Christina Maslach
Professor of the Graduate School
3325 Tolman Hall
Office Hours: 
by appointment
Ph.D., Stanford University
Research Area: 
Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 
Social: job burnout and health psychology; individuation and dissent, gender roles
  • whatshotResearch Description

    Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award

    Christina Maslach received her A.B., magna cum laude, in Social Relations from Harvard-Radcliffe College in 1967, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1971. She has conducted research in a number of areas within social and health psychology. However, she is best known as one of the pioneering researchers on job burnout, and the author of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), the most widely used research measure in the burnout field. In addition to numerous articles, her books on this topic include Burnout: The Cost of Caring; the co-edited volume, Professional Burnout: Recent Developments in Theory and Research (with Wilmar Schaufeli); and three publications with Michael Leiter -- The Truth About Burnout ; Preventing Burnout and Building Engagement: A Complete Program for Organizational Renewal ; and Banishing Burnout: Six Strategies for Improving Your Relationship with Work. The two latest publications are based on Professor Maslach's work as a consultant with various organizations on issues of job burnout.

    In 1997, Professor Maslach received national recognition as Professor of the Year, an award made by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Among Professor Maslach's other honors are the presidency of the Western Psychological Association, the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Social Sciences Service Award from the University of California at Berkeley , and her selection as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (which cited her "For groundbreaking work on the applications of social psychology to contemporary problems").

    Professor Maslach is currently the Chair of the Academic Senate.  Her prior administrative positions include the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Faculty Assistant (to the Chancellor) on the Status of Women, and Vice-Chair of the Psychology Department. She also chaired the Chancellor's Commission on Responses to a Changing Student Body and wrote its final report, Promoting Student Success at Berkeley.

  • placeSelected Publications

    Maslach, C., Leiter, M. P., & Jackson, S. E.  (2012).  Making a significant difference with burnout interventions: Researcher and practitioner collaboration.  Journal of Organizational Behavior33, 296-300.  [published online 12 October 2011, DOI: 10.1002/job.784]

    Maslach, C. (2011).  Engagement research:  Some thoughts from a burnout perspective.  European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology20, 47-52.

     Goncalo, J. A., Polman, E., & Maslach, C.  (2010). Can confidence come too soon?  Collective efficacy, conflict and group performance over time. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes113, 13-24.

    Krause, N., Rugulies, R., & Maslach, C.  (2009).  Effort-reward imbalance at work and health status among Las Vegas hotel room cleaners.  American Journal of Industrial Medicine, DOI 10.1002/ajim.20728.

    Boucher, H. C., & Maslach, C.  (2009).  Culture and individuation:  The role of norms and self-construals.  Journal of Social Psychology149, 677-693.

    Schaufeli, W. B., Leiter, M. P., & Maslach, C.  (2009).  Burnout:  Thirty-five years of research and practiceCareer Development International14 (3), 204-220. 

    Leiter, M. P., & Maslach, C. (2009). Nurse turnover:  The mediating role of burnout.  Journal of Nursing Management17, 331-339.

    Maslach, C., Leiter, M. P., & Schaufeli, W. B.  (2009).  Measuring burnout.    In C. L. Cooper & S. Cartwright (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of organizational well-being (86-108).  Oxford UK:  Oxford University Press.

    Maslach, C., & Leiter, M. P.  (2008).  Early predictors of job burnout and engagement.  Journal of Applied Psychology93, 498-512.

    Leiter, M. P., & Maslach, C. (2005). A mediation model of job burnout. In Antoniou, A. S., & Cooper, C. L. (Eds.), Research companion to organizational health psychology (544-564). Elgar Publishing.

    Maslach, C. (2005). Understanding burnout: Work and family issues. In D. F. Halpern & S. E. Murphy (Eds.), From work-family balance to work-family interaction: Changing the metaphor (99-114). Mahwah , NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Paletz, S. B. F., Peng, K., Erez, M., & Maslach, C. (2004). Ethnic composition and its differential impact on group processes in diverse teams. Small Group Research, 35, 128-157.

    Leiter, M. P., & Maslach, C. (2004). Areas of worklife: A structured approach to organizational predictors of job burnout. In P. L. Perrewe & D. C. Ganster (Eds.), Research in occupational stress and well-being (Vol. 3, 91-134). Oxford : Elsevier.

    Maslach, C. (2003). Job burnout: New directions in research and intervention. Current Directions in Psychological Science , 12, 189-192.

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

    Maslach, C., Jackson, S. E., & Leiter, M. P. (1996).  The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI).  Third edition, Consulting Psychologists Press.                As of 2010, the MBI is published and distributed by Mind Garden, 

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