Dr. Erlangsen has a background in epidemiology and demography as well as sociology. She has worked in the field of suicide research over the past 17+ years. Currently, Dr. Erlangsen is the Secretary – Treasurer for the International Academy of Suicide Research. She acts as the national representative for Denmark as well as co-chair of the Special Interested Group on Suicide in Older Adults for the International Association of Suicide Prevention. She is a member of the Danish National Partnership for Suicide Prevention. In addition, she is member of the Editorial Board of Lancet Psychiatry, Crisis, and Suicidology Online. In 2003, she received the Young Lecturer Award at the European Symposium for Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour and in 2014 she was awarded the Alexander Gralnick Award from the American Association of Suicidology and the Danish Nordentoft Award.
Dr. Erlangsen’s research interests include suicide in older adults, bereaved by suicide, affected by suicide attempt, and psychosocial interventions for people at risk of suicide as well as research applied to record linkage data. She has published numerous papers in peer reviewed journals as well as book chapters and editorials.