About me

Mikael is a Guest Professor at the Aging Research Center. He was the Head of Department of Public Health Sciences at Stockholm University between 2018-2023 and Director of Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) between 2016-2018. Mikael is the PI of a larger research programme financed by FORTE called “Social determinants of health among individuals with foreign background: Societal and individual perspectives” (SMASH). He also leads the project “Mental health consequences following the loss of a family member during the Corona pandemic: A multi-methods approach” financed by the Swedish Research Council (VR). 

Some more specific research interests include:

  • Health and its social determinants in people with foreign background
  • COVID-19 morbidity and mortality among people with foreign background and its determinants
  • How social networks and social capital influence health and health behaviours
  • Health consequences by the loss of a family member
  • How public health measures can be used to suppress the COVID-19 pandemic

Research description

Selected publications

Rostila, M., Cederström, A., Wallace, M., Aradhya, S., Ahrne, M., Juárez, S.P. (2023) Inequalities in COVID-19 severe morbidity and mortality by country of birth in Sweden. Nature Communications. 15;14(1):4919. 

Liu, C., Grotta, A., Hiyoshi, A., Berg, L., Wall-Wieler, E., Martikainen, P., Kawachi, I., Rostila, M. (2023) Parental death and initiation of antidepressant treatment in surviving children and youth: a national register-based matched cohort study. eClinicalMedicine. 8;60:102032. 

Chilunga, F.P. Appelman,B. van Vugt, M., Kalverda,K. Smeele, P., van Es, J W. Wiersinga, J.W. Rostila, M., Prins, M., Stronks, K., Norredam, M., Agyemang, C. (2023) Differences in incidence, nature of symptoms, and duration of long COVID among hospitalised migrant and non-migrant patients in the Netherlands: a retrospective cohort study. The Lancet Regional Health Europe. 7;29:100630. 

Chen, H., Janszky, I., Rostila, M., Wei, D., Yang, F., Li, J., László, K.D. (2023) Bereavement in childhood and young adulthood and the risk of atrial fibrillation: a population-based cohort study from Denmark and Sweden. BMC Medicine. 5;21(1):8.

Grotta, A., Liu, C., Hiyoshi, A., Berg, L., Kawachi, I., Saarela, J., Rostila, M. (2023) Suicide around the anniversary of a parent’s death in Sweden. JAMA Network Open. 3;6(4):e236951. 

Hiyoshi, A., Berg, L., Saarela, J., Fall, K., Grotta, A., Shebehe, J., Kawachi, I., Rostila, M., Montgomery, S. (2022) Substance-use disorder and suicide-related behaviour around dates of parental death and its anniversaries: a Swedish register-based cohort study. The Lancet Public Health. 7(8):e683-e693.

Chen, H., Wei. D., Janszky, I., Dahlström, U., Rostila, M., László, K. D. (2022) Bereavement and Prognosis in Heart Failure: a Swedish Cohort Study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology HF. 1;5(6):e2218178. 

Liu, C., Grotta, A., Hiyoshi, A., Berg, L., Rostila, M. (2022) School outcomes among children following the death of a parent. JAMA Network Open. 1;5(4):e223842. 

Rostila, M., Cederström, A., Wallace, M., Brandén, M. Malmberg, B. (2021) Disparities in covid-19 deaths by country of birth in Stockholm, Sweden: A total population based cohort study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 1;190(8):1510-1518. 

Hiyoshi, A., Berg, Almquist, Y., Grotta, A., Rostila, M. (2021) ‘Parental death in childhood and pathways to increased mortality across the life course: Findings from the Stockholm Birth Cohort study’. PLoS Medicine. 11;18(3):e1003549. 

Katikireddi, V., Niedzwiedz, C. L., Dundas, R., Kondo, N., Leyland, A. and Rostila, M. (2020) ‘A comparison of inequalities in all-cause and cause-specific mortality across the life course by wealth and income in Sweden: A registry-based cohort study’. International Journal of Epidemiology. 49(3):917-925.

Brandén, M, Aradhya, S., Kolk, M., Härkönen, J., Drefahl, S., Malmberg, B., Rostila, M., Cederström, A., Andersson, G., Mussino, E. (2020) Residential Context and COVID-19 Mortality among the Elderly in Stockholm: A Population-based, Observational Study. The Lancet Healthy Longevity. 1(2):e80-88.

Juárez, SP, Honkaniemi, H, Dunlavy, AC, Aldridge, RW, Barreto, ML, Katikireddi, SV., Rostila, M. (2019) ‘Effects of non-health-targeted policies on migrant health: a systematic review and meta-analysis’. The Lancet Global Health. 7(4):420-435. 

Rostila M., Berg, L., Saarela, J., Kawachi, I. and Hjern, A. (2017) Experience of sibling death in childhood and risk of adult mortality: a national cohort study from Sweden. American Journal of Epidemiology. 185(12):1247-1254.

Berg, L, Rostila, M. and Hjern, A. (2016) ’Parental death during childhood increases the risk of depression in young adults – a national cohort study’. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 57(9):1092-1098. 

Rostila, M., Saarela, J., Kawachi, I., and Hjern, A. (2015) Excess mortality around the anniversary since the death of a minor child: Causal effects of bereavement in a nationwide follow-up study from Sweden. European Journal of Epidemiology. 30(3):239-247.

Olsson Berg, L., Rostila, M., Saarela, J. and Hjern, A. (2014) Parental death during childhood and school performance – a national cohort study. Pediatrics. 133(4);682-689. 

Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2014) Birth order and suicide at adult age: Evidence from Swedish population data. American Journal of Epidemiology. 179(12);1450-1457. 

Rostila, M. and Fritzell, J. (2014) ‘Mortality differentials by immigrant groups in Sweden: The contribution of socioeconomic position’. American Journal of Public Health. 104(4);686-695. 

Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2013) Myocardial infarction after the death of a sibling: A nationwide follow-up study from Sweden. Journal of the American Heart Association 2:e000046; 1-9.

Rostila, M. (2013) Social capital and health inequality in European welfare states. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 236 pages.

Rostila, M. and Saarela, J. and Kawachi, I. (2012) “The forgotten griever”: Mortality subsequent to the death of a sibling, American Journal of Epidemiology. 176(4);338-346. 

Rostila, M. (2011) ‘The facets of social capital’, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. 41(3); 308-326.