Research description

As an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Division of Insurance medicine, I am head of a research group focusing on individual factors, genetics and environment in relation to morbidity and work disability (sickness absence, disability pension). 

My research focuses primarily on health aspects, life-style and work related factors in association to morbidity and work disability. Main focus is on musculoskeletal and mental disorders. I am the principal investigator of several such studies based on large twin cohorts, involving PhD-students and Postdocs. Twin study designs offer strong methodological advantages where it is possible to investigate and take familial influences (genetics and shared/early environment) into account. Surveys as well as national register data are used. My research is conducted in collaboration with internationally renowned experts in the fields of twin research, work and health, psychology, stress, physiotherapy, statistics, epidemiology and insurance medicine.


2013 Associate Professor Epidemiology, Karolinska Institutet (KI)

2006 PhD Epidemiology, KI.

Thesis: Factors of importance for self-rated health

1995 BSc Psychology, Uppsala University