Elena Raffetti

Elena Raffetti

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Elena Raffetti is a medical doctor specialized in public health with a strong interest in epidemiological research and biostatistics.

About me

I completed a Ph.D. in Medical Science, specialty Epidemiology (2021) at Karolinska Institutet, focusing on mental health problems and tobacco use among adolescents. I previously completed specialty training in public health medicine at the University of Brescia, Italy (2016).

My postdoctoral work is performed at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge (Prof Angela Wood's group), and at the Department of Earth Sciences and Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science, Uppsala University (Prof Giuliano Di Baldassarre's group).

My goal is to advance towards an integrated understanding of the effect of socio-environmental extreme events on human health - mainly related to cardiovascular disease - with novel theoretical and methodological contributions along with a life-course epidemiology approach, and to explore areas that are still largely unknown applying a multidisciplinary approach to science.

Research description

Main research lines

  • novel risk factors for cardiovascular disease during pregnancy within the CVD-COVID-UK consortium
  • impact of extreme events on human and planetary health along with multiple hazard risk perception
  • relationship between the alteration of stress systems, substance use and mental health problems among adolescents, employing multiple sources of data and measures of biomarkers of stress. 

I have been working with different teams, developing several ongoing and productive collaborations in clinical and community settings.

Teaching portfolio

I am committed to multidisciplinary and inclusive teaching. I have a broad teaching experience in epidemiology, public health, and statistical methods.

2022 - ongoing “Advanced Biostatistics", Master program in Population Health, University of Cambridge

2019 - ongoing "Advanced Statistics in Epidemiology”, Master program in Public Health Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet

2019 “Biostatistics II”, Doctoral program in Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet

2017-2019 “Epidemiology” and “Public Health and Preventive Medicine”, Degree in Medicine, University of Brescia (teaching assistant)

2018 “Medical statistics”, StatisticAlps summer course “Extended use of Regression Models for New Epidemiologic Designs and Analyses” (teaching assistant)

2016-2017 “Clinical Epidemiology" Bachelor of Nursing, University of Brescia


2011 Degree in Medicine. University of Brescia.

2012 Licensed to practice Medicine in Italy

2016 Medical specialization in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. University of Brescia.

2021 Doctoral Degree in Medical Science, Epidemiology. Karolinska Institutet.

Ph.D. thesis, title: "The association between smoking behaviour and depressive symptoms in adolescence: the role of biology and of societal influences"


illustrator: Befeldo

Academic honours, awards and prizes

2022 Junior Investigator Award for a project at Karolinska Institutet aimed at achieving the UN sustainable development goals

2018 National Scientific Habilitation (ASN) for Associate Professor in Italian Universities from 17/10/2018 to 17/10/2028