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Ingibjörg Jonsdottir

Professor, Director ISM 

Phone: +46 31-342 07 10 
Mobile: 0703-05 28 91

Research Areas

I am involved in a large part of ISM's research involving promotion, prevention and treatment aspects of stress-related disorders as well as underlying biological mechanisms. Project leader for several research projects dealing with exhaustion disorder (ED), including the ongoing long-term follow-up of patients previously seeking care for ED. Responsible for several ongoing publications on physical activity and stress, ED and biological mechanisms and other clinical aspects of ED.  Another research interest is the work-place related aspects of stress-related problems and sick-leave and how to promote sustainable working life. The gender aspect of stress-related disorders and workings condition is another major interest.   

Ongoing Projects

Project leader for the “LUMS Study - Long-Term Follow-up of Patients with Exhaustion Disorder, the TED-study-Treatment of exhaustion disorder in primary care and the recently funded study by AFA Insurance with the aim of understanding the mechanisms responsible for long-term exhaustion (UFO2020).  My research activity also involves other project including studies on organizational and psychosocial work environment as well as project studying different effects of activity-based work (ABW) environment.


Björk,L., Corin,L., Åkerström, M., Jonsdottir, IH., Innocenti, AD., Wijk, H., Ahlström,L. 
Frontiers in Psychology. 2023
Under pressure – The working situation of Swedish healthcare managers during the first wave of COVID-19

Hansson C, Zetterberg H, Snellman A, Blennow K, Jonsdottir IH. (2022)
Biomarkers of brain injury in patients with stress-related exhaustion: A longitudinal study
Psychoneuroendocrinology, 2022

Lindegård A, Glise K, Wiegner L, Reinhardt P, Hadzibajramovic E, Ellbin S, Pettersson S, Jonsdottir I. 
Effects of additional individually tailored interventions on sick-leave and symptoms in patients with exhaustion disorder – A randomized controlled trial.
J Rehabil Med. 2022

Åkerström M, Carlsson Y, Sengpiel V, Veje M, Elfvin A, Jonsdottir IH, DeglÍnnocenti A, Ahlström L, Wijk H och Linden K. 
Working conditions for hospital-based maternity and neonatal health care workers during extraordinary situations – A pre-/post COVID-19 pandemic analysis and lessons learned
Sexual & Reproductive Healtcare, 2022

Ståhl och Norvell Gustavsson I, Linköpings universitet, Jonsdottir IH och Åkerström M, Institutet för stressmedicin
Multilevel, risk group-oriented strategies to decrease sickness absence in the public sector: Evaluation of interventions in two regions in Sweden
International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 2022

Cederberg M, Alsén S, Ali L, Ekman I, Glise K, Jonsdottir I, Gyllensten H, Swedberg K, Fors A
Effects of a Person-Centered eHealth Intervention for Patients on Sick Leave Due to Common Mental Disorders (PROMISE Study): Open Randomized Controlled Trial
Publicerad i: JMIR Mental Health, 2022

Lennartsson AK, Arvidson, E, Börjesson, M, Jonsdottir, IH
DHEA-S production capacity in relation to perceived prolonged stress
Publicerad i: Stress, 2022

Wikström, E., Severin, J., Jonsdottir, I.H. and Akerstrom, M. 
Process facilitators shifting between the support and expert roles in a complex work environment intervention in the Swedish healthcare sector
Journal of Health Organization and Management, 2022

Ellbin S, Jonsdottir IH and Bååthe F.
"Who I Am Now, Is More Me." An Interview Study of Patients' Reflections 10 Years After Exhaustion Disorder
Publicerad i: Frontiers of Psychiatry, 2021

Alexiou E, Steingrimsson S, Akerstrom M, Jonsdottir IH, Ahlstrom L, Finizia C, Wijk H and Degl’Innocenti A
A Survey of Psychiatric Healthcare Workers’ Perception of Working Environment and Possibility to Recover Before and After the First Wave of COVID-19 in Sweden.
Front. Psychiatry ,2021

Psykisk hälsa i arbetslivet
I redaktionen: Gunnel Hensing och Kristina Holmgren GU samt Lisa Björk ISM.
Dessutom är Ingibjörg Jonsdottir ISM en av författarna
Studentlitteratur, 2021

