Dr. Stacey Kessler

Associate Professor | Management | Felciano School of Business
Location: 456
Telephone: 973-655-3280
Email: kesslers@montclair.edu


Dr. Stacey R. Kessler received her Ph D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida and is currently an Associate Professor of management at Montclair State University. Dr. Kessler’s research interests center around counterproductive work behavior (deviant behaviors in the workplace), Machiavellianism/leadership, and organizational structure. She is the author of numerous articles published in a variety of journals including the Journal of Management, the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Recently she earned the Ramie Sagie New Scholar Award from the International Society for the Study of Work & Organizational Values.

Dr. Kessler teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in leadership and organizational behavior. She has also taught a course centered on micro-finance and analytic decision making to U.S. and Thai students in Chiang-Mei, Thailand. Dr. Kessler is the recipient of a 2010 foundation grant from Target to conduct a leadership workshop for MSU business school students.


Counterproductive Work Behavior and its Effect on Organizations, Employees, and Customers
Leadership and Dark Side Personality Traits (Machiavellianism)
Organizational Climate/Structure


  • Ph D, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2007, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2004, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • BA, Psychology/Political Science, 2002, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Professional Experience

  • Courtesy Professor in I/O Psychology, University of South Florida. (2007 - Current).


  • Management Consulting, Monster.com, . (May 2008 - November 2008). • Conducted job analyses on Monster.com’s database of jobs. • Updates tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities for each job.

Honors and Awards

  • Research Grant entitled "The Impact of Leadership Behaviors on Leader and Follower Health Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis" ($10,000) , Florida International University's Center for Leadership.
  • • “Mentoring: A meta-analysis.” Cited in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. .
  • Best Paper Prize for • “The deviant citizen: Measuring potential positive relations between counterproductive work behavior and organizational citizenship behavior.” , Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.
  • Paper noted in August 2011 as one of 10 most cited papers of the past 5 years , Journal of Vocational Behavior. (August 2011).
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member , SkillSurvey. (April 2011).
  • Implicit leadership theories, attribution theory and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Who dun dat? (Grant: $10,000) , Southern Management Association. (March 2011).
  • Target Leadership Workshop Grant ($5000) . (March 2011).
  • Ramie Sagie New Scholar Award , The International Society for the Study of Work & Organizational Values. (June 2010).
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award from the OB Division , Academy of Management.
  • Phi Beta Kappa , Rutgers University.

Refereed Published Articles

  • Martinko, M., Randolph-Seng, B., Brees, J., Shen, W., Mahoney, K., Kessler, S. (2017). Leader questionnaire construct validity: The effects of implicit theories on three popular measures. Leadership and Organizational Studies,
  • Kessler, S., Mahoney, K., Randolph-Seng, B., Martinko, M., Spector, P. (2017). The effects of attribution style and stakeholder role on blame for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Business & Society,
  • Spector, P., Kessler, S., Pindek, S. (2017). A quantitative and qualitative review of what meta-analyses have contributed to our understanding of human resource management.. Human Resource Management Review, 27 pp. 26-38.
  • Kessler, S., Nixon, A., Nord, W. (2017). Advancing the theory behind organic/mechanistic structures: Why we don’t know as much as we thought!. International Journal of Management Reviews, 19 pp. 531-555.
  • Che, X., Zhou, Z., Kessler, S., Spector, P. (2017). Passive leadership and employee health: Examining the mediating role of workload and work-to-family conflict. Work and Stress,
  • Kessler, S., Spector, P., Gavin, M. (2014). A critical look at ourselves: The role of organizational structure in predicting gender and career outcomes in academia. Research in Higher Education, 55 pp. 351-369.
  • James, M., Fox, S., Kessler, S., Spector, P. (2013). It's all about me: The role of narcissism in exacerbating the stressor-counterproductive work behavior relationship. Work & Stress, 27 (4), pp. 368-382.
  • Kessler, S., Bruursema, K., Rodopman, O., Spector, P. (2013). Leadership, interpersonal conflict, and counterproductive work behavior: An examination of the stressor/strain process.. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, 16 pp. 180-190.
  • Chang, C., Eatough, E., Spector, P., Kessler, S. (2012). Violence prevention climate, exposure to violence and aggression, and prevention behavior: A mediation model. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 33 pp. 657-677.
  • Fox, S., Spector, P., Goh, A., Bruursema, K., Kessler, S. (2012). The deviant citizen: Measuring potential positive relations between counterproductive work behavior and organizational citizenship behavior. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85 (1), pp. 199-220.
  • Bruursema, K., Kessler, S., Spector, P. (2011). Employee responses to boredom: A neglected job characteristic and emotion in organizational research. Work and Stress, 25 pp. 93-107.
  • O'Brien, K., Biga, A., Kessler, S., Allen, T. (2010). Mentoring: A meta-analysis. Journal of Management, 36 pp. 537-554.
  • Kessler, S., Bandelli, A., Borman, W., Nelson, C., Spector, P., Penney, L. (2010). Re-Examining Machiavelli: A Three-Dimensional Model of Machiavellianism in the Workplace. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40 pp. 1868-1896.
  • Kessler, S., Nixon, A., Nelson, C. (2008). Don’t Throw out the baby with the bath water: A novel way of evaluating outcomes in the Healthy Families America programs.. American Journal of Evaluation,
  • Kessler, S., Taylor, E., Levine, E., Wiley, J., Kessler, L. (2008). Is a happy nation a productive nation? An exploration of the relationship between job satisfaction and productivity at the national level. European Journal of International Management, 2 (3), pp. 356-375.
  • Cho, J., Kessler, S. (2008). Employees’ Distributive Justice Perceptions and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: A Social Exchange Perspective. Review of Business Research, 8 (6), pp. 131-137.
  • Kessler, S., Spector, P., Change, C., Parr, A. (2008). Organizational Violence Climate and Exposure to Violence and Verbal Aggression.. Work & Stress, 22 pp. 108-124.
  • Kessler, S., Radosevich, D., Cho, J., Kim, S. (2008). An Examination of the Antecedents of Motivation to Lead. International Journal of Business Research, 8 (5), pp. 113-119.
  • Spector, P., Fox, S., Penney, L., Goh, A., Kessler, S., Bruursema, K. (2006). Development of the Counterproductive Work Behavior Checklist (CWB-C). Journal of Vocational Behavior, 68 pp. 446-460.

Books & Chapters Published

  • Mazzola, J., Kessler, S. Counterproductive work behaviors and their ethical dilemmas: Creating just, respectful, and productive organizations. (pp. 157-179). : The Handbook of Work and Quality of Life: Ethical Practices in Organizations.
  • Penney, L., Kessler, S. (2013). Counterproductive Work Behavior: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going. : Human Frailties: Wrong Choices on the Drive to Success..
  • Mazzola, J., Kessler, S. Counterproductive work behaviors and their ethical dilemmas: Creating just, respectful, and productive organizations.. : The Handbook of Work and Quality of Life: Ethical Practices in Organizations.