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Robert Karasek

Robert Karasek


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Robert A Karasek
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Public Health
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3274
  • Email

Education

  • Ph D: Sociology & Labor Relations, (1976), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
  • MS: Civil Engineering, (1974), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
  • MA: Architecture, (1968), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
  • BA: Architecture, (1966), Princeton University - Princeton, NJ

Selected Awards and Honors

  • APA/NIOSH Lifetime Career Achievement Award for "Better understanding of the causes, effects, and prevention of stress at work (2011), Service, Professional - APA/NIOSH
  • Lifetime Career Achievement Awd (2011) - Am Psychological Assoc / NIOSH
  • Samuel A. Stouffer Fellowship (1975), Scholarship/Research - MIT/Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies
  • Labor Doctoral Dissertation Grant (1974), Scholarship/Research - U.S. Department of Labor
  • Pre-dissertation Grant Work and Leisure Project at Institute for Social Research, Stockholm (1973), Scholarship/Research - Western European Studies, Harvard University
  • Hult Fellowship Award (1971), Scholarship/Research - New York City Construction Industry
  • Fulbright Scholar: A Study of Housing Systems and Their Use in Town Planning (1968), Scholarship/Research - Royal Institute of Building and Planning Research, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Blumcraft Prize for Architectural Design (1965), Scholarship/Research - Princeton Univ
  • General Motors National Merit Scholarship (1962), Scholarship/Research - Princeton Univ

