Charlotta Nilsen

Charlotta Nilsen


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Works at Department of Psychology
Visiting address Frescati Hagväg 16A
Postal address Psykologiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University. I am also an affiliated researcher in ARC’s (Aging Research Center) social gerontology group. My primary research interests include social gerontology and occupational epidemiology, and I defended my thesis with the title: “Can psychosocial working conditions contribute to healthy and active aging?” in 2018. I am or have been involved in research projects related to social exclusion, living alone, informal care, retirement, sense of coherence, leisure and social participation, and long-term consequences of working conditions on health and cognitive and physical function after retirement. I am a board member of the Swedish Gerontological Society.


Course director

  • Public health implications of an aging population, Karolinska Institutet 
  • Working life, Aging, and Health, Stockholm University


  • Public health implications of an aging population, Karolinska Institutet, doctoral level
  • Working life, Aging, and Health, Stockholm University, bachelor level
  • Aging and health, Jönköping University, master level
  • Society and health, Karolinska Institutet, bachelor level


Research projects

The emergence of a new conflict to work-life balance among older workers? The dual threat of “caregiver-burden” and challenging working conditions. Karolinska Institutet. PI: Charlotta Nilsen. Funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life, and Welfare (Forte).

The fruits of labor: Investigating the influence of working conditions on the initiation and duration of the fourth age. Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University. PI: Charlotta Nilsen. Funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life, and Welfare (Forte).

Pushed to the edge of society: Social exclusion among older women and men in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet. PI: Lena Dahlberg. Funded by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life, and Welfare (Forte).

Psychosocial working conditions and late-life physical functioning: What role do gender, socioeconomic position, work-life balance, and coping play? Karolinska Institutet. PI: Ingemar Kåreholt. Funded by Marianne and Marcus Foundation.



Shaw, B. A., Dahlberg, L., Nilsen, C., & Agahi, N. (2020). Trends in the Mortality Risk of Living Alone during Old Age in Sweden, 1992–2011. Journal of aging and health, 0898264320930452.

Nilsen C, Andel R, Agahi N, Fritzell J, Kåreholt I. (2020) The association between psychosocial working conditions and leisure activity in old age. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health,1403494820901404

Pandey, N., Darin-Mattsson, A., & Nilsen, C. (2020). Working conditions mediate the association between social class and physical function in older age in Sweden: a prospective cohort study. BMC Public Health20(1), 1-11.

Piiroinen, I., Tuomainen, T. P., Tolmunen, T., Kauhanen, J., Kurl, S., Nilsen, C., ... & Voutilainen, A. (2020). Sense of coherence and mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Nilsen C, Andel R, Darin-Mattson A, Kåreholt I. (2019) Psychosocial working conditions across working life may predict late-life physical function: a follow-up cohort study. BMC Public Health, 19(1), 1-9. 

Nilsen C, Agahi N & Shaw BA. (2018). Does the association between leisure activities and survival in old age differ by living arrangement? J Epidemiol Community Health, 72(1), 1-6.

Nilsen C. (2017). Do Psychosocial Working Conditions Contribute to Healthy and Active Aging? Studies of Mortality, Late-life health, and Leisure. Stockholm: Karolinska Institutet; Doctoral thesis.

Nilsen C, Agahi N, Kåreholt I. (2017). Work stressors in late midlife and physical functioning in old age. Journal of Aging and Health, 29(5), 893-911.

Nilsen C, Andel R, Fritzell J, Kåreholt I. (2016). Work-related stress in midlife and all-cause mortality: can sense of coherence modify this association? The European Journal of Public Health, 26 (6):1055-1061.

Sindi S, Hagman G, Håkansson K, Kulmala J, Nilsen C, Kåreholt I, Soininen H, Solomon A, Kivipelto M. (2016). Midlife Work-Related Stress Increases Dementia Risk in Later Life: The CAIDE 30-Year Study. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 72(6), 1044-1053.

Nilsen C, Andel R, Fors S, Meinow B, Mattsson AD & Kåreholt I. (2014). Associations between work-related stress in late midlife, educational attainment, and serious health problems in old age: a longitudinal study with over 20 years of follow-up. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 1.

Parker V, Andel R, Nilsen C, Kåreholt I. (2013) The association between mid-life socioeconomic position and health after retirement – exploring the role of working conditions. Journal of Aging and Health, 25 (5): 863–81.


Last updated: November 2, 2020

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