Jennifer Swanberg, Professor
Jennifer E. Swanberg, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Director of the University of Maryland Work, Family & Well-being Research Group. Her research focuses on the development of workplace and public policies that promote worker health and work-life fit. Dr. Swanberg’s expertise includes low-wage work, occupational health disparities, work-life and designing and implementing community and industry-engaged studies utilizing innovative qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches. Dr. Swanberg has worked with diverse employee populations and regularly engages employers and key industry decision makers in the research process. She is dedicated to translating research findings into tools and resources that can be used by employers and policy makers to improve the quality of work-life and well-being for workers and their families.
Dr. Swanberg recently completed Latino Thoroughbred Farm Worker Health and Safety Study, a five year multi-method study, funded by CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Swanberg is also co-leading a series of studies that look at the intersection of cancer and work: particularly the effects of job conditions on cancer treatment decisions and outcomes, job productivity, and long-term employment. Additionally, she is the principal investigator of a qualitative study that is exploring: the meaning of work in women’s lives and how women conceptualize their careers.
While on the faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Dr. Swanberg held the Joanne Bell Professorship in Critical Thinking & Social Policy Analysis. She founded and directed the Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin), an applied research organization established to develop new knowledge about ways in which organizations can enhance worker productivity and well-being through the creation of quality workplace practices. As part of this initiative, she also founded the Innovative Employer Roundtable, an employer-membership organization committed to developing and sharing new knowledge about innovative business strategies.
Dr. Swanberg is Editor of Community, Work & Family. She has published in top-tier research journals, provided testimony in support of federal and local labor-related policy initiatives, and is frequently consulted by the media about matters pertaining to low-wage work and work-family issues.In 2010, she was invited by President and First Lady Obama to the White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility. Dr. Swanberg has a Ph.D. in Social Policy and a MMHS in Management, both from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire.
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