Note: I will be accepting applications for Graduate student positions starting September 2017.
Broadly, my research in the field of psychological contracts focuses on how employers can establish and maintain positive relationships with their employees. At its most basic level, I examine the employee-employer exchange relationship and the factors that have a positive (e.g., trust) and negative (e.g., breach of promises) influence on this relationship. My primary goal in all of my research on psychological contracts is to make meaningful contributions to the psychological contract literature. As such, I seek to challenge existing assumptions inherent in the literature and offer alternative theoretical and empirical approaches that will advance understanding about important mechanisms underlying the psychological contract. For example, from a theoretical standpoint, I focus on expanding existing theory in significant ways that generate exciting new research avenues. For instance, in collaboration with colleagues, I argued that variables that traditionally have been typecasted as outcomes of psychological contract breach (e.g., counterproductive work behaviour) can also serve as antecedents of breach; thereby indicating that these processes are recursive in nature.
My research in the field of unemployment and job insecurity focuses on how both concepts relate to self-reported and other-reported (i.e., doctor reports) measures of health, health behaviours, and psychological well-being. My primary goal in this area of research is to identify potential mitigating factors for one?s health, health behaviours, and psychological well-being. As such, I seek to identify and investigate protective factors for one?s health, health behaviour, and psychological well-being in times of unemployment or perceived job insecurity. For example, from a theoretical standpoint, I focus on expanding existing theory in significant ways by investigating competing theoretical mechanisms. In a recent paper, I?in collaboration with colleagues?juxtaposed two contradicting perspectives (i.e., a materialistic versus a psychosocial perspective) in the onset of problems associated with one?s health, health behaviours, and psychological well-being over the course of a two-year perspective. We showed that an integration of these two perspectives offers a better explanation for the onset of ill-health and ill-being when being unemployed.
A selection of my published papers can be found in the section below. For a full overview of all my research output, please see my Curriculum Vitae