Jonsdottir IH, Degl’ Innocenti A, Ahlstrom L, Finitzia C, Wijk H and Akerstrom M.
A pre/post analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on psychosocial work environment and recovery among hospital staff in a large university hospital in Sweden.
Journal of Public Health Research, 2021

Ellbin S, Jonsdottir I.H, Eckerström C, Eckerström M.
Self‐reported cognitive impairment and daily life functioning 7–12 years after seeking care for stress‐related exhaustion
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 2021

Åkerström M, Severin J, Imberg H, Jonsdottir I.H, Björk L, Corin L
Methodological approach for measuring the effects of organisational-level interventions on employee withdrawal behaviour
Int Arch Occup Environ Health, 2021

Åkerström M, Corin Linda, Severin J, Jonsdottir I.H. Björk L
Can Working Conditions and Employees’ Mental Health Be Improved via Job Stress Interventions Designes and Implemented by Line Managers and Human Resources on an Operational Level?
IJERPH, 2021

Severin J, Björk L, Corin L, Jonsdottir I.H., Åkerström M
Process Evaluation of an Operational-Level Job Stress Intervention Aimed at Decreasing Sickness Absence among Public Sector Employees in Sweden
IJERPH, 2021

Skau S, Jonsdottir I.H., Sjörs Dahlman A, Johansson B, Kuhn HG.
Exhaustion disorder and altered brain activity in frontal cortex detected with fNIRS.
Stress, 2020 

Glise K, Wiegner L, Jonsdottir I.H.
Long-Term follow-up of residual symptom in patients treated fpr stress-related exhaustion
BMC Psychology,2020

Sörbo, A, Eiving I, Theodorsson E, Rydenhag B, Jonsdottir IH.
Pre‐traumatic conditions can influence cortisol levels before and after a brain injury.
Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 2019

Dahlman A.S, Blennow K, Zetterberg H, Glise K, Jonsdottir I.H
Growth factors and neurotrophins in patients with stress-related exhaustion disorder
Sciencedirect, 2019

Gerber M, Börjesson M, Jonsdottir I.H. Lindwall M.
Association of change in physical activity and sleep complaints: Results from a 6-year longitudinal study with Swedish health care workers.
Sleep medicine (2019)

Jonsdottir I.H, Dahlman A.S Endocrine and immunological aspects of burnout: a narrative review
National Center for Biotechnology Information  (2019)

Arvidsson E, Dahlman A.S, Börjesson M, Gullstrand L, Jonsdottir I.H
Exercise training and physiological responses to acute stress: study protocol and methodological considerations of a randomised controlled trial
BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine  2018

Hadrévi J, Jonsdottir I.H.,Jansson P, Eriksson J.W, Sjörs A
Plasma metabolomic patterns in patients with exhaustion disorder
Stress - The International Journal on the Biology of Stress 2018

Börjesson M,  Arvidsson D,  Blomqvist Å, Daxberg E-L, Jonsdottir I.H, Lundqvist S, Mellén A, Onerup A, Persson J, Sjögren P, Svanberg T, Jivegård L 
Efficacy of the Swedish model for physical activity on prescription
Region Västra Götaland, HTA-centrum, 2018

Wallin A, Kettunen P, Johansson P.M, Jonsdottir I.H, Nilsson C, Nillson M, Eckerström M, Nordlund A, Nyberg A, Sunnerhagen K.S, Svensson J, Terziz B, Wahlund L-O, Kuhn H.G Cognitive medicine - a new approach in health care science MBC Psychiatry, 2018


Ellbin S, Engen N, Jonsdottir I.H, Nordlund A
Assessment of cognitive function in patients with stress-related exhaustion using the Cognitive Assessment Battery (CAB)
Journal of clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 2017

Jonsdottir I.H, Nordlund A, Ellbin S, Ljung T, Glise K, Währborg P, Sjörs A. (2017)
Working memory and attention are still impaired after three years in patients with stress-related exhaustion.
Scandinavian Journal of Psychology

Stenfors C, Jonsdottir IH, Magnusson-Hanson L, Theorell T. Systemic cytokine levels, cognitive complaints and cognitive function in a population-based sample of working adults. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2017

Rödjer L, Jonsdottir I.H., Börjesson M. Physical activity on prescription (PAP): self-reported physical activity and quality of life in a Swedish primary care population, 2-year follow-up Scandinavian journal of primary care, November 2016

Lennartsson, A.-K, Jonsdottir, I & Sjörs, A. Low heart rate variability in patients with clinical burnout. International Journal of Psychophysiology, Dec 2016

