PhD position Stockholm

We are now announcing an available PhD student position at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, in the following project: ”Estimating the Role of Exposure and Access to Natural Environments for Wellbeing, Mental & Cognitive Health Outcomes in a Swedish Population-Based Cohort” (see abstract below).

The project is conducted within the frame of a broader theme on developing sustainable societies. We are looking for suitable candidates/applicants for this doctoral position, with a strong interest and competence in the field of environmental factors/psychology/mental health/epidemiology. Suitable applicants for this position would have training in statistical methods and an interest in more advanced statistical analyses. The application deadline is the 1st of April.

If interested in applying for this position, contact the PI Cecilia Stenfors, Dep. of Psychology, Stockholm University, and the Dep. of Neurobiology, Care science & Society, Karolinska ; Information about the available PhD project positions in psychology can be found on these pages:!/menu/standard/file/2019%20Project%20positions%20-%20instruction%20and%20abstracts.pdf and (PhD project positions in psychology are found under “Psychology B”)

Application instructions in English can be found here:

Eligibility requirements which must be met for doctoral positions in psychology: 1) General entry requirements are that the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree (i.e., at least a one-year Master degree), completed courses equivalent to at least 240 HECs, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. 2) Specific entry requirements for doctoral studies in the field of psychology are that applicants must have completed at least 90 first-cycle or second-cycle HECs in psychology, have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere. Those studies should include a thesis corresponding to a minimum of 15 credits.

— Abstract / Project summary

Emotional disorders, chronic stress and cognitive dysfunction are major public health concerns associated with vast individual and societal costs. Understanding and targeting modifiable risk factors for these conditions is thus vital. Prior studies have found exposure and access to natural environments beneficial to mood, cognitive performance, stress reduction, and mental health. At the same time, urbanization and urban living can limit the extent of exposure and access to such environments. Importantly, knowledge is presently lacking about the extent to which exposure and access to natural environments play a role in mental and cognitive health at the national population level. This epidemiological project will thus investigate these questions by utilizing a nationally representative population-based longitudinal cohort with detailed health data, and high resolution satellite and geographic land use data (measuring „green space“/vegetation and „blue space“/open waters, and other aspects of the environment surrounding individuals’ homes and workplaces). Advanced multivariate statistical data analysis methods will be used, including e.g. structural equation and multilevel modelling. Specific aims are to investigate, cross-sectionally and longitudinally, the role of exposure and access to “green” and “blue” space, and other related environmental aspects, for: (1) symptoms of depression, chronic stress/burnout, and cognitive complaints; (2) prevalence and incidence of affective and cognitive disorders (incl. e.g. depressive, anxiety and stress/exhaustion disorders, mild cognitive impairment) and prescriptions (incl. antidepressants); (3) disability adjusted life years and quality adjusted life years, for outcomes 2; (4) outcomes 1-3 in different SES, gender and age groups, and buffering of occupational stressors; and (5) investigate exposure and access to green and blue spaces in different societal groups in point 4; and (6) work with target agents on the implementation of health-supporting environments in cities and surrounding housing and workplaces. Other important and related health variables will also be studied. The results from this project will provide important insights and empirical bases for public health and urban planning policies.

For further information, contact the principal investigator Dr. Cecilia Stenfors:;

Referenten (m/w/d) „Verkehrspsychologie“

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

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Bewerbungsschluss ist der 28.2.2019 weitere Information:

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Dr. Tina Gehlert, Dipl.-Psych.

Unfallforschung der Versicherer

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