JCPP Advances Editorial: Volume 01, Issue 02, July 2021

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Editorial: Causation and prediction in child and adolescent mental health research

Henrik Larsson


There have been recent advances in prediction model research in psychiatry. Several validated prediction models are available to support the diagnosis and prognosis of mental health conditions. Prediction model research is translational in nature and the translation pathway includes well conducted epidemiological studies. These studies provide essential information needed to develop new prediction models. Despite the recent advances in prediction model research in psychiatry, there are still important limitations that hamper translation into health care. Comprehensive and transparent reporting as well as an increased focus on external validation, implementation research and stakeholder involvement may help close the translational gap.

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Professor Henrik Larsson


Henrik Larsson is Editor in Chief of JCPP Advances, and Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at Örebro University and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. The overall objective of his research team’s work is to understand how genes and environment influence mental health problems across the life span, to understand the interplay between mental and physical health, to map developmental trajectories and consequences of mental health across the lifespan and to identify the benefits and risks associated with pharmacological treatment interventions.

His team use large cohorts identified from national health registers, the Swedish twin register and clinical cohorts. Henrik has (co-) authored about 300 original peer-reviewed papers and has a broad international research and clinical network. He is committed to JCPP Advances‘ ambition to change the way that authors experience the publishing process by maintaining rigorous evaluation of the science whilst removing unnecessary steps in the process, such as formatting and reformatting articles, and by reusing peer review feedback. Henrik is highly motivated to work closely with the editorial team to identify and shape critical research findings, support open science (including open access) and also to meet a real need for researchers of child and adolescent psychology and psychiatry.

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