Work-Life Research Group
Name of Lab Director: Ann Huffman, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychological Sciences and WA Franke College of Business.
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California
The goal of the Work-Life Research Lab is to conduct psych-social research related to issues germane to the well-being of employees in both the work and non-work context. The hallmark of the research is advancing the understanding the impact that individuals’ life roles have on health and well-being. Based on the basic tenets of role theory, the lab has centers on two important life roles; work and family, with a focus on high stress occupations. Much of our work is based on two theoretical models. First, the work-linked model helps explain why and under what conditions a person succeeds under the stresses of being in a work-linked marriage and in a high stress occupation. Second, the exchange-based dual-military marriage model describes the importance that perceived resources and the exchange relationship have on dual military members. The model posits that a key component to a successful dual-military marriage (or any work-linked marriage) is navigating key life events such as whose career takes precedence; when/if the couple should have children, and whether individual career advancement or collocation is the priority. The work-life research lab also focuses on special populations (e.g., LGBTQ, veterans) and general diversity issues (e.g., women in STEM, signals of diversity).
Ann Huffman and Dr. Heidi Wayment were recently awarded a $1.4 million Department of Defense grant for their research on Psychological Health and Resilience of Military Personnel to develop a quiet ego phone app, and assess a quiet ego intervention in a military population.
Note: Asterisks denote NAU student coauthors.
Selected peer-reviewed publications & scholarly chapters (Previous two years) Accordion Closed
Wayment, W. A., Huffman, A. H., & Irving, L. H.* (2018). Compassionate resources for unemployed adults: Quiet ego, self-compassion, post-traumatic growth, and health. Occupational Health Science, 2, 247-267. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41542-018-0023-7
Huffman, A. H., Dunbar, N., Klinefelter, Z.*, & Howes, S. S. (2018). Sharing Experiences and Stressors at Work and at Home: A Model of Work-Linked Couples. Occupational Health Science, 2, 157-180. 0 https://doi.org/10.1007/s41542-018-0017-5
Huffman, A. H., Dunbar, N., Broom, T*., & Castro, C. (2018). Soldiers’ perspectives of the Married Army Couples Program: A review of perceived problems and proposed solutions. Military Psychology, 30, 335-349. https://doi.org/10.1080/08995605.2018.1478537
Howes, S., Henning, J., Mills, M., & Huffman, A. H. (2018). Yes Virginia, There Is a Gender Disparity Problem – and it Goes beyond STEM. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 11, 318-232. https://doi.org/10.1017/iop.2018.22
Huffman, A. H., Dunbar, N. VanPuyvelde, V. C.*, Klinefelter, Z. P.*, & Sullivan, K. (2017). Caring for Children and Meeting Mission Needs: Experiences of Dual-Military Parents. Military Behavioral Health. DOI: 10.1080/21635781.2017.1379450
Huffman, A., Howes, S., & Olson, K.* (2017). “This Is Our House!” Why Are I-O Psychologists Losing at the Gender Disparity Game? Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 10(4), 584-588. doi:10.1017/iop.2017.59
Huffman, A. H., Matthews, R. A., & Irving, L. H.* (2017). Family fairness and cohesion in marital dyads: Mediating processes between work–family conflict and couple psychological distress. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 90, 95-116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joop.12165
Huffman, A. H., Craddock, E. B.*, Culbertson, S. S., & Klinefelter, Z.* (2017). Decision-making and exchange processes of dual-military couples: A review and suggested strategies for navigating multiple roles. Military Psychology, 29, 11-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/mil0000135
Huffman, A. H., Jones, N. A., & Howes, S. S. (forthcoming). LGBT parents and the workplace (p. TBD). Invited authors for Abbie E. Goldberg & Katherine R. Allen’s (Eds.) LGBTQ-Parent Families: Possibilities for New Research and Implications for Practice. New York, NY: Springer.
Huffman, A. H., & Klinefelter, Z.* (forthcoming). Dual-Military Marriages. In E. Weiss and C. Castro (eds.), American Military Life in the 21st Century: Social, Cultural, and Economic Issues and Trends. Praeger Press, a Division of Greenwood Publishing.
Culbertson, S. S., Huffman, A. H., Mills, M. J., & Imhof, C. B. (2017). Balancing the badge: Work-family challenges within policing and recommended supports and interventions. In R. Burke (Ed.), Stress in policing: Sources, consequences and interventions. Gower.
Selected scholarly presentations Accordion Closed
Klinefelter, Z.*, Irving, L.*, & Huffman, A. H. Employees’ perceptions of veterans: The role of explicit and implicit attitudes. In Peter Reiley’s Beyond the Unemployment Headlines: Examining Veteran Transition Issues and Solutions. Paper presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.
Fleming, L.*, Huffman, A. H., Albritton, M. D., & Doyle, P. C.* Seeking Support: Varying Pathways to a Trans Friendly Workplace. In Ann Huffman’s Transgender Employee Experiences: Understanding the Issues to Create Solutions. Paper accepted to the 33rd annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL (winner of SIOP’s 2018’s Best Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT) Research Award).
Wayment, H. A., Huffman, A. H.*, & Lane, T. Athletic and Academic Identity: Implications for Concussion Reporting Attitudes and Behavior in Collegiate Football Players. In Heidi Wayment and Ann Huffman’s Concussion-Reporting Behavior and Culture in Collegiate, Military, and Youth Samples: Perspectives from multiple psychological disciplines. Paper presented to the 126th American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.
Recent thesis projects successfully defended Accordion Closed
Louis Irving (currently Ph.D. program in social psychology, University of Florida). Assessing Public Mental Health Stigma Toward Veterans, 2017
Zach Klinefelter (currently Ph.D. program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology). Student Perceptions of their Veteran Peers, 2017
Lab group descriptive information Accordion Closed
The Work-Life Research Group consists of 1 post doc, 1 graduate student, and 7 undergraduate students during the Fall 2018 semester.
Dr. Huffman will not be accepting incoming thesis graduate students for the Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 academic year.