Avoiding FAculty Burnout

Ivor LIvingston, Ph.D.

March 29, 2010


Understanding faculty burnout requires expertise in a wide range of disciplines.  That is why Dr. Ivor Livingston is uniquely qualified to speak on the subject.   Although he is a Professor of Sociology, he earned his B.S. and M.S. in Psychology at Howard University, followed by a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology.  Afterward, he pursued a Master’s of Public Health at Harvard University and a post-doctoral certificate in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.  To these impressive credentials he added certification in health education from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing  as well as certification in stress management consulting from the American Institute of Health Care Professionals.  No wonder he was voted the most outstanding alumnus of Howard’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1998.

Dr. Livingston teaches courses in medical sociology, social epidemiology, social psychology, and health services research, but his research focuses mainly on the relationship between stress and health problems such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and hypertension.   A large number of his publications investigate the effects of stress on the health of African Americans and other people of color.   For instance, he has published numerous articles on this topic in the Journal of the National Medical Association and related chapters in the Praeger Handbook of Black American Health.   He has also authored books entitled The ABC’s of Stress Management – Taking Control of Your Life, Stress Management 101 for College Students, and, most recently, You Don’t Have to Be Overstressed All the Time.

How can faculty avoid burning out?  If anyone knows, Dr. Livingston does. 

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