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dr hab. Dorota Węziak-Białowolska, prof. UJ

Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska is an associate professor at the Centre for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies, Faculty of Philosophy.

She received her master’s degree in quantitative methods (2003), her doctoral degree in economics (2008) and post-doctoral degree (habilitation) in sociology (2016). Her research interests are in methodology including impact assessment and evaluation as well as psychometrics, composite scales, and indicators. Her recent focus is on positive health and human flourishing.

From 2017 to 2021 she was a research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. From 2011 to 2017 she worked for the European Commission Joint Research Centre (in Italy) as a post-doctoral researcher and a research fellow. Between 2010 and 2012 she was appointed an assistant professor at the Educational Research Institute (in Poland). Between 2003 and 2015 she held an academic appointment at the Warsaw School of Economics, as an assistant professor as well as research and teaching assistant.

In her career, she has had an opportunity to work with policy makers, international organizations (UN, OECD, WIPO), European Commission agencies (four European Commission Directorates General), foundations (European Cultural Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), and non-profit international organizations (ENCATC; Sustainable Society Foundation) on multiple interdisciplinary projects. She also served as a scientific advisor for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in ‘the Quality of life in major European cities’ project.

To date, she published more than 90 papers in peer reviewed journals, 15 book chapters, and 2 books.


Weziak‐Bialowolska, D., Lee, M. T., Cowden, R. G., Bialowolski, P., Chen, Y., Vanderweele, T. J., & McNeely, E. (2023). Psychological caring climate at work, mental health, well-being, and work-related outcomes: Evidence from a longitudinal study and health insurance claims data. Social Science & Medicine,

Chen, Y., Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Lee, M. T., Bialowolski, P., Cowden, R., McNeely, E., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2023). Working from Home and Subsequent Work Outcomes: Pre-Pandemic Evidence. PLoS ONE, Forthcoming.

Bialowolski, P., Xiao, J. J., & Weziak-Bialowolska, D. (2023). Do All Savings Matter Equally ? Saving Types and Emotional Well ‑ Being Among Older Adults : Evidence from Panel Data. Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Bialowolski, P., & Sacco, P.L. (2023) Mind-stimulating leisure activities: Prospective associations with health, wellbeing, and longevity. Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 1117822.

Weziak‐Bialowolska, D., Bialowolski, P., & Niemiec, R. M. (2023). Character Strengths and Health-Related Quality of Life in a Large International Sample. Journal of Research in Personality, 103, 104338.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Lee, M. T., Bialowolski, P., McNeely, E., Chen, Y., Cowden, R. G., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2023). Associations between the Importance of Well-Being Domains and the Subsequent Experience of Well-Being. Sustainability, 15, 594.

Cowden, R. G., Seidman, A. J., Duffee, C., Weziak-Bialowolska, D., McNeely, E., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2022). Associations of Suffering with Facets of Health and Well-Being Among Working Adults: Longitudinal Evidence from Two Samples. Scientific Reports, 12, 20141.

Lewandowska, K., & Weziak-Bialowolska, D. (2022). The impact of theatre on social psychology outcomes: systematic review and meta-analyses. Arts & Health

Bialowolski, P., Cwynar, A., & Weziak‐Bialowolska, D. (2022). The role of financial literacy for financial resilience in middle-age and older adulthood. International Journal of Bank Marketing

Lee, M. T., McNeely, E., Weziak‐Bialowolska, D., Ryan, K. A., Mooney, K. D., Cowden, R. G., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2022). Demographic Predictors of Complete Well-Being. BMC Public Health, 22, 1687.

Bialowolski, P., Cwynar, A. and Weziak-Bialowolska, D. (2022). Credit purpose and the interest rate – Evidence from the European Household Finance and Consumption Survey. International Journal of Finance and Economics.

Cowden, R. G., Weziak-Białowolska, D., McNeely, E., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2022). Are depression and suffering distinct? An empirical analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 970466.

Weziak‐BialowolskaD., & Bialowolski, P.(2022). Can adherence to moral standards and ethical behaviors help maintain a sense of purpose in life? Evidence from a longitudinal study of middle-aged and older adults. PLoS ONE, 17(8),

Weziak‐Bialowolska, D., Bialowolski, P., Lee, M. T.,  Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T. J., & McNeely, E. (2022). Prospective Associations Between Social Connectedness and Mental Health. Evidence From a Longitudinal Survey and Health Insurance Claims Data. International Journal of Public Health.

