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Linnea Sjöberg

PhD student

Visiting address : Gävlegatan 18 A 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Delivery address : Gävlegatan 16 113 30 Stockholm, Sweden

About me

I work as a doctoral student at the Aging Research Center (ARC) at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS), under the main guidance of Associate Professor Hui-Xin Wang. My primary research interest is to better understand the development and progression of depression in old age, using population-based data. The title of my doctoral research program is: “Using a life-course approach to better understand depression in older age”.

Parallel to my thesis I am also involved in research projects in the following areas:

  • Depression treatment in older adults
  • Depressive symptoms and risk of cognitive decline
  • Brain derived neurotrophic factors (BDNF) and global cognition in older adults with depression
  • Suicidal thoughts in late life
  • Sleep and risk of dementia



2006-2010- Master of Medical Science with a Major in Public Health Science with Health Economics, University of Gothenburg

Master thesis title: A study of the public commitment regarding thresholds based on cost/QALY

Bachelor thesis title: Experiences of preventive health initiatives – a phenomenological study among elderly and their relatives

Research description

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental disorders and a common cause of disability and reduced life satisfaction in old age. Along with the increase in the number of older adults, a better understanding of depression in old age is highly valuable from clinical- and public health perspectives. The purpose of life-course epidemiology is to link exposures/events occurring across the life course to later health outcomes. Since the etiology of depression is complex and multifactorial and possibly stems from several different factors throughout the life course, a life course perspective could add additional information when examining depression in old age. However, a limited number of studies have examined stressors over the entire life span and their impact on depression later in life. We hypothesize that risk or protective factors active at early, mid-, and late life affect the occurrence and future consequences of depression in older adults. The overall aim of this doctoral project is to estimate the prevalence of depression in late-life and identify risk factors, secular changes, and consequences of depression in late adulthood from a life-course perspective.

Teaching portfolio

Teaching at the course: "Moment 2- Aging, Developmental psychology” at the psychology program at Karolinska Institutet

Teaching at the course: “Geriatric epidemiology: Health assessments in old ages" at the master program in public health at Karolinska Institutet


Life weariness and suicidal thoughts in late life: a national study in Sweden
Tuvesson H, Hellström A, Sjöberg L, Sjölund Bm, Nordell E, Fagerström C
Aging & mental health 2017;():1-7

Prevalence of depression: Comparisons of different depression definitions in population-based samples of older adults
Sjöberg L, Karlsson B, Atti Ar, Skoog I, Fratiglioni L, Wang Hx
Journal of affective disorders 2017;221():123-131

Depression and Depression Treatment in a Population-Based Study of Individuals Over 60 Years Old Without Dementia
Karlsson B, Johnell K, Sigström R, Sjöberg L, Fratiglioni L
The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2016;24(8):615-623

Secular changes in the relation between social factors and depression: A study of two birth cohorts of Swedish septuagenarians followed for 5 years
Sjoberg L, Ostling S, Falk H, Sundh V, Waern M, Skoog I