As an Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Insurance medicine, I am head of the research group MENTE "Mental health and social integration". In that capacity, I am the Principal Investigator of several large epidemiological studies, involving around 30 researchers both in Europe and the United States. I am also a Guest Professor at the Medical University in Vienna, Austria.
The main focus of my research is to apply an insurance medicine and life-course perspective on studies investigating ethiology, prognosis and prevention of mental disorders and suicidal behavior.
One line of research aims to test different hypotheses within the conceptual framework of life-course epidemiology with regard to the ethiology and prognosis of youth suicidal behaviour by applying advanced epidemiological methods.
Another line of research deals with risk factors for an adverse prognosis of mental disorders, including aspects of functional and work incapacity due to mental disorders.
And a third line of research deals with migration and mental health. Here emphasis is on elucidating potential differences in pathways to labor market marginalisation in the native population compared to different migrant groups.
My research is in collaboration with internationally renowned experts in the fields of suicidology, insurance medicine, psychiatric epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology from universities in 8 European countries as well as 2 universities in the USA (Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University).
Trajectories of Work-Related Functional Impairment prior to Suicide
PloS one 2015;10(10):e0139937-
Trends of diagnosis-specific work disability after newly diagnosed diabetes: a 4-year nationwide prospective cohort study
Diabetes care 2015;38(10):1883-90
Work disability before and after diabetes diagnosis: a nationwide population-based register study in Sweden
American journal of public health 2015;105(6):e22-9
Are all-cause and diagnosis-specific sickness absence, and sick-leave duration risk indicators for suicidal behaviour? A nationwide register-based cohort study of 4.9 million inhabitants of Sweden
Occupational and environmental medicine 2014;71(1):12-20
Association of socio-demographic factors, sick-leave and health care patterns with the risk of being granted a disability pension among psychiatric outpatients with depression
PloS one 2014;9(6):e99869-
Future risk of labour market marginalization in young suicide attempters--a population-based prospective cohort study
International journal of epidemiology 2014;43(5):1520-30
Is transition to disability pension in young people associated with changes in risk of attempted suicide?
PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE 2014;44(11):2331-8
Psychiatric diagnoses and risk of suicidal behaviour in young disability pensioners: prospective cohort studies of all 19-23 year olds in Sweden in 1995, 2000, and 2005, respectively
PloS one 2014;9(11):e111618-
All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality after Long-Term Sickness Absence for Psychiatric Disorders: A Prospective Cohort Study
PLOS ONE 2013;8(6):-
A life-course study on effects of parental markers of morbidity and mortality on offspring's suicide attempt
PloS one 2012;7(12):e51585-
Exposure to parental mortality and markers of morbidity, and the risks of attempted and completed suicide in offspring: an analysis of sensitive life periods
JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH 2012;66(3):233-9
Perinatal conditions and parental age at birth as risk markers for subsequent suicide attempt and suicide: a population based case-control study
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY 2012;27(9):729-38
Predictors of Suicide and Suicide Attempt in Subway Stations: A Population-based Ecological Study
JOURNAL OF URBAN HEALTH-BULLETIN OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE 2012;89(2):339-53
Self-reported treatment, workplace-oriented rehabilitation, change of occupation and subsequent sickness absence and disability pension among employees long-term sick-listed for psychiatric disorders: a prospective cohort study
BMJ open 2012;2(6):-
Changes in rates, methods and characteristics of suicide attempters over a 15-year period: comparison between Stockholm, Sweden, and Wurzburg, Germany
SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY 2011;46(11):1103-14
Reduction in Personnel and Long-Term Sickness Absence for Psychiatric Disorders Among Employees in Swedish County Councils An Ecological Population-Based Study
JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE 2011;53(6):658-62
Length of sick-leave and relative risk of mortality
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2010;:284-284
Recent time trends in levels of self-reported anxiety, mental health service use and suicidal behaviour in Stockholm
ACTA PSYCHIATRICA SCANDINAVICA 2010;122(1):47-55
Risk of suicide among operated and non-operated patients hospitalised for peptic ulcers
JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH 2009;63(12):1016-21
Familial clustering of suicidal behaviour and psychopathology in young suicide attempters
SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY 2008;43(1):28-36
Fetal and childhood growth and the risk of violent and non-violent suicide attempts: a cohort study of 318 953 men
JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND COMMUNITY HEALTH 2008;62(2):168-73
Offspring of suicide attempters at greater risk of suicide events
Evidence-based mental health 2008;11(2):55-
Pregnancies in high psychosocial risk groups: Research findings and implications for early intervention
PSYCHIATRIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA 2008;31(2):205-12
Trends in adolescent suicide mortality in the WHO European Region
EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY 2004;13(5):321-31