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About me

I am a senior researcher specialised in insurance medicine and an Associate Professor in epidemiology. Moreover, I am the Head of the Division of Insurance Medicine and research group leader of the research group MENTE (Mental health and social integration).

Education

Associate professor, 2013, Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet (KI), Sweden

Doctor of philosophy, 2005, Psychosocial medicine, KI

Master of Natural Science, 1997, University of Vienna, Austria

Research description

My research responds to the inherent complexity of the research area of insurance medicine by conducting interdisciplinary and translational research i.e. spanning from etiologic, prognostic to intervention and treatment research. The focus is on sickness absence and disability pension, due to specific disorders, primarily mental disorders. Additional disorders of interest - often comorbid with mental disorders - include cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases. Moreover, my research approach offers a transnational value not only due to extensive collaboration with international colleagues but also by comparing research results in Sweden with those in other countries. Due to the rising number of immigrants in Sweden and other European countries, my research includes also studies regarding sickness absence/disability pension in this often vulnerable group. Studies build mainly on nationwide register data and apply advanced statistical models, including models within pharmacoepidemiology.

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