Selected Publications

  • Canivet, C., Choi, B., Karasek, R.A., Moghaddassi, M., Staland-Nyman, C., �stergren, P.O. (2012) "Can high psychological job demands, low decision latitude, and high job strain predict disability pensions? A 12-year follow-up of middle-aged Swedish workers", International archives of occupational and environmental health pp. 1-13
  • Lindeberg, S.I., Rosvall, M., Choi, B., Canivet, C., Isacsson, S.O., Karasek, R.A., �stergren, P.O. (2011) "Psychosocial working conditions and exhaustion in a working population sample of Swedish middle-aged men and women", European journal of public health 21:2 pp. 190-196
  • Choi, B., �stergren, P.O., Canivet, C., Moghadassi, M., Lindeberg, S., Karasek, R.A., Isacsson, S.O. (2011) "Synergistic interaction effect between job control and social support at work on general psychological distress", International archives of occupational and environmental health 84:1 pp. 77-89
  • Clays, E., De Bacquer, D., Crasset, V., Kittel, F., De Smet, P., Kornitzer, M., Karasek, R.A., De Backer, G. (2011) "The perception of work stressors is related to reduced parasympathetic activity", International archives of occupational and environmental health 84:2 pp. 185-191
  • Canivet, C., �stergren, P.O., Lindeberg, S.I., Choi, B., Karasek, R.A., Moghaddassi, M., Isacsson, S.O. (2010) "Conflict between the work and family domains and exhaustion among vocationally active men and women", Social Science and Medicine 70:8 pp. 1237-1245
  • Karasek, R.A., Collins, S., Clays, E., Bortkiewicz, A., Ferrario, M. (2010) "Description of a large-scale study design to assess work-stress-disease associations for cardiovascular disease", International journal of occupational medicine and environmental health 23:3 pp. 293-312
  • Choi, B., Schnall, P.L., Yang, H., Dobson, M., Landsbergis, P., Israel, L., Karasek, R.A., Baker, D. (2010) "Psychosocial working conditions and active leisure-time physical activity in middle-aged us workers", International journal of occupational medicine and environmental health 23:3 pp. 239-253
  • Collins, S., Karasek, R.A. (2010) "Reduced vagal cardiac control variancein exhausted and high strain job subjects", International journal of occupational medicine and environmental health 23:3 pp. 267-278
  • Choi, B., Schnall, P.L., Yang, H., Dobson, M., Landsbergis, P., Israel, L., Karasek, R.A., Baker, D. (2010) "Sedentary work, low physical job demand, and obesity in US workers", American Journal of Industrial Medicine 53:11 pp. 1088-1101
  • Choi, B., Bjorner, J.B., Ostergren, P.O., Clays, E., Houtman, I., Punnett, L., Rosengren, A., De Bacquer, D., Ferrario, M., Bilau, M., Karasek, R.A. (2009) "Cross-language differential item functioning of the job content questionnaire among European Countries: The JACE study", International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 16:2 pp. 136-147
  • Choi, B., Kawakami, N., Chang, S., Koh, S., Bjorner, J., Punnett, L., Karasek, R.A. (2008) "A cross-national study on the multidimensional characteristics of the five-item psychological demands scale of the job content questionnaire", International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 15:2 pp. 120-132
  • Karasek, R.A. (2008) "Low social control and physiological deregulation - The stress-disequilibrium theory, towards a new demand-control model", Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, Supplement 6 pp. 117-135
  • Canivet, C., Ostergren, P.O., Choi, B., Nilsson, P., Af Sillen, U., Moghadassi, M., Karasek, R.A., Isacsson, S.O. (2008) "Sleeping problems as a risk factor for subsequent musculoskeletal pain and the role of job strain: Results from a one-year follow-up of the Malm shoulder neck study cohort", International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 15:4 pp. 254-262
  • Cho, S.I., Eum, K.D., Choi, B.K., Paek, D., Karasek, R.A. (2008) "Social class, job insecurity and job strain in Korea", Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, Supplement 6 pp. 60-65
  • Choi, B.K., Clays, E., De Bacquer, D., Karasek, R.A. (2008) "Socioeconomic status, job strain and common mental disorders - An ecological (occupational) approach", Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, Supplement 6 pp. 22-32
  • de Ara�jo, T.M., Karasek, R.A. (2008) "Validity and reliability of the job content questionnaire in formal and informal jobs in Brazil", Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, Supplement 6 pp. 52-59
  • Choi, B., Kawakami, N., Chang, S., Koh, S., Bjorner, J., Punnett, L., Karasek, R.A. (2008) "A cross-national study on the multidimensional characteristics of the five-item psychological demands scale of the Job Content Questionnaire.", International journal of behavioral medicine 15:2 pp. 120-32
