Jill Witney Åhs

jill.ahs@rkh.se +46 (0)8 587 516 54

Jill is a mental health researcher with a background in global health. Her main research interest is in the epidemiology of mental health, with a particular keenness in child and adolescent mental health, and enthusiasm for better understanding and mitigating the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology risk. To this end, Jill is interested in strengthening interventions and support for individuals with mental health conditions and improving well-being for adolescents in low- and middle- income country settings.

Jill has worked with global health research endeavors involving populations across the lifecourse, from the perinatal period, children and youth, to the elderly, using epidemiological techniques including registry-linkages, a longitudinal cohort, and population-based surveys, as well as analyses of biomarkers.

Jill has coordinated global health research projects within developing settings in the fields of social and psychiatric epidemiology, injuries and occupational epidemiology, infectious disease surveillance, care-seeking behaviors and under-five child survival. Jill has experience with design, implementation, management and evaluation of projects in Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

As a consultant to the Division of Analysis, Planning and Monitoring at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, Jill is assisting with the development and validation of a tool for population-level measurement of adolescent mental health in low- and middle-income countries. Jill has served previously as a consultant on under-five child survival and caregiver response to childhood illness for the Health Section at UNICEF Headquarters.

Jill has recently embarked on doctoral studies at the Swedish Red Cross University College and the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Jill’s doctoral research studies focus on suffering, and in particular “Distant Suffering” or suffering mediated or encountered through images or affective narratives. 

Jill has held previous academic research positions at Dartmouth College, Duke University, and the Karolinska Institute. Jill received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, USA, and holds a Master of Medical Science Degree in Global Health from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

Link to publications in DiVA data base