Bialowolski, P., Cwynar, A., & Weziak-Bialowolska, D. (2022). Credit purpose and the interest rate – Evidence from the European Household Finance and Consumption Survey. International Journal of Finance and Economics.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., & Bialowolski, P. (2022). Bidirectional associations between meaning in life and the health, emotional ill-being, and daily life functioning outcomes among older adults. Psychology & Health.

Weziak‐Bialowolska, D., Lee, M. T., Bialowolski, P., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T. J., & McNeely, E. (2022). Prospective associations between strengths of moral character and health. Longitudinal evidence from survey and insurance claims data. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 67, 1604710.

Chen, Y., Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Lee, M. T., Bialowolski, P., McNeely, E., & Vanderweele, T. J. (2022). Longitudinal associations between domains of flourishing. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 2740.

Weziak‐Bialowolska, D. (2022). Commentary on “The protective effects of wellbeing and flourishing on long-term mental health risk.” SSM – Mental Health, 2 100060.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., & Bialowolski, P. (2022). Associations of recognition at work with subsequent health and quality of life among older working adults. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 95, 835–847.

Bialowolski, P., Cwynar, A., Xiao, J. J., & Weziak‐Bialowolska, D. (2022). Consumer financial literacy and the efficiency of mortgage‐related decisions: New evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 46(1), 88–101.

Bialowolski, P., Cwynar, A., & Weziak-Bialowolska, D. (2022). Co-holding behaviour: unlocking the puzzle. Applied Economics Letters, 29(4), 333–337. 

Weziak‐Bialowolska, D., Bialowolski, P., & Niemiec, R. M. (2021). Being good, doing good: The role of honesty and integrity for health. Social Science & Medicine, 291, 114494.

Schwabe, M., & Weziak-BialowolskaD. (2021). Migrant networks, information flows and the place of residence: The case of Polish immigrants in the UK. International Migration, 1–16.

Bialowolski, P., Weziak-BialowolskaD., Lee, M. T., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T. J., & McNeely, E. (2021). The role of financial conditions for physical and mental health. Evidence from a longitudinal survey and insurance claims data. Social Science & Medicine281, 114041.

Bialowolski, P., & Weziak-Bialowolska, D. (2021). Good credit, bad credit: The differential role of credit sources in life satisfaction. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 55(3), 967–994.

Bialowolski, P., & Weziak-Białowolska, D. (2021). What does it take to be a good lawyer? The underpinnings of success in a rapidly growing legal market. Sustainability, 13(11), 5841.

Weziak‐Bialowolska, D., Bialowolski, P., Lee, M. T., Chen, Y., VanderWeele, T. J., & McNeely, E. (2021). Psychometric Properties of Flourishing Scales from a Comprehensive Well-Being Assessment. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 652209.

Bialowolski, P., Weziak-Bialowolska, D., & McNeely, E. (2021). The role of financial fragility and financial control for well-being. Social Indicators Research, 155(3), 1137–1157.

Bialowolski, P., Weziak-Bialowolska, D., & McNeely, E. (2021). A socially responsible financial institution – The bumpy road to improving consumer well-being. Evaluation and Program Planning, 86, 101908.

Lee, M. T., Bialowolski, P., Weziak-BialowolskaD., Mooney, K. D., Lerner, P. J.,  McNeely, E., & Vanderweele, T. J. (2020). Self-Assessed Importance of Domains of Flourishing: Demographics and Correlations with Well-Being. Journal of Positive Psychology, 16(1), 137–144.  

Weziak‐BialowolskaD., Bialowolski, P., VanderWeele, T. J., & McNeely, E. (2020). Character strengths involving an orientation to promote good can help your health and well-being. Evidence from two longitudinal studies. American Journal of Health Promotion, 35(3), 388–398.

Bialowolski, P., & Weziak-BialowolskaD. (2021). Longitudinal Evidence for Reciprocal Effects Between Life Satisfaction and Job Satisfaction. Journal of Happiness Studies, 22(3), 1287–1312.

Weziak-BialowolskaD., Bialowolski, P., Leon, C., Koosed, T., & McNeely, E. (2020). Psychological Climate for Caring and Work Outcomes: A Virtuous Cycle. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(19), 7035.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Bialowolski, P., Mordukhovich, I., & McNeely, E. (2020). Work, Gender, and Sexual Harassment on the Frontlines of Commercial Travel: A Cross-Sectional Study of Flight Crew Well-Being. International Journal of Aerospace Psychology, 30(3–4), 171–189.

