Marnie Dobson Zimmerman

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Assistant Adjunct Professor, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH)
School of Medicine

Ph.D., Sociology

Phone: (310)351-8119

University of California, Irvine
100 Theory Way
Suite 100
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92617
Research Interests
Occupational health, work-related psychosocial stressors, mental health, intersectional approaches, qualitative methods
Short Biography
Marnie Dobson (Zimmerman), Ph.D., is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of California, Irvine, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the Associate Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology, a non-profit organization. A medical sociologist, she has been involved in work stress research for the past 15 years, including qualitative, participatory research, enhancing epidemiological studies and intervention development including with firefighters and urban transit operators. Currently, she also the Director of the Healthy Work Campaign, a public health campaign, sponsored by the Center for Social Epidemiology, focused on raising awareness in the U.S. about the health impacts of work stress on working people. She has collaborated with other researchers in the development of the Healthy Work Survey and other intervention tools to guide organizations in addressing work organization change.
Faghri, P, Dobson M, Landsbergis P, Schnall, P. COVID-19 Pandemic: What has work got to do with it. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. April 2021; 63(4):p e245-e249
Dobson, M, Schnall P, Rosskam E, Landsbergis P. Chapter 16: Work-related burden of absenteeism, presenteeism and disability – an epidemiologic and economic perspective. Handbook of Disability, Work and Health Editors-in-Chief: Ute Bültmann, Johannes Siegrist. C. Prevention strategies and challenges. Springer 2020
Dobson M, Choi B, Schnall P. Work organization, health and obesity in urban transit operators: a qualitative study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2017:1-12
Landsbergis PA, Dobson M, LaMontagne AD, Choi B, Schnall P, Baker DB. Chapter 14: Occupational Stress. In: Occupational and Environmental Health, edited by Barry S. Levy, David H. Wegman, Sherry L. Baron, Rosemary K. Sokas. Oxford University Press, August 2017
Schnall PL, Dobson M, Landsbergis PA. Chapter 6: Work Stress and Cardiovascular Disease. The Wiley Handbook of Stress and Health: A Guide to Research and Practice edited by Cary L Cooper and James C Quick. Wiley-Blackwell, April 2017.
Schnall PL, Dobson M, Landsbergis PA. Globalization, Work and Cardiovascular Disease. International Journal of Health Services 2016; 46(4): 656-692
Dobson M, Choi B, Schnall PL, Wigger E, Garcia-Rivas J, Israel L, Baker DB. Exploring occupational and health behavioral causes of firefighter obesity: A qualitative study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2013 Jan 17. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22151. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23335437.
Landsbergis PA, Dobson M, Koutsouras G, Schnall P. Job strain and ambulatory blood pressure: a meta-analysis and systematic review. American Journal of Public Health 2013;103(3):e61-e71 (published on-line on January 17, 2013: e1–e11. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.301153).
Schnall, P, Dobson, M, Rosskam, E et al. (Editors) Unhealthy Work: Causes, Consequences and Cures. Critical Approaches in the Health Social Sciences edited by Ray Elling (Series Editor) Baywood 2009.
Other Experience
Associate Director
Center for Social Epidemiology 2006

Healthy Work Campaign 2018

Research Centers
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Center for Social Epidemiology
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