  • Clays, E., Leynen, F., De Bacquer, D., Kornitzer, M., Kittel, F., Karasek, R.A., De Backer, G. (2007) "High job strain and ambulatory blood pressure in middle-aged men and women from the Belgian Job Stress study", Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 49:4 pp. 360-367
  • Eum, K.D., Li, J., Jhun, H.J., Park, J.T., Tak, S.W., Karasek, R.A., Cho, S.I. (2007) "Psychometric properties of the Korean version of the job content questionnaire: Data from health care workers", International archives of occupational and environmental health 80:6 pp. 497-504
  • Karasek, R.A., Choi, B., Ostergren, P.O., Ferrario, M., De Smet, P. (2007) "Testing two methods to create comparable scale scores between the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) and JCQ-like questionnaires in the European JACE study", International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 14:4 pp. 189-201
  • Myers, D.J., Kriebel, D., Karasek, R.A., Punnett, L., Wegman, D.H. (2007) "The social distribution of risk at work: Acute injuries and physical assaults among healthcare workers working in a long-term care facility", Social Science and Medicine 64:4 pp. 794-806
  • Lahiri, S., Moure-Eraso, R., Flum, M., Tilly, C., Karasek, R.A., Massawe, E. (2006) "Employment conditions as social determinants of health. Part I: the external domain.", New solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NS 16:3 pp. 267-288
  • Karasek, R.A. (2006) "The stress-disequilibrium theory: Chronic disease development, low social control, and physiological de-regulation", Medicina del Lavoro 97:2 pp. 258-271
  • Myers, D., Kriebel, D., Karasek, R.A., Punnett, L., Wegman, D. (2005) "Injuries and assaults in a long-term psychiatric care facility: an epidemiologic study.", AAOHN journal : official journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. 53:11 pp. 489-498
  • Collins, S.M., Karasek, R.A., Costas, K. (2005) "Job strain and autonomic indices of cardiovascular disease risk", American Journal of Industrial Medicine 48:3 pp. 182-193
  • Myers, D., Kriebel, D., Karasek, R.A., Punnett, L., Wegman, D. (2005) "Injuries and Assaults in a Long-Term Psychiatric Care Facility", AAOHN Journal 53:11 pp. 489
  • Myers, D., Kriebel, D., Karasek, R.A., Punnett, L., Wegman, D. (2005) "Injuries and assaults in a long-term psychiatric care facility: an epidemiologic study.", AAOHN journal : official journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses 53:11 pp. 489-98
  • Collins, S.M., Karasek, R.A., Costas, K. (2005) "Job strain and autonomic indices of cardiovascular disease riskInstitution where work was performed: Department of Work Environment, School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell", American Journal of Industrial Medicine 48:3 pp. 182
  • Collins, S.M., Karasek, R.A., Costas, K. (2005) "Job strain and autonomic indices of cardiovascular disease risk.", American journal of industrial medicine 48:3 pp. 182-93
  • Karasek, R.A. (2004) "A tool for creating healthier workplaces: The conducivity process", Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 24:5 pp. 471-479
  • Karasek, R.A. (2004) "A vacuum in political and economic labor policy?", Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 24:4 pp. 353-365
  • Karasek, R.A. (2004) "An alternative economic vision for healthy work: Conducive economy", Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 24:5 pp. 397-429
  • Karasek, R.A. (2004) "An analysis of 19 international case studies of stress prevention through work reorganization using the demand/control model", Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 24:5 pp. 446-456
  • Karasek, R.A. (2004) "Environmental benefits: Clean and conducive production", Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 24:5 pp. 469-470
  • Karasek, R.A. (2004) "Job socialization: The carry-over effects of work on political and leisure activities", Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 24:4 pp. 284-304
  • Karasek, R.A. (2004) "The social behaviors in conducive production and exchange", Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society 24:5 pp. 457-468
  • Collins, S.M., Karasek, R.A. (2003) "Job strain and electrocardiograph assessed pathophysiologic mechanisms", 2003
  • MacDonald, L.A., Karasek, R.A., Punnett, L., Scharf, T. (2001) "Covariation between workplace physical and psychosocial stressors: Evidence and implications for occupational health research and prevention", Ergonomics 44:7 pp. 696-718
  • Steenland, K., Fine, L., Belkić, K., Landsbergis, P., Schnall, P., Baker, D., Theorell, T., Siegrist, J., Peter, R., Karasek, R.A., Marmot, M., Brisson, C., Tüchsen, F. (2000) "Research findings linking workplace factors to CVD outcomes.", Occupational medicine (Philadelphia, Pa.) 15:1 pp. 7-68
  • Levi, L., Bartley, M., Marmot, M., Karasek, R.A., Theorell, T., Siegrist, J., Peter, R., Belkić, K., Savić, C., Schnall, P., Landsbergis, P. (2000) "Stressors at the workplace: theoretical models.", Occupational medicine (Philadelphia, Pa.) 15:1 pp. 69-106
