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  2. Kathleen M. Rospenda

Kathleen M. Rospenda PhD

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

Dr. Rospenda’s research centers on occupational stress and its impact on the mental health, physical health, and drinking behavior of employees. She is a leading researcher in the area of workplace harassment. She has had several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, including the first representative national study of workplace harassment and discrimination, use of health and mental health services, and alcohol use/abuse. Her current research involves the investigation of how conflict between work and caregiving roles impacts mental health and drinking behavior in a community sample, and a project to assess how workplace and school experiences of harassment and bullying influences the drinking behavior of college students over time. Dr. Rospenda is also an Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty in UIC’s School Public Health.

  • psychiatry

    Occupational health psychology, particularly the role of work in mental health; workplace harassment and discrimination; job stress; work-family conflict; gender and work; alcohol and substance use and abuse.

  • Active:

    Principal Investigator of R01 AA018138, “Gender, Harassment and Drinking among College Students,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse on Alcoholism.  7/10/10-3/31/15.

    Principal Investigator of R01 AA015766, “Work-family Conflict and Drinking in Caregivers,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.  9/1/05-6/30/11.
    Co-Investigator on  R01 AA017202, “Macro Level Stressors, Terrorism, and Drinking Outcomes.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (PI: Judith Richman, Ph.D.)  6/1/09-5/31/11.

    Co-Investigator on R01 AA09989, “Harassment, Cumulative Adversity, and Drinking Outcomes,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (PI: Judith Richman, Ph.D.).  5/1/05-4/30/11.

    Consultant on 2T42OH008672, “Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center,” National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Centers for Disease Control. (PI: Lorraine Conroy, Sc.D.).  7/1/08-6/30/13.

    Research Mentor on “Impact of Bullying and Stressors on Nursing/Patient Outcomes,” funded by a Pilot Project Research Training Program Grant from the National Institute of Occupational Health, via the Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center at UIC (NIOSH T42 OH008672). (PI: Jenny Hoobler, Ph.D.). 6/1/10-5/31/11.

    Scientific Advisory Board Member on R18 OH009574, “More than Training: Workers’ Rights Centers Empowering Hazard Awareness/Response,”  Centers for Disease Control. (PI: Linda Forst, M.D.).  9/1/08-8/31/11

  • Completed:

    Principal Investigator of R01 AA13332, “Workplace Harassment, Services Utilization, and Drinking,” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 

    Co-Investigator of R01 AA09989, “Harassment, Gender, and Drinking: An Epidemiologic Study,”  National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  (PI: Judith Richman, Ph.D.). 

  • Hoobler, J.M., Rospenda, K.M., Lemmon, G. & Rosa, J. (in press).  A within-subject longitudinal study of the effects of positive job experiences and generalized workplace harassment on well-being.  Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

    Brown, L.P., Rospenda, K.M., Sokas, R.K., Conroy, L., Freels, S. & Swanson, N.G. (in press). Evaluating the association of workplace psychosocial stressors with occupational injury, illness, and assault.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.

    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

    Richman, J. A., Rospenda, K. M., & Cloninger, L. (2009). Terrorism, distress, and drinking: Vulnerability and protective factors. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 197(12), 909-917. doi:10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181c29a39

    Minich, L.M., Rospenda, K.M. & Richman, J.A. (2009).  Mental health service utilization and drinking outcomes in a national population: Are there racial/ethnic differences?  Journal of Addictive Diseases, 28(4), 281-293.  doi:10.1080/10550880903182952

    Richman, J.A., Shannon, C., Rospenda, K.M., Flaherty, J.A. & Fendrich, M. (2009).  The relationship between terrorism and distress and drinking: Two years after September 11, 2001.  Substance Use and Misuse, 44(12), 1665-1680. doi:10.3109/10826080902961989

    Shannon, C.A., Rospenda, K.M., Richman, J.A. & Minich, L.M. (2009).  Race, racial discrimination, and the risk of occupational illness, injury or assault: Findings from a national study.  Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 51(4), 441-448.  doi:10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181990c17

    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

    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

    Richman, J.A., Cloninger, L. & Rospenda, K.M. (2008).  Macro level stressors, terrorism, and mental health outcomes: Broadening the stress paradigm.  American Journal of Public Health, 98(2), 323-329.

Title Description Investigator(s) Category Status
Gender, Harassment and Drinking among College Students 7/10/10-3/31/16. R01 AA018138.  National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institute on Drug Abuse. Project for Research on Work and Well-being On-going