Mental Health and Work Design Lab

About The Program

The Mental Health and Work Design Lab is led by Dr. Kathleen M. Pike who directs various initiatives to provide thought leadership, content expertise, and strategic guidance on advancing mental health at work. 

Common mental health challenges in the workplace include burnout, increased absenteeism, depressed mood, and anxiety–with up to 76% of the workforce reporting at least one mental health concern in the past year. A 2021 survey found that 80% of employers reported concern about their employees’ mental health. It is no wonder that business leaders are mobilizing resources to address mental health in the workplace.

The good news is there are many things organizations can do to address and enhance employee mental health and well-being. The data are clear: supporting mental health is not only the right thing to do, it’s also good for business. Our lab distinguishes itself by having the scientific rigor and capacity to collect data, conduct research, and translate science into useful practice in a wide range of workplace settings.

The Mental Health and Work Design Lab has a long history of collaborating closely with a wide range of organizations – both non-profit and for-profit, around the world – to address mental health at work. We have partnered on targeted research reports, analytics models, survey instruments, and training programs, moving swiftly from knowledge to action. The Mental Health and Work Design Lab streamlines the process of working with Columbia’s world-renowned researchers to produce customized, timely, on-budget findings and solutions.


Join us, collaborate with us, co-create with us — today.

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For further information on the Mental Health and Work Design Lab, please contact our team at [email protected].