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Dr. Peter Schnall MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the U. of California at Irvine, Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine (COEH) where he directs the Center’s program in Work organization and Cardiovascular Disease. He is a recognized expert and active researcher on the role of occupational stress in causing hypertension and cardiovascular disease. His current research focuses on the role of working conditions in the development of obesity and hypertension. He is currently conducting research on long work hours, stressful work environments and obesity among Los Angeles bus drivers and Orange County Firefighters.

His research has led to two major book publications for which he is first author 1) the Workplace and Cardiovascular Disease published in 2000 by Hanley and Belfus which is the standard text in the field and 2) the 2009 book summarizing the impact of working conditions on mental as well as physical health titled “Unhealthy Work: causes, consequences and cures” published by Baywood. His major professional goal is to increase awareness among students, colleagues and the public as to the important role that work stress plays in the etiology of chronic mental and physical illnesses.

Jesús Muñoz, originally from Mexico, has studied or worked in the US, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Cuba and several other countries in Latin America. He holds a B.S in Economics from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in filmmaking from The London Film School with an Honors Distinction in directing. Jesús has had a unique career in that he has worked both in film and in the business world. He has produced and directed documentaries for television such as “The Mazorra Revolution” a documentary about Havana’s psychiatric hospital, and a biography film for Television on the life of Frida Kahlo that was sold to HBO and aired in Latin America. During his non-film business career he worked in the retail industry for over 12 years, four of which he was CEO of S-Mart Supermarkets, a twelve thousand employee retail chain that is currently ranked as the third best place to work in Mexico by the Great Place To Work Institute. He also worked during three years as a management consultant for the Japan Management Association where he studied workers and management in Toyota and Nissan factories. As a management

During his non-film business career he worked in the retail industry for over 12 years, four of which he was CEO of S-Mart Supermarkets, a twelve thousand employee retail chain that is currently ranked as the third best place to work in Mexico by the Great Place To Work Institute. He also worked during three years as a management consultant for the Japan Management Association where he studied workers and management in Toyota and Nissan factories. As a management consultant, he became concerned about the impact on workers of how companies value their workers and the role played by lack of respect towards employees prevalent in many organizations. The film project Unhealthy Work is a particularly important project for Jesús since it seeks to expose the hidden epidemic of stress which he has lived and seen firsthand as a part of the business world.

Marnie Dobson, Ph.D. is currently Associate Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology in Los Angeles, California and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UC at Irvine. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She is collaborating with Dr. Peter Schnall and Dr. BongKyoo Choi at the UC Irvine Center for Occupational and Environmental Health on occupational health survey projects with CWA, HERE and the Orange County Fire Authority and IAFF Local 3631. Her research interests focus on gender and work, emotional labor, and work organization/psychosocial stressors and mental health outcomes. She is a co-editor and contributing author in the book Unhealthy Work: Causes, consequences, cures, published by Baywood Publishing.

Donald Goldmacher, Producer/Director, is a longtime filmmaker, labor advocate, activist, and community psychiatrist with expertise in workers compensation issues. He has over 40 years of experience observing, documenting and participating in social change. His first film, “Do No Harm,” exposed the controversial marketing and research practices of the pharmaceutical industry. A recent feature documentary, Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House, about two lesbian activists in New York City, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, won over 20 festival awards, and aired on HBO and television stations around the world. In 2004, Donald also produced “One Vote,” a 6 minute non-partisan video encouraging single, unregistered women to vote, for which he created a then innovative internet outreach strategy for distribution to millions of women, through a wide range of voter registration, women’s, and public health organizations, including Planned Parenthood. His most recent documentary film HEIST – who stole the American Dream has received a great deal of critical reviewer support.

Paul Landsbergis Ph.D., MPH, Ed.D is an Associate Professor at the State University of New York-Downstate School of Public Health in Brooklyn, NY, and has been a Research Associate with the CSE since its foundation in 1987. Paul Landsbergis has played important roles in a variety of projects for the CSE in the past. He was a co-author on both books published by the CSE (see Schnall above). In addition, he was lead author on an important book chapter on work stressors and cardiovascular disease for the second edition of the Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology as well as the lead author on a recent meta-analysis of job strain and ambulatory blood pressure published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2012. He is Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, and was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on the Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers. Currently Paul is working on occupational health research and educational materials with the American Federation of Teachers, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (railroad workers) and the Restaurant Opportunities Center. Cass Ben-Levi Cass Ben-Levi, MA, is Director of Continuing Education and Outreach for the Southern California Education and Research Center in UCLA’s School of Public Health. The Center is supported by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) to train occupational health and safety professionals and provide them, as well as supervisor and workers, with continuing education to maintain and improve their knowledge of workplace safety strategies and practices. She is currently working part-time with the CSE Film Project as a consultant with the title Director of Research with responsibility for research and fundraising. Prior to her current position, she worked as Marketing Coordinator for UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program, Public Policy Director for the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, and Senior Analyst for the City of Santa Monica Rent Control Board. She was Deputy Director of the Great Peace Walk, and ran California State Assemblyman Tom Hayden’s District Office. Throughout her career, she has tried to improve the lives of working people and the underserved. Erin Wigger, B.A., has been Information Systems Manager of the Center for Social Epidemiology for the last eight years. Erin created and maintains the Unhealthy Work website, established and manages the Center’s list-serves, and writes for the Center’s Unhealthy Work Blog. Erin is also a participant in CSE research and provides support for various activities for the Center.

Currently, Paul is working on occupational health research and educational materials with the American Federation of Teachers, the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (railroad workers) and the Restaurant Opportunities Center.

Cass Ben-Levi, MA, is Director of Continuing Education and Outreach for the Southern California Education and Research Center in UCLA’s School of Public Health. The Center is supported by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) to train occupational health and safety professionals and provide them, as well as supervisor and workers, with continuing education to maintain and improve their knowledge of workplace safety strategies and practices. She is currently working part-time with the CSE Film Project as a consultant with the title Director of Research with responsibility for research and fundraising. Prior to her current position, she worked as Marketing Coordinator for UCLA’s Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program, Public Policy Director for the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, and Senior Analyst for the City of Santa Monica Rent Control Board. She was Deputy Director of the Great Peace Walk, and ran California State Assemblyman Tom Hayden’s District Office. Throughout her career, she has tried to improve the lives of working people and the underserved.

Erin Wigger, BA, has been Information Systems Manager of the Center for Social Epidemiology for the last eight years. Erin created and maintains the Unhealthy Work website, established and manages the Center’s list-serves, and writes for the Center’s Unhealthy Work Blog. Erin is also a participant in CSE research and provides support for various activities for the Center.

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