Melker Johansson

BSc, MSc

PhD-student, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark & National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark


Twitter: @melkerjohansson



Research interests and skills

I have an interest in physical activity epidemiology in general and in particular how musculoskeletal disorders may constitute a barrier to living an active life, the interaction between these disorders and other non-communicable diseases and how physical activity can play an important preventive role for public health. Other topics of interest relate to the measurement and analysis of physical activity data. I am also concerned about multisite pain, the pain distribution and the number of pain sites and their consequences for the individual.


Ongoing research

  • Sit, stand, move and sleep – What is the right balance for cardiometabolic health? A PhD study using compositional data analyses of accelerometer-based measures of physical activity from 2,144 participants of the Copenhagen City Heart Study
  • Collaborator on a systematic review on the prevalence and pattern of co-occurring musculoskeletal pain and its association with back-related disability among people with low back pain (lead by PhD-student and chiropractor Cecilie K. Øverås in Norway).
  • Collaborator on a CARL project lead by Andreas Eklund where we investigate the prognostic role of and whether psychological profile, pain intensity and self-rated health modify the association between patients’ expectations for improvement and the short-term subjective improvement in patients with low back pain.

Research publications

  • Overaas, C. K., Johansson, M. S., de Campos, T. F., Ferreira, M. L., Natvig, B., Mork, P. J., & Hartvigsen, J. (2017). Prevalence and pattern of co-occurring musculoskeletal pain and its association with back-related disability among people with persistent low back pain: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic reviews6(1), 258. [Download here]
  • Johansson, M. S., Jensen Stochkendahl, M., Hartvigsen, J., Boyle, E., & Cassidy, J. D. (2017). Incidence and prognosis of mid‐back pain in the general population: A systematic review. European Journal of Pain21(1), 20-28.
  • Johansson, M. S., Boyle, E., Hartvigsen, J., Jensen Stochkendahl, M., Carroll, L., & Cassidy, J. D. (2015). A population‐based, incidence cohort study of mid‐back pain after traffic collisions: Factors associated with global recovery. European Journal of Pain19(10), 1486-1495. [Download here]