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As an Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Insurance medicine, I am head of the research group MENTE "Mental health and social integration". In that capacity, I am the Principal Investigator of several large epidemiological studies, involving around 30 researchers both in Europe and the United States. I am also a Guest Professor at the Medical University in Vienna, Austria.

The overarching aim of my research is to bridge research traditions in psychiatric epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology and insurance medicine in order to study ethiology, treatment and prognosis of mental disorders and suicidal behaviour.

One line of research aims to test different hypotheses within the conceptual framework of life-course epidemiology with regard to the ethiology and prognosis of suicidal behaviour by applying advanced epidemiological methods.

Another line of research deals with pharmacological treatment of mental disorders and with work disability due to mental disorders.

And a third line of research deals with migration and mental health. Here emphasis is on elucidating potential differences in pathways to labor market marginalisation in the native population compared to different migrant groups.




Synergistic effect between ischaemic heart disease and common mental disorders and the risk of premature exit from the labour market: a nationwide register based study from Sweden
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Ivert T, Vaez M, Dorner Te
European heart journal 2018;39(7):578-585

Differences in predictors of permanent work disability between immigrants and natives: a cohort study of adults with sick leave due to common mental disorders
Werlen L, Helgesson M, Mittendorfer-rutz E
BMJ open 2017;7(3):e014431-

Labour market marginalisation subsequent to suicide attempt in young migrants and native Swedes
Niederkrotenthaler T, Wang M, Helgesson M, Wilcox H, Gould M, Mittendorfer-rutz E
Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 2017;52(5):549-558

Trends in work disability with mental diagnoses among social workers in Finland and Sweden in 2005-2012
Rantonen O, Alexanderson K, Pentti J, Kjeldgård L, Hämäläinen J, Mittendorfer-rutz E, et al
Epidemiology and psychiatric sciences 2017;26(6):644-654

Contribution of comorbid conditions to the association between diabetes and disability pensions: a population-based nationwide cohort study
Ervasti J, Virtanen M, Lallukka T, Pentti J, Kjeldgard L, Mittendorfer-rutz E, et al

Disability pension due to common mental disorders and subsequent suicidal behaviour: a population-based prospective cohort study
Rahman Sg, Alexanderson K, Jokinen J, Mittendorfer-rutz E
BMJ open 2016;6(4):e010152-

Medical and Social Determinants of Subsequent Labour Market Marginalization in Young Hospitalized Suicide Attempters
Niederkrotenthaler T, Tinghög P, Goldman-mellor S, Wilcox Hc, Gould M, Mittendorfer-rutz E
PloS one 2016;11(1):e0146130-

Mental illness and suicide after self-harm among young adults: long-term follow-up of self-harm patients, admitted to hospital care, in a national cohort
Beckman K, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Lichtenstein P, Larsson H, Almqvist C, Runeson B, et al
Psychological medicine 2016;46(16):3397-3405

Morbidity and suicide mortality following sick leave in relation to changes of social insurance regulations in Sweden
Wang M, Alexanderson K, Runeson B, Mittendorfer-rutz E
European journal of public health 2016;26(6):1061-1069

Mortality and Cumulative Exposure to Antipsychotics, Antidepressants, and Benzodiazepines in Patients With Schizophrenia: An Observational Follow-Up Study
Tiihonen J, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Torniainen M, Alexanderson K, Tanskanen A
The American journal of psychiatry 2016;173(6):600-6

Premature mortality in autism spectrum disorder
Hirvikoski T, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Boman M, Larsson H, Lichtenstein P, Bölte S
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science 2016;208(3):232-8

Prescribed psychiatric medication among multiple sclerosis patients before and after disability pension: a register study with matched controls
Brenner P, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Jokinen J, Alexanderson K, Hillert J, Tinghög P
Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology 2016;51(7):1047-54

Synergistic effect between back pain and common mental disorders and the risk of future disability pension: a nationwide study from Sweden
Dorner Te, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P, Tinghög P, Ropponen A, Mittendorfer-rutz E
Psychological medicine 2016;46(2):425-36

The joint contribution of diabetes and work disability to premature death during working age: a population-based study in Sweden
Lallukka T, Ervasti J, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Tinghög P, Kjeldgård L, Pentti J, et al
Scandinavian journal of public health 2016;44(6):580-6

Antipsychotic treatment and mortality in schizophrenia
Torniainen M, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Tanskanen A, Björkenstam C, Suvisaari J, Alexanderson K, et al
Schizophrenia bulletin 2015;41(3):656-63

Functional impairment due to bereavement after the death of adolescent or young adult offspring in a national population study of 1,051,515 parents
Wilcox Hc, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Kjeldgard L, Alexanderson K, Runeson B

