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Melissa Robertson

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Assistant Professor
Industrial-Organizational Program

I am an Assistant Professor in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the Director of the Relationships and Work Lab. I received my Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2018, and previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. 

My research centers on the intersection of work and relationships. I am specifically interested in 1) the development and maintenance of social relationships, and 2) how social relationships contribute to workers’ personal and professional development, inclusion, and well-being. I am particularly interested in how social relationships may affect outcomes for people from underrepresented or marginalized groups (e.g., people from minoritized racial/ethnic groups, people with chronic illnesses and disabilities, low income workers). 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.

I currently teach graduate and undergraduate classes in psychometrics and psychological testing. I previously taught research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

You can listen to a podcast interview with me here.

I am planning to accept a Ph.D. student for entry in Fall 2024. You can learn more about the UGA I-O Ph.D. program here.


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

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

B.S., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Simon Fraser University, 2012

Research Interests:

Social relationships (e.g., mentoring, supervisor-subordinate relationships, family relationships); employee development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; employee well-being; social support; attachment; social behavior; work-life interface

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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