Białowolski, P., Cwynar, A., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2020). Financial management, division of financial management power and financial literacy in the family context – evidence from relationship partner dyads. International Journal of Bank Marketing, 38(6), 1373–1398.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., Białowolski, P., & McNeely, E. (2020). The impact of workplace harassment and domestic violence on work outcomes in the developing world. World Development, 126, 104732 1–12.

Lewandowska, K., & Weziak-Bialowolska, D. (2020). The impact of theatre on empathy and self-esteem: a meta-analysis. Creativity Research Journal, 32(3), 237–245.

VanderWeele, T. J., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Allin, P., Farrelly, C., Fletcher, G., Frederick, D. E., Hall, J., Helliwell, J. F., Kim, E. S., Lauinger, W. A., Lee, M. T., Lyubomirsky, S., Margolis, S., McNeely, E., Tay, L., Viswanath, V., Węziak-Białowolska, D., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2020). Brief well-being assessments, or nothing all? Preventive Medicine, 135, 106095.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Bialowolski, P., Sacco, P. L., VanderWeele, T. J., & McNeely, E. (2020). Well-being in life and well-being at work: which comes first? Evidence from a longitudinal study. Frontiers in Public Health, 8, 103.

Bialowolski, P., McNeely, E., VanderWeele, T. J., & Weziak-Białowolska, D. (2020). Ill health and distraction at work: Costs and drivers for productivity loss. PLoS ONE, 15(3), e0230562.

Białowolski, P., Cwynar, A., Cwynar, W., & Węziak‐Białowolska, D. (2020). Consumer debt attitudes: The role of gender, debt knowledge and skills. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 44(3), 191–205.

VanderWeele, T. J., Trudel-Fitzgerald, C., Allin, P., Farrelly, C., Fletcher, G., Frederick, D. E., Hall, J., Helliwell, J. F., Kim, E. S., Lauinger, W. A., Lee, M. T., Lyubomirsky, S., Margolis, S., McNeely, E., Messer, N., Tay, L., Viswanath, V., Węziak-Białowolska, D., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2020). Current recommendations on the selection of measures for well-being. Preventive Medicine, 133, 106004.

Białowolski, P., Węziak-Białowolska, D., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2019). The impact of savings and credit on health and health behaviours: an outcome-wide longitudinal approach. International Journal of Public Health. 64(4), 573-584.

VanderWeele, T. J., Węziak-Białowolska, D., Białowolski, P., & McNeely, E. (2019). Re: A comprehensive approach to problems of performance measurement. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 182(Part 3), 43–44.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., Białowolski, P., & McNeely, E. (2019). Worker’s well-being. Evidence from the apparel industry in Mexico. Intelligent Buildings International. 11(3-4), 158-177.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., McNeely, E., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2019). Human Flourishing in Cross Cultural Settings. Evidence from the US, China, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Mexico. Frontiers in Psychology, 10(1269), 1-13.

Weziak-Bialowolska, D., McNeely, E., & Vanderweele, T. J. (2019). Flourish Index and Secure Flourish Index – Validation in Workplace Settings. Cogent Psychology, 6, 1–10.

Pawlikowski, J., Bialowolski, P., Weziak-Bialowolska, D., & VanderWeele, T. J. (2019). Religious service attendance, health behaviors and well-being—an outcome-wide longitudinal analysis. European Journal of Public Health, 29(6), 1177–1183.

Custodio, E., Herrador, Z., Nkunzimana, T., Weziak-Bialowolska, D., Perez-Hoyos, A., & Kayitakire, F. (2019). Children’s dietary diversity and related factors in Rwanda and Burundi : A multilevel analysis using 2010 Demographic and Health Surveys. PLoS ONE, 14(10), 1–17.

Woynarowska-Sołdan, M., Yezhova, O., Sytnyk, O., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2018). Positive health behaviours among Polish and Ukrainian medical students in the context of chronic diseases. Epidemiological Review, 72(4), 509–523.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., Białowolski, P., & Sacco, P. L. (2018). Involvement With the Arts and Participation in Cultural Events — Does Personality Moderate Impact on Well-Being? Evidence from the UK Household Survey. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, 13(3), 348–358.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., Dong, Z., & McNeely, E. (2018). Turning the Mirror on the Architects: A Study of the Open-Plan Office and Work Behaviors at an Architectural Company. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(November), 1–13.

