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Ashley Nixon

Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland  Oregon  97201


Ashley Nixon is a Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at Atkinson Graduate School of Management. She teaches courses in leadership, management, human resources, and organizational behavior. She is a Fulbright Scholar Specialist and an awarding winning professor.

Ashley’s primary research interest falls under the umbrella of occupational stress, including job stressors, employee strains and well-being, and moderators of the stressor-strain process. Her research has appeared in International Journal of Management Reviews, Work & Stress, Human Performance, and Stress & Health as well as numerous conference proceedings including the Academy of Management, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists and Work, Stress, and Health. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety. Ashley serves on the editorial boards of Work & Stress and Stress and Health. She is an executive board member for the Society of Occupational Health Psychology and Salem SHRM Association.

In her free time, Ashley enjoys hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, and playing the ukulele very poorly. She loves to travel locally and internationally, read everything that strikes her fancy, and enjoy a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir.


  • Ph.D., University of South Florida
  • M.A., University of South Florida
  • B.S., University of Florida

Areas of Instruction

Human Resources Management, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Analysis

Areas of interest

Leadership, Management, Coaching, Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management

Research Interests

  • Work stress
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Workplace mistreatment
  • Emotional Labor
  • Well-being and Resiliency

Selected Publications

Nixon, A. E., Arvan, M., Spector, P. E. (2021). Will the Real Mistreatment Please Stand Up? Examining the Assumptions and Measurement of Bullying and Incivility. Work & Stress, 1-25.

Misuraca, R. Ceresia, R. Nixon, A. E. & Scaffidi Abbate, C. (2021). When is more really more? The effect of brands on choice overload in adolescents. Journal of Consumer Marketing, 38 (2), 168-177.

Nixon, A. E., Ceylan, S., Nelson, C.E. & Alabak, M. (2020). Collectivism and emotional labor: A comparison of Turkish and U.S. service employees. Work & Stress, 34(2), 168-188.

Spector, P. E. & Nixon, A. E. (2019). How often do I agree: An experimental test of item format method variance in stress measures. Occupational Health Science, 3, 125-143.

Kessler, S. R., Nixon, A. E. & Nord, W. (2017). Advancing the theory behind organic/mechanistic structures: Why we don’t know as much as we thought! International Journal of Management Reviews, 19(4), 531-555.

Nixon, A. E., Bruk-Lee, V., & Spector, P. E. (2017). Grin and bear it?: Employees’ use of emotional labor during coworker conflict. Stress & Health, 33(2), 129-142.

Nixon, A. E., Lanz, J., Manapragada, A., Bruk-Lee, V., Sanchez, A., & Rodriguez, R.J., (2015). Nurse safety: What does affect and attitude have to do with it? Work & Stress, 29(4), 401-419.

Nixon, A. E., & Spector, P. E. (2015). Seeking clarity in a linguistic fog: Can moderators unify workplace aggression research? Human Performance, 28(2), 137-164. DOI: 10.1080/08959285.2015.1006325.

Bruk-Lee, V., Nixon, A. E., & Spector, P. E. (2013). An expended typology of conflict at work: Task, relationship and non-task organizational conflict as social stressors. Work & Stress, 27(4), 339-350. DOI: 10.1080/02678373.2013.841303.

Nixon, A. E., Yang, L., Spector, P. E., Zhang, X. (2011). Emotional labor in China: Examining moderators and consequences of the emotional labor process. Stress & Health, 27, 289-305.

Nixon, A. E., Mazzola, J. J., Bauer, J., Krueger, J. R., Spector, P. E. (2011). Can work make you sick?: A meta-analysis of job stressor-physical symptom relationships. Work & Stress, 25, 1-22.

Bruk-Lee, V., Khoury, H., Nixon, A. E., Goh, A., & Spector, P. E. (2009). Replicating and extending past personality/job satisfaction meta-analyses. Human Performance, 22(2), 156-189.

Kessler, S. R., Nixon, A. E., & Nelson, C. E. (2008). Don't throw out the baby with the bath water: A novel way of evaluating outcomes in the Healthy Families America Programs. American Journal of Evaluation, 29(3), 288-300.

Book Chapters

Nixon, A. E. & Claus, L. (2014). Global work-life balance and stress management: Global HR strategies and tactics for a healthy and productive workforce. In Claus, L. (ed.) Global HR Practitioner Handbook, Volume 2. Global Immersion Press.

Nixon, A. E. & Spector, P. E. (2013). The impact of technology of employee stress, health, and well-being. In Coover, M.D., & Thompson, L.F. (eds.) Psychology of Workplace Technology, (pp. 238-269). Oxford, UK: Routledge Academic.

Selected Presentations

Nixon, A. E. (Chair) (2022, July). Mental Health and the Workplace. Oral Session at the 15th European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference, Bordeaux, France.

Nixon, A. E., Nelson, C. E. & Ceylan, S. (2022, July). An Emotion-Centered Model of Emotional Labor: Cross-National Examination. Presentation accepted at the 15th European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology Conference, Bordeaux, France.

Nixon, A. E. & Schonfeld, I. (Co-Chairs) (2019). Engaging Students in OHP Courses. Symposium presented at the Work, Stress, and Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Nixon, A. E. (2019). The impact of interpersonal locus of control on interpersonal conflict-work engagement relationships: An initial investigation. Paper presented at the Work, Stress, and Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Ceylan, S., Gokalp, A., Nixon, A. E., Huydobro, G. R., Eatough, E., & Nelson, C. E. (2017, July). The Relationships Between Emotional Culture, Emotional Dissonance and Emotional Labor: A Cross-National Study. Paper presented to the 18th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. Dublin, Ireland.

Nixon, A.E., Kessler, S.R., Sevostyanova, A (October, 2016). Organic and Mechanistic Structures and the Employee Experience. In Pindek, S. (Chair), Meta-analysis in the study of organizational behavior. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Management Association, Charlotte, NC.

Nixon, A. E., Arvan, M., Spector, P. E. (2016, April). Examining the underlying assumptions and measurement of incivility and bullying. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Anaheim, CA.

Reviewer and Editorial Board Service

Editorial Board Member

Occupational Health Science
Work & Stress

Reviewer for Journals 

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health ServicesResearch
Applied Psychology: An International Review
International Journal of Organizational Theory
International Public Management Journal
Journal of Business and Psychology
Journal of Family Issues
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Journal of Managerial Psychology
Journal of Vocational Behavior
Occupational Health Science
Sleep Medicine
Stress & Health
Work & Stress
Willamette University

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.