School of Psychology - Directory - People - Dr Stacey Parker

Dr Stacey Parker
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Dr Stacey Parker
Stacey completed her PhD in 2012 and joined the School of Psychology in 2013 following a postdoctoral research position at QUT. She is an organisational psychologist and consultant on applied research projects. Her research focuses on occupational health psychology and motivation, particularly what individuals and organisations can do to manage stress and improve performance.
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School of Psychology (McElwain Building)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld, 4072

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Dr Stacey Parker

2012 UQ Combined PhD and Masters (Organisational Psychology)
2006 UQ Combined BBusMan and BArts (Psychology, Hons I)

Professional Activities:

For information on my professional activities please visit my LinkedIn profile.

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Dr Stacey Parker
Research Activities:

General Research Interests:

I conduct research in the areas of occupational health psychology and positive organisational behavior. In particular, I am interested in what individuals and organisations can do to manage stress and energy. For individuals, what resources or strategies serve as sources of resilience? For organisations, what resources protect individuals and enable effective stress and energy management?

Other research interests include; (1) the general health and wellbeing of music professionals, and (2) the interrelationships of emotion regulation and heart rate variability.

Other research activities include being on the editorial board for Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and an ad hoc reviewer for the journals: Motivation & Emotion; Anxiety, Stress, & Coping; Work & Stress; Applied Psychology: An International Review; Applied Psychology: Health and Wellbeing; Australian Psychologist; and British Journal of Psychology.


Energy Management at Work (data collection closed):

How do you manage your energy at work? in 2015/2016 employees participated in a heart rate monitoring study to understand more on energy management at work. Here is the press release on the study. Data analysis is ongoing.


Musicians' Professional Wellbeing (data collection closed):

In 2010/2011 Australian musicians were invited to participate in the Musicians' Well-being Survey, which aimed to highlight risks to occupational health and possible interventions that could have broad impact for the music industry. A briefing report on the findings can be viewed here, and the full report here


Daily Recovery from Work Stress (data collection closed):

In 2013/2014 employees were asked to wear a portable ECG (i.e., heart rate monitor) and track their work stress over one working week. A briefing report on the initial findings can be viewed here, and the full report here


Representative Publications:

Journal Publications:

Parker, S. L., Jimmieson, N. L., & Amiot, C. E. (2016). Reactions to changes in work control: Implications for self-determined and non-self-determined individuals. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 21, 4, 455-467. doi: 10.1037/a0040022. [PDF]

Greaves, C. E., Parker, S. L., Zacher, H., & Jimmieson, N. L. (2015). Turnover intentions of employees with informal eldercare responsibilities: The role of core self-evaluations and supervisor support. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 82, 1, 79-115. doi: 10.1177/0091415015624418.

Parker, S.L., Jimmieson, N.L., Walsh, A., & Loakes, J. (2015). Trait resilience fosters adaptive coping when control opportunities are high: Implications for the motivating potential of active work. Journal of Business and Psychology, 30, 3, 583-604. doi: 10.1007/s10869-014-9383-4 [PDF]

Norton, T.A., Parker, S.L., Zacher, H., & Ashkanasy, N.A. (2015). Employee green behavior: A theoretical framework, multilevel review, and future research agenda. Organization & Environment, 28, 1, 103-125. doi: 10.1177/1086026615575773 [Supplementary Materials]

Parker, S.L., Laurie, K.R., Newton, C.J., & Jimmieson, N.L. (2014). Regulatory focus moderates the relationship between task control and physiological and psychological markers of stress: A work simulation study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 94, 3, 390-398. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.10.009 [PDF]  Inside Science Story

Zacher, H., Brailsford, H., & Parker, S.L. (2014). Micro-breaks matter: A diary study on the effects of energy management strategies on occupational well-being. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 85, 3, 287-297. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2014.08.005

Parker, S.L., Jimmieson, N.L., & Amiot, C.E. (2013). Self-determination, control, and reactions to changes in workload: A work simulation. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 18, 2, 173-190. doi: 10.1037/a0031803 [PDF]

Parker, S.L., Jimmieson, N.L., & Johnson, K.M. (2013). General self-efficacy influences affective task reactions during a work simulation: The temporal effects of changes in workload at different levels of control. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 26(2), 217-239. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2011.651616 [PDF]

