancer risk and prognosis. We are widely collaborating with researchers from Sweden, Iceland, United States, etc., on these research topics.
Former PhD students in the project
Our research is supported by Forskningsrådet för hälsa, arbetsliv och välfärd (Forte), Cancerfonden, Svenska Sällskapet för Medicinsk Forskning (SSMF), and the Karolinska Institutet.
- Immediate risk of suicide and cardiovascular death after a prostate cancer diagnosis: cohort study in the United States.
J. Natl. Cancer Inst. 2010 Mar;102(5):307-14
- Suicide and cardiovascular death after a cancer diagnosis.
N. Engl. J. Med. 2012 Apr;366(14):1310-8
- Pancreatic cancer risk after loss of a child: a register-based study in Sweden during 1991-2009.
Am. J. Epidemiol. 2013 Aug;178(4):582-9
- Suicide and suicide attempt after a cancer diagnosis among young individuals.
Ann. Oncol. 2013 Dec;24(12):3112-7
- Loss of a parent and the risk of cancer in early life: a nationwide cohort study.
Cancer Causes Control 2014 Apr;25(4):499-506