Viviane S Straatmann is a postdoctoral researcher at the Aging Research Center (ARC) of Karolinska Institutet. VSS is working on research project which looks at health in older age with a multidimensional and longitudinal health trajectories' approach, using data from the Swedish National Study on Aging and Care (SNAC-K). She is investigating environmental and behavioural determinants of such trajectories, as well as the interaction of these health pathways with the use of medical and social care service’s needs (Forte Grant- Research on aging and health).
The overall focus of VSS research is to understand the role of determinants of health in social and health outcomes, particularly in vulnerable populations (children and the elderly) throughout life. She holds a degree in Physiotherapy, a Master’s in Nutritional Epidemiology and obtained her PhD in Epidemiology | Public Health (2016) into an International Research Collaboration Program (CAPES/STINT) between Brazil (State University of Rio de Janeiro-UERJ) and Sweden (Aging Research Center & Centre for Health and Equity Studies- CHESS, led by Johan Fritzell) studying the role of psycho social factors in health behaviours in adolescents. During her first postdoctoral training at University of Liverpool (Department of Public health and Policy; Whitehead, M. research group), she investigated the impacts of universal policies on child health inequalities, exploiting the predictive value of the integrated pre-school checks (research project funded by the UK Public Health Research Consortium). VSS also obtained an Internal Early Career Funding of University of Liverpool to develop a research project in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen- Denmark 'Understanding social inequalities in child mental health across European countries: Comparative study of the Danish National Birth Cohort and the UK Millennium Cohort Study'.