I have a PhD in medical science and a bachelor's degree in economics. Currently I am as a post-doctoral research fellow working in a multidisciplinary research groups called Mente, headed by Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, at the division of insurance medicine. I defended my thesis entitled “Unemployment and sick leave at a young age and associations with future health and work” in March 2015. The thesis dealt with the relationship between periods of long-term unemployment and long-term sickness and subsequent labour market marginalisation and mortality.
I am since January 2018 the project manager of a research project funded by AFA Insurance with the title “Sickness absence among employed in the healthcare sector – what is the role of the combination of physical and psychosocial factors?” Since the beginning of the 2000s, sick leave in the healthcare sector has risen significantly, especially long-term sick leave with a psychiatric diagnosis. Long-term sick leave may lead to permanent work disability and this is highly costly for the society as well as for the individuals themselves. The project aims to identify specific, as well as combinations of physical and psychosocial work factors that may lead to sickness absence among employees in the health care sector.’
From February 1, 2019, I am also the project manager for a four-year project, "Hyperactivity disorders among young adults in the private sector - how does diagnosis and medication affect later work attachment and sickness absence?" The prevalence of hyperactivity disorders, e.g. ADHD (attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder) has increased among young adults since 2001. The aim of the project is to investigate how work attachment and sickness absence have changed over time, 2001-2013 among young adults, 19-29 years of age. How does a diagnosis change the pattern of work attachment? Are there differences between women and men with regard to work attachment and sick leave? We also intend to investigate the role of comorbidity with other diagnoses for later work attachment. Is there further a connection between medication and work attachment?
Moreover, I am involved in several projects that are related to labor market marginalization, i.e. difficulties in obtaining and retaining a job, among immigrants with mental disorders. Especially depressive and anxiety disorders are common among migrants and may lead to a vulnerable position at the labor market, long periods of sick leave and preterm exit from the labor market. Furthermore, we highlight possible differences that may exist between refugees and other immigrants and the role of the specific country of birth.