Work Addiction Research Expert Panel

Among our experts in work addiction are researchers who systematically studied this problematic behavior and published scientific papers on work addiction in established scientific journals throughout the years. Their work includes high quality empirical findings, including longitudinal research, experimental designs, large scale epidemiological surveys, case studies, as well as meta-analyses and review papers on the topic. They specialize in behavoral addiction field or work and organization psychology, and represent countries from all over the world.
The list is arranged alphabetically.

Paweł Atroszko, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Psychometrics and Statistics Department
Institute of Psychology
University of Gdańsk

Specializes in psychometrics, statistics, and behavioral addictions with particular focus on compulsive overworking. The author of dozens of scientific publications and leader of numerous international and national research projects on work addiction, and its potential early form of study addiction. Recipient of national and international scholarships and awards for his work in this field, including the First Prize in 2017 Emerald/HETL Education Outstanding Doctoral Research Award from Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL)/Emerald Publishing. Supervisor of the Student Research Group “Experior” which was awarded the First Prize for the Best Student Research Group in Poland in 2018 National StRuNa Competition organized by Student Scientific Movement (SSM) under auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science.
Decorated with The National Education Committee Medal, the highest honour accorded by the Minister of Education for outstanding contribution to education in Poland.
Most recently, the author of chapters on work addiction in international handbooks on addictive behaviors:
Atroszko, P. A. (2022). Non-Drug Addiction: Addiction to work In: Patel V. B., Preedy V. R. (Eds.) Handbook of Substance Misuse and Addictions. Springer, Cham.
Atroszko, P. A. (2022). Work addiction In: Pontes H.M. (Ed.) Behavioral Addictions. Conceptual, Clinical, Assessment, and Treatment Approaches. Springer, Cham.

Shahnaz Aziz, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Professor of Psychology at East Carolina University (ECU); served as Director of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Associate Chair in ECU’s Department of Psychology. Research interests and expertise include: employee health and well-being, workaholism, work-life balance, work stress, and burnout. Applied experience in training needs assessment, survey development, focus groups, and job analysis. Recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award. Recipient (PI) of an NIH Grant focused on workaholism and metabolic outcomes. Recipient (Co-PI) on NSF Grants related to comprehensive assessment of online course delivery systems & student learning in traditional online and virtual reality. Recipient of ECU’s Harriot College of Arts & Sciences Grant-Seeking Reassignment Award. Recipient of ECU’s Harriot College of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Award. Recipient of ECU’s Harriot College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Conference Travel Award. Recipient of ECU’s Psychology Department Hendrix Award for Faculty Excellence (for highest level of excellence in scholarly achievements, excellence in teaching and mentoring activity, and service to the department, university, and profession). Multiple-time recipient of ECU’s Psychology Department Faculty Appreciation for Graduate Student Mentoring Award. Finalist for ECU’s Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award.

Arnold Bakker, Ph.D.

Professor of Work & Organizational Psychology
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Arnold B. Bakker is professor of Work & Organizational Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is the chair of the Center of Excellence for Positive Organizational Psychology, and (distinguished) visiting professor at North-West University and the University of Johannesburg (both in South Africa). Bakker is fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology. He is an expert in positive organizational psychology, and his research interests include JD-R theory, job crafting, playful work design, the work-family interface, burnout, and work engagement. Bakker is one of the most-cited scientists in the world (top-200 across all disciplines). Since 2014, he is included in Thomson Reuters’ list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”.

Cristian Balducci, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Bologna

Associate professor of work and organizational psychology at the University of Bologna, Italy.
The author of numerous papers on work addiction. The most recent publications in this area include:
Balducci, C., Menghini, L., Conway, P. M., Burr, H., Zaniboni, S. (2022). Workaholism and the enactment of bullying behavior at work: A Prospective Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 2399.
Balducci, C., Alessandri, G., Zaniboni, S., Avanzi, L., Borgogni, L., & Fraccaroli, F. (2021). The impact of workaholism on day-level workload and emotional exhaustion, and on longer-term job performance. Work & Stress, 35(1), 6-26.
Balducci, C., Spagnoli, P., Toderi, S., & Clark, M. (2021). A within-individual investigation on the relationship between day level workaholism and systolic blood pressure. Work & Stress.

Zsolt Demetrovics, Prof.

