Neda Agahi

Title: Principal researcher

Sector: Social Gerontology

Research group: Carin Lennartsson


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Portrait of Neda Agahi. Photo: Lucas Morin.
Photo: Lucas Morin

Neda Agahi is a researcher at the Aging Research Center. She was appointed associate professor of public health science at Karolinska Institutet in 2017, and she holds a PhD in epidemiological aging research from Karolinska Institutet. Her research concerns different aspects of health behaviors/lifestyle over the life course and inequalities in aging, in subgroups of the population and during certain transitions, focusing on four main areas:

1) late-life alcohol consumption;
2) the transition into retirement;
3) social and behavioral predictors of inequalities in aging; and
4) older people who live alone.

Neda is also course coordinator for the course Society and Health in the psychology program at Karolinska Institutet.

Selected publications

Agahi N, Fors S, Fritzell J, Shaw BA. (2016). Smoking and physical inactivity as predictors of mobility impairment during late life: Exploring differential vulnerability across education level in Sweden. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbw090.

Nilsen C, Agahi N, Kåreholt I. (2016). Work stressors in late midlife and physical functioning in old age. Journal of Aging and Health, DOI: 10.1177/0898264316654673

Agahi N, Kelfve S, Lennartsson C, Kåreholt I. (2016). Alcohol consumption in very old age and its association with survival: A matter of health and physical function. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 159:240-45.

Agahi N, Shaw BA, Fors S. (2014). Social and economic conditions in childhood and the progression of functional health problems from midlife into old age. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 68(8):734-740.

Kelfve S, Agahi N, Darin-Mattson A, Lennartsson C. (2014). Increased alcohol use over the past 20 years among the oldest old in Sweden. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 31(3):245-260.

Agahi N & Shaw BA. (2013). Smoking trajectories from midlife to old age and the development of non-life-threatening health problems: A 34-year prospective cohort study. Preventive Medicine 57(2):107-112.

Shaw BA & Agahi N. (2012). A prospective cohort study of health behavior profiles after age 50 and mortality risk. BMC Public HeaShaw BA, Agahi N, Krause N. (2011). Are changes in financial strain associated with changes in alcohol use and smoking among older adults? J Stud Alcohol Drugs 72(6):917-25.