About Stockholm Stress Center


Stockholm Stress Center is an interdisciplinary centre of excellence for research on work-related stress and health, which was established in October 2009. The centre is funded by an allocation of 50 million SEK spread over ten years from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte, formerly FAS).

Stockholm Stress Center comprise of six collaborating research groups from the Stress Research Institute and the Division of Psychology at Stockholm University and also from the Department of Clinical Neuroscience and the Institute of Environmental Medicin (IMM) at Karolinska Institutet.

Centre of excellence

Within the collaboration between Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet, the aim is to build a centre of excellence, with outstanding research in the field of work, stress and health and with the highest quality that can compete internationally. The combination of expertise is unique and has helped to create a new type of intellectual setting for stress research. The center lacks funding after 2018.


Stockholm Stress Center is funded by a grant of 5 million SEK per year through 2018- bringing the total of 50 million SEK – from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte, formerly FAS) under the additional strengthening of the founding for research on working life that the government posted in 2008.


An administrative unit for Stockholm Stress Center has been established at Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University. Director is Professor Mats Lekander. Co-directors are associate professor Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz and professor Torbjörn Åkerstedt. There is also a Steering Committee of partners, one from each main participating institute/department.