Dr. Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, a global research center at the University of California, Berkeley whose purpose is to gather together all known science across disciplines regarding employee health and well-being and to translate findings into a new organizational template for healthy workplaces.  In collaboration with Dr. Sheldon Zedeck, Dr. Banks leads a team of 30 researchers spanning multiple disciplines and 20+ affiliates in collecting and integrating known scientific findings and creating new research programs to advance our knowledge in this area.  Dr. Banks is also a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business where she has taught Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management for 30 years.  She founded two consulting firms, one focused on job design, organizational policies and procedures, performance management and organizational functioning, and the other focused on employment law compliance.  She also founded two non-profits, each dedicated to serving the needs of society.  She has also served as a Board Director on two publicly held companies (Whole Foods, Chalone Wine Group) and as a member of several non-profit boards.  Dr. Banks is an elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association.  She earned her doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1979.

Curriculum Vitae (in PDF): Banks CV June 2016



Literature Review: Built Environment and Worker Health

The objective is to summarize what is known from the built environment literature on factors that affect worker health and well-being.  HealthyWorkplaces researcher Max Pittman is working with Interdisciplinary Researcher…

December 1, 2016


Health and Well-Being Conferences

This project aims to hold continuing education conferences for practitioners and executives to disseminate the current state of knowledge on how to improve worker health and well-being based on science…

October 10, 2016


Healthy Universities

The objective is to create a way to assess the degree to which a university campus embodies a healthy workplace for its students, staff, and faculty, and to provide guidance…

June 1, 2016


Designing for a Healthy Office

The objective is to explore new ways of designing workspace from the perspective of psychological impact.  Based on the Healthy Workplaces Model, we have identified a set of seven psychological…

May 1, 2016


HealthyWorkplaces Manifesto

Many writers acknowledge that in the next decade or so, the U.S. will experience a “health tsunami” (Reich, 2011). Several factors are driving us in that direction: the aging Baby Boomers, the toxic environment, a…

October 3, 2014


A “mixer” usually doesn’t bring work to mind. But at a recent mixer on the UC Berkeley campus, work was all anyone was talking about. Sponsored by UC Berkeley’s fledgling Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, the event brought together more than 50 researchers, business leaders, public policymakers and service providers who’ve taken an active interest in worker well-being. On their agenda: making new connections while exploring the ways work could be made a healthier, more satisfying and more productive experience.

February 6, 2014