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Kathleen Matuska is a researcher, professor, and occupational therapist. She developed and researched a model and measure of life balance that is used globally. She summarizes the science behind life balance for easy understanding and shares how life in Minnesota with her family and professional colleagues shaped her career.


Kathleen Matuska’s faculty web page at St Catherine University



Other publications by Kathleen Matuska related to life balance:

Matuska, K. M., & Christiansen, C. (2009). Life balance: Multidisciplinary theories and research. Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Inc; Bethesda, MD: AOTA Press.




Christiansen, C., Matuska, K. (2006). Lifestyle Balance: a review of concepts and research. Journal of Occupational Science.13, 1, 49-61.

 Matuska, K., Christiansen, C. (2008). A proposed model of lifestyle balance. Journal of Occupational Science.15, 1, 9-19.

Matuska, K., Erickson, B. (2008). Lifestyle Balance: How it is described and experienced by women with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Occupational Science. 15,1, 20-26.

 Matuska, K. (2009). Workaholism, life balance, and well-being: A comparative analysis.  Journal of Occupational Science, 17, 1.

Hakansson, C & Matuska, K (2010). How Life Balance is Perceived by Swedish Women Recovering from a Stress-related Disorder:A Validation of the Life Balance Model. Journal of Occupational Science.17, 2 pp.

 Wagman P, Håkansson C, Matuska K, Björklund A, Falkmer T. (2011). Validating the model of lifestyle balance on a working Swedish population. Journal of Occupational Science, 4,1-9.

Matuska, K. (2012 ). Validity evidence for a model and measure of life balance. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health , 32, 1, 229-237.

Matuska, K. (2012). Description and Development of the Life Balance Inventory. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health , 32, 1, 220-228.

Matuska, K, Bass, J. & Schmitt, J. (2013). Life balance and perceived stress: predictors and demographic profile. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 33, 3, 146-158

Matuska, K., & Bass, J. (2016) Life Balance and stress in adults with medical conditions or obesity. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 1, 8.