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About me

I'm a very committed person (both at work and outside work), follow high standards for my work, requiring much from myself but also encouraging my collaborating partners to strive high. At my leisure-time, I do some scientific writing, but also spend time with my kids (and husband) and do as much sports as I can. I enjoy very much baking and cooking. In particular, I love having fun, verbal acrobatics and my motto is "things usually sort out".

Education

Docent in University of Helsinki, Finland (Public health) 2013, PhD in University of Jyväskylä, Finland (Exercise medicine) 2006, MSc in University of Jyväskylä, Finland (physiotherapy and teacher of health science) 1998, Physical therapist in Lappeenrannan terveydenhuolto-oppilaitos, Finland 1992.
 

Research description

I did my post doc period in 2006-2012 both in Karolinska Institutet and in University of Eastern Finland (Kuopio) in collaboration with University of Helsinki. During the postdoc period, I was the head of the research project for risk factors of disability pensions due to musculoskeletal diagnoses. Beyond my own project, I have been involved in other projects for investigating sickness absence and disability pensions since the beginning of my post doc period including some future plans for Nordic collaboration. From January 2013 to October 2016 , I have worked as a specialized research scientist and from November 2016 as a senior researcher in FIOH and been involved in various research projects for investigating working hours mainly in shift work. Throughout my scientific career, I have had the privilege of working with large epidemiological population-based datasets, hence gaining strong experience on data management, statistical analyses and scientific reporting. In addition, I'm interested in modern working hours, flexibility and boundaryless work.

Teaching portfolio

I have done my share of teaching in ergonomics, both lecturing and being supervisor for tens of bachelor and master theses of ergonomics in the University of Kuopio (currently University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio campus). I've also been involved in the development of web-based teaching and written an article about internet course: Ropponen A. Experiences of learning and satisfaction with teaching of basic courses of ergonomics over Internet - the Ergonetti program. Education and Information Technologies. 2009; 14: 81-88.

Documents

Publications

Night work as a risk factor for future cause-specific disability pension: A prospective twin cohort study in Sweden
Ropponen A, Narusyte J, Mather L, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Åkerstedt T, Svedberg P
Chronobiology international 2018;35(2):249-260

Association between long-term smoking and leisure-time physical inactivity: a cohort study among Finnish twins with a 35-year follow-up
Piirtola M, Kaprio J, Silventoinen K, Svedberg P, Korhonen T, Ropponen A
International journal of public health 2017;62(7):819-829

Effects of modifications to the health and social sector's collective agreement on the objective characteristics of working hours
Ropponen A, Vanttola P, Koskinen A, Hakola T, Puttonen S, Härmä M
Industrial health 2017;55(4):354-361

Internalizing and externalizing problems in childhood and adolescence as predictors of work incapacity in young adulthood
Narusyte J, Ropponen A, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P
Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 2017;52(9):1159-1168

Leisure-time physical inactivity and association with body mass index: a Finnish Twin Study with a 35-year follow-up
Piirtola M, Kaprio J, Waller K, Heikkilä K, Koskenvuo M, Svedberg P, et al
International journal of epidemiology 2017;46(1):116-127

Night work as a risk factor of future disability pension due to musculoskeletal diagnoses: a prospective cohort study of Swedish twins
Kärkkäinen S, Ropponen A, Narusyte J, Mather L, Åkerstedt T, Silventoinen K, et al
European journal of public health 2017;27(4):659-664

Validity of self-reported exposure to shift work
Härmä M, Koskinen A, Ropponen A, Puttonen S, Karhula K, Vahtera J, et al
Occupational and environmental medicine 2017;74(3):228-230

Association between education and future leisure-time physical inactivity: a study of Finnish twins over a 35-year follow-up
Piirtola M, Kaprio J, Kujala Um, Heikkilä K, Koskenvuo M, Svedberg P, et al
BMC public health 2016;16():720-

Developing register-based measures for assessment of working time patterns for epidemiologic studies (vol 41, pg 268, 2015)
Harma M, Ropponen A, Hakola T, Koskinen A, Vanttola P, Puttonen S, et al
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF WORK ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH 2016;42(1):97-98

Genetic and Environmental Influences on Disability Pension Due To Mental Diagnoses: Limited Importance of Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, and Chronic Fatigue
Narusyte J, Ropponen A, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P
Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies 2016;19(1):10-6

