Short CV/Education and training

  • 2015
    Professor of Medical Sociology, Centre for Health Equity Studies, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institute

  • 2010
    Associate Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University

  • 2003
    Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, Stockholm University

  • 1995
    Bachelor of Social Science in behavioural research with advanced studies in Sociology, Stockholm University

Selected publications

  • Modin, B., Karvonen, S., Rahkonen, O. and Östberg, V. (2014). School performance, school segregation and stress-related symptoms: comparing Helsinki and Stockholm. Provisionally accepted for publication in School Effectiveness and School Improvement.

  • Modin, B., Låftman, S. B. and Östberg, V. (2014). Bullying in context: an analysis of psychosomatic complaints among adolescents in Stockholm. Journal of School Violence. doi: 10.1080/15388220.2014.928640

  • Modin, B., Erikson, R. and Vågerö, D. (2012). Intergenerational continuity in school performance: Do grandparents matter? European Sociological Review, 29(4), p. 858 – 870.

  • Låftman, B.S., Modin, B. and Östberg, V. (2012). Cyberbullying and subjective health. A large-scale study of students in Stockholm, Sweden. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(1), p. 112 – 119.

  • Modin, B., Östberg, V., Toivanen, S. and Sundell, K. (2011). Psychosocial working conditions, school sense of coherence and subjective health complaints. A multilevel analysis of ninth grade pupils in the Stockholm area. Journal of Adolescence, 34(1), p. 129 – 39.

  • Modin, B., Östberg, V. and Almquist, Y. (2010). Childhood peer status and adult susceptibility to anxiety and depression. A 30-Year Hospital Follow-up. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, p. 187 – 199.

  • Modin, B., Vågerö, D. and Koupil, I. (2009): The impact of early twentieth century illegitimacy across three generations. Longevity and inter-generational health correlates. Social Science & Medicine, 68, p. 1633 – 1640.

  • Modin, B. and Fritzell, J. (2009). The long arm of the family: Are parental and grandparental earnings related to young men's body mass index and cognitive ability? International Journal of Epidemiology, 38(3), p. 733 – 744.

  • Modin, B. and Östberg, V. (2009). School climate and psychosomatic health. A multilevel analysis of nearly 20,000 ninth grade students in the larger Stockholm area. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 20, 4, 433 – 455.

  • Modin, B., Vågerö, D., Hallqvist, J. and Koupil, I. (2008). The contribution of parental and grandparental childhood social disadvantage to circulatory disease diagnosis in young Swedish men. Social Science & Medicine, 66, p. 822 – 834.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Main applicant

  • Project grant from Forte, (Social determinants of learning and health within the context of school, dnr: 2013-0159), 2014 – 2017

  • Project grant from Vårdalstiftelsen (Idéprövningen), (Psykisk ohälsa inom skolans kontext, dnr: 2011-25/333), 2013 – 2015


  • Programme grant from FAS, (Postgraduate Programme: Human society and individual susceptibility as intertwined determinants of health across the life-course, dnr: 2012-1985). Applicants: Olle Lundberg, Bitte Modin; 2013 – 2015

  • Junior researcher grant from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FAS/Forte), (Coinciding welfare problems: How do social, economic and health-related conditions cluster in the population over time and what is influenced by as well as influences cluster membership?, dnr: 2012-0201). Applicants: Ylva Almquist, Bitte Modin, Lars Brännström, Jenny Torssander; 2013 – 2016

  • Programme grant from FAS, (The relevance of the school for young people's psychological and psychosomatic health, dnr: 2006-1637). Applicants: Viveca Östberg, Bitte Modin, Anders Hjern; 2007 – 2013

  • Project grant from FAS, (Barnets moder och moderns barn – tidiga bestämningsfaktorer för reproduction av ojämlikhet I hälsa, dnr: 2007-1010). Ilona Koupil, Denny Vågerö, David Leon, Johan Hallqvist, Johan Fritzell, Bianca De Stavola, Liisa Byberg, Bitte Modin, Joseph Kim, Marit Gisselman, Kristiina Rajaleid; 2008 – 2010

  • Project grant from FAS, (Reproduction of health and health inequality across five generations: The Uppsala Birth Cohort Multigeneration Study: dnr 2003-0101). Ilona Koupil, Denny Vågerö, Bitte Modin, Johan Fritzell, Juni Palmgren, Liisa Byberg, Rawya Mohsen, David Leon; 2004 – 2007

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Swedish Sociological Association

  • Network in Epigenetic Epidemiology

  • International Network for Research on Inequalities in Child Health (INRICH)


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