Abram Rosenblatt, Ph.D., a Westat Vice President for Behavioral Health and Health Policy, is featured in Career Transitions: Taking a New Path, a new free e-book by the American Psychological Association about psychologists who transitioned from traditional academic careers to other opportunities. The book provides the compelling backstories of psychologists who have reinvented their careers and helpful steps for those who wish to do so.
In 2015, Dr. Rosenblatt segued from a 20-year academic-based career in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, to Westat, an employee-owned research firm. The genesis of this transition to private industry was based in his interest in pursuing research in mental health care, particularly for children, that directly informed federal and state policy.
As noted in the book, “It was Rosenblatt’s visit to Westat that sealed the deal: ‘I was struck by the range of people I could work with,’ Rosenblatt said. He witnessed psychologists and statisticians, graphic designers, and editorial staff all working closely together. Never in his career had he experienced that intensity of collaboration.”
Dr. Rosenblatt shares his insights on this rich collaborative experience, helping him to learn new skills as well as how his academic insights and expertise have, in turn, nurtured his colleagues at Westat, too.