Parker, S.L., Jimmieson, N.L., & Amiot, C.E. (2010). Self-determination as a moderator of demands and control: Implications for employee strain and engagement. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 52-67. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2009.06.010 [PDF]

Parker, S.L., Jimmieson, N.L., & Amiot, C.E. (2009). The stress-buffering effects of control on task satisfaction and perceived goal attainment: An experimental study of the moderating influence of desire for control. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 58(4), 622-652. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-0597.2008.00367.x [PDF]


Book Chapters:

Greaves, C. E., Parker, S. L., Zacher, H., & Jimmieson, N. L. (in press). Resource effects in the caregiving process. In R. Burke & L. Calvano (Eds.), The sandwich generation: Caring for oneself and others at home and work. (Accepted 17/06/15).

Norton, T. A., Parker, S. L., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (2015). Employee green behavior and aging. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.) Encyclopedia of geropsychology. Springer, Singapore.

Greenaway, K.H., Louis, W.R., Parker, S.L., Kalokerinos, E.K., Smith, J.R., & Terry, D.J. (2015). Measures of coping for psychological well-being. In G.J. Boyle, D.H. Saklofske, & G. Matthews (eds.), Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Constructs, pp. 322–351, Academic Press: USA. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-386915-9.00012-7

Parker, S.L., Jimmieson, N.L., & Way, K. (2013). Occupational Health Psychology. In A. Sarris & N. Kirby (Eds.), Organisational Psychology and Professional Practice. Tilde. ISBN: 978-0-7346-1124-6


For more information about my research activities please visit my Google Scholar, ORCID, or my profile on The Conversation.

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Dr Stacey Parker
Occupational stress and employee health, personnel selection, organisational surveys (i.e., employee satisfaction, motivation, and engagement), positive psychology, and self-management strategies (i.e., emotion regulation and self-regulation).
occupational stress, employee health, person-environment fit, job design, personnel selection, satisfaction, engagement, motivation, positive psychology, positive emotions, stress and coping, emotion regulation, self-regulation, organisational surveys, wellbeing
Course Coordinator:
  • Semester 1, 2016
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC7474 - Applied Research Methods
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC7474 - Applied Research Methods
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2013
    PSYC4361 - Evolutionary & Comparative Perspectives on Cognition
  • Semester 1, 2012
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2011
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Course Tutor:
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 1, 2010
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSYC3034 - Topics in Applied Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2009
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 1, 2009
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2009
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • Semester 3, 2009
    PSYC2010 - Psychological Research Methodology II
  • Semester 1, 2008
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2008
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2007
    PSYC1020 - Introduction to Psychology: Physiological and Cognitive Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2007
    PSYC1040 - Psychological Research Methodology I

Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.

Research Area:

My areas are occupational health psychology and positive organisational behaviour. In 2016 I will likely take 2 honours students who will have the opportunity to;

1) bring their own field project (i.e., if you have access to an organisational sample we can develop a project together), or

2) work on a ready-made experimental project. There is scope for the student to contribute to the design of these ready-made projects. For more details, see below.


Ready-made experimental projects:

  • An experiment on the effects of various stressful tasks (e.g., mental subtraction, tiers of social stress, work simulation, etc) on emotion regulation capacity; both physiological (i.e., HRV) and self-reported outcomes (i.e., emotion regulation strategies and affective reactions). This experiment is a validation study that aims to explore what sorts of tasks are more useful and valid for experimental research in organisational psychology. 
  • An experiment on the effects of different types of rewards/incentives on intrinsic motivation and task performance during a demanding work task. There is a controversy in the literature regarding whether extrinsic incentives are good or bad for motivation. In this study, we will adopt a stress perspective and measure both physiological (i.e., HRV) and self-reported emotion regulation and affective reactions to determine how people cope while in pursuit of an incentive (and whether effective coping engenders positive outcomes like motivation and performance).


Supervision approach:

  • I like data collection to start early, as early as possible. Let's meet asap, get focused, and get data collecting by end of March.
  • I like meetings to be as needed, these can be as regular or irregular as the student desires.
  • I like students to set their own goals and let me know what support/guidance they need. I can definitely give advice and feedback on whether the goals are realistic/appropriate and whether the goals will help you stay on track during the honours year.

I will attend the supervisor meet and greet session (held 11am 27th January) if you would like the chance to ask me any questions.

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