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Irvin Sam Schonfeld
Position: Educational Psychology and Psychology
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Phone: 212.650.7164
Office Hours: 11-12 Tuesdays
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, Developmental Psychology
M.P.H. (Post-doc), Columbia, Epidemiology
Research Interests:
Relation of psychosocial working conditions to health and psychopathology, Relation of job-related burnout to depression, Job stress in teachers, Exploratory structural equation modeling bifactor analysis
I earned a BS in psychology with a minor math from Brooklyn College. I next taught mathematics for the New York City Board of Education. I informally observed that the chaotic, and sometimes violent, circumstances of the school had a baleful effect on my teacher colleagues. These observations contributed to a future line of research, a line of research I would not have anticipated at the time. While teaching, I earned an MA, attending the New School for Social Research at night. Eventually I left teaching to pursue a doctorate full-time at the Graduate Center in developmental psychology, where I studied children's mathematical cognition. I obtained a position at New York State Psychiatric Institution/Dept. of Psychiatry, Columbia University, where I worked with David Shaffer on research on adolescent psychopathology. I earned a post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology at Columbia, where I studied under Bruce Dohrenwend and became interested in stress research. That research dovetailed with my informal observations of my former teacher colleagues.

I got a job at City College, where I obtained grants to study job stress in teachers. I came to identify with the emerging field of occupational health psychology. I founded the Newsletter of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology and joined the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. I obtained appointments to the GC’s doctoral faculty in the Educational Psychology Program and the Psychology Program. I became involved in several projects on job stress including work on burnout's overlap with depression and stress in the self-employed. Springer published a highly-regarded book I wrote with Chu-Hsiang Chang (Michigan State University) entitled Occupational Health Psychology: Work, Stress, and Health. I also became affiliated with the Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, CUNY School of Public Health.

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Professional Affiliations and Memberships
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Occupational Health Psychology
Courses Taught
  • Research Methods
  • Occupational Health Psychology
  • Epidemiology of Mental Disorder
  • Psychology of Youth Violence
Journal Articles
  • Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
  • Journal of Clinical Psychology
  • Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  • Archives of General Psychiatry (now JAMA Psychiatry)
  • Clinical Psychology Review
  •  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
  • Lancet
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Psychological Medicine
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • International Journal of Stress Management
  • Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
  • British Journal of Developmental Psychology
  • Organizational Research Methods