Institute of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary

Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming, University of Gibraltar, Gibraltar, Gibraltar

Zsolt Demetrovics is a professor of psychology, chair of the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming at the University of Gibraltar, and head of the Addiction Research Group at the ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He obtained his MA degrees in psychology and cultural anthropology (ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary) and he received his PhD in clinical and health psychology (addictive behaviours) at the same university. Formerly, he served as dean of the Faculty of Education and Psychology (2014-2021) and director of the Institute of Psychology (2011-2021) at the ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, where he also established the Department of Clinical Psychology & Addiction. He has published over 400 research papers on the epidemiology, assessment and psychological correlates of substance use behaviour and behavioural addictions including gambling, video game use, internet addiction, hypersexual behaviour, exercise addiction, work addiction, and compulsive buying.  He is president of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Addictions and funding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

The author of numerous papers on work addiction. The most recent publications in this area include:
Kun, B., Takács, Z. K., Richman, M., Griffiths, M. D., Demetrovics, Z. (2020). Work addiction and personality: A meta-analytic study. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 9(4), 945-966 
Urbán, R., Kun, B., Mózes, T., Soltész, P., Paksi, B., Farkas, J., Kökönyei, G., Orosz, G., Maraz, A., Felvinczi, K., Griffiths, M. D., Demetrovics, Z. (2019). A Four-Factor Model of Work Addiction: The Development of the Work Addiction Risk Test Revised (WART-R). European Addiction Research, 25(3), 145-160. 

Mark Griffiths, Ph.D.

International Gaming Research Unit

Psychology Dept

Nottingham Trent University

United Kingdom

Dr. Mark Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at the Nottingham Trent University, and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit. He is internationally known for his work into behavioral addictions. He has published over 1350 peer-reviewed research papers, six books, and over 190 book chapters. He has won 24 national and international awards for his research. 

The publications in work and stress psychology include:

Kircaburun, K., Kızıloğlu.M., Özsoy, E. & Griffiths, M.D. (2022). Work addiction and its relation with dark personality traits: A cross-sectional study with private sector employees. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Advance online publication
Kun, B., Takacs, Z.K., Richman, M.J., Griffiths, M.D. & Demetrovics, Z. (2020). Work addiction and personality: A meta-analytic study.Journal of Behavioral Addiction, 9, 945-966.

Bernadette Kun, Ph.D.

Associate professor, head of department
Department of Clinical Psychology and Addiction
Institute of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University

Bernadette Kun, PhD is a psychologist and associate professor at the Institute of Psychology, ELTE Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. She is the head of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Addictions. She teaches classes related to personality psychology, clinical psychology, and the psychology of addictive disorders. Author of scientific publications in substance related and behavioral addictions, such as work addiction, exercise addiction, or gambling disorder. She has published around 50 referred papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented her work in numerous international conferences related to addictive disorders. Between 2017 and 2020 she was awarded a postdoctoral research scholarship founded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to a project investigating the psychological mechanisms of work addiction. She is a principal investigator of a Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) young researcher excellence program titled „Exploring the cognitive profiles of different addictive behaviors (work addiction, gaming disorder, and cannabis use disorder)”.

The author of numerous papers on work addiction. The most recent publications in this area include:
Kenyhercz, V., Frikker, G., Kaló, Z., Demetrovics, Z., & Kun, B. (2022). Dysfunctional family mechanisms, internalized parental values, and work addiction: A qualitative study. Sustainability, 14(16), 9940.
Kun, B., Urbán, R., Bőthe, B., Griffiths, M. D., Demetrovics, Z., & Kökönyei, G. (2020). Maladaptive rumination mediates the relationship between self-esteem, perfectionism, and work addiction: A largescale survey study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(19), 7332.

Ståle Pallesen, Prof.

University of Bergen

Department of Psychosocial Science



Professor in psychology at the University of Bergen. PhD in psychology from same institution in 2002. Main research topics are sleep and non-chemical addictions.

The publications in work and stress psychology include:

Andreassen, C. A., Griffiths, M. D., Hetland, J., Kravina, L., Jensen, F., & Pallesen, S. (2014). The prevalence of workaholism: a survey study in a nationally representative sample of Norwegian employees. PLOS ONE, 9, e102446

Andreassen, C. S., Griffiths, M. D., Hetland, J., & Pallesen, S. (2012). Development of a work addiction scale. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 53, 265-272.

Halley Pontes, Ph.D.

Department of Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck

University of London


United Kingdom

Dr. Halley Pontes is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol), Chartered Scientist (CSci), and Lecturer in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. He has published over 100 refereed studies and two books on behavioral addictions. His primary research interest is related to the intersection between behavioral addictions and psychometric assessment. Dr. Pontes has won multiple international awards for his pioneering research on behavioral addictions, including the 2016 Durand Jacobs Award (McGill University, Canada) and the 2019 Early Career Research Award (Australian Psychological Society, Australia).

