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David Blustein, PhD - Psychological Responses to Radical Changes in the Workplace: Resisting Precarity and Marginalization
Part of the Department of Psychology Colloquium Series on the Big Problems Being Solved with Psychology.

This presentation will describe the radical shifts in the workplace related to growing precarity, marginalization, and commodification. As a response to these changes (which have been underway for many decades), I present an overview of theory and research that have been informed by research and advocacy in vocational and counseling psychology, particularly within the psychology of working community. Psychology of working theory is reviewed as the conceptual framework for research, practice, and public policy responses to growing inequity and marginalization at work. I will then summarize recent and forthcoming research that explicates the nature and consequences of transformative changes at work. The presentation will include a review of a new evidence-based practice initiative that is designed for vulnerable workers and unemployed adults. The colloquium will conclude with implications for public policy and opportunities for questions and comments from the audience.

Mar 31, 2023 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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David Blustein, PhD
Professor @Boston College
David L. Blustein is a Professor and Golden Eagle Faculty Fellow in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at Boston College. David received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College-Columbia University. David is the author of The Psychology of Working: A New Perspective for Career Development, Counseling, and Public Policy and The Importance of Work in an Age of Uncertainty. He has been instrumental in developing psychology of working theory, which is an inclusive and social justice-informed perspective of work. In addition, David has conducted research on unemployment, work-based interventions, decent work, interface of work and mental health, and relationships and work. He also has consulted with the International Labor Organization, OECD, and the United Nations Development Program.