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Kathleen 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.

View Dr. Rospenda's full profile on the UIC Department of Psychiatry's website. 

Professional Memberships

Research Currently in Progress

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


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.).