Erika Sabbath

Visiting Scientist

Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Research Interests

  • Post-retirement health effects of occupational exposures during working life
  • Life course approaches to health and health disparities, particularly the interplay of work and non-work factors
  • Occupational health disparities

Dr. Sabbath’s research examines associations between occupational exposures during working life and health after retirement, with a focus on the role of work in shaping socioeconomic aging patterns. Her work employs methodology from the fields of social epidemiology, occupational epidemiology, and aging, leveraging the strengths of each field and applying them to the others in novel ways.

Beginning in September 2014, Dr. Sabbath will be an assistant professor at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.


  1. Sabbath, EL, Gutierrez, LA, Okechukwu, CA, Singh-Manoux, A, Amieva, H, Goldberg, M, Zins, M, Berr, C. (Accepted 2/2014). “Time may not fully attenuate solvent-associated cognitive impairment in highly-exposed workers.” Neurology.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Descatha, A, Sabbath, EL. (2013) “Global prevention strategies against ulnar neuropathy.” Muscle and Nerve 48(4):475-6.
  7. 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 78 (22): 1754-60.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. 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.


  • ScD, Harvard School of Public Health and Université Paris XI-Sud (joint degree)
  • MS, Harvard School of Public Health
  • BA, Washington University in St. Louis