Walter Osika

Walter Osika

Manager | Senior Research Specialist | Docent
Visiting address: Alfred Nobels Allé 23, 14183 Huddinge
Postal address: H1 Neurobiologi, vårdvetenskap och samhälle, H1 Center for Social Sustainability, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • Associate professor in clinical neuroscience and physician specialized in internal medicine, cardiology, and psychiatry. My research interests are early risk factors for cardiovascular disease and psychiatric disorders, mental stress and exhaustion disorders, as well as prevention and treatment of stress related disorders. We are also performing research on empathy, compassion and how thoughts, feelings and behavior at both individual and group level are affected under stress. How different types of mind sets are related to sustainability, and whether these mind sets and in the long run behaviors can be influenced, are the subject of several studies we conduct in collaboration with, among others, researchers at Lund University. How the COVID-19 pandemic impact mental health, inequality and particularly vulnerable groups, and how we can develop evidence-based guidelines and improve multilevel governance is the focus of the comprehensive research project PERISCOPE, in which we participate together with a significant number of partners from different parts of EU.


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  • Senior Research Specialist, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2023-
  • Manager, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, 2013-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2015
  • University Medical Degree, Karolinska Institutet, 1993

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