School of Psychology - Directory - People - Dr Stacey Parker

Dr Stacey Parker
  – Senior Lecturer

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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
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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 work motivation. In particular, I am interested in what individuals and organisations can do to manage stress and motivation. For individuals, what resources or strategies serve as sources of resilience? For organisations, what resources protect individuals and enable effective stress and performance 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.

I serve as a reviewer on the editorial board for Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and as 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.


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


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



Representative Publications:

Journal Publications:

Parker, S.L., Jimmieson, N.L., & Techakesari, P. (in press). Using stress and resource theories to examine the incentive effects of a performance-based extrinsic reward. Human Performance. doi:10.1080/08959285.2017.1347174

Parker, S.L., Zacher, H., de Bloom, J., Verton, T.M., & Lentink, C.R. (in press). Daily use of energy management strategies and occupational well-being: The moderating role of job demands. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01477

Greaves, C.E., Parker, S.L., Zacher, H., & Jimmieson, N.L. (in press). Working mothers’ emotional exhaustion from work and care: The role of core self-evaluations, mental health, and control. Work & Stress. doi:10.1080/02678373.2017.1303760  

Parker, S.L., Jimmieson, N.L., & Amiot, C.E. (in press). The motivational mechanisms underlying active and high strain work: Consequences for mastery and performance. Work & Stress. doi:10.1080/02678373.2017.1303551

Norton, T.A., Zacher, H., Parker, S.L., & Ashkanasy, N. A. (2017). Bridging the gap between green behavioural intentions and employee green behaviour: The role of green psychological climate. Journal of Organizational Behavior. doi: 10.1002/job.2178. 

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. (2016). 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 Featured in Harvard Business Review

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:

Nguyen, H., Ashkanasy, N., Parker, S.L., & Li, Y. (forthcoming). The role of implicit leadership theory in employees’ perceptions of abusive supervision. In N. M. Ashkanasy, W. Zerbe, & C. E. J. Hartel (Eds.), Research on Emotion in Organizations (Vol. 14). England, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited.

Norton, T. A., Parker, S. L., Davis, M. C., Russell, S. V., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (forthcoming). A virtuous cycle: Building green organisations with employee behaviour. In V. Wells, D. Gregory-Smith, & D. Manika (Eds.), Handbook of Employee Pro-Environmental Behaviour. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Greaves, C., Parker, S. L., Zacher, H. & Jimmieson, N. L. (2017). Resource effects in the caregiving process. In R. Burke & L. Calvano (Eds.), The sandwich generation: Caring for oneself and others at home and at work (Ch. 5, pp. 99-125). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Norton, T. A., Parker, S. L., & Ashkanasy, N. M. (2017). Employee green behavior and aging. In N. A. Pachana (Ed.), Encyclopedia of geropsychology (Vol. 1, pp. 769-776). Singapore: Springer.

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, 2016
    PSYC7474 - Applied Research Methods
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2015
    PSYC7474 - Applied Research Methods
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC3202 - Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • Semester 1, 2014
    PSYC7474 - Applied Research Methods
  • 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
    PSYC3034 - Topics in Applied Psychology
  • Semester 2, 2010
    PSST0000 - Psychology Student Support Tutors
  • 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:

I'm an organisational psychologist and my research areas are occupational health psychology and work motivation. In 2018, I will likely take 2-3 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 related to extrinsic rewards or task variety/task switching.

There is scope for the student to contribute to the research focus and design of these ready-made projects. If you would like to learn more about my projects on offer, please attend the honours meet and greet session held early 2018. 


Supervision approach:

  • I like data collection to start early, as early as possible. Let's meet asap, get focused, and get data collecting by April.
  • 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 have some travel scheduled during Semester 2 of 2018, so there will be periods when I am overseas or interstate, but we can still keep in contact via email and Skype during this time.

If you have any questions, please come along to the meet and greet session in early 2018, or email me at 

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