Stéphane Cullati


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Social determinants of health;

Biological embedding of social life;

Life course;

Early life factors;


Health behaviours;


Health and Social Policies;

Quality and security of health care;

Senior Researcher
Medicine Section

ARS 02 bu. 286
Rte des Arsenaux 41
1700 Fribourg
Hours of presence


Stéphane Cullati is health sociologist and Senior Lecturer in epidemiology and public health at the Population Health Laboratory of the University of Fribourg. He received under- and post-graduate training at the Universities of Lausanne, Geneva (Switzerland) and Grenoble (France) and completed his PhD in health sociology from the University of Geneva. His research topics are health inequalities and life course epidemiology. Empirical researches he made were about the impact of public policies on health inequalities, the evolution (historical time trend) of social inequalities in health and in cancer screening. He also conducted theoretical developments in life course and healthy aging researches, on the role of reserves in the development of vulnerability. Since 2019, he is President of the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology.

Stéphane is also medical sociologist working as senior researcher at the University Hospitals of Geneva since 2007. His research topics are quality and security of health care, health of healthcare professional, interprofessional collaboration and sociology of medical professions. Empirical researches he made were about the role of emotion (related to providing patient care) on the mental health of healthcare professionals. He also studied the role of professional identity in teamwork collaboration, and patient satisfaction with care.

Research and publications

    153 publications
    Journal article. Denis Mongin, Nils Bürgisser, Gustavo Laurie, Guillaume Schimmel, Diem-Lan Vu, Stephane Cullati, Lucienne Da Silva Mora, Lena Després, Rachel Dudouit, Béatrice Hirsch, Barbara Müller, Charlotte Roux, Géraldine Duc, Caroline Zahnd, Adriana Uribe Caparros, Jean-Luc Falcone, Nuno M. Silva, Thomas Goeury, Christophe Charpilloz, Silas Adamou, Pauline Brindel, Roberta Petrucci, Andrea Allgöwer, Abdel Kadjangaba, Christopher Abo Loha, Emilie Macher, Marc Vassant, Nadia Donnat, Philippe Pittet, Dominique Joubert, Samia Carballido, Ariane Germain, Sophie Bontemps, Elisabeth Delaporte, Camille Genecand, Aliki Metsini, Valérie Creac’h, Virginie Calatraba, Laura Flüeli, Hippolyte Piccard, Dan Lebowitz, Aglaé Tardin, Simon Regard, Delphine Sophie Courvoisier, “Effect of SARS-CoV-2 prior infection and mRNA vaccination on contagiousness and susceptibility to infection”, Nature Communications (6.9.2023)
    Journal article. Delphine S. Courvoisier, Denis Mongin, Clement P. Buclin, Stephane Cullati, “COVID-19 Vaccination Rate under Different Political Incentive: A Counterfactual Trend Approach Using Nationwide Data”, Vaccines (25.6.2023)
    Journal article. Cornelia Wagner, Stéphane Cullati, Stefan Sieber, Tim Huijts, Arnaud Chiolero, Cristian Carmeli, “Intergenerational educational trajectories and inequalities in longevity: A population-based study of adults born before 1965 in 14 European countries”, SSM - Population Health (6.2023)
    Journal article. Boris Cheval, Liza Darrous, Karmel W. Choi, Yann C. Klimentidis, David A. Raichlen, Gene E. Alexander, Stéphane Cullati, Zoltán Kutalik, Matthieu P. Boisgontier, “Genetic insights into the causal relationship between physical activity and cognitive functioning”, Scientific Reports (31.3.2023)
    Journal article. Stefano Tancredi, Stéphane Cullati, Arnaud Chiolero, “Screening and Surveillance Bias in Cancer”, Epidemiologia (24.3.2023)
    Journal article. Tancredi S, Chiolero A, Wagner C, Haller ML, Chocano-Bedoya P, Ortega N, Rodondi N, Kaufmann L, Lorthe E, Baysson H, Stringhini S, Michel G, Lüdi C, Harju E, Frank I, Imboden M, Witzig M, Keidel D, Probst-Hensch N, Amati R, Albanese E, Corna L, Crivelli L, Vincentini J, Gonseth Nusslé S, Bochud M, D'Acremont V, Kohler P, Christian R. Kahlert, Cusini A, Frei A, Puhan MA, Geigges M, Kaufmann M, Fehr J, Cullati S, Corona Immunitas Research Group, “Seroprevalence trends of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and associated risk factors: a population-based study.”, Infection (4.3.2023)
    Journal article. Epure AM, Courtin E, Wanner P, Chiolero A, Cullati S, Cristian Carmeli, “Effect of covering perinatal health-care costs on neonatal outcomes in Switzerland: a quasi-experimental population-based study.”, The Lancet. Public health (1.3.2023)
    Book chapter. Stephane Cullati, Stefan Sieber, Bernadette WA Van der Linden, Dan Orsholits, Martina von Arx, Mathieu P Boisgontier, Boris Cheval, “Childhood socioeconomic disadvantage and health in the second half of life: the role of gender and of welfare states in the life course of Europeans”, in Withstanding Vulnerability throughout Adult Life. Dynamics of Stressors, Resources, and Reserves (2023)
    Journal article. Silvio Maltagliati, Ilyes Saoudi, Philippe Sarrazin, Stéphane Cullati, Stefan Sieber, Aïna Chalabaev, Boris Cheval, “Women carry the weight of deprivation on physical inactivity: Moderated mediation analyses in a European sample of adults over 50 Years of age”, SSM - Population Health (12.2022)
    Journal article. Daniela Anker, Stéphane Cullati, Naja Hulvej Rod, Arnaud Chiolero, Cristian Carmeli, “Intergenerational educational trajectories and premature mortality from chronic diseases: A registry population-based study”, SSM - Population Health (12.2022)
  • Research projects

    Social inequalities in the gut microbiome: individual participants meta-analyse of population-level data
    Start: 01.12.2019 - End: 30.11.2020