Simo Raittila

Institution: University of Helsinki (Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences), Finland.

Supervisory team: Professor Anne Kouvonen (Social Policy, University of Helsinki) and research professor Ari Väänänen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health).

Position: PhD Student.

Current research: I am interested in understanding the effects of long-term changes in societal context on mental health risks in different socioeconomic positions. My PhD takes a big picture look at suicide and self-harm risks and the dynamics of mental health related sickness allowance spells. I use register data that has about a third of the working-age population at multiple timepoints between 1970 and 2017.

Research interests:

  • Vulnerability and vulnerable populations in register data.
  • Societal context (such as economic fluctuations) and its effects on mental health.
  • Change through time, time-related statistical modelling and dynamic models.
  • Mental health policy.

Recent Publications:

  • Raittila, S., Rahkonen, O., Lahelma, E., Alho, J., & Kouvonen, A. (2017). Occupational class differences in trajectories of working conditions in women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 790. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14070790.

Can help with: I enjoy discussing different approaches to statistical analysis and study design. I have worked on survival models and hierarchical linear models and at least to some degree with SPSS, SAS, R, and Mplus.

What’s essential to your well-being? Punk rock, homebrewed beer and deep arguments over Finnish politics.

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