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Chantelle Murley

Postdoctoral researcher

About me

I am a postdoc in Emilie Friberg's research group, mostly working within the multiple sclerosis (MS) project. I am particularly interested in studying social protections among individuals with chronic disease as well as health economic questions on how best to use our limited resources to improve population health. 

My research is largely focused on the working life and income trajectories of people with MS as well as the societal costs of MS incurred from healthcare use and days off work. MS is a chronic and often progressive neurological disease characterised by heterogeneity and a wide range of physical and cognitive symptoms which can affect work capacity in numerous ways. People with MS may require sickness absence (SA) or disability pension (DP) benefits if they are unable to work because of their MS. Receiving SA or DP benefits are referred to as having work disability. Most of the research I have involved in concerns aspects of work disability among people in Sweden. Within MS research, I am particularly interested in the socioeconomic consequences of MS and research involving the early stages of MS (around the time of their MS diagnosis), where there is a key window of opportunity. 


  • 2022: PhD in Medical Science, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
    • "Work disability, economic situation, and societal costs of multiple sclerosis in Sweden"
    • My thesis is available here ( and a plain language summary is available below.
  • 2017: Master's degree in Public Health Sciences (MSc), Health economics, policy and management, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • 2015: Bachelor of Laws LLB(hons), University of Auckland, New Zealand + an exchange semester at Stockholm University, Sweden (Autumn term 2014)
  • 2015: Bachelor of Health Sciences BHSc, University of Auckland, New Zealand