Björg Helgadottir

Björg Helgadottir

Affiliated to Research
Visiting address: Avd försäkringsmedicin, Karolinska Institutet, 17177 Stockholm
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 Fm Svedberg, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • At the Division of insurance medicine my focus is on the consequences of
    sick leave and risk factors for sick leave using data from the Swedish Twin
    Registry, questionnaires and other sources.
    I am also working at the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences where I
    am involved in a project on physical activity and sedentary behaviour among
    adolecents and the association with brain health i.e. cognition and mental
    My PhD project was focused on using exercise as a treatment for mild to
    moderate depression. The data came from a large RCT, the Regassa study
    ( and included treatment as usual and three
    exercise groups of varying intensity. Additionally I have worked on a
    project regarding risk and protective factors for fall injuries in elderly.
    In this project we used data from registers and the Stockholm Public Health
    2013-2016 Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
    PhD in Medical Sciences with a focus on public health and epidemiology
    Title of thesis: Exercise As Treatment For Depression
    2010 – 2012 Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
    Master of Public Health Epidemiology
    2005 - 2008 University of Iceland, Reykjavík
    B.A. in Sociology


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  • Affiliated to Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-2025

Degrees and Education

  • Degree Of Doctor Of Philosophy, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, 2016
  • Degree Of Master Of Medical Science 120 Credits, Karolinska Institutet, 2012

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