Melissa Robertson


Ph.D., University of Georgia (Industrial-Organizational Psychology), 2018

M.S., University of Georgia (Industrial-Organizational Psychology), 2014

B.A. (First Class Honors) from Simon Fraser University, 2012

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the intersection of work and relationships. I am interested in questions such as:

  • How can we improve relationships between employees and others in the work (e.g., mentors, supervisors, coworkers) and family (e.g., spouses, children) domains?
  • How can we mitigate the adverse outcomes of negative relational experiences at work?
  • How can we improve relationships between people who are different from each other, or who have conflicting goals?
  • What behaviors are associated with positive relationship outcomes?
  • How can people best work together to achieve their work and family goals?
  • How can relational experiences facilitate meaningful work?

My work uses a variety of research designs (e.g., experimental, observational, longitudinal, experience sampling) and analytic techniques (e.g., structural equation modeling, lag-sequential analysis, multilevel modeling). I am also broadly interested in methodological issues relating to enhancing validity, measurement, and theory in organizational research.

If you are interested in volunteering as a research assistant in the Relationships and Work Lab, please complete the application here.

Representative Publications:

Eby, L. T., & Robertson, M. M. (2020). The psychology of workplace mentoring relationships. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 7, 75-100.

Becker, T., Robertson, M. M., & Vandenberg, R. J. (2019). Nonlinear transformations in organizational research: Possible problems and potential solutions. Organizational Research Methods, 22(4), 831-866. *Winner of the 2019 Organizational Research Methods Best Paper Award

Clark, M. A.*, Robertson, M. M.*, & Young, S.* (2019). I feel your pain: A review of the literature on empathy in organizational behavior. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 40(2), 166-192. *equal contribution

Clark, M. A.*, Robertson, M. M.*, & Carter, N. T. (2018). You spin me right round: A within-person examination of affect spin and voluntary work behavior. Journal of Management, 44(8), 3176-3199. *equal contribution

Eby, L. T., Mitchell, M. E., & Zimmerman, L. (2016). Work and family in times of crisis. In T. D. Allen & L. T. Eby (Eds.) Oxford handbook of work and family. Oxford University Press.

Mitchell, M. E., Eby, L. T., & Ragins, B. R. (2015). My mentor, my self: Antecedents and outcomes of perceived similarity in mentoring relationships. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 89, 1-9.

Prospective Graduate Students:

Dr. Robertson is planning to admit a graduate student for the 2021-2022 academic year.



Melissa Robertson

Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology 
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