Curt Hagquist is a professor of Public Health and the director for the Centre for Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CFBUPH) at Karlstad University. Our vision at the CFBUPH is to contribute to improving mental health and wellbeing of young people through excellent and interdisciplinary research focused on broader social and economic living conditions. CFBUPH is mainly funded by external grants.
Curt is the Principal Investigator of a six-year (2013–2018) research program "The impacts of changed living conditions on child and adolescent mental health", which is funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte).
He is the initiator of the study Young in Värmland and the principal investigator of several other studies on child and adolescent health. His research fields include epidemiology, psychometrics (Rasch Measurement Theory), health promotion and social determinants of health.
Link to the CFBUPH: https://www.kau.se/en/cfbuph
Curt is a leader for two prevention courses in the program for training of clinical psychologists. Curt also teaches Rasch Measurement Theory.
He is principal supervisor for two doctoral students:
Victoria Lönnfjord, PhD student in Social Work.
Annette Løvheim Kleppang, PhD student in Public Health.
PREVIOUS POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
Principal Supervisor for:
Louise Persson. PhD in Public Health 2016.
Lisa Hellström. PhD in Public Health 2015.
Linda Beckman. PhD in Public Health 2013.
Daniel Bergh. PhD in Sociology 2011.
Mona Sundh. PhD in Public Health 2006.
Curt has access to extensive international networks and collaborates with researchers in Australia, Europe and Canada.
In Sweden, Curt collaborates with the Public Health Agency and is a member of its national team for the international study on Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC). He is also conducting research funded by the National Board of Health and Welfare.
He also collaborates with the County Council of Värmland and municipalities within the county.
Curt Hagquist is professor of Public Health and the founding director of the Centre for Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He is a trained social worker and gained his PhD in Social work at the University of Gothenburg with the thesis ‘The Living Conditions of Young People in Sweden. On the crisis of the 1990s, social conditions and health'.
In 1998-1999, Curt was a Visiting Scholar at Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia. In 2001, he was a Visiting Scholar at Murdoch University and Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, Australia.
Between 2001 and 2004 Curt worked as project manager at the National Board of Health and Welfare, Centre for Epidemiology, preparing the implementation of nationwide and recurrent monitoring of school children's mental health. From 2006 to 2013 he was employed part-time at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, managing a project on child and adolescent mental health.
Curt Hagquist is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Campus Elverum.
MAJOR RESEARCH FUNDING AS PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
2013–2018: Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE): Programme Grant Children and Youth: “The impacts of changed living conditions on child and adolescent mental health”. 12 000 000 SEK for the time period 2013–2018.
2009–2012: Swedish National Institute of Public Health (agreement with the Municipality of Karlstad) Project for promotion of mental health among school children, 2009–2012, 5 023 000 SEK.
SAMPLE OF PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS
Hagquist, C., Andrich, C. (2017) Recent Advances in Analysis of Differential Item Functioning in Health Research using the Rasch Model. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 15:181. DOI: 10.1186/s12955-017-0755-0
Hagquist, C. (2016). Family residency and psychosomatic problems among adolescents in Sweden – the impact of child-parent relations. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 44(1), 36-46.
Hagquist, C., & Andrich, D. (2015). Determinants of artificial DIF – a study based on simulated polytomous data. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 57(3), 342-376.
Hagquist, C. (2010). Discrepant trends in mental health complaints among younger and older adolescents in Sweden: An analysis of WHO data 1985-2005. Journal of Adolescent Health, 46(3), 258-264.
Hagquist, C. (2009). Psychosomatic health problems among adolescents in Sweden – are the time trends gender related? European Journal of Public Health, 19(3), 331-336.
Hagquist, C., Bruce, M., & Gustavsson, J. P. (2009). Using the rasch model in nursing research: An introduction and illustrative example. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46(3), 380-393.