Is disability pension a risk indicator for future need of psychiatric healthcare or suicidal behavior among MS patients- a nationwide register study in Sweden?
Björkenstam C, Tinghög P, Brenner P, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Hillert J, Jokinen J, et al
BMC psychiatry 2015;15():286-

Sick-leave measures, socio-demographic factors and health care as risk indicators for suicidal behavior in patients with depressive disorders--a nationwide prospective cohort study in Sweden
Wang M, Alexanderson K, Runeson B, Mittendorfer-rutz E
Journal of affective disorders 2015;173():201-10

Sickness absence due to back pain or depressive episode and the risk of all-cause and diagnosis-specific disability pension: A Swedish cohort study of 4,823,069 individuals
Dorner Te, Alexanderson K, Svedberg P, Ropponen A, Stein Kv, Mittendorfer-rutz E
European journal of pain (London, England) 2015;19(9):1308-20

Suicide among first-generation and second-generation immigrants in Sweden: association with labour market marginalisation and morbidity
Di Thiene D, Alexanderson K, Tinghög P, La Torre G, Mittendorfer-rutz E
Journal of epidemiology and community health 2015;69(5):467-73

Trajectories of Work-Related Functional Impairment prior to Suicide
Wang M, Björkenstam C, Alexanderson K, Runeson B, Tinghög P, Mittendorfer-rutz E
PloS one 2015;10(10):e0139937-

Trends of diagnosis-specific work disability after newly diagnosed diabetes: a 4-year nationwide prospective cohort study
Virtanen M, Ervasti J, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Tinghög P, Lallukka T, Kjeldgård L, et al
Diabetes care 2015;38(10):1883-90

Work disability before and after diabetes diagnosis: a nationwide population-based register study in Sweden
Ervasti J, Virtanen M, Pentti J, Lallukka T, Tinghög P, Kjeldgard L, et al
American journal of public health 2015;105(6):e22-9

Are all-cause and diagnosis-specific sickness absence, and sick-leave duration risk indicators for suicidal behaviour? A nationwide register-based cohort study of 4.9 million inhabitants of Sweden
Wang M, Alexanderson K, Runeson B, Head J, Melchior M, Perski A, et al
Occupational and environmental medicine 2014;71(1):12-20

Association of socio-demographic factors, sick-leave and health care patterns with the risk of being granted a disability pension among psychiatric outpatients with depression
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Härkänen T, Tiihonen J, Haukka J
PloS one 2014;9(6):e99869-

Associations between number of sick-leave days and future all-cause and cause-specific mortality: a population-based cohort study
Björkenstam E, Weitoft Gr, Lindholm C, Björkenstam C, Alexanderson K, Mittendorfer-rutz E
BMC public health 2014;14():733-

Diagnosis-specific disability pension and risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality--a cohort study of 4.9 million inhabitants in Sweden
Björkenstam C, Alexanderson K, Björkenstam E, Lindholm C, Mittendorfer-rutz E
BMC public health 2014;14():1247-

Future risk of labour market marginalization in young suicide attempters--a population-based prospective cohort study
Niederkrotenthaler T, Tinghög P, Alexanderson K, Dahlin M, Wang M, Beckman K, et al
International journal of epidemiology 2014;43(5):1520-30

Is transition to disability pension in young people associated with changes in risk of attempted suicide?
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Alexanderson K, Westerlund H, Lange T

Psychiatric diagnoses and risk of suicidal behaviour in young disability pensioners: prospective cohort studies of all 19-23 year olds in Sweden in 1995, 2000, and 2005, respectively
Jonsson U, Alexanderson K, Kjeldgård L, Mittendorfer-rutz E
PloS one 2014;9(11):e111618-

Psychiatric diagnoses, medication and risk for disability pension in multiple sclerosis patients; a population-based register study
Brenner P, Alexanderson K, Björkenstam C, Hillert J, Jokinen J, Mittendorfer-rutz E, et al
PloS one 2014;9(8):e104165-

Risk factors for suicidal behaviour in individuals on disability pension due to common mental disorders - a nationwide register-based prospective cohort study in Sweden
Rahman S, Alexanderson K, Jokinen J, Mittendorfer-rutz E
PloS one 2014;9(5):e98497-

Risk markers of all-cause and diagnosis-specific disability pension--a prospective cohort study of individuals sickness absent due to stress-related mental disorders
Ishtiak-ahmed K, Perski A, Mittendorfer-rutz E
BMC public health 2014;14():805-

All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality after Long-Term Sickness Absence for Psychiatric Disorders: A Prospective Cohort Study
Bryngelson A, Asberg M, Nygren A, Jensen I, Mittendorfer-rutz E
PLOS ONE 2013;8(6):e67887-

Determinants in adolescence for adult sickness absence in women and men: a 26-year follow-up of a prospective population based cohort (Northern Swedish cohort)
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Hensing G, Westerlund H, Backheden M, Hammarström A
BMC public health 2013;13():75-