Stano, P. M., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2017). Measuring Cultural and Creative Activities in European Cities: Challenges and Practical Problems with Existing Indices. Creativity Research Journal, 29(3), 292–303.

Białowolski, P., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2016). What Does a Swiss Franc Mortgage Cost? The Tale of Polish Trust for Foreign Currency Denominated Mortgages: Implications for Well-Being and Health. Social Indicators Research. 133(1), 285-301.

Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2016). Quality of life in cities – Empirical evidence in comparative European perspective. Cities, 58, 87–96.

Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2016). Spatial Variation in EU Poverty with Respect to Health, Education and Living Standards. Social Indicators Research, 125(2), 451–479.

Annoni, P., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2016). A Measure to Target Antipoverty Policies in the European Union Regions. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 11(1), 181–207.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., & Białowolski, P. (2016). Cultural events – does attendance improve health? Evidence from a Polish longitudinal study. BMC Public Health, 16(730).

Matysiak, A., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2016). Country-Specific Conditions for Work and Family Reconciliation: An Attempt at Quantification. European Journal of Population, 32(4), 475–510.

Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2016). Attendance of cultural events and involvement with the arts – impact evaluation on health and well-being from a Swiss household panel survey. Public Health, 139, 161–169.

Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2015). Poverty in the regions of the European Union – measurement with a composite indicator. Contemporary Economics, 9(2), 113–154.

Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2015). Differences in gender norms between countries – are they valid? The issue of measurement invariance. European Journal of Population, 31(1), 51–76.

Białowolski, P., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2014). The Index of Household Financial Condition, Combining Subjective and Objective Indicators: An Appraisal of Italian Households. Social Indicators Research, 118(1), 265–385.

Węziak-Białowolska, D., & Isac, M. M. (2014). School autonomy – a cross-national perspective. Can we compare the opinion of school principals? Edukacja, 4(129), 5–20.

Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2014). Health conditions in regions of Eastern and Western Europe. International Journal of Public Health, 59(3), 529–539.

Bialowolski, P., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2014). External Factors Affecting Investment Decisions of Companies. Economics. The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 8(2014–11), 1–22.

Annoni, P., Węziak-Białowolska, D., & Farhan, H. (2013). Measuring the impact of the Web: Rasch modelling for survey evaluation. Journal of Applied Statistics, 40(8), 1831–1851.

Grabowska, I., Węziak-Białowolska, D., Kotowska, I. E., & Panek, T. (2013). Household living conditions. Education and human capital. Contemporary Economics, 7(Special Issue), 87–105.

Woynarowska-Soldan, M., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2012). Factors enhancing teachers’ occupational wellbeing scale: psychometric analysis. Medycyna Pracy, 63(1), 73–83.

Woynarowska-Soldan, M., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2012). Profiles of factors enhancing teachers’ occupational wellbeing and their use in health promoting schools. Medycyna Pracy, 63(2), 211–216.

Woynarowska-Soldan, M., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2012). Selected factors enhancing teachers’ occupational wellbeing in the health promoting schools. Kwartalnik Pedagogiczny, 2(224), 145–161.

Annoni P., & Węziak-Białowolska D. (2012) The Web Index: Gender Bias Findings from the Rating Scale model, Rasch Measurement Transactions, 26(3), 1389-1390.

Białowolski P., & Węziak-Białowolska D. (2012). Priorytety płatności polskich gospodarstw domowych – zastosowanie podejścia eksploracyjnego w konfirmacyjnej analizie czynnikowej (Payment priorities in Polish households – exploratory structural equation modeling), Roczniki Kolegium Analiz Ekonomicznych, 28, 179-196.

Białowolska D. & Białowolski P. (2012).  Kapitał społeczny a poziom rozwoju gospodarczego w świetle modelu jastrząb-gołąb (Social capital and economic development – conclusions from the hawk-dove model), Roczniki Ekonomiczne Instytutu Nauk Ekonomicznych PAN, nr 2 (LXXIII ), 139-164.

Woynarowska-Soldan, M., & Węziak-Białowolska D. (2012). Self-assessment of health and taking care of health among teachers. Problemy Higieny i Epidemiologii, 93(4), 739–745.