Lennartsson A-K, Theorell T, Kushnir M, Jonsdottir IH, Changes in DHEA-s levels during the first year of treatment in patients with clinical burnout are related to health developmentBiological Psychology, aug 2016

Gerber, Börjesson, Ljung, Lindwall och Jonsdottir, Fitness Moderates the Relationship between Stress and Cardiovascular Risk FactorsMed Sci Sports Exerc, Juni 2016  

Grimby G, Börjesson M, Jonsdottir IH, Schnohr P, Thelle DS and Saltin B. The "Saltin-Grimby Physical Activity Level Scale" and its application to health research. Scand J Med Sci Sports, December 2015

Lindegård A, Jonsdottir IH, Börjesson M, Lindwall M and Gerber M. Changes in mental health in compliers and non-compliers with physical activity recommendations in patients with stress-related exhaustionBMC Psychiatry, November 2015

Lennartsson A-K, Theorell T, Kushnir M, Jonsdottir I. Low Levels of Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate in Younger Burnout Patients. 
PLOS One, Oktober 2015

Lennartsson A-K, Sjörs A, Jonsdottir IH. Indication of attenuated DHEA-s response during acute psychosocial stress in patients with clinical burnout 
Journal of Psychosomatic Research, maj 2015

Fredriksson-Larsson, U., Brink, E., Grankvist, G., Jonsdottir, I.H. and Alsen, P. The Single-Item Measure of Stress Symptoms after Myocardial Infarction and Its Association with Fatigue. 
Open Journal of Nursing 2015

Sjörs A, Jonsdottir IH. No alterations in diurnal cortisol profiled before and during treatment in patients with stress-related exhaustion 
International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health 2015

Gerber, M., Jonsdottir, I.H., Arvidson E., Lindwall M, Lindegård A. Promoting Graded Exercise as a Part of Multimodal Treatment in Patients Diagnosed with Stress-Related Exhaustion 
Journal of clinical nursing, 2015

Lennartsson A-K, Sjörs A, Währborg P, Ljung T, Jonsdottir IH Burnout and hypocortisolism – a matter of severity? A study on ACTH and cortisol responses to acute psychosocial stress 
Frontiers in Psychiatry, February 2015

Lindwall M., Gerber M, Börjeson M, Jonsdottir I.H., Ahlborg Jr G. The relationship of change in physical activity with change in depression, anxiety, and burnout: A longitudinal study of Swedish health care workers. 
Health Psychol, Nov 2014  svenska

Gerber, M, Jonsdottir I.H, Lindwall M, Ahlborg Jr. G. Physical Activity in Employees with Differing Occupational Stress and Mental Health Profiles: A Latent Profile Analysis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Augusti 2014

Sjörs A, Ljung T, Jonsdottir IH. Diurnal salivary cortisol in relation to perceived stress at home and at work in healthy men and women. 
Biol. Psychol, April 2014 

Glise K, Ahlborg G Jr, Jonsdottir IH. Prevalence and course of somatic symptoms in patients with stress related exhaustion: Does sex or age matter? 
BMC Psychiatry, 2014 

Lennartsson AK, Billig H, Jonsdottir IH. Burnout is associated with elevated prolactin levels in men but not in women. 
Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Maj 2014 

Hasselberg K, Jonsdottir I, Ellbin S and Skagert K, Self-reported stressors among patients with Exhaustion Disorder: an exploratory study of patient records
BMC Psychiatry, 2014

Maeland S, Werner E.L., Rosendal M:, Jonsdottir I.H. Magnussen L.H., Ursin H., Eriksen H.R. Sick-leave decisions for patients with severe subjective health complaints presenting in primary care: A cross-sectional study in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. 
Scand J Prim Health Care, Oktober 2013

Arvidson, E., Börjesson, M., Ahlborg G., Lindegård A., Jonsdottir I.H. The level of leisure time physical activity is associated with work ability- a cross sectional and prospective study of health care workers. 
BMC Public Health, September 2013

Lennartsson A-K, Theorell T, Rockwood A, Kushnir MM, Jonsdottir IH. Perceived stress at work is associated with lower levels of DHEA-S. 
PLoS One, Augusti 2013 

Gerber M, Jonsdottir, I.H., Kalak N, Pühse U, Holsboer-Trachsler E, Brand S. Objectively assessed vigorous physical activity is associated with increased hair cortisol concentrations in young adults. 
Stress, Augusti 2013

