Eva Torkelson

Senior Lecturer, Associate professor

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychology



My research is mainly in the area of psychosocial work environment, stress, coping and health. I am also involved in research related to health psychology in a project focusing on brain research from medical, socio-cultural and psychological perspectives.


Project 1

Organizational change, stress and coping

(Assocate Prof Eva Torkelson, and Prof Tuija Muhonen, Malmö University)

Downsizing stress and coping was the focus of a study, financed by the County Council in Skane. The aim of the study was to examine how women and men perceive and cope with stress during organizational change.


Project 2

A gender perspective on coping and health in a Swedish telecom company

(Coordinator Associate Prof Eva Torkelson and Prof Tuija Muhonen, Malmö University)

A project of stress, coping, health and gender was financed by AMF (AMF insurance). The project was examining how employees in a telecom company perceive and cope with stress at work and how the coping strategies and health effects are related to gender and managerial level.


Project 3

Collective and individualistic coping with workplace stress

(Coordinator Associate Prof Eva Torkelson, Prof Tuija Muhonen, Malmö University and Prof José Maria Peiró, Valencia University, Spain)

In a project, financed by FORTE (The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare), the focus was on stress and coping as collective phenomenon. The objective of the project was to investigate collective stress and coping and the relationship to mental health problems. A further aim was to see how these aspects are related to gender and power positions within the organization.


Project 4

Workplace incivility as a social process in the organization

(Coordinator Associate Professor Eva Torkelson, Prof Martin Bäckström and MSc Kristoffer Holm)

The project was financed by FORTE (The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare) and aims at contribute further knowledge about workplace incivility as a social process including the instigators, the targets as well as the bystanders. From the perspective of the instigators the aim was to study aspects that can be seen as antecedents of the process. From a target perspective the focus was on the consequences, in terms of low job satisfaction, well-being and turnover intentions. The aim of the bystander perspective was to see whether those employees who witness workplace incivility may be affected in a negative way and whether they themselves will become prone to participate in the process. A further aim was to study the prevalence of the phenomenon in Sweden and to see if workplace incivility is reported more frequently by specific groups.


Project 5

Treatments of the Future. NA editing for treatment of Huntingtons disease (Coordinator Prof Deniz Kirik, Brain repair and Imaging in Neural Systems, LU) 

Focus group interviews about the participation in medical experimental study of Huntington's disease, sub project, Cultural- and social science research team, CSSRT. (Coordinator Prof Susanne Lundin, Associate Prof Eva Torkelson, Lecturer Niclas Hagen, and Msc Marsanna Petersen).

Although relatively rare, the Huntington´s disease (HD) has fatal consequences. There is no cure for the disease, which leads to an early death. The project is special in its design since it involves both medical studies and socio-cultural and psychological research to explore and meet the many challenges that experimental trials with HD patients give rise to. The aim of the present study, financed by VR (The Swedish Research Council), was to investigate the viewpoints of individuals affected by HD on the issues of participation and exerting influence if taking part in a medical study on gene therapy that previously had not been tested on humans.

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