Woynarowska-Soldan, M., & Węziak-Białowolska D. (2012). Psychometric analysis of Positive Health Behaviours Scale for adults. Problemy Higieny i Epidemiologii, 93(2), 369–376.

Rószkiewicz M., & Węziak-Białowolska D. (2011) Empirical verification of the model of the knowledge orientation of a company, Econometrics, 31/2011, 192-201.

Grabowska I., & Węziak-Białowolska D. (2011) Discrimination at the workplace – findings from the European Working Condition Survey. Types of discrimination practices and their characteristics. Econometrics, 31/2011, 202-216.

Białowolski, P., Czapinski, J., Grabowska, I., Kotowska, I. E., Panek, T., Strzelecki, P., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2011). Social Diagnosis 2011. Objective and subjective quality of life in Poland. Contemporary Economics, 5(3), 50–112.

Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2011). Ocena kapitału ludzkiego oraz jego zróżnicowanie demograficzne, społeczne i ekonomiczne w Polsce i w województwie podkarpackim – analiza porównawcza (Human capital of different socio-economic groups in Poland and in the Podkarpackie voivodship). Studia Regionalne i Lokalne, 2(44), 41–57.

Białowolski P., & Węziak-Białowolska D. (2011). Zastosowanie analizy klas ukrytych do identyfikacji wykluczenia gospodarstw domowych z rynku kredytowego (Identification of exclusion of the household from the credit market with latent class analysis). Roczniki Kolegium Analiz Ekonomicznych, 23(2011), 159 – 174.

Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2010). Kapitał społeczny w Polsce w świetle Diagnozy Społecznej – pomiar i wybrane wyniki empiryczne (Social capital in Poland – results from Social Diagnosis household panel survey). Studia Demograficzne, 1-2(157-158), 79–102

Węziak-Białowolska D. (2010). Analiza skal punktowania zadań – matura z matematyki 2007 (Analysis of the response scale – the matura exam 2007), Edukacja, Studia, Badania, Innowacje, 1(109), 103-111.

Węziak-Białowolska D. & Szaleniec H. (2009). Czy e-ocenianie może zapewnić większą rzetelność punktowania (Is e-marking able to provide reliable exam assessment), Edukacja Studia Badania Innowacje, 1(105), 48-59.

Rószkiewicz M., & Węziak-Białowolska D. (2008). Pomiar i modelowanie kapitału intelektualnego regionu (Measurement and modeling of intellectual capital of a region), Gospodarka Narodowa, 10(2008), 45-67.

Woynarowska-Soldan, M., Hildt-Ciupinska K. & Węziak, D. (2008). Positive health behaviours scale for adolescents: initial psychometric analysis. Medycyna wieku rozwojowego. 12(2), 577-585.

Rószkiewicz, M., Węziak, D., & Wodecki, A. (2007). Kapital Intelektualny Lubelszczyzny – propozycja operacjonalizacji i pomiaru (Intellectual Capital of Lubelszczyzna region – operationalisation and measurement). Studia Regionalne i Lokalne, 2(28), 59-88;

Węziak, D. (2007). Wielopoziomowe modelowanie regresyjne w analizie danych (Multilevel regression modeling). Wiadomosci Statystyczne, 9, 1–12.

Węziak, D. (2007). Indeks stanu posiadania dóbr trwałego użytku przez gospodarstwa domowe w świetle badań kapitału intelektualnego Lubelszczyzny – porównanie skalogramu Guttmana i skalowania Rascha (Durable goods possession index in the Lubelszczyzna region – Guttman scaling versus Rasch model). Wiadomości Statystyczne, 1, 1–10.

Węziak, D. (2006). Ocena jakości skali ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem jej rzetelności i trafności za pomoca skalowania Rascha (Scale reliability and validity in Rasch modeling). ASK Społeczeństwo, Badania, Metody, 15, 107–131.

Węziak, D. (2006). Zastosowanie skalowania Rascha do oceny trafności skali pomiarowej (Application of Rasch model to an assessment of scale validity). Prace Naukowe Akademii Ekonomicznej we Wroclawiu., 1142, 34–48.

Węziak, D. (2006). Zastosowanie porządkowego skalowania Rascha do optymalizacji długości skali odpowiedzi (Rating scale model – optimization of the length of answer scale). Zeszyty Naukowe Akademii Ekonomicznej w Poznaniu, 71, 137–146.

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