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Christopher J. Budnick

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Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL  (Aug 2017)

email: budnickc1@southernct.edu

phone: (203) 392-6877  (starting Aug 2017)

Research Interests

I conduct occupational health and industrial-organizational psychology research focused on identifying, understanding, and altering processes that increase stress and reduce worker well-being. Current topics of interest include:

  • interpretive biases during social and evaluative interactions;
  • motivation and self-regulation;
  • workplace mistreatment and abusive supervision;
  • sleep, exercise, and employee well-being;
  • intervention design, implementation, and assessment.

Current/Research Research Projects

Current:

  • Testing a technology-mediated (online) job search intervention designed for college students.
  • Examining whether academic entitlement biases student evaluations of teaching effectiveness.
  • Developing a self-report measure to assess paranoid social cognitions.
  • Examining the relationship between paranoid social cognitions, paranoid arousal, and abusive supervision perceptions.

Recent:

  • Examining whether social anxiety levels and nonverbal interviewer feedback interact to influence cortisol levels (a hormonal stress marker) and interview performance.
  • Examining the relationship among sleepiness-induced interpretive biases, workplace incivility interpretations, and retaliatory behavior.
  • Examining how goal setting and goal progress perceptions influence job search effort and persistence.

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Barber, L.K., & Budnick, C.J. (2015). Turning molehills into mountains: Sleepiness increases workplace interpretive bias. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36(3), 360-381. doi: 10.1002/job.1992

 Budnick, C.J., & Barber, L.K. (2015). Behind sleepy eyes: Implications of sleep loss for employees and organizations. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 1(1), 89-96. doi: 10.1037/tps0000014

 Budnick, C. J., Kowal, M., & Santuzzi, A. M. (2015). Social anxiety and the ironic effects of positive interviewer feedback. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 28(1). doi: 10.1080/10615806.2014.919386

 Budnick, C. J., & Santuzzi, A. M. (2013). Seeking re-employment in non-metropolitan America. Journal of Employment Counseling, 50(4), 146-153. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1920.2013.00033.x

Book Chapters

Budnick, C.J., & Barber, L.K. (2017). Work characteristics, employee sleep, and employee wellbeing. In C.L. Cooper & M.P. Leiter (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Wellbeing at Work.

Barber, L.K., & Budnick, C.J. (2016). Sleep and unethical behavior. In J. Barling, C.M. Barnes, E. Carleton, & D.T. Wagner (Eds.), Sleep and Work. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

 Santuzzi, A. M., Budnick, C. J., & Cogburn, D. (2013). Human computation and collaboration: Identifying unique social processes in virtual environments. In P. Michelucci (Ed.), Human Computation. New York: Springer.

Translational Articles

Budnick, C.J. (2016). Motivate employees by supporting their autonomy. Good Company Newsletter, 10(10). Retrieved from http://www.apaexcellence.org/resources/goodcompany/newsletter/article/762

Budnick, C.J., & Barber, L.K. (2015). Lead…Engage…Maintain: Cultivating strong organizational civility norms. Good Company Newsletter, 9(6). Retrieved from http://www.apaexcellence.org/resources/goodcompany/newsletter/article/635

Recent Conference Presentations

Page, K., Budnick, C.J., McGonagle, A., French, K., Sears, L., Munc, A., & Masfield, L. (2017, June). How did you get that job? Lessons learned from academic and applied job searches. Paper panel session presented at the 12th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, Minneapolis, MN.

Budnick, C.J., & Barber, L.K. (2017, June). The effect of state sleepiness on the incivility spiral: Examining biased interpretations and uncivil behavior. Paper panel session presented at the 12th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, Minneapolis, MN.

Budnick, C.J., & Santuzzi, A.M. (2016, May). Implementation intentions and job search behaviors. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science’s 28th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Budnick, C.J., & Barber, L.K. (2016, April). Perceiver beware: Sleepiness biases incivility interpretations. Poster presented at the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology’s 31st Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Budnick, C.J., & Barber, L.K. (2015, May). How rude! Sleepiness and incivility interpretations. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association’s Work, Stress, & Health Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Bailey, S., Budnick C.J., & Santuzzi, A.M. (2015, April). Paranoid social cognition as an explanation for abusive supervision perceptions. Symposium talk given at the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology’s 30th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Budnick, C.J., & Barber, L.K. (2014, September). Behind sleepy eyes: Implications of sleep loss for employees and organizations. Talk given at the APA’s Work & Wellbeing Conference, Rosemont, IL.

Budnick, C.J., & Santuzzi, A.M. (2014, July). Positive interviewer feedback, social anxiety, and ironic performance effects. Symposium talk given at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, FR.

Santuzzi, A. M., Budnick, C. J. (2014, July). Majority and minority race differences in interviewee reactions to diversity cues. Poster presented at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology. Paris, FR.

Budnick, C. J., Barber, L.K., & Jenkins, J. (2014, May). Sleep and aggressive reasoning. Symposium talk given at the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology’s 29th Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI.