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Melissa Robertson

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2018

Research Interests:

I study the intersection of relationships and work. I am interested in how social relationships affect personal and professional development, inclusion and belonging, and well-being, particularly for people from underrepresented groups (e.g., people from minoritized racial/ethnic groups, people with chronic illnesses and disabilities). Much of my recent research has focused on advancing the science of mentoring and uses an adult attachment theoretical perspective. I use a variety of methodological approaches in my work, including observational methods, experience sampling methodology, grounded theory methodology, structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, and dyadic methods.

Selected Publications:

Robertson, M. M., & Zhang, F. (in press). Attachment in mentoring relationships. Journal of Business and Psychology.

Robertson, M. M., Eby, L. T., Facteau, D. B., & Anker, J. G. (2023). Contact and impact on the frontline: Effects of relational job architecture and perceived safety climate on strain and motivational outcomes during COVID-19.  Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 28(1), 20-39.

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

Clark, M. A., Robertson, M. M., & Young, S. (2019). “I feel your pain”: A critical review of organizational research on empathy. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 40(2), 166-192.

Aikens, M. L., Robertson, M. M., Sadselia, S., Watkins, K., Evans, M., Runyon, C. R., Eby, L. T., & Dolan, E. L. (2017). Race and gender differences in undergraduate research mentoring structures and research outcomes. CBE—Life Sciences Education, 16(ar34), 1-12.

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.

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