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Erika L. Sabbath, ScD

Assistant Professor
Boston College School of Social Work

Erika Sabbath is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Boston College, in the Older Adults & Families and Health & Mental Health concentrations. She holds a joint doctorate from the University of Paris XI-Sud and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Sabbath is the principal investigator of a K01 career development award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

A social epidemiologist, Dr. Sabbath has studied the consequences of workplace stressors, both long and short-term, on health and well-being. In terms of long-term stressors, her research has looked at the long-term effects of workplace exposure to occupational chemicals, work-family conflict, and other work stressors on health disparities and mortality risks.  In terms of short-term stressors, she has looked at the consequences of other work stressors such as inflexibility, low supervisor support, and bullying. Her research has been published in journals including Neurology, American Journal of Public Health, and European Journal of Public Health.


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  • Sabbath, EL, Mejia Guevara, I, Glymour, MM, Berkman, LF (2015). “Using life course work-family profiles to predict mortality risk among American women.” American Journal of Public Health. 105(4): e96–e102 [PDF].
  • Sabbath, EL, Lubben, J, Goldberg, M, Berkman, LF (in press). “The retirement dividend: Social engagement and the retirement transition in a cohort of retired French utility workers.” European Journal of Ageing.
  • Berkman, LF, Zheng, Y, Avendano, M, Börsch-Supan, A, Glymour, MM, Sabbath, EL (2015). “Mothering alone: cross-national comparisons of later-life disability and health among women who were single mothers.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health [PDF].
  • Sabbath, EL, Gutierrez, LA, Okechukwu, CA, Singh-Manoux, A, Amieva, H, Goldberg, M, Zins, M, Berr, C. (2014). “Time may not fully attenuate solvent-associated cognitive impairment in highly exposed workers.” Neurology 2014 (82): 1716–23.
  • Sabbath, EL, Hurtado, DA, Okechukwu, CA, Tamers, SL, Nelson, CC, Kim, SS, Wagner, GR, Sorensen, G. (2014). “Exposure to workplace abuse and risk of injury among health care workers.” American Journal of Industrial Medicine 57 (2): 222-32.
  • Nelson, CC, Wagner, G, Caban-Martinez, A, Buxton, OM, Kenwood, C, Sabbath, EL, Hashimoto, D, Hopcia, K, Allen, JD, Sorensen, G. (2014). “Cancer risk-related behaviors: what are the differential contributions of age group in the workplace environment?” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 46 (3) Supplement 1: S42-S51. [PDF]
  • Sabbath, EL, Glymour, MM, Descatha, A, Leclerc, A, Zins, M, Goldberg, M, Berkman, LF. (2013). “Biomechanical and psychosocial occupational exposures: Joint predictors of functional health in retirement.” Advances in Life Course Research 18 (4): 235-243. [PDF]
  • Montez, JK, Sabbath, EL, Glymour, MM, Berkman, LF. (2013). “The diverging topography of work-family life among US women by educational level.” Population Research and Policy Review December: 1-20.
  • Descatha, A, Sabbath, EL. (2013) “Global prevention strategies against ulnar neuropathy.” Muscle and Nerve 48 (4):475-6.
  • Sabbath, EL, Glymour MM, Berr C, Singh-Manoux A, Zins M, Goldberg M, Berkman, LF. (2012). “Occupational solvent exposure and cognition: Does the association vary by level of education?” Neurology 2012 (78): 1754-60. [PDF]
  • Sabbath, EL, Melchior M, Goldberg M, Berkman LF. (2012). “Work and family demands: predictors of all-cause sickness absence in the GAZEL cohort.” European Journal of Public Health 22(1): 101-106.  [PDF]
  • Sabbath, EL, Descatha, A, Wu, Q, Goldberg, M. (2012). “Can a single-item measure assess physical load at work? An analysis from the GAZEL cohort.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54(5):598-603. [Full text]
  • Hurtado, D, Sabbath, EL, Ertel, K, Buxton, O, Berkman, LF. (2012). “Racial disparities in job strain among American and immigrant long‑term care workers.” International Nursing Review 59(2), 237‑244. [Full text]
  • Okechukwu CA, El Ayadi A, Tamers, S., Sabbath, EL, Berkman, LF. (2012). “Household food insufficiency, financial strain, work-family strain and depressive symptoms in the working class: Results from the Work Family and Health study.” American Journal of Public Health 102(1), 126-133. [PDF]
  • Descatha A, Duval S, Sabbath EL, Vuotto G. (2012). “Difficult working conditions, retirement, and reform in France: What are the roles of the medical social worker and primary care physician?” Health and Social Work 37 (1).