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Ryan C. Johnson

Dr. Ryan C. Johnson, portriat
Assistant Professor
Porter 205

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Ph.D., University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2014)

B.A., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (2007)


Dr. Johnson is accepting new graduate students.

Research Interests

Trained in both traditional Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology and Occupational Health Psychology (OHP), Dr. Johnson has a primary research interest that focuses on exploring relationships between work and non-work life, and within that framework, is driven by the motivation to address three key questions:

  1. What processes and theoretical mechanisms underlie relationships between work and the health and wellness of employees and their families? Research here focuses on establishing the mechanisms through which aspects of work ultimately impacts health.For example, a recent project explored exhaustion as a linking mechanism between emotion regulation at work and health behaviors at home.
  2. How can adverse outcomes at the intersection of work and non-work life be reduced through intervention, resources, and work redesign? This work focuses on evaluating the effectiveness and feasibility of change initiatives, both at home and at work, which may better facilitate performance in both work and non-work domains of life. For example, a current project examines how an intervention designed to increase support for employee's work and family life may have unintended performance outcomes beneficial to employees and the organization, in addition to the hypothesized improvements in health and well-being.
  3. What role do individual differences play in the relationships between work and non-work life? Individual differences are a central tenet of much of Dr. Johnson's work. The research focus here is on uncovering differences between people, and exploring how knowledge of these differences can be harnessed to improve employee well-being and organizational effectiveness. For example, a recent study examined the role of mindfulness in predicting differences in reactivity to depleting job demands.


(For all entries below, student co-authors are preceded with an *asterisk)

Johnson, R. C., Eatough, E. M., Chang, C.-H., Hammer, L. B., & Truxillo, D. M. (2019). Home is where the mind is: Family interference with work and safety performance in two high risk industries. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 110, 117-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2018.10.012

Dhanani, L. Y., Johnson, R. C., *Colton, C. E., & *Hall, T. K. (2019). A missing perspective: Considering survivors in sexual misconduct training. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 12, 25-29. https://doi.org/10.1017/iop.2019.2

Shockley, K. M., Shen, W., & Johnson, R. C. (2018). The Cambridge Handbook of the Global Work-Family Interface. Cambridge Industrial and Organizational Psychology Series. http://doi.org/10.1017/9781108235556

*Gisler, S., *Omansky, R., *Alenick, P., *Tumminia, A., Eatough, E. M., & Johnson, R. C. (2018). Work-life conflict and employee health: A review. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 23(4), 1-46. https://doi.org/10.1111/jabr.12157

Trombley, M. J., Bray, J., Hinde, J., Buxton, O. M., & Johnson, R. C. (2018). Investigating the negative relationship between wages and obesity: New evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Network. Nordic Journal of Health Economics. http://dx.doi.org/10.5617/njhe.4720

*Manigault, A., *Figueroa, W. S., *Hollenbeck, C. H., *Mendlein, A., Woody, W. A., *Hamilton, K., *Scanlin, M., Johnson, R. C., & Zoccola, P. M. (2018). When family matters most: Sexual identity disclosure to family members uniquely predicts diurnal cortisol output in sexual minority young adults. Psychosomatic Medicine, 80(8), 717-723. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/PSY.0000000000000625

*Manigault, A., *Figueroa, W. S., *Hollenbeck, C. H., *Mendlein, A., Woody, W. A., *Sinegar, S. E., *Hamilton, K., *Scanlin, M., Johnson, R. C., & Zoccola, P. M. (2018). A test of the association between mindfulness subcomponents and diurnal cortisol patterns. Mindfulness, 9(3), 897-904. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12671-017-0829-4

Zoccola, P. M., *Manigault, A., *Figueroa, W. S., *Hollenbeck, C. H., *Mendlein, A., Woody, W. A., *Hamilton, K., *Scanlin, M., & Johnson, R. C. (2017). Trait rumination predicts elevated evening cortisol in sexual and gender minority young adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 1365. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14111365

Hammer, L. B., Johnson, R. C., Crain, T. L., Kossek, E. E., Davis, K. D., Kelly, E., Berkman, L., Buxton, O. B., Karuntzos, G., & Chosewood, C. (2016). Intervention effects on safety compliance and citizenship behaviors: Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Study. Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 190-208. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/apl0000047

Allen, T. D., Johnson, R. C., Kiburz, K. M., & Shockley, K. S. (2013). Work-family conflict and flexible work arrangements: Deconstructing flexibility. Personnel Psychology, 66, 345-376. http://doi.org/10.1111/peps.12012

Johnson, R. C., & Allen, T. D. (2013). Examining the links between employed mothers’ work characteristics, physical activity, and child health. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 148-157. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0030460

Allen, T. D., Johnson, R. C., Saboe, K. N., Cho, E., Dumani, S., & Estep-Evans, S. (2012). Dispositional variables and work-family conflict: A meta-analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80, 17-26. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2011.04.004

Johnson, R. C., Kiburz, K. M., Dumani, S., Cho, E., & Allen, T. D. (2011). Work-family research: A broader view of impact. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4, 389-392. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1754-9434.2011.01358.x

Courses Taught

  • Psychology of Personality
  • Occupational Health Psychology
  • Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Work & Family

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