Occurrence of sickness absence and disability pension in relation to childbirth: A 16-year follow-up study of 6323 Swedish twins
Narusyte J, Björkenstam E, Alexanderson K, Ropponen A, Kjeldgård L, Svedberg P
Scandinavian journal of public health 2016;44(1):98-105

Sleep and satisfaction in 8- and 12-h forward-rotating shift systems: Industrial employees prefer 12-h shifts
Karhula K, Härmä M, Ropponen A, Hakola T, Sallinen M, Puttonen S
Chronobiology international 2016;33(6):768-75

Stability and change of body mass index as a predictor of disability pension
Ropponen A, Silventoinen K, Koskenvuo M, Svedberg P, Kaprio J
Scandinavian journal of public health 2016;44(4):369-76

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

Childbirth, hospitalisation and sickness absence: a study of female twins
Björkenstam E, Alexanderson K, Narusyte J, Kjeldgård L, Ropponen A, Svedberg P
BMJ open 2015;5(1):e006033-

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
Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health 2015;41(3):268-79

Sickness absence due to back pain or depressive episode and the risk of all-cause and diagnosis-specific disability pension: A Swedish cohort study of 4,823,069 individuals
Dorner Te, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P, Ropponen A, Stein Kv, Mittendorfer-rutz E
European journal of pain (London, England) 2015;19(9):1308-20

The association of physical inactivity and body mass index in the Finnish twin pairs discordant for their leisure-time physical activity during a 35-year follow-up
Piirtola M, Kaprio J, Waller K, Heikkila K, Koskenvuo M, Svedberg P, et al
BEHAVIOR GENETICS 2015;45(6):680-680

A Quasi-Experimental Study of the Effects of the Erggi Action Model of Musculoskeletal Symptoms and VDU Working Conditions Among University Staff
Tiainen S, Ropponen A, Louhevaara V
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND ERGONOMICS 2014;20(4):617-26

Associations between childbirth, hospitalization and disability pension: a cohort study of female twins
Björkenstam E, Narusyte J, Alexanderson K, Ropponen A, Kjeldgård L, Svedberg P
PloS one 2014;9(7):e101566-

A Study of Sedentary Behaviour in the Older Finnish Twin Cohort: A Cross Sectional Analysis
Piirtola M, Kaprio J, Ropponen A
BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL 2014;:209140-

Part-time work or social benefits as predictors for disability pension: a prospective study of Swedish twins
Ropponen A, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P
International journal of behavioral medicine 2014;21(2):329-36

Physical work load and psychological stress of daily activities as predictors of disability pension due to musculoskeletal disorders
Ropponen A, Svedberg P, Koskenvuo M, Silventoinen K, Kaprio J
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2014;42(4):370-6

Single and additive effects of health behaviours on the risk for disability pensions among Swedish twins
Ropponen A, Svedberg P
European journal of public health 2014;24(4):643-8

The role of familial factors in the associations between sickness absence and disability pension or mortality
Narusyte J, Ropponen A, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P
European journal of public health 2014;24(1):106-10

A prospective cohort study of disability pension due to mental diagnoses: the importance of health factors and behaviors
Samuelsson Å, Ropponen A, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P
BMC public health 2013;13():621-

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;154(10):1966-72

Differences in heart rate variability of female nurses between and within normal and extended work shifts
Järvelin-pasanen S, Ropponen A, Tarvainen Mp, Karjalainen Pa, Louhevaara V
Industrial health 2013;51(2):154-64

Disability pension due to musculoskeletal diagnoses: importance of work-related factors in a prospective cohort study of Finnish twins
Karkkainen S, Pitkaniemi J, Silventoinen K, Svedberg P, Huunan-seppala A, Koskenvuo K, et al
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF WORK ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH 2013;39(4):343-50

Effects of implementing an ergonomic work schedule on heart rate variability in shift-working nurses
Järvelin-pasanen S, Ropponen A, Tarvainen M, Paukkonen M, Hakola T, Puttonen S, et al
Journal of occupational health 2013;55(4):225-33

Persistent smoking as a predictor of disability pension due to musculoskeletal diagnoses: A 23 year prospective study of Finnish twins
Ropponen A, Korhonen T, Svedberg P, Koskenvuo M, Silventoinen K, Kaprio J
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE 2013;57(6):889-93

Psychosocial working conditions, occupational groups, and risk of disability pension due to mental diagnoses: a cohort study of 43,000 Swedish twins
Samuelsson Å, Ropponen A, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P
Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health 2013;39(4):351-60

