INRICH Member Profile Card

Anders Hjern

Anders Hjern

University of Uppsala


1984 MD: Karolinska Institutet

1990 PhD: Karolinska Institutet

2002 Certified specialist in child and adolescent medicine

2005 Adjunct professor in paediatric epidemiology, Uppsala university

2008 Adjunct professor in paediatric epidemiology, Nordic School of Public Health

2008 Research associate Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS)


Type of member: Regular


Telephone: 46-8-55553169

Email Address: anders.hjern@chess.su.se

Mailing Address: Centre for Epidemiology, National Board of Health and Welfare, 106 30 Stockholm, Sweden


Collaborative Projects

Perinatal health and inequity

Current research interests
Migration and child health / Inequality and perinatal health / School as a mediator of socio-economic inequalities in child health / Health of adoptees and foster children

Research priorities
Pathways and mechanisms: Cumulative and additive social risk exposures (e.g. transient v. persistent poverty). Social into the biological and epigenetic. Intergenerational influences. | Methodological issues: Methods for examining change over time including longitudinal effects studies. Need to define poverty. Need to study social gradients as well as poverty. Multi-level studies - Society, Family & Individual.


Selected publications

Hjern, A., Wicks, S., & Dalman, C. (2004). Social adversity contributes to high morbidity in psychoses in immigrants – a national cohort study in two generations of Swedish residents. Psychological Medicine, 34(6), 1025-1033. doi:10.1017/s003329170300148x

Hjern, A., Lindblad, F., & Vinnerljung, B. (2002). Suicide, psychiatric illness, and social maladjustment in intercountry adoptees in Sweden: a cohort study. The Lancet, 360(9331), 443-448. doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(02)09674-5