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Om mig

I am currently a post doctoral researcher in the Psychology section of the Aging Reserach Center, at Karolinska Institute, funded by an international post doc grant from the Swedish Research Council.

My research interests broadly focus on the determinants of cognitive functioning and state performance dynamics as well as affective states and mental health.

Strategies for optimizing cognitive functioning, restoration, performance and well-being in the short run and across the life span, is an overarching theme of my research.

The factors I study range from the external environment (incl. work environment, natural vs urban environment exposures) to inner psychological, physiological (e.g. cardiovascular autonomic regulation & inflammatory processes), and neural processes. I use epidemiological and experimental designs and mainly quantitative methods.

Several current research projects focus on how different natural and urban environment exposures affect cognitive functioning, restoration, performance, affectivity, stress and well-being in different individuals, using experimental and epidemiological approaches to address unresolved questions in these fields. During the past couple of years, I have been a post doctoral research fellow at the University of Chicago in the Environmental Neuroscience Lab, where my research focused on these topics. I have ongoing collaborations with the lab at University of Chicago.




Stenfors, C.U.D., Jonsdottir, I.H., Magnusson Hanson, L.L., Theorell, T. (2017) Associations between systemic pro-inflammatory markers, cognitive function and cognitive complaints in a population-based sample of working adults. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 96, 49-59. Available online 23 March 2017, ISSN 0022-3999,

Stenfors, C.U.D., Theorell, T., Magnusson Hanson, L.L. & Osika, W. (2016). Executive Cognitive Functioning and Cardiovascular Autonomic Regulation in a Population-Based sample of Working Adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1536.

Seddigh, A, Stenfors, C., Berntson, E, Bååth, R, Sikström, S, & H, Westerlund. (2015) The association between office design and performance on demanding cognitive tasks, Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Stenfors C., Marklund P, Magnusson Hanson LL, Theorell T, Nilsson L-G (2013). Subjective Cognitive Complaints and the Role of Executive Cognitive Functioning in the Working Population: A Case-Control Study. PLoS ONE 8(12): e83351. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083351.

Stenfors, C., Marklund, P, Hanson, LLM, Theorell, T, Nilsson, L-G. (2014) Are subjective cognitive complaints related to memory functioning in the working population? BMC Psychology, 2:3.

Stenfors, C., Hanson, LLM, Theorell, T, Oxenstierna, G, & Nilsson, L-G (2013). Psychosocial Working Conditions and Cognitive Complaints among Swedish Employees. PLoS ONE, 8(4). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060637

Bojner Horwitz, E, Stenfors, C., and Osika, W. (2013) Contemplative inquiry in movement- Managing writer's block in academic writing. International journal of transpersonal psychology.

Oxenstierna, G, Magnusson Hanson, LL, Widmark, M, Finnholm, K, Stenfors, C., Elofsson, S, and Theorell,T. (2011) Conflicts at Work- The Relationship with Workplace Factors, Work Characteristics and Self-rated Health. Industrial Health, 49:4, pp. 501-510.


Stenfors C., Bojner Horwitz E, Theorell T, Osika W. Similarities, disparities, and synergies with other complex interventions. In: Nature and Public Health - The Role of Nature in Improving the Health of a Population. Editors: M. van den Bosch & W. Bird. Oxford University Press. In press.

Stenfors, C. (2013) Subjective cognitive complaints in the working population- the influence of cognitive functioning and working conditions. Doctoral thesis in Psychology, Stockholm University.

Stenfors, C. (2014) Hjärnhälsa- om stress och stärkande aktiviteter. Bokkapitel i Kulturhälsoboxen, red. Eva Bojner Horwitz. Gothia förlag.

Pedagogiska meriter

Lectures, Seminars, Labs, Supervision and examination of student projects/essays at bachelor, masters & doctoral level in: Statistics, Research methodology, Cognitive functioning, Cognitive testing, Stress, brain & cognition, Occupational & Environmental psychology, at the Dep. of Psychology, Karolinska Institutet; Dep. of Psychology, University of Chicago; Dep. of Psychology & Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University; Dep. of Psychology, Södertörns Högskola. Public lectures and talks at academic conferences and for practitioners/industry.


Cecilia earned her Bachelor and Masters degree in Psychology from the University of St Andrews, UK (2007), and have also studied statistical methods at the ICPSR at University of Michigan as part of her doctoral studies.

After attaining her Doctoral degree in Psychology from the Department of Psychology and the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University (2014), she has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, and as a posttdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Chicago, IL, USA.

As part of her post doctoral training, she has also done fMRI training at the University of Michigan, USA. 

Akademiska priser och utmärkelser

University of St Andrews Top Psychology Graduate of the Year 2007 Award, St Andrews, UK Academic award for the top academic achievement of the graduating cohort 2007

United World College stipend, 1999-2001, Scholarship for doing the Interntional Baccalaureate abroad at a United World College

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