Johanna Gripenberg's research group

Our research group aims at developing and expanding the knowledge in the field of ANDTG-prevention (Alcohol, Narcotics, Doping, Tobacco, and Gambling) and related problems. We are researchers with competencies in the areas of public health, psychology, communication sciences, criminology, natural sciences, and social work.

Prevention of Substance Use and Related Problems

The research group is an integral part of STAD (Stockholm Prevents Alcohol and Drug Problems) and our research is interdisciplinary and methodologically based on both a quantitative and a qualitative approach.

We conduct applied research based on a systems theory approach to prevention, which includes interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration between key stakeholders. In co-production with the stakeholders, we then act to develop, implement and evaluate methods aimed to have an impact on the availability and demand for substances within the community. Evaluation is a key area for our research group. Evaluations are both formative and summative and systematically examine implementation processes and final results of STAD’s prevention work in the society.

A major focus of our research is to evaluate substance use preventive interventions at entertainment venues and interventions targeting at-risk groups such as children who have parents with substance use problems. Effect evaluations as well as process and implementation studies are many times being conducted locally within municipalities, but also at schools, training centers/gyms, and digital environments. 

Further information about STAD’s work can be found on

Selected Research Projects

  • Development and evaluation of substance use prevention in the nightlife setting
  • Development and evaluation of an alcohol preventive intervention at football arenas
  • Development and evaluation of “100% Pure Hard Training” – a doping preventive intervention at gyms
  • Development and evaluation of digital interventions targeted to adolescents and young adults whose parents have alcohol or drug problems
  • Evaluation of “Group Violence Intervention” – a joint collaborative effort between the Police authorities, The Swedish Prison and Probation Service, and the Social Services to reduce homicide and gun violence
  • Evaluation of the Police authority’s and other stakeholders’ work toward Open Drug Scenes

Selected publications

Feltmann, K., Gripenberg, J., & Elgán, T.H. Compliance checks decrease cigarette sales rates to pseudo-underaged mystery shoppers: A quasi-experimental control group study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19:13161

Kvillemo, P., Strandberg, A.K., Elgán, T.H., & Gripenberg, J. Facilitators and barriers in preventing doping among recreational athletes: a qualitative interview study among police officers. Frontiers in Public Health. 2022; 10:1017801

Elgán. T.H., Durbeej, N., Holder, H.D., & Gripenberg, J. Effects of a multi-component alcohol prevention intervention at sporting events: a quasi-experimental control group study. Addiction, 2021; 116(10):2663-2672

Feltmann, K., Elgán, T.H., Strandberg, A.K., Kvillemo, P., Jayaram-Lindström, N., Grabski, M., Waldron, J., Freeman, T., Curran, H.V., & Gripenberg, J. Illicit drug use and associated problems in the nightlife scene: a potential setting for preventionInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021; 18(9):4789

Duch, M., Gervilla, E. Juan, M., Guimarães, C., Kefauver, M, Elgán, T.H., Gripenberg, J., & Quigg, Z. Effectiveness of a community-based intervention to increase supermarket vendors' compliance with age restrictions for alcohol sales in Spain: a pilot study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2020; 17(16):5991

Strandberg, A., Elgán, T.H., Feltmann, K., Jayaram-Lindström, N., & Gripenberg, J. Illicit drugs in the nightlife setting: Changes in employee perceptions and drug use over a fifteen year period. Substance Use & Misuse, 2020; 55(13):2116-2128

Feltmann, K., Elgán, T.H., & Gripenberg, J. High levels of alcohol intoxication and strong support for restrictive alcohol policies among music festival visitors. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 2019; 14(1):15

Sherk, A., Stockwell, T., Chikritzhs, T., Andréasson, S., Angus, C., Gripenberg, J., Holder, H., Holmes, H., Mäkelä, P., Mills, M., Norström, T., Ramstedt, M., & Woods, J. Alcohol consumption and the physical availability of take-away alcohol: Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the days and hours of sale and outlet density. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 2018; 79(1), 58-67

Arnaud, N., Baldus, C., Elgán, T.H., De Paepe, N., Tönnesen, H., Csemy, L., and Thomasius, R. Effectiveness of a web-based screening and fully automated brief motivational intervention for adolescent substance use: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 2016; 18(5):e103

Gripenberg Abdon, J., Wallin, E., and Andréasson, S. Long-term effects of a community-based intervention: 5-year follow-up of ‘Clubs against Drugs’. Addiction, 2011; 106(11):1997-2004


Group members

Content reviewer:
Ann Hagerborn