Collaborating groups

In the Stockholm Stress Center, five groups are collaborating, three of them at Stockholm University and two at Karolinska Institutet .

  • E: Division of epidemiology (E), Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University
  • S: Division of Sleep, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University
  • W: Division of Work and Organizational psychology, Department of Psychology at Stockholm University
  • P: Division of Psychology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet
  • I: Division of Insurance Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet

Stockholm university

Division of Sleep and Recovery

Göran Hägglund

Göran Kecklund, head of the division of Sleep & Recovery

One of the research divisions at the Stress Research Institute is the Division of Biological Psychology and Treatment Research. It consists of Professor Göran Kecklund who is Division Manager, Professor emeritus Torbjörn Åkerstedt (Assistant manager of the Stockholm Stress Center), Prof John Axelsson, Assoc Prof Arne Lowden and several PhD students.

The group focuses on research on the links between stress and sleep, shift work and sleep, sleep loss and sleepiness, the measurement of restitution, sleep regulation, fatigue, and psychological treatment of stress disorders. The facilities include two laboratories; a sleep laboratory with 2 beds (sound insulated), arrangements for drawing blood unobtrusively, and with equipment for ambulatory recording of EEG, EOG, EKG, etc. through 6 solid state recorders and also a biochemistry laboratory for analysis of endocrine and other variables (cortisol, testosterone, melatonin).

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Division of Epidemiology

Hugo Westerlund, head of the division of Epidemiology

Hugo Westerlund, head of the division of Epidemiology

Another research division at the Stress Research Institute is the Division for Epidemiology with Professor Hugo Westerlund as Division Manager. The division also includes Prof Hui-Xin Wang,  Dr. Anna Nyberg, Dr. Paraskevi Peristera, Assoc Prof Linda Hansson, Assoc Prof Constanze Leineweber, Dr Loretta Platts and Prof. Emeritus Töres Theorell (MD). Several others are more loosely connected to the group.

The group is in charge of the longitudinal SLOSH cohort study, which is focused on work organization, psychosocial work environment, restitution, and health. SLOSH is linked to national register data on e.g. work, income, morbidity, and mortality.

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Division of Psychoneuroimmunology

Mats Lekander, head of the Division of Psychoneuroimmunology

Mats Lekander, head of the Division of Psychoneuroimmunology

The third department within The Stress Research Institute is the Division of Psychoneuroimmunology, led by Professor Mats Lekander. Co-workers in this division is Dr Anna Andreasson and Dr Gustav Nilsonne.

Research focus is psychoneuroimmunology, the importance of behaviour in the interplay between the brain, the endocrine and the immune system.

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Division of Work- and Organizational Psychology


Magnus Sverke, head of the Division of Work- & Organizational Psychology

The division is one of six divisions within the Department of Psychology. Its research focuses on e.g. the balance and interaction between paid work and life outside of work job insecurity, new organizational and employment forms. The division comprises of 4 professors, 5 associate professors, and 7 researchers/lecturers, as well as approximately 15 doctoral students/research assistants and 1 research administrator.

The division is probably the largest research group within the area of work and organizational psychology in Scandinavia. Some key names are Professor Magnus Sverke, Professor Gunnar Aronsson, Assoc Prof Johnny Hellgren, Professor Petra Lindfors, Dr Christin Mellner, Assoc Prof Claudia Bernhard-Oettel. Professor emeritus Gunn Johansson, one of the leading specialists in occupational psychology, is still active and will have an advisory role. The group has an extensive collaboration with the Division of Epidemiology at the Stress Research Institute.

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Karolinska Institutet

Division of Insurance Medicine

Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, Associate Professor and Co-director of Stockholm Stress Center

The Division of Insurance Medicine at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience is headed by Professor Kristina Alexanderson. The research has a strong focus on sickness absence, work health, injury, sickness, health, life style, and living conditions. The some 25 research projects are interdisciplinary; factors at different structural levels are included, both from individual, organizational and societal levels and focus on contemporary social problems often in close cooperation with the users of the results. The group holds some 30 people of different professional backgrounds, and we work with register and survey data, using epidemiological and quantitative analytical methods.

An essential asset of the group is the many large and high quality databases, most of them are prospective cohort studies, e.g., some 12 million people with linked data from different nationwide registers, some 120 000 twins from the Swedish Twin Register, and surveys of 1000 women with breast cancer.

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