Stress, work and health

Research focus
Health is formed in the interplay between macro-level economic, social and political structures and the meso-level social context and psychosocial factors. These structures and psychosocial exposures affect individual level psychological states, health behaviours and psychophysiological processes throughout the whole life-course from childhood to old age.

Our research group has specialized in investigating how occupational exposures and psychological stress, particularly among adults and in midlife affect health and labour market outcomes. Furthermore, our research address the psycho-physiological mechanisms from exposure to disease.

We are involved in projects focusing on the consequences of workplace bullying and sexual harassment, negative social relations at work, psychosocial working environment, and working hours, e.g. shift work and long working hours. We are also involved in projects on the long-term consequences of psychological stress. Our current projects investigate outcomes related to labour market attachment (sickness absence, turnover, return to work) and chronic diseases (dementia and headache).

The aim of our research activities is to produce knowledge that can be used to improve health and well-being in the population—both when people are at the labour market and after retirement. As occupational determinants of health are often differentially distributed across socioeconomic groups, this knowledge can also be used to address social inequalities in health. Furthermore, we want to make occupational health a part of the broader public health agenda, e.g. through teaching. Finally, we want to disseminate our knowledge and findings to the public, occupational health professionals, and authorities.

Do you want to join our research group?
You can read more about possibilities for internships, research stays (e.g. for PhD students) here.

Projects and other activities
1. MEMORIA – work stressor, perceived stress and dementia 
2. Antecedents, mechanisms, and long-term consequences of negative social relations
3. AHEAD (in Danish: Arbejdsmiljø, Hovedpine og Evnen til at Arbejde i Danmark)
4. Stress rehabilitation, self-administered personalized treatment and health outcomes
5. Research activities on shift work and health

• Kirsten Nabe-Nielsen (associate professor, research group leader)
Åse Marie Hansen (professor) 
• Marie Aarrebo Jensen (post.doc)
• Sabrina Islamoska (PhD student)
• Eszter Török (PhD student)
• Andreas Moses Appel (research assistant)
• Caroline Urhammer (student assistant)

Contact person
• Kirsten Nabe-Nielsen (associate professor, research group leader)