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Petra Lindfors

Professor, Deputy Head of the Division for Work and Organizational Psychology


My research focuses on different aspects of stress, health and well-being in adults, children, and adolescents, and emphasizes psychobiological mechanisms. As of December 2013 I am professor of psychology, in particular work and organizational psychology at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University.

I received my PhD in Psychology from Stockholm University in 2002 and my thesis formed part of the project Work without Boundaries and explored stress, health and well-being in teleworking women and men. Upon receiving my doctorate, I worked as a researcher within different projects at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, and at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet.

In 2005, I received a 2-year post doc grant from the Anna Ahlström and Ellen Terserus Foundation that allowed further investigation of the linkages between stress, health and well-being in women. In addition, I have co-ordinated two follow-up studies within the longitudinal IDA Research Program and together with Ulf Lundberg studied work conditions, work/life balance, stress and health in middle-aged women. Together with Ulf Lundberg and Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz I have been involved in the research project Work scheduling, stress and psychological well-being in municipal settings. Thanks to grants from AFA Insurance, this project has continued and now also includes collaboration with Henna Hasson.

My current research focuses on stress and health in students in compulsory school and allostatic load and health in parents living in different socioeconomic areas, work/life balance, recovery from work, stress and health in working women and men which includes the 2011 follow-up of panel studies from 1991 and 2001. Other research includes positive psychological functioning in terms of happiness and well-being. More recent research projects focus on teaching and learning in higher education. I am also involved in research investigating work life and health among people with a foreign background and organizational interventions focusing on healthy work.

As of September 2006, I am Associate Professor of psychology and as of July 2007, I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology. Between the years 2009-2014 I held a senior research fellowship ("forskarassistenttjänst"). Currently, I teach on the basic, advanced and research levels, on topics relating to work, stress and health. I have also taught at CHESS where I have been involved in launching a master's program in Population health: Societal and individual perspectives. More recently, I have been involved in developing teacher training courses in psychology at Stockholm University and a PhD program within the interdisciplinary area of work, stress, health and performance at Stockholm Stress Center.

I am also involved in a number of PhD projects as assistant supervisor and have been the main supervisor of Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz who successfully defended her thesis in December 2008 and subsequently landed a post-doctoral fellowship between 2011-2013 with me acting as supervisor. I have also supervised Drs. Cornelia Wulff (2011), Victoria Blom (2011), Roberto Riva (2012) and Håkan Andersson (2012), Niklas Hansen (2014), Lisa Folkesson (2014) and Stefan Annell (2015). Current supervision includes Maria Öhrstedt, Sarah P. Thomas, Eva Charlotta Nylén, Marian Papp and Susanna Mixter.

Assignments

2000- Swedish Society of Behavioral Medicine. (SBF).

2006-2014 Treasurer, International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM).

2011- Deputy Board Member, Steering Committee, Stockholm Stress Center (SSC).

2012- Board member, Departmental Bord, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University.

Scientific committee member, Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports.

Current PhD students

Maria Öhrstedt, Department of Psychology.

Sarah P. Thomas, (co-supervisor), Department of Psychology.

Eva Charlotta Nylén, (co-supervisor), Department of Psychology.

Marian Papp, (co-supervisor), Karolinska Institutet.

Susanna Mixter, (co-supervisor), University of Gävle.

Collaborators

Victoria Blom, post doc, Psykologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm.

Helena Falkenberg, post doc, Psykologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm.

Petter Gustavsson, Professor of Psychology, Division of Psychology, Department of Clinical neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Henna Hasson, Associate Professor, Medical Management, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Ulf Lundberg, Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychology and CHESS, Stockholm University, Stockholm.

Anne Richter, post doc/forskare, Psykologiska institutionen och CHESS, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm.

Roberto Riva, PhD/Post doc (2012-2013), CHESS, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Mikael Rostila, Associate Professor of Sociology, CHESS, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Max Scheja, Professor of Higher Education, Department of Education, Stockholm University.

Magnus Sverke, Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology, Stockholm University, Stockholm.

Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz, Associate Professor, Medical Management, Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Susanna Toivanen, Associate Professor of Sociology, CHESS, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Kari Trost, PhD, Researcher/Lecturer, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Stockholm.

Per Wändell, Professor, Centre for Family Medicin, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Viveca Östberg, Professor of Sociology, CHESS, Stockholm University/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Publications

Lindfors' abstracts in the Annual Report database.


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