Judith A. Richman


University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Psychiatry
1601 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone: (312) 413-4527
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Richman JA, Cloninger L, Rospenda KM. “Macro Level Stressors, Terrorism, and Mental Health Outcomes: Broadening the Stress Paradigm.” American Journal of Public Health, 98: 323-329, 2008.

Richman JA, Zlatoper KW, Ehmke JLZ, Rospenda KM. “Retirement and drinking outcomes:  Lingering effects of workplace stress?”  Addictive Behaviors, 31: 767-776, 2006. 

Richman JA, Rospenda KM, Flaherty JA, Freels S, Zlatoper KW. “Perceived organizational tolerance for workplace harassment and distress and drinking over time.” Women and Health, 40(4):1-23, 2004.

Richman JA, Wislar JS, Flaherty JA, Fendrich M, Rospenda KM.  “Effects
on alcohol use and anxiety of the September 11, 2001, attacks and chromic work stressors: A longitudinal cohort study”, American Journal of Public Health, 94: 2010-2015, 2004.

Richman JA, Shinsako SA, Rospenda KM, Flaherty JA.  `“Workplace
Harassment/Abuse and Alcohol-related Outcomes: The Mediating Role of Psychological Distress.”  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 63(4): 412-419, 2002.

Richman JA, Jason LA. “Gender Biases Underlying the Social Construction of Illness States:   The Case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”  Current Sociology, 49: 15-29, 2001.

Richman JA, Rospenda KM, Nawyn SJ, Flaherty JA, Fendrich M,  Drum ML, Johnson TP. “Sexual Harassment and Generalized Workplace Abuse Among University Employees: Prevalence and Mental Health Correlates.”  American Journal of Public Health, 89:358-363, 1999.

Richman JA, Flaherty JA, Rospenda KM. “Perceived Workplace Harassment Experiences and Problem Drinking Among Physicians: Broadening the Stress/Alienation Paradigm.” Addiction, 91:391-403, 1996.

Richman JA, Flaherty JA, Rospenda KM. “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Have Flawed Assumptions Been Derived from Treatment-Based Studies?” American Journal of Public Health,  84:282-284, 1994.

Richman JA, Flaherty JA, Rospenda KM, Christensen ML. “Mental Health Consequences and Correlates of Medical Student Abuse.”  JAMA, 267: 692-694, 1992.


Judith A. Richman, Ph.D.

Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry

Dr. Richman is a sociologist and psychiatric epidemiologist who has been the Principal Investigator on NIH-funded longitudinal studies for the past 25 years. She has addressed psychosocial contributors to: 1)changes in alcohol use and abuse among male and female physicians during medical school and residency training, 2) changes in depression and alcohol use and abuse among males and females across the transition to parenthood, 3) the impact of sexual harassment and generalized workplace abuse on distress and deleterious alcohol outcomes over a 10 year time period,  and 4) the impact of 9/11/01 and fears of future terrorist attacks on distress and alcohol use and abuse. She has also been involved in research on the community prevalence of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and gender biases in the social construction of this contested disease state. She is currently engaged in a study of the impact of the “Great Recession” on distress and deleterious drinking outcomes. She is on the editorial board of several journals and has served on NIH study section review groups.


Macro-level stressors including the “Great Recession” and the continuing impact of the events of 9/11/01 on mental health and drinking outcomes; sexual harassment and generalized abuse in the workplace as etiological determinants of depression, anxiety and deleterious drinking outcomes.


Currently two NIAAA-funded studies: 1. Macro-level stressors, Terrorism and Drinking Outcomes and 2. Harassment, Cumulative Adversity and Drinking Outcomes. She is also a collaborator in research on drinking among college students and a community study of the prevalence and determinants of chronic fatigue syndrome.