Gerber, M, Lindwall M, Lindegård A, Börjesson M. Jonsdottir I.H. Cardiorespiratory Fitness Protects Against Stress-Related Symptoms of Burnout and Depression. 
Patient Educ Couns, April 2013 

Lennartsson A-K, Theorell T, Kushnir MM, Bergquist J, Jonsdottir IH. Perceived stress at work is associated with attenuated DHEA-S response during acute psychosocial stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, Februari 2013

Lundgren Å, Jonsdottir IH, Ahlborg GA, Tennant A. The internal (factorial) construct validity of the Psychological General Well Being Index (PGWBI) in a sample of patients undergoing treatment for stress-related exhaustion. 
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 2013

Sjörs A, Jansson P-A, Eriksson J, Jonsdottir IH. Increased insulin secretion and decreased glucose levels, but not allostatic load, are related to stress-related exhaustion in a clinical patient population 
Stress, Januari 2013

Jonsdottir IH, Nordlund A, Glise K, Ellbin S, Ljung T, Währborg P and Wallin A. Cognitive impairment in patients with stress-related exhaustion 
Stress, Mars 2013

Maeland S, Werner EL, Jonsdottir I.H., Rosendal M, Magnussen L.H, Ursin H and Eriksen HR. Diagnoses of patients with severe subjective health complaints in Scandinavia. A cross sectional study. 
ISRN Public Health, september 2012

Rödjer L, Jonsdottir IH, Rosengren A, Björck L, Grimby G, Thelle DS, Lappas G, Börjesson M. Self-reported leisure time physical activity: a useful assessment tool in everyday health care.
BMC Public Health, Augusti 2012

Sjörs A, Ljung T, Jonsdottir I.H. Long-term follow-up of cortisol awakening response in patients treated for stress-related exhaustion.
BMJ Open, 2012

Lennartsson A-K, Kushnir MM, Bergquist J, Billig H and Jonsdottir IH. Sex steroid levels temporarily increase in response to acute psychosocial stress in healthy men and women. 
International Journal for Psychophysiology, Juni 2012 

Lindwall M, Hadžibajramović E, Ljung T, Jonsdottir IH. Self-reported physical activity, but not aerobic fitness, is related to mental health. 
Mental health and physical activity, 2012 

Lennartsson A-K, Kushnir MM, Bergquist J, Jonsdottir IH. DHEA and DHEA-S response to acute psychosocial stress in healthy men and women 
Biological Psychology, Maj 2012

Glise K, Ahlborg G Jr and Jonsdottir I.H. Course of mental illness in patients with stress-related exhaustion. Does gender and age make a difference? 
BMC Psychiatry, Mars 2012

Lundgren-Nilsson A, Jonsdottir IH, Pallant J, Ahlborg G Jr. Internal construct validity of the Shirom-Melamed Burnout questionnaire (SMBQ). 
BMC Public Health, Januari 2012 

Lennartsson A-K and Jonsdottir IH. Prolactin response to acute pshychosocial stress in healthy men and women. 
Psychoneuroendocrinology, November 2011

Jonsdottir I.H, Borjesson M, Ahlborg G Jr. Healthcare workers' participation in a healthy-lifestyle-promotion project in western Sweden. 
BMC Public Health, Juni 2011

Jonsdottir I.H,, Rödjer L., Hadzibajramovic E., Börjesson M., Ahlborg Jr G. A prospective study of leisure time physical activity and mental health in Swedish health care workers and social insurance officers. 
Prev Med, November 2010

Glise K, Hadzibajramovic E, Jonsdottir IH, Ahlborg G Jr. Self-reported exhaustion: a possible indicator of reduced work ability and increased risk of sickness absence among human service workers.
Int Arch Occup Environ Health, Juni 2010

Jonsdottir IH, Hägg DA, Glise K, Ekman R. Monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1) and growth factors called into question as markers of prolonged psychosocial stress. 
PLoS One, November 2009

Mannerås L, Jonsdottir IH, Holmäng A, Lönn M, Stener-Victorin E. Low Frequency Electro-Acupuncture and Physical Exercise Improve Metabolic Disturbances and Modulate Gene Expression in Adipose Tissue in Rats with Dihydrotestosterone-Induced Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Endocrinology. 2008 Jul;149(7):3559-68.

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