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David Blustein


Golden Eagle Faculty Fellow


CDEP Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology


David L. Blustein is a Professor and the Golden Eagle Faculty Fellow in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at Boston College. Dr. Blustein 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: The Eroding Experience of Work in America. He has instrumental in developing psychology of working theory, which represents an inclusive and social justice-informed perspective on the role of work in people's lives and in their communities. Dr. Blustein has contributed numerous articles and book chapters on psychology of working theory, unemployment, career development/counseling, psychotherapy, decent work, dignity at work, precarious work, relationships and work, social class, race, and other aspects of contemporary working. He also has consulted with national and international organizations, such as the International Labor Organization, OECD, and the United Nations Development Program.

  • Coordinating a global psychology of working network
  • Participating in joint research teams in Israel, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, and France
  • Developing multinational measurement tools to assess decent work


Blustein, D. L., Grzanka, P. R., Gordon, M., Smith, C. M., & Allan, B. A. (in press). The psychology of precarity: A critical framework. American Psychologist.

Blustein, D. L., Lysova, E. I., & Duffy, R. D. (2023). Understanding decent work and meaningful work. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 10, https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-031921-024847.

Blustein, D. L., Smith, C. M., Wu, X., Guarino, P. A., Joyner, E., Milo, L., & Bilodeau, D. C. (2022). “Like a tsunami coming in fast”: A critical qualitative study of precarity and resistance during the pandemic. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000615.

Blustein, D. L, Perera, H. N, Diamonti, AJ, Gutowski, E, Meerkins, T, Davila, A, Erby, W, & Konowitz, L. (2020). The uncertain state of work in the U.S.: Profiles of decent work and precarious work. Journal of Vocational Behavior. 122. 103481.

Blustein, D. L., Duffy, R., Ferreira, J. A., Cohen-Scali, V., Cinamon, R. G., & Allan, B. A. (2020). Unemployment in the time of COVID-19: A research agenda. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 119, 103436.

Blustein, D. L. (2019). The importance of work in an age of uncertainty: The eroding work experience in America. NY: Oxford University Press.

Blustein, D. L., Ali, S. R., & Flores, L. (2019). Vocational psychology: Expanding the vision and enhancing the impact. The Counseling Psychologist, 47, 166-221.

Select Appointments & Awards

Leona Tyler Award for Lifetime Achievement in Counseling Psychology, 2022

Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, 2018

Eminent Career Award, National Career Development Association, 2018

Distinguished Leadership Award in Psychology, Committee of Socio-Economic Status, APA, 2016

Distinguished Achievement Award, Society for Vocational Psychology, 2013

Extended Research Award, American Counseling Association, 2011

Fellow—National Career Development Association, 2009

Fellow—American Educational Research Association, 2008

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

Fellow--American Psychological Association, Division of Counseling Psychology
(Division 17), 1996.