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About me

I am a senior researcher specializing in work and organizational psychology; at KI I work as researchgroup leader for Procome.

My research focuses on understanding organizational change on different levels. More specifically, I am interested in understanding the implementation and change processes and particularly leadership that can faciliate these processes. Moreover, I am intrested in  intervention design and evaluation and I have a strong focus on work environement research, where I have been investigating work stressors such as job insecurity as well as their mechanisms.

I also work as Assistant Head of the Unit for Implementation and Evaluation at Centrum for epidemiology and community medicine (CES) and run a research project on the implemention and evaluation of the activity based office at GIH.






Docent/Associate Professor in Psychology, Stockholm University


PhD in Psychology, Stockholm University, Department of Psychology

PhD thesis: Job Insecurity and Its Consequences: Investigating Moderators, Mediators and Gender


Licensed Psychologist with a specialization in work and organizational psychology and medicine, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Psychology, Germany

Research description

Leadership during implementation

Healthcare organizations need to undergo changes constantly to adopt the newest technologies and implement evidence-based methods 1 in order to secure the best quality care, patient safety and cost efficiency as required by the Health and Medical Services Act (1982:763). Therefore, successful implementations are in particular important for these organizations. One key factor that affects the implementation success is leadership. However, besides the importance of leadership, we know little about how and which leadership is important in implementation.

In my research I focus on the investigation of effective leadership behavior during an implementation process. A leadership training is developed focusing on strengthening leadership behaviors of line managers. This research has been conducted in collaboration with Centrum för epidemiologi och samhällsmedicin (CES).

Grants related to this reserach:

  • Leadership- Key to successful implementation in healthcare (AFA AFA dnr: 140114) PI: Anne Richter

Read more about this project in Swedish media:

Suntarbetsliv 2014

Suntarbetsliv 2018

Read more about the products with developed as part of the project as well as find the invitation to participate in the leadership training.

Work environment

Organizational changes have resulted in increased occupational stress, which has not only affected the workforce negatively in terms of health and work outcomes, but at the same time organizations are affected through decreased productivity and increased costs that arise with the decreased well-being of their employees. When translating this occupational stress into hard financial facts, it has been found that stress at work is one of the most costly factors for organizations, the society as well as insurance companies.

One of the stressors that has contributed to an increase in stress levels and a decrease of the working environment quality is job insecurity, which has been defined as the uncertainty about the future employment and/or employment conditions.

In my reserach I focus on the investigation of mechanisms that consist of inter-individual differences in the employees’ reaction to job insecurity as well as to study the factors that connect job insecurity to its negative outcomes in order to get a more holistic understanding of this important phenomenon as well as make job insecurity research applicable in organizations.


Grants related to this reserach:

  • Identification of individual and organizational mechanisms of job insecurity. (FORTE dnr 2012-0947) PI: Anne Richter
  • Positive psychology in the context of job insecurity (AFA arbetsmiljö post doc 2011)

Läs mer här.

The Swedish  healthcare sector is one of the sectors where gender segregation is most visible with over 90% female employees. Reports have over and over shown the alarming fact that women have been on sick leave more frequently and longer. In the search for the causes of this societal problem working
conditions in the female dominated sectors have been identified as problematic. Another problem in health care are the continuous changes to employees' work practices for patientsto receive updated and high quality care. However, 2/3 of these changes fail, resulting in negative consequences for patients, employees and organizational efficiency. Hence, there are two challenges health care needs to approach to create sustainability, where a) changes in work practices are realized to provide high quality care, but at the same time b) where employees can maintain a good health. This is the target of a new project we work on.

Grants related to this reserach:

Research visits:


Department of Psychology, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. Collaboration with Kathleen Otto


Department of Psychology, KU Leuven, Belgium. Collaboration with Hans De Witte, Tinne Vander Elst


Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (DBOS), Claremont Graduate University (CGU), USA.

Collaboration with Stewart Donaldson and Meghana (Meg) Rao


Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Collaboration with Saija Mauno, Anne Mäkikangas and Ulla Kinnunen



Academic honours, awards and prizes


Global Bridges to Advance Health Care Research Careers for Junior Researchers

Post doctoral fellowship  AFA (Arbetsmiljö Post dok)

ICPSR scholarship from the Swedish national data service


The associations between job insecurity, depressive symptoms and burnout: The role of performance-based self-esteem
Blom V, Richter A, Hallsten L, Svedberg P

The Need for Dual Openness to Change: A Longitudinal Study Evaluating the Impact of Employees' Openness to Organizational Change Content and Process on Intervention Outcomes
Augustsson H, Richter A, Hasson H, Schwarz Uv

iLead-a transformational leadership intervention to train healthcare managers' implementation leadership
Richter A, Von Thiele Schwarz U, Lornudd C, Lundmark R, Mosson R, Hasson H
Implementation science : IS 2016;11():108-

Walking the tightrope-perspectives on local politicians' role in implementing a national social care policy on evidence-based practice
Bäck A, Ståhl C, Von Thiele Schwarz U, Richter A, Hasson H
International journal of mental health systems 2016;10():75-

Job insecurity and work-family conflict in teachers in Sweden: Examining their relations with longitudinal cross-lagged modeling
Richter A, Näswall K, Lindfors P, Sverke M
PsyCh journal 2015;4(2):98-111

Work and Sleep--A Prospective Study of Psychosocial Work Factors, Physical Work Factors, and Work Scheduling
Åkerstedt T, Garefelt J, Richter A, Westerlund H, Magnusson Hanson Ll, Sverke M, et al
Sleep 2015;38(7):1129-36

Work-family conflict, emotional exhaustion and performance-based self-esteem: reciprocal relationships
Richter A, Schraml K, Leineweber C

Job insecurity and well-being: The moderating role of job dependence
Richter A, Naswall K, Bernhard-oettel C, Sverke M

Threat of losing valued job features: The role of perceived control in mediating the effect of qualitative job insecurity on job strain and psychological withdrawal
Vander Elst T, Richter A, Sverke M, Naswall K, De Cuyper N, De Witte H
WORK AND STRESS 2014;28(2):143-164

Coping with job insecurity Exploring effects on perceived health and organizational attitudes
Richter A, Naswall K, De Cuyper N, Sverke M, De Witte H, Hellgren J

Job insecurity and its relation to work-family conflict: Mediation with a longitudinal data set
Richter A, Naswall K, Sverke M

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