Berkeley’s Christina Maslach Selected to Receive an Award From the National Science Foundation

Christina Maslach, professor emerita of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, has been honored with this year’s National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Reviewing for her pioneering research on job burnout and worker wellbeing. The prize comes with $25,000.

Dr. Maslach, who joined Berkeley’s faculty in 1971, is the creator of a workplace exhaustion measure, known as the Maslach Burnout Inventory, which continues to be cited as a standard evaluator of job-related mental stress. The scale is used to measure workers’ exhaustion, depersonalization, and sense of diminished personal accomplishment. The original paper proposing the Maslach Burnout Inventory has been cited nearly 6,000 times

During her long career at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Maslach has served as vice provost for undergraduate education and as chair of the Academic Senate. She is currently president of the Western Psychological Association.

Professor Maslach is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in social relations. She holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University.

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