Register-based data of psychosocial working conditions and occupational groups as predictors of disability pension due to musculoskeletal diagnoses: a prospective cohort study of 24,543 Swedish twins
Ropponen A, Samuelsson Å, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2013;14():268-

Sleep Patterns as Predictors for Disability Pension Due to Low Back Diagnoses: A 23-Year Longitudinal Study of Finnish Twins
Ropponen A, Silventoinen K, Hublin C, Svedberg P, Koskenvuo M, Kaprio J
SLEEP 2013;36(6):891-7

Disability pension among Swedish twins--prevalence over 16 years and associations with sociodemographic factors in 1992
Samuelsson Å, Ropponen A, Alexanderson K, Lichtenstein P, Svedberg P
Journal of occupational and environmental medicine 2012;54(1):10-6

Disability pension due to musculoskeletal diagnoses: importance of work-related factors in a prospective cohort of Finnish twins
Pietikainen S, Pitkaniemi J, Silventoinen K, Svedberg P, Huunan-seppala A, Koskenvuo K, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2012;:214-214

Effects of Work and Lifestyle on Risk for Future Disability Pension Due to Low Back Diagnoses A 30-Year Prospective Study of Finnish Twins
Ropponen A, Silventoinen K, Svedberg P, Alexanderson K, Huunan-seppala A, Koskenvuo K, et al
JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE 2012;54(11):1330-6

Genetic susceptibility to sickness absence is similar among women and men: findings from a Swedish twin cohort
Svedberg P, Ropponen A, Alexanderson K, Lichtenstein P, Narusyte J
Twin research and human genetics : the official journal of the International Society for Twin Studies 2012;15(5):642-8

Incidence of disability pension and associations with socio-demographic factors in a Swedish twin cohort
Samuelsson Å, Alexanderson K, Ropponen A, Lichtenstein P, Svedberg P
Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 2012;47(12):1999-2009

Personality traits and life dissatisfaction as risk factors for disability pension due to low back diagnoses: A 30-year longitudinal cohort study of Finnish twins
Ropponen A, Svedberg P, Huunan-seppala A, Koskenvuo K, Koskenvuo M, Alexanderson K, et al
JOURNAL OF PSYCHOSOMATIC RESEARCH 2012;73(4):289-94

Association between hand grip/body weight ratio and disability pension due to musculoskeletal disorders: a population-based cohort study of 1 million Swedish men
Ropponen A, Silventoinen K, Tynelius P, Rasmussen F
Scandinavian journal of public health 2011;39(8):830-8

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 Å, et al
PloS one 2011;6(8):e23143-

Health-Related and Sociodemographic Risk Factors for Disability Pension due to Low Back Disorders A 30-Year Prospective Finnish Twin Cohort Study
Pietikainen S, Silventoinen K, Svedberg P, Alexanderson K, Huunan-seppala A, Koskenvuo K, et al
JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE 2011;53(5):488-96

Health-related risk factors for disability pensions due to musculoskeletal diagnoses: A 30-year Finnish twin cohort study
Ropponen A, Silventoinen K, Svedberg P, Alexanderson K, Koskenvuo K, Huunan-seppala A, et al
SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2011;39(8):839-48

Stability and change in health behaviours as predictors for disability pension: a prospective cohort study of Swedish twins
Ropponen A, Narusyte J, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P
BMC public health 2011;11():678-

Are self-report of disability pension and long-term sickness absence accurate? Comparisons of self-reported interview data with national register data in a Swedish twin cohort
Svedberg P, Ropponen A, Lichtenstein P, Alexanderson K
BMC public health 2010;10():763-

Health related and socio-demographic risk factors for disability pension due to low back disorders: a 30-year prospective Finnish twin cohort study
Pietikainen S, Silventoine K, Svedberg P, Alexanderson K, Huunan-seppala A, Koskenvuo K, et al
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH 2010;:282-282

Multidisciplinary interventions: review of studies of return to work after rehabilitation for low back pain
Norlund A, Ropponen A, Alexanderson K
Journal of rehabilitation medicine 2009;41(3):115-21

What factors predict full or partial return to work among sickness absentees with spinal pain participating in rehabilitation?
Elfving B, Asell M, Ropponen A, Alexanderson K
Disability and rehabilitation 2009;31(16):1318-27

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