Published: 01-02-2022 14:56 | Updated: 01-02-2022 15:29

Meet Josefine Östh – Doctoral student, researching on alcohol dependence at GPH

A person drinking too much alcohol
Josefine Öst is a Doctoral Student researching on alcohol dependence. Photo: Getty Images.

Josefine Östh is a Doctoral student within the Epidemiology of Psychiatric Conditions, Substance use and Social Environment (EPiCSS) research group at the Department of Global Public Health (GPH). We have asked her a few questions about her experience as a Doctoral student, her research on alcohol dependence and what she enjoys the most at GPH.

Josefine Östh
Josefine Östh, Doctoral student, Department of Global Public Health. Photo: Private.

How is it to be a Doctoral student at GPH?

"I started my doctoral studies in the beginning of the pandemic, so I must admit it has been an unusual 18 months where all courses, seminars and meetings with supervisors and the research group have been online.

Even though it has not been quite as expected, I have still enjoyed being a Doctoral student during this time, with rewarding courses, exciting seminars, and friendly colleagues that I have met at distance", says Josefine Östh.

What is your research about?

"My research is about novel methods to measure alcohol consumption and treat alcohol dependence. Specifically, we are examining smartphone applications delivered as complements to standard treatment for alcohol dependence among patients at Riddargatan 1 – a clinic within the Stockholm Centre for Dependency Disorders.

Therefore, I have spent most of my time so far at the clinic recruiting participants. The pandemic, as well as a new EU regulation concerning storage of cloud data, delayed the start of the trial. Thus, we still have a long way to go to reach the goal of 375 participants.

However, after advertising for participants via social media, the recruitment speed has increased in recent months."

Why did you choose KI and GPH?

"The high quality of medical research conducted at KI was a key factor. It is truly inspiring to work with and learn from prominent researchers in the field.

Moreover, I found the research project very interesting as I would be able to keep one foot in the clinical world, and I liked that the team of supervisors had such diverse expertise – I learn a lot from their broad experience".


Josefine Östh PhD student