Thomas Munk Laursen

ph.d., Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Academic Positions



 Professor, National Centre for Register-based Research, Aarhus University (AU)


 Associate professor, National Centre for Register-based Research, Aarhus University (AU)


 Assistant professor, National Centre for Register-based Research, AU


 PhD degree in medicine, AU


 PhD student, National Centre for Register-based Research, AU


 Statistician, research assistant, National Centre for Register-based Research, AU


 Statistician, research assistant, AU


 Master of Science, statistician


Short bio

I’m working as a professor at The National Centre for Register-Based Research, Aarhus University, Denmark; where I have been employed since 2001. I have a Master’s degree in statistics (1997) and a PhD in medicine (psychiatric epidemiology, 2006). My research area is within the epidemiology of severe mental disorder such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorders. I have an extensive experience with using a whole range of Danish population registries as data sources, and I have for several years independently been the principal investigator on a range of projects as well as being a consultant on other projects. I have been the first-author on 20+ peer reviewed papers and have co-authored more than 100 papers, all of which have been published in high ranking peer-reviewed journals. I have collaborated with a range of Danish and foreign researchers and has over the years established a wide network within the field of register-based research.

My main area of research is to examine risk factors for psychiatric disorders and subsequent outcome after onset of psychiatric disorders.

At present, I am studying:

  • Mortality in psychiatric disorders
  • Somatic comorbidity in persons with severe mental disorders and the impact on mortality
  • Sub-optimal health care for people with psychiatric disorders
  • Genetics; How does it interact with psychiatric disorder?
  • Dementia: risk factors and outcome
  • How does psychiatric disorder in the parents affect the children?
  • Reproductive events in persons with psychiatric disorders
  • Homelessness and psychiatric disorders

Teaching areas. I am at present supervisor for 6 PhD students, within the area of psychiatric epidemiology.

Number of citations per year, last update June, 2020 (Google Scholar H-index = 41):