Selected published papers


Magnusson Hanson, L., Westerlund, H., Chungkham, H. S., Vahtera, J., Rod, N. H., Alexanderson, K., … Head, J. (2018). Loss of healthy life years between ages 50 to 75 attributed to job strain: Analyses of 64,533 individuals from four prospective European cohort studies. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, in press.


Farrants K, Marklund S, Kjeldgård L, Head J, Alexanderson K. Sick leave among individuals in paid work after age 65; a Swedish population-based study covering 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 2017. DOI: 10.1177/1403494817731487

Farrants K, Marklund S, Kjeldgård L, Head J, Alexanderson K. Sick leave before and after the age of 65 years among those in paid work in Sweden in 2000 or 2005: a register-based cohort study. Journal of International Medical Research. 2017(2)46:564-77. DOI: 300060517734744

Hulvej Rod N, Kjeldgård L, Åkerstedt T, Ferrie J, Salo P, Vahtera J, & Alexanderson K. (2017). Sleep apnea, disability pension and cause-specific mortality: a nationwide register linkage study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 186(6), 709–718.

Mortensen J, Dich N, Lange T, Alexanderson K, Goldberg M, Head J, Kivimäki M, Madsen I, Rugulies R, Vahtera J, Zins M, & Hulvej Rod N. (2017). Job strain and informal caregiving as predictors of long-term sickness absence: A longitudinal multi-cohort study. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 43(1), 5–14.

Platts, L. G., Head, J., Stenholm, S., Chungkham, H. S., Goldberg, M., & Zins, M. (2017). Physical occupational exposures and health expectancies in a French occupational cohort. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 74(3), 176–183.

Stenholm, S., Head, J., Aalto, V., Kivimäki, M., Kawachi, I., Zins, M., … Vahtera, J. (2017). Body mass index as a predictor of healthy and disease-free life expectancy between ages 50 and 75: A multicohort study. International Journal of Obesity, 41, 769–775.


Stenholm, S., Head, J., Kivimäki, M., Kawachi, I., Aalto, V., Zins, M., … Vahtera, J. (2016). Smoking, physical inactivity and obesity as predictors of healthy and disease-free life expectancy between ages 50 and 75: A multicohort study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 45(4), 1260–1270.



Hyde M, Hanson LM, Chungkham HS, Leineweber C, & Westerlund H. The impact of involuntary exit from employment in later life on the risk of major depression and being prescribed anti-depressant medication. Ageing and Mental Health, Epub ahead of print 2014 June 19.

Stenholm S, Westerlund H, Head J, Hyde M, Kawachi I, Pentti J, Kivimäki M, & Vahtera J. Comorbidity and functional trajectories from midlife to old age: The Health and Retirement Study. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, Epub ahead of print 2014 July 24.

Stenholm S, Vahtera J, Kawachi I, Pentti J, Halonen JI, Westerlund H, Razak F, Subramanian SV, & Kivimäki M. Patterns of weight gain in middle-aged and older US adults from 1992-2010. Epidemiology, accepted for publication 2014 Sept 5.

Stenholm S, Pentti J, Kawachi I, Westerlund H, Kivimäki M, & Vahtera J. Self-Rated Health in the Last 12 Years of Life Compared to Matched Surviving Controls: the Health and Retirement Study. PLoS ONE, 2014;9(9):e107879.

Stenholm S, Westerlund H, Salo P, Hyde M, Pentti J, Head J, Kivimäki M, & Vahtera J. Age-related trajectories of physical functioning in work and retirement ­ the role of sociodemographic factors, lifestyle and disease. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2014;68(6):503-509.


Kivimäki M, Batty D, Hamer M, Nabi H, Korhonen M, Huupponen R, Pentti J, Oksanen T, Kawachi I, Virtanen M, Westerlund H, & Vahtera J. Influence of retirement on non-adherence to medication for hypertension and diabetes. Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), 2013;185(17):E784-90.


Sjösten N, Kivimäki M, Singh-Manoux A, Ferrie JE, Goldberg M, Zins M, Pentti J, Westerlund H, & Vahtera J. Change in physical activity and weight in relation to retirement: The French GAZEL cohort study. BMJ Open, 2012;2:e000522.


Oksanen T, Vahtera J, Westerlund H, Pentti J, Sjösten N, Virtanen M, Kawachi I, & Kivimäki M. Is retirement beneficial for mental health? Antidepressant use before and after retirement. Epidemiology, 2011;22(4):553-559.

Sjösten N, Nabi H, Westerlund H, Singh-Manoux A, Oksanen T, Salo P, Pentti J, Goldberg M, Zins M, Kivimäki M, & Vahtera J. Influence of retirement and work stress on headache prevalence: A longitudinal modelling study from the GAZEL cohort. Cephalalgia, 2011;31(6):696-705.

Zins M, Guéguen A, Kivimäki M, Singh-Manoux A, Leclerc A, Vahtera J, Westerlund H, Ferrie JE, & Goldberg M. Effect of retirement on alcohol consumption: Longitudinal evidence from the French Gazel cohort study. PLoS ONE, 2011;6(10):e26531.


Dugravot A, Sabia S, Stringhini S, Kivimäki M, Westerlund H, Vahtera J, Guéguen A, Zins M, Goldberg M, Nabi H, & Singh-Manoux A. Do socioeconomic factors shape weight and obesity trajectories over the transition from midlife to old age? Results from the French GAZEL cohort study. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010;92(1):16-23.

Jokela M, Ferrie JE, Gimeno D, Chandola T, Shipley MJ, Head J, Vahtera J, Westerlund H, Marmot MG, & Kivimäki M. From midlife to early old age: Health trajectories associated with retirement. Epidemiology, 2010;21(3):284-290.

Westerlund H, Vahtera J, Ferrie JE, Singh-Manoux A, Pentti J, Melchior M, Leineweber C, Jokela M, Siegrist J, Goldberg M, Zins M, & Kivimäki M. Effect of retirement on major chronic conditions and fatigue: The French GAZEL occupational cohort study. BMJ, 2010;341:c6149.


Vahtera J, Westerlund H, Hall M, Sjösten N, Kivimäki M, Salo P, Ferrie JE, Jokela M, Pentti J, Singh-Manoux A, Goldberg M, & Zins M. Effect of retirement on sleep disturbances: the GAZEL prospective cohort study. Sleep, 2009;32(11):1459-1466.

Westerlund H, Kivimäki M, Singh-Manoux A, Melchior M, Ferrie JE, Pentti J, Jokela M, Leineweber C, Goldberg M, Zins M, & Vahtera J. Self-rated health before and after retirement in France (GAZEL): a cohort study. The Lancet, 2009;374(9705):1889-1896.