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Dr. Christina Maslach  

Professor at University of California, Berkeley; Wife Of Dr. Philip Zimbardo

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.

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