We represent a collaborative effort of researchers, practitioners, and advocates who care deeply about equity, access to opportunity, and the inherent human rights of working people and their families. The team leaders of this network are David Blustein and Amy Mazur. David is a professor of counseling psychology at Boston College, and Amy is a career specialist with the JVS Boston.
Who We Are
Team Leader, WIN Program
Professor & Golden Eagle Faculty Fellow, Counseling Psychology (Boston College)
Lynch School 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.
Project Coordinator, WIN Program
Career Development Specialist & Counselor Educator
Amy Mazur, M.Ed., and WIN Project Coordinator is a Career Development Specialist and Counselor Educator who has been working in the field for over 20 years, and who is committed to recognizing how contexts and systems in which clients locate themselves are critical to understanding how an individual develops beliefs and generates options. Her expertise includes educating, training and mentoring professionals in career and workforce development on using counseling skills to foster growth and change.
Prior to her work in private practice and as Lead Career Counselor at JVS Boston, Amy created and coordinated the Career Counselors’ Consortium Northeast Professional Development Seminars Series. As adjunct faculty at Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Amy taught Vocational Development & Career Counseling. Currently, she trains and mentors career professionals locally, regionally, and nationally, and her recent work focuses on the effects of self-blame on long-term unemployed workers.
Amy received her M.Ed from Harvard University in Counseling & Consulting Psychology, and her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC), and is a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the association from which she holds the Master Career Development Professional (MCDP) designation.
Blake A. Allan
Associate Professor & Program Director, Counseling Psychology (University of Houston)
Allan is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Counseling Psychology at the University of Houston. His specific area of interest is investigating the predictors and outcomes of work quality, operationalized as underemployment, precarious work, meaningful work, and decent work.
Rachel Cinamon Gali
Professor of Career Development, School of Education (Tel Aviv University)
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Kelsey Autin, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Autin's broad research area is the psychology of working. She explores role that work plays in people's lives and how working can support or hinder people's physical, social, and psychological well-being. Her recent work has focused on two main areas. The first is understanding what contextual factors help people obtain decent jobs. The second is women's career development, particularly as it relates to reproductive autonomy, pregnancy, and early motherhood.
Joaquim A. Ferreira
Full Professor & Chair, Department of Education Developmental and Counseling Psychology (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
Joaquim A. Ferreira is a Full Professor and Chair Department of Education Developmental and Counseling Psychology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His main areas of interest are school and work-based transitions, decent work, and well-being.
Adjunct Professor, College of Education (Lehigh University)
Saliha Kozan, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Clinical Services at the Boston University Danielsen Institute. She has a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston College where her dissertation explored psychologists’ engagement in social justice advocacy. Dr. Kozan’s clinical interests include anxiety and depression; complex-PTSD; relationship and work-related concerns; identity, cultural, sexual, and spiritual/religious concerns; and marginalization-based stressors. She uses a trauma-informed and culturally responsive approach to psychotherapy integrating methods from various therapy models including relational/psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
Kozan’s goal is to help clients access their inner strengths in order to foster psychological well-being and growth as a whole person. To forge a direct connection between clinical practice and social justice research, Dr. Kozan has also been involved in research projects and presentations. She has co-authored peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters focusing on the intersections of mental health, social justice, work/career, and culture.
Associate Professor, College of Social & Behavioral Science (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Sharone is an associate professor at the College of Social & Behavioral Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Ofer’s research focuses on career transitions, work and unemployment. His studies are primarily cross-national comparisons and utilize in-depth interviews and participant observations.
Ph.D. Candidate, Counseling Psychology (Boston College)
Camille is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. She currently works as a graduate research assistant for David Blustein on projects related to career development, unemployment and underemployment, and the psychology of work. She has a M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University and a B.A. in Psychology and English/Creative Writing.
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry (Boston University School of Medicine)
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology (Boston College)
Brian Stevenson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UMass Chan Medical School and Adjunct Instructor at Boston College Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology. His clinical and research interests are focused on developing, implementing, and testing vocational interventions for people living with mental health and substance use disorders.
Professor, Counseling Psychology (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP, is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a licensed and registered Health Service Psychologist. Applications of her research agenda occur within two primary domains: vocational and educational development and mental health and psychotherapy.