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Project for Research on Work and Well-being

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Kathleen M. Rospenda PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
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.

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Lea Cloninger PhD

  • Research Specialist
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Karissa Frazier BA

  • Research Assistant
  • MPH Candidate, UIC
  • Community Health Sciences
  • Maternal and Child Health and Global Health Concentrations
Karissa Frazier is currently a second year MPH student in the Community Health Sciences division with concentrations in Maternal and Child Health and Global health. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2018. She joined the Psychiatry department in the Fall of 2019 as a Research Assistant under Dr. Rospenda. She will be assisting on an ongoing research project involving the long-term health impacts of exposure to workplace harassment.

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Wanting (Tracy) Lin PhD, JD

  • Visiting Senior Research Specialist

Wanting received her PhD in Public Health Sciences (Health Policy and Administration) from the School of Public Health at UIC in 2019. Her dissertation work focused on whether nursing home regulation is associated, or can lead to, better quality of care in nursing facilities, including antipsychotic drug use.

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