Diagnosis-specific disability pension predicts suicidal behaviour and mortality in young adults: a nationwide prospective cohort study
Jonsson U, Alexanderson K, Kjeldgård L, Westerlund H, Mittendorfer-rutz E
BMJ open 2013;3(2):-

Multi-exposure and clustering of adverse childhood experiences, socioeconomic differences and psychotropic medication in young adults
Björkenstam E, Hjern A, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Vinnerljung B, Hallqvist J, Ljung R
PloS one 2013;8(1):e53551-

Predictors of suicidal behaviour in 36,304 individuals sickness absent due to stress-related mental disorders -- a Swedish register linkage cohort study
Ishtiak-ahmed K, Perski A, Mittendorfer-rutz E
BMC public health 2013;13():492-

A life-course study on effects of parental markers of morbidity and mortality on offspring's suicide attempt
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Rasmussen F, Lange T
PloS one 2012;7(12):e51585-

Exposure to parental mortality and markers of morbidity, and the risks of attempted and completed suicide in offspring: an analysis of sensitive life periods
Niederkrotenthaler T, Floderus B, Alexanderson K, Rasmussen F, Mittendorfer-rutz E

Perinatal conditions and parental age at birth as risk markers for subsequent suicide attempt and suicide: a population based case-control study
Niederkrotenthaler T, Rasmussen F, Mittendorfer-rutz E

Predictors of Suicide and Suicide Attempt in Subway Stations: A Population-based Ecological Study
Niederkrotenthaler T, Sonneck G, Dervic K, Nader Iw, Voracek M, Kapusta Nd, et al

Quality of medical care and excess mortality in psychiatric patients--a nationwide register-based study in Sweden
Björkenstam E, Ljung R, Burström B, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Hallqvist J, Weitoft Gr
BMJ open 2012;2():e000778-

Self-reported treatment, workplace-oriented rehabilitation, change of occupation and subsequent sickness absence and disability pension among employees long-term sick-listed for psychiatric disorders: a prospective cohort study
Bryngelson A, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Jensen I, Lundberg U, Asberg M, Nygren A
BMJ open 2012;2(6):-

Sickness absence because of musculoskeletal diagnoses and risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality: A nationwide Swedish cohort study
Jansson C, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Alexanderson K
PAIN 2012;153(5):998-1005

Sickness Absence Due to Otoaudiological Diagnoses and Risk of Disability Pension: A Nationwide Swedish Prospective Cohort Study
Friberg E, Jansson C, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Rosenhall U, Alexanderson K
PLOS ONE 2012;7(1):e29966-

Sickness Absence Due to Specific Mental Diagnoses and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality: A Cohort Study of 4.9 Million Inhabitants of Sweden
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Kjeldgard L, Runeson B, Perski A, Melchior M, Head J, et al
PLOS ONE 2012;7(9):e45788-

Changes in rates, methods and characteristics of suicide attempters over a 15-year period: comparison between Stockholm, Sweden, and Wurzburg, Germany
Bogdanovica I, Jiang Gx, Lohr C, Schmidtke A, Mittendorfer-rutz E

Reduction in Personnel and Long-Term Sickness Absence for Psychiatric Disorders Among Employees in Swedish County Councils An Ecological Population-Based Study
Bryngelson A, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Fritzell J, Asberg M, Nygren A

Length of sick-leave and relative risk of mortality
Lindholm C, Weitoft Gr, Rutz Em, Alexanderson K

Recent time trends in levels of self-reported anxiety, mental health service use and suicidal behaviour in Stockholm
Kosidou K, Magnusson C, Mittendorfer-rutz E, Hallqvist J, Gumpert Ch, Idrizbegovic S, et al

Risk of suicide among operated and non-operated patients hospitalised for peptic ulcers
Bahmanyar S, Sparen P, Rutz Em, Hultman Cm

Familial clustering of suicidal behaviour and psychopathology in young suicide attempters
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Rasmussen F, Wasserman D

Fetal and childhood growth and the risk of violent and non-violent suicide attempts: a cohort study of 318 953 men
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Wasserman D, Rasmussen F

Offspring of suicide attempters at greater risk of suicide events
Rutz Em
Evidence-based mental health 2008;11(2):55-

Pregnancies in high psychosocial risk groups: Research findings and implications for early intervention
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Wasserman D

Restricted fetal growth and adverse maternal psychosocial and socioeconomic conditions as risk factors for suicidal behaviour of offspring: a cohort study
Mittendorfer-rutz E, Rasmussen F, Wasserman D
LANCET 2004;364(9440):1135-40

Trends in adolescent suicide mortality in the WHO European Region
Rutz Em, Wasserman D

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