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).