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Linnea Sjöberg

Linnea Sjöberg

Communications officer

About me

Linnea Sjöberg has a Master in Medical Science with a major in Public Health Science with Health Economics from the University of Gothenburg, and holds a PhD in Medical Science from Karolinska Institutet. She currently works as a researcher in the medical sector at the Aging Research Center (ARC), and as a Scientific Communicator for the National E-Infrastructure for Aging Research (NEAR), which coordinates existing databases from the major population-based longitudinal studies on aging and health in Sweden. The aims of NEAR are to promote and facilitate aging research in Sweden, to increase national as well as international exchange and collaboration, and to enhance research quality and generalizability of research findings. For more information, please see:  Linnea's primary research interests include psychiatric- and geriatric epidemiology, and she defended her thesis with the title: “Using a life-course approach to better understand depression in older age” in 2018. She is or has been involved in research projects related to depression prevalence, risk factors, consequences, and treatment of depression, as well as sleep and risk of cognitive decline or dementia, cross-national differences in loneliness and social isolation, suicidal thoughts, and injurious falls in older adults.    

Research description

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental disorders and a common cause of disability and reduced life satisfaction in old age. Along with the increase in the number of older adults, a better understanding of depression in old age is highly valuable from clinical- and public health perspectives. The purpose of life-course epidemiology is to link exposures/events occurring across the life course to later health outcomes. Since the etiology of depression is complex and multifactorial and possibly stems from several different factors throughout the life course, a life course perspective could add additional information when examining depression in old age. However, a limited number of studies have examined stressors over the entire life span and their impact on depression later in life. We hypothesize that risk or protective factors active at early, mid-, and late life affect the occurrence and future consequences of depression in older adults. The overall aim of this doctoral project is to estimate the prevalence of depression in late-life and identify risk factors, secular changes, and consequences of depression in late adulthood from a life-course perspective.

Teaching portfolio

Teaching at the course: "Moment 2- Aging, Developmental psychology” at the psychology program at Karolinska Institutet.

Teaching at the course: “Geriatric epidemiology: Health assessments in old ages" at the master program in public health at Karolinska Institutet.

Teaching at the course: “Application of Epidemiological Approaches to Aging Research” at doctoral level at Karolinska Institutet.



2006-2010- Master of Medical Science with a Major in Public Health Science with Health Economics, University of Gothenburg

Master thesis title: A study of the public commitment regarding thresholds based on cost/QALY

Bachelor thesis title: Experiences of preventive health initiatives – a phenomenological study among elderly and their relatives  

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