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David L. Blustein

counseling, developmental, and educational psychology department

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Campion Hall
Room 315

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Ph.D., Columbia University
M.S., Queens College
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook


Psychology of working; work-based transitions; interface of mental health and work/poverty; school to work transition; decent work agenda; human rights and working; career development; relational theories; immigration, race, culture, and working.


Distinguished Leadership Award, Committee on Socio-Economic Status, American Psychological Association, 2016. 

Distinguished Achievement Award, Society for Vocational Psychology, 2013.

Extended Research Award, American Counseling Association, 2011.

The 2009 Outstanding Career Development Quarterly article, 2009.

Presidential Recognition Award: National Career Development Association, 2008.

Fellow: American Educational Research Association, 2008; National Career Development Association; American Psychological Association.

Outstanding Achievement Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology and Sage Publications for the following article published in The Counseling Psychologist, 2005:  An emancipatory communitarian approach ot vocational development theory, research, and practice.

John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Career and Personality Research-- Division of Counseling Psychology (Division 17), American Psychological Association (August 1998).


Selected Publications

Blustein, D.L., Connors-Kellgren, A., Olle, C., & Diamonti, A. (in press).  Promising career and workforce development practices in supporting the needs of unemployed populations.  In V.S. Solberg & S. Ali (Eds.), Handbook of career and workforce development: Practice and policy.  NY: Routledge. 

Duffy, R.D., Blustein, D.L., Diemer, M.A., & Autin, K.L. (2016).  The Psychology of Working Theory.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 127-148.

Blustein, D.L., Kozan, S., Connors-Kellgren, A., & Rand, B. (2015).  Social class and career intervention.  In P. Hartung, M.L. Savickas, & Walsh, W.B.,  The APA handbook of career intervention.  Washington, DC: APA. 

Blustein, D.L., Kenny, M.E., & Kozan, S. (2014).  Education and work as human birthrights: Eradicating poverty through knowledge, innovation, and colaboration. In United Nations Development Program (Ed.), Barriers to and opportunities for poverty reduction:  Prospects for private sector led-interventions.  Istanbul: UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development.

Blustein, D.L. (Ed.)(2013). The Oxford Handbook of the psychology of working. NY: Oxford University Press.

Blustein, D.L., Kozan, S., & Connors-Kellgren, A. (2013). Unemployment and underemployment: A narrative analysis about loss.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 82, 256-265.

Blustein, D.L., Barnett, M., Mark, S., Depot, M., Lovering, M., Lee, Y., Hu, Q., Kim, J., Backus, F., Dillon-Lieberman, K., & DeBay, D.(2013). Examining urban students' constructions of a STEM/career development intervention over time.  Journal of Career Development, 40, 40-67.

Blustein, D.L., (2011). A relational theory of working. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 1-17.

Marfleet, P., & Blustein, D.L. (2011).  'Needed not wanted': Irregular migrants and the world of work.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 78, 381-389.

Blustein, D.L. (2008). The role of work in psychological health and well-being: A conceptual, historical, and public policy perspective.  American Psychologist, 63, 228-240.

Blustein, D.L. (2006).  The psychology of working: A new perspective for counseling, career development, and public policy. NY: Routledge.


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