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Kathleen M. Rospenda PhD

Kathleen M. Rospenda
  • Professor of Psychology
  • UIC Department of Psychiatry
Gender Pronouns
  • she/her
Contact Information
  • rospenda [at]
  • (312) 413-4528
  • School of Public Health / Psychiatric Institute (SPHPI)
    1601 W. Taylor St.
    SPHPI MC 912
    Chicago IL 60612
  • Room #:481

Dr. Kathy Rospenda is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and an Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty in UIC’s School Public Health. From 2018-2022, she was the Director of the Targeted Research Training Program in the Great Lakes Center for Occupational Health and Safety. She is an affiliate of the UIC Center for Healthy Work, a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. 

Dr. Rospenda’s research centers on occupational stressors and their impact on mental health, physical health, and drinking behavior. She is a leading researcher in the area of workplace harassment. Primarily funded by the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) since 2002, Dr. Rospenda conducted the first representative national study of workplace harassment and discrimination, use of health and mental health services, and alcohol use/abuse, and the first study investigating the impact of harassment experiences at work and school on college student drinking behavior over time. She has also researched the impact of conflict between work and caregiving roles on mental health and drinking behavior in a community sample.

Currently, Dr. Rospenda is conducting an NIAAA-funded follow-up study investigating the long-term effects of prior chronic exposure to sexual harassment and generalized workplace harassment on health, mental health, substance misuse, and mortality. Dr. Rospenda is also Co-PI on a national survey project to identify the impact of chronic stressors on substance misuse among middle-aged adults. She is a Co-Investigator on the Greater Lawndale Healthy Work Project, a community-based participatory research project  to better understand how work impacts community health and to identify community solutions to promote worker health, funded by NIOSH. 

  • psychiatry

    Stress and mental health; alcohol and substance misuse

  • Selected first-authored publications:

    Rospenda, K.M., Fujishiro, K., McGinley, M., Wolff, J.M. & Richman, J.A. (2017). Effects of Workplace Generalized and Sexual Harassment on Abusive Drinking Among First Year Male and Female College Students: Does Prior Drinking Experience Matter? Substance Use and Misuse, 52(7), 892-904. PMC5515543

    Rospenda, K.M., Richman, J.A., Wolff, J.M. & Burke, L.A. (2013). Bullying Victimization Among College Students: Negative Consequences for Alcohol Use.  Journal of Addictive Diseases, 32(4), 325-342. doi: 10.1080/10550887.2013.849971. PMC3861792

    Rospenda, K.M., Minich, L.M., Milner, L.A. & Richman, J.A. (2010).  Caregiver Burden and Alcohol Use in a Community Sample.  Journal of Addictive Diseases, 29(3), 314-324. doi:10.1080/ 10550887.2010.489450.  PMC2906825

    Rospenda, K.M., Richman, J.A. & Shannon, C.A. (2009).  Prevalence and Mental Health Correlates of Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace: Results from a National Study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 819-843. doi:10.1177/0886260508317182.  PMC3979593

    Rospenda, K.M., Fujishiro, K., Shannon, C.A. & Richman, J.A. (2008).  Workplace Harassment, Stress, and Drinking Behavior Over Time: Gender Differences in a National Sample. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 964-967. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2008.02.009.  PMC2442899

    Rospenda, K.M., Richman, J.A., & Shannon, C.A. (2006).  Patterns of Workplace Harassment, Gender, and Services Use: An Update.  Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 11, 379-393. PMID17059301

    Rospenda, K.M., Richman, J.A., Ehmke, J.L.Z., & Zlatoper, K.W. (2005).  Is Workplace Harassment Hazardous to Your Health?  Journal of Business and Psychology, 20, 95-110. 

    Rospenda, K.M. & Richman, J.A. (2004).  The Factor Structure of Generalized Workplace Harassment.  Violence and Victims, 19, 221-238.  PMID15384456

    Rospenda, K.M., Richman, J.A., & Nawyn, S.J. (1998).  Doing power: The Confluence of Gender, Race, and Class in Contrapower Sexual Harassment.  Gender & Society, 12, 40-60.

Title Description Investigator(s) Category Status
Chronic Stressors and Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Middle-aged Adults This national mixed methods study addresses the most salient psychosocial causes of increased substance use and increased midlife mortality of US adults, comparing differences by race/ethnicity. Project for Research on Work and Well-being On-going
Workplace Harassment, Macro-Level Stressors, Substance Use and Health Outcomes: A Long-Term Follow Up This project is a 25-year follow-up of participants from a prior study, to investigate the long term health effects of exposure to chronic workplace harassment, including psychopathology and substance abuse.   Project for Research on Work and Well-being On-going
Gender, Harassment and Drinking among College Students This web-based longitudinal cohort study followed nearly 3000 college students from Illinois colleges and universities at 6 points across 4 years of college. Project for Research on Work and Well-being Completed
Work-family Conflict and Drinking in Caregivers This study used a combination of random digit dial (RDD) telephone recruiting and self-report mail survey methodology to conduct a 3-wave panel study of employed men and women with unpaid caregiving responsibilities, in the Chicago metropolitan area.  This study extended previous research on work-family conflict (WFC) by: 1) using a comprehensive measure of WFC to furthe Project for Research on Work and Well-being Completed

*System-generated list from psychiatry research website.