Professor, Counseling Psychology
While his research spans many areas—from poverty and oppression to culture and counseling—David Blustein’s study of the roles of work in psychological functioning has transformed counseling and vocational psychology. His expertise also includes unemployment, decent work, precarious work, relationships and work, the future of work, STEM career development for marginalized high school students, and other aspects of the radically changing world of labor.
Blustein earned his doctorate at Columbia University and received a master’s degree from Queens College and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has been awarded fellowships from the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association. He has also received several other honors, including the John Holland Award for Outstanding Achievement in Personality and Career Research. The International Labor Organization recently invited him to join a network of experts examining the future of work.
Blustein has been with the Lynch School since 1999. He has authored over 100 scholarly articles, more than 20 book chapters, and two books. He is currently completing a book titled The Impact of Work in an Age of Uncertainty, to be published by Oxford University Press.