The author of numerous papers on behavioral addictions, including work addiction, and a recent handbook on behavioral addictions.
Dr. Pontes is currently leading a nation-wide research project on work addiction in the United Kingdom, where he is examining its prevalence and comorbidities in a nationally representative sample.
Karanika-Murray, M., Pontes, H. M., & Griffiths, M. D. (2015). Sickness presenteeism determines job satisfaction via affective-motivational states. Social Science & Medicine, 139, 100-106.

Nicolas Gillet, Ph.D.

QualiPsy EE 1901, Université de Tours, Tours, France 
 Institut Universitaire de France (IUF), Paris, France

My research activities focus on motivational processes (e.g., motivation, workaholism, engagement) in the work context as well as on their determinants (e.g., leadership, job design) and consequences (e.g., performance, well-being).

The author of numerous papers on work addiction. The most recent publications in this area include:
Gillet, N., Morin, A. J., Sandrin, E., & Houle, S. A. (2018). Investigating the combined effects of workaholism and work engagement: A substantive-methodological synergy of variable-centered and person-centered methodologies. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 109, 54-77.
Gillet, N., Morin, A. J., Ndiaye, A., Colombat, P., Sandrin, E., & Fouquereau, E. (2022). Complementary variable‐and person‐centred approaches to the dimensionality of workaholism. Applied Psychology, 71(1), 312-355.

Paola Spagnoli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology

Department of Psychology

 University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli


The author of numerous papers on work addiction. The most recent publications in this area include:
Molino, M., Kovalchuk, L. S., Ghislieri, C., & Spagnoli, P. (2022). Work Addiction Among Employees and Self-Employed Workers: An Investigation Based on the Italian Version of the Bergen Work Addiction Scale. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 18(3), 279–292.
Balducci, C., Spagnoli, P., Toderi, S., & Clark, M. A. (2021). A within-individual investigation on the relationship between day level workaholism and systolic blood pressure. Work and Stress, doi:10.1080/02678373.2021.1976883

Steven Yale Sussman, Ph.D., FAAHB, FAPA, FSPR

Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research; Division of Health Behavior Research

 Department of Population and Public Health Sciences (formerly Preventive Medicine)

 School of Medicine; also Department of Psychology, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Soto Street Building, 1845 North Soto Street, Room 302A, Los Angeles, CA 90032-3628

United States

Steve Sussman, Ph.D., FAAHB, FAPA, FSPR (Ph.D., UIC, 1984) is professor of population and public health sciences, psychology, and social work at University of Southern California. He has over 600 publications. His EBPs include Projects Towards No Tobacco Use (young teen tobacco use prevention), Towards No Drug Abuse (older teen drug abuse prevention), and EX (older teen tobacco use cessation). He is a Fellow of AAHB, APA Division 50, and SPR. He is the Editor of Evaluation & the Health Professions (SAGE Publications). His newest texts are Substance and Behavioral Addictions: Concepts, Causes, and Cures (Cambridge, 2017), and Cambridge Handbook of Substance and Behavioral Addictions (Cambridge, 2020). He maintains a strong interest in the addictions, broadly defined (substance and behaviors)—concepts, prevention, cessation, regulation, as well as translation research. He has been teaching courses on the Foundations of Health Behavior Research (graduate course, since 1988) and Issues in the Addictions (upper-level undergraduate course; since 1999).
The author of numerous papers on work addiction. The most recent publications in this area include:

Sussman, S., Lisha, N., & Griffiths, M. (2011). Prevalence of the addictions: A problem of the majority or the minority? Eval. Health Prof. 34(1), 3-56.
Sussman, S. (2012). Workaholism: A review. Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy, S6:001, 10 pages.

Anise M. S. WU, Prof.

University of Macau

China (Macao SAR)

Prof. Anise Wu is currently the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Macau. Her research is concerned with both individual and public health, with particular emphasis on addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling, gaming, Internet use, smartphone use, shopping, and substance use) and wellbeing.

The publications in work and stress psychology include:

Zhang, M. X., & Wu, A. M. S.# (2022). Effects of childhood adversity on smartphone addiction: The multiple mediation of life history strategies and smartphone use motivations. Computers in Human Behavior, 134, 107298.
Zhang, M. X., Yang, H., Tong, K. K., & Wu, A. M. S.# (2020). The prospective effect of purpose in life on gambling disorder and psychological flourishing among university students. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 9(3),756-765.