Christina Maslach
Professor of the Graduate School
Ph.D., Stanford University
Research Area: 
Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 
Social: job burnout; organizational and health psychology; individuation and dissent; gender roles
  • whatshotResearch Description

    Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award

    Christina Maslach is a Professor of Psychology (Emerita) and a core researcher at the Healthy Workplaces Center at the University of California, Berkeley.  She received her A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard-Radcliffe College (1967), and her Ph.D. from Stanford University (1971), and has been on the Berkeley faculty since then.  

    Professor Maslach is the pioneer of research on the definition, predictors and measurement of job burnout. This work is the basis for the 2019 decision by the World Health Organization (WHO), to include burnout as an occupational phenomenon, with health consequences, in the ICD-11.  She created the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), the most widely used instrument for measuring job burnout, and has written numerous articles and books, including The Truth About Burnout. Several of her articles have received awards for their significance and high impact, including her longitudinal research on early burnout predictors, which was honored in 2012 as one of the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 300 management journals in the world.  Recently, she received the 2017 Application of Personality and Social Psychology Award, as well as several lifetime career achievement awards.  In 2020, she received the award for Scientific Reviewing, for her work on burnout, from the National Academy of Sciences.  She also consults on the identification of sources of burnout and potential interventions. 

    In addition to her research achievements, Professor Maslach is recognized as an outstanding teacher, having received a national award as Professor of the Year (1997), and both the Distinguished Teaching Award (1987) and the Berkeley Citation (2009) from UC-Berkeley.  She is also an accomplished administrator, having served as the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Instructional Technology, and as the Chair of the Academic Senate (twice) at UC-Berkeley.  She has also served twice as the president of the Western Psychological Association, most recently in 2020 when WPA celebrated its 100th anniversary.  Currently, she is involved in a project on Berkeley women faculty, in which she is interviewing those who joined the faculty in the 1970s, after the historic low point of women faculty in the late 1960s.

  • placeSelected Publications

    Maslach, C., & Leiter, M. P. (in press, 2021).  Making the world a better place:  What burnout can teach us.  Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press.

    Montgomery, A., Panagopoulou, E., Esmail, A., Richards, T., & Maslach, C. (2019).  Burnout in healthcare:  The case for organizational change.  The BMJ, 366:14774 (1-5).                           

    Maslach, C., & Banks, C. G. (2017).  Psychological connections with work.  In C. L. Cooper & M. P. Leiter (Eds.), The Routledge companion to wellbeing at work (37-54).  NY: Routledge.

    Maslach, C.  (2017).  Finding solutions to the problem of burnout. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 69, 143-152.

    Maslach, C., Jackson, S. E., Leiter, M. P., Schaufeli, W. B., & Schwab, R. L.  (2017).  Maslach Burnout Inventory Manual. Fourth edition.  Menlo Park, CA:  Mind Garden.

    Maslach, C., & Leiter, M. P.  (2017).  Understanding burnout:  New models.  In C. L. Cooper & J. C. Quick (Eds.), The handbook of stress and health:  A guide to research and practice (36-56).  NY: Wiley. 

    Leiter, M. P., & Maslach, C.  (2016).  Latent burnout profiles:  A new approach to understanding the burnout experience.  Burnout Research, 3, 89-100.

    Maslach, C., & Leiter, M. P.  (2016). Understanding the burnout experience: Recent research and its implications for psychiatry. World Psychiatry, 15, 103-111.

    Leiter, M. P., Bakker, A. B., & Maslach, C. (Eds.)  (2014).  Burnout at work:  A psychological perspective.  London, UK:  Psychology Press.

    Maslach, C., Leiter, M. P., & Jackson, S. E.  (2012).  Making a significant difference with burnout interventions: Researcher and practitioner collaboration.  Journal of Organizational Behavior, 33, 296-300. 

    Maslach, C., & Leiter, M. P.  (2008).  Early predictors of job burnout and engagement.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 498-512.

    Maslach, C., Schaufeli, W. B., & Leiter, M. P. (2001).  Job burnout.  In S. T. Fiske, D. L. Schacter, & C. Zahn-Waxler (Eds.), Annual Review of Psychology (Vol. 52, 397-422).

    Maslach, C., & Leiter, M. P.  (1997).  The truth about burnout.  San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass. 

    Schaufeli, W. B., Maslach, C., & Marek, T. (Eds.).  (1993).  Professional burnout:  Recent developments in theory and research.  Washington, DC:  Taylor & Francis.

    Maslach, C. (1982).  Burnout:  The cost of caring.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Prentice-Hall.  Reprinted in 2003; Cambridge, MA:  Malor Books.



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