Principal Investigator:

Gwenith G. Fisher, Ph.D.

Dr. Gwen Fisher is an Associate Professor and program coordinator for the industrial/organizational psychology doctoral program and director of the occupational health psychology program at Colorado State University (CSU), and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Colorado School of Public Health and Center for Health, Work, and Environment – a NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, she was an Associate Research Scientist at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and a Research Consultant for IBM. Dr. Fisher’s research examines how work and individual factors relate to worker health, well-being, and retirement. She is particularly interested in work/life issues, parental leave, and the return to work process among working parents. Her research has been published in top academic journals, such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She serves on the editorial board of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Work, Aging, and Retirement, and Occupational Health Science. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH; part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Gwen has consulted with numerous organizations and workers to address issues related to job satisfaction, work stress, and work/life balance. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family (including her husband, two young boys, and Labrador retriever), skiing, hiking, running, cycling, playing hockey, cooking, and traveling.

 

Co-Investigators:

Jing Zhang, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at California State University, San Bernardino. Her research interests include work family issues, occupational health, and work engagement. Jing has conducted research on topics such as parent work-family conflict and its impact on children, predictors of breastfeeding intention and duration, and strategies to increase employee work engagement.

Candice L. Thomas, Ph.D.

Candice L. Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Saint Louis University. Her research focuses on Occupational Health Psychology and the health impacts of the intersection between work and family roles. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how the workplace influences maternal health behaviors, such as breastfeeding, and how breastfeeding related experiences at work can shape employees cognitive and affective experiences of both motherhood and the workplace.

Tori Crain, Ph.D.

Dr. Tori Crain is an Assistant Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Assistant Director of the Occupational Health Psychology training program at Colorado State University. Her research examines topics related to employee stress and health, with a specific focus on the interplay among work, family, and sleep domains. She is particularly interested in understanding how the sleep of new parents affects their work, family, and health outcomes.

Kelsie Daigle, M.S.

Kelsie Daigle is the Project Manager for the Working Parent Study. She is a third-year graduate student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD program at Colorado State University with a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology. Kelsie received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in 2015. Kelsie is interested in understanding the process of planning for and taking parental leave, and how low-income workers, workers in underrepresented groups, and those who work for small businesses experience the parental leave and return to work process. Kelsie plans to conduct research that will influence public policies related to working caregivers and parental leave. In her spare time, Kelsie enjoys hiking, traveling, crafting, and cooking (and of course eating).

Kymbre Grauberger, B.S.

Kymbre Grauberger is the Study Coordinator for this project. Kymbre received her B.S. in Psychology at Colorado State University in December, 2017. She is interested in worker health and well-being, telepressure, and how work travel and commuting relate to individual’s stress and well-being.

Rebecca Clancy, B.S.

Rebecca Clancy is a second-year graduate student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD program at Colorado State University with a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology. Becca received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2017. Becca is interested in how organizational culture and leadership can impact employee health and well-being, and is particularly interested in women’s experiences at work. Her current research has focused on employees with caregiving responsibilities (eldercare and working parents) as well as examining occupational stress and mental health in higher education. In her spare time, Becca likes traveling to visit her friends and family, going to concerts, and spending time outdoors.

Dorothy Haruyama, B.A.

Dorothy Haruyama is a third-year graduate student in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at Colorado State University with a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology. Her research examines the intersections of gender, culture and age in higher education and the workplace. She is particularly interested in the role that emotions such as guilt, pride and gratitude play in individuals’ experiences of work-family conflict. Outside of work, Dorothy enjoys getting to the mountains for running and hiking or tackling new strategies for board games in a cozy living room.

 

Project Collaborators:

Christiane Spitzmueller, Ph.D.

Dr. Christiane Spitzmueller is a Professor in Psychology at the University of Houston. She conducts research on the work-family interface, and her research focuses on how work affects the health and well-being of employees and their families. She recently published a book, Research Perspectives on Work and the Transition to Motherhood. Additionally, her research has been published in many of the top journals in Organizational Behavior and Applied Psychology. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Organizational Research Methods and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She has consulted with a number of Fortune 100 companies, including ExxonMobil and BP.