Professor Christoffer Johansen
Professor Christoffer Johansen is a currently a full professor in Cancer Late Effect Research, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He initiated, established and headed the first department of psychosocial oncology applying epidemiological methods at the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre. The research aimed at evaluating how the mind may cause cancer, the effect of a cancer disease on psychosocial outcomes and interventions to improve psychosocial outcomes in cancer survivors. The main focus has been on depression in cancer and close to 25 investigator initiated randomized clinical intervention trials has been conducted under his supervision targeting psychosocial aspects in cancer survivors. He has supervised close to 70 Ph.D. students and besides more than 650 peer reviewed publications, published books on religious belief and health, personality and disease, living with cancer, and cancer late effects. Professor Johansen has been teaching since he was a medical student (1978 to 1986) mainly in anatomy, physiology and social medicine for pre-graduate students and later in epidemiology and academic writing in post-graduate education. He has been the President of IPOS from 2003 to 2006, Honorary Professor at UKE, Hamburg, Germany, University of Leipzig, Germany and currently Honorary Professor at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. He loves skiing, walking in mountains (no places in Denmark) and gardening.