  • Karasek, R.A. (1999) "Labour participation and work quality policy: outline of an alternative economic vision.", WHO regional publications.European series 81: pp. 169-239
  • Karasek, R.A. (1998) "Labour participation and work quality policy: Outline of an alternative economic vision", World Health Organization Regional Publications - European Series 81 pp. 169-239
  • Karasek, R.A., Brisson, C., Kawakami, N., Houtman, I., Bongers, P., Amick, B. (1998) "The Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ): an instrument for internationally comparative assessments of psychosocial job characteristics.", Journal of occupational health psychology 3:4 pp. 322-355
  • Karasek, R.A. (1997) "Labor participation and work quality policy: Requirements for an alternative economic future", Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 23:SUPPL. 4 pp. 55-65
  • Theorell, T., Karasek, R.A. (1996) "Current issues relating to psychosocial job strain and cardiovascular disease research.", Journal of occupational health psychology 1:1 pp. 9-26
  • Pickering, T.G., Rosch, P.J., Theorell, T., Karasek, R.A., Hlatky, M.A. (1996) "Job strain and the prevalence and outcome of coronary artery disease [3]", Circulation 94:5 pp. 1138-1341
  • Karasek, R.A. (1996) "Job strain and the prevalence and outcome of coronary artery disease.", Circulation 94:5 pp. 1140-1141
  • Rosch, P.J., Theorell, T., Karasek, R.A. (1995) "Should heart attack patients return to stressful jobs?", Stress Medicine 11:4 pp. 219-220
  • Theorell, T., Karasek, R.A., Eneroth, P. (1990) "Job strain variations in relation to plasma testosterone fluctuations in working men - A longitudinal study", Journal of internal medicine 227:1 pp. 31-36
  • Schnall, P.L., Pieper, C., Schwartz, J.E., Karasek, R.A., Schlussel, Y., Devereux, R.B., Ganau, A., Alderman, M., Warren, K., Pickering, T.G. (1990) "The relationship between 'job strain', workplace diastolic blood pressure, and left ventricular mass index. Results of a case-control study", Journal of the American Medical Association 263:14 pp. 1929-1935
  • Theorell, T., Karasek, R.A. (1989) "Can the number of myocardial infarctions be reduced by improving the psychosocial work environment?", Lakartidningen 86:16 pp. 1455-1456
  • Reed, D.M., LaCroix, A.Z., Karasek, R.A., Miller, D., MacLean, C.A. (1989) "Occupational strain and the incidence of coronary heart disease", American Journal of Epidemiology 129:3 pp. 495-502
  • Karasek, R.A. (1989) "The political implications of psychosocial work redesign: a model of the psychosocial class structure", International Journal of Health Services 19:3 pp. 481-508
  • Pieper, C., LaCroix, A.Z., Karasek, R.A. (1989) "The relation of psychosocial dimensions of work with coronary heart disease risk factors: A meta-analysis of five United States data bases", American Journal of Epidemiology 129:3 pp. 483-494
  • Schwartz, J.E., Pieper, C.F., Karasek, R.A. (1988) "A procedure for linking psychosocial job characteristics data to health surveys", American Journal of Public Health 78:8 pp. 904-909
  • Karasek, R.A., Theorell, T., Schwartz, J.E., Schnall, P.L., Pieper, C.F., Michela, J.L. (1988) "Job characteristics in relation to the prevalence of myocardial infarction in the US Health Examination Survey (HES) and the Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (HANES)", American Journal of Public Health 78:8 pp. 910-918
  • Turner, J.A., Karasek, R.A. (1984) "Software ergonomics: Effects of computer application design parameters on operator task performance and health", Ergonomics 27:6 pp. 663-690
  • Karasek, R.A., Theorell, T.G., Schwartz, J. (1982) "Job, psychological factors and coronary heart disease. Swedish prospective findings and US prevalence findings using a new occupational inference method", Advances in Cardiology Vol. 29: pp. 62-67
  • Alfredsson, L., Karasek, R.A., Theorell, T. (1982) "Myocardial infarction risk and psychosocial work environment: An analysis of the male Swedish working force", Social Science and Medicine 16:4 pp. 463-467
  • Karasek, R.A., Russell, R.S., Theorell, T. (1982) "Physiology of stress and regeneration in job related cardiovascular illness", Journal of human stress 8:1 pp. 29-42
  • Karasek, R.A., Baker, D., Marxer, F., Ahlbom, A., Theorell, T. (1981) "Job decision latitude, job demands, and cardiovascular disease: A prospective study of Swedish men", American Journal of Public Health 71:7 pp. 694-705
  • Ahlbom, A., Karasek, R.A., Theorell, T. (1980) "Psychosocial stress during work and the risk of cardiovascular death", Lakartidningen 77:46 pp. 4243-4245

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • UML region - New Research Collaborations (), Sponsored Research - UML
  • Current Grant Funding: Job Stress and Cardiovascular Disease Research (2011), Grant - Kerr Institute
  • UML region - New Research Collaborations (2011), Sponsored Research - UML