I have a PhD in medical science and a bachelor's degree in economics. Currently I am as a post-doctoral research fellow working in a multidisciplinary research groups called Mente, headed by Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, at the division of insurance medicine. I defended my thesis entitled “Unemployment and sick leave at a young age and associations with future health and work” in March 2015. The thesis dealt with the relationship between periods of long-term unemployment and long-term sickness and subsequent labour market marginalisation and mortality.
I am project manager of a research project funded by AFA Insurance with the title “The most sickness absent. Sickness absence among employed in the healthcare sector – what is the role of the combination of physical and psychosocial factors?” Since the beginning of the 2000s, sick leave in the healthcare sector has risen significantly, especially long-term sick leave with a psychiatric diagnosis. Long-term sick leave may lead to permanent work disability and this is highly costly for the society as well as for the individuals themselves. The project aims to identify specific, as well as combinations of physical and psychosocial work factors that may lead to sickness absence among employees in the health care sector.
Moreover, I am involved in several projects that are related to labor market marginalization, i.e. difficulties in obtaining and retaining a job, among immigrants with mental disorders. Especially depressive and anxiety disorders are common among migrants and may lead to a vulnerable position at the labor market, long periods of sick leave and preterm exit from the labor market. Furthermore, we highlight possible differences that may exist between refugees and other immigrants and the role of the specific country of birth.
I am also part of a project that elucidates work disability among persons with low back pain. We investigate the role of psychiatric comorbidity in the complex relationship between low back pain and later work disability.