Assistant Professor, Older Adults & Families and Health & Mental Health
Erika Sabbath, ScD, joined the School of Social Work faculty in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor in the Older Adults & Families and Health & Mental Health concentrations.
Dr. Sabbath is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on the contribution of workplace exposures to health disparities at older ages. Her studies have found that long-term exposure to occupational chemicals, work-family conflict, and other work stressors are associated with social disparities in long-term health and mortality risks. She also researches the shorter-term health and economic consequences of psychosocial occupational exposures and workplace policies and practices. She is particularly interested in understanding and addressing the health risks facing low-wage workers. Dr. Sabbath has authored and co-authored publications that have appeared in leading medical, public health, and occupational health journals such as Neurology, American Journal of Public Health, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Prior to coming to BCSSW, Dr. Sabbath completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University Center for Population and Development Studies. She holds a joint doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Paris XI-Sud. She is currently the principal investigator of a K01 career development award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She is also the principal investigator of a large five-year project within the Harvard Center for Work, Health, and Wellbeing, also funded by NIOSH, that aims to determine the associations between work organizational factors and outcomes for workers, patients, and employers in acute care hospital settings.