Mikael Andersén admitted as a PhD student!

2021-09-14

Congratulations to Mikael Andersén who has been admitted as a PhD student! He will, together with a PhD student at Mälardalen University, develop a digital support tool that aims for discovering illness among teenagers. The tool will be tested by teenagers who visit youth health centers.

Photo of Mikael Andersén
Mikael Andersén, PhD student and licensed
psychologist. He has previously worked at a youth
health center and will during his PhD still work
at Children's and adolescents' mental health services,
Region Uppsala. 

Digital tool will discover mental illness among teenagers
The digital support tool is intended to reach youths who have booked an appointment at a youth health center. Ahead of a visit, the youth will get a link to the support tool sent via e-mail. The support tool consists of several health questionnaires covering mental, physical and sexual health, and social life. When the questionnaires are answered, information about their wellbeing is sent to the healthcare professionals the youth will meet and flagged depending on the youths answers: Green flag means no symptoms, yellow flag means mild symptoms, and red flag means moderate to severe symptoms. If the support tool indicates any type of illness, the healthcare professionals may ask the youth about how they are feeling. If necessary, the professional can write a referral to another healthcare department.

– The idea is that this should be a smooth way of finding youths who are suffering from undetected illness and to make sure they receive the care they need, Mikael Andersén explains.

Mikael Andersén and his colleagues have already conducted a pilot study in Borlänge, Sweden, in which the support tool was tested. The next step is to conduct a so-called randomized controlled trial in several regions in Sweden.

– Ahead of that study, we are about to further develop the support tool with both healthcare professionals and youths.

Passionate about preventive measures
Mikael Andersén is excited to learn more about preventive measures for improved mental health among youths, from a scientific point of view. His long-term goal is ambitious:

– My main goal is really that I as a psychologist shouldn’t be needed.

Mikael Andersén will be supervised by: Lena Ring, Adjunct Professor at Department of Women’s and Children’s Health (principal supervisor); Annika Bring, research coordinator at Region Uppsala; Erik Olsson, psychologist and Associate Professor at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health; and Camilla Nystrand, PhD and health economist at the Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.

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Last modified: 2022-05-25