Musings on data, knowledge, and models in a complex world

I am a doctor… but not the kind that is useful in a medical emergency. I am an epidemiologist, the rock stars of an outbreak, but not the kind that is particularly useful to help us understand the spread of infectious diseases. My research is focused on mental health, quantifying who is mostly likely to … More Musings on data, knowledge, and models in a complex world

New paper: Neighbourhood migrant density and psychotic disorders

I am thrilled to share my latest paper, published today in Lancet Psychiatry: Association of neighbourhood migrant density and risk of non-effective psychosis. It is open access and you can download your very own copy here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30059-6/fulltext  But it is a Friday afternoon and you may not want to dive into a methods-heavy paper, so I have prepared a brief … More New paper: Neighbourhood migrant density and psychotic disorders

Gift guide for your favourite nerd: academic gift guide

Every year, I look forward to The Cup of Jo’s Gift Guide. She curates lists for different people like “Your best friend who reads her horoscope every day and gives the best pep talks” or “Your little brother who makes amazing tomato sauce and laughs at his own jokes.” She has published these since 2007, … More Gift guide for your favourite nerd: academic gift guide

Substance use in migrants and refugees: New research!

It’s been a while since I have shared any epi fun on the blog, and I am very overdue on an update, but I thought I would tide you over with this little research snack – a paper we just published on substance use disorders in migrants and refugees: https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1002944 Why did we do this … More Substance use in migrants and refugees: New research!

PhD purgatory: the medium place between mostly done and fully done

Its been a while since I have treated y’all to an update on my PhD life, and that is because I am somewhat done but also not quite done. (That makes sense, right?) You can see the process – the slowly climbing word count (the blue and green lines are total word count and word … More PhD purgatory: the medium place between mostly done and fully done

Family networks at migration: New paper!

I have published a new paper!! Family networks during migration and risk of non-affective psychosis.  What did we look at: We had a cohort of migrants to Sweden and we looked to see if having family around during migration affected the risk of developing psychotic disorders (like schizophrenia). What did we find: We found sex-specific patterns, … More Family networks at migration: New paper!

New research: risk of schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and bipolar disorders by migrant status

I have a fresh new paper out today, published in Psychological Medicine! This is research from my PhD, looking at how the risk of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder vary by migrant status, region of origin, and age-at-migration. Some of the headline results were that we found similar patterns of increased risk across all … More New research: risk of schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and bipolar disorders by migrant status