Terry Beehr
  • Position: I/O Faculty​
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 233, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
  • Email: beehr1ta@cmich.edu
  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Beehr received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1974. He held a research position at the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research until 1975, engaging in organizational behavior research. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University from 1975 until 1978, when he moved to the Psychology Department at Central Michigan University. He has long term interest in several research topics, including job stress, career movement, job satisfaction and motivation, retirement, and leadership.

Research Interest:

I conduct research primarily in areas often characterized as the social psychology of organizations, including leadership, groups, motivation, attitudes, health, careers, culture, life decisions, and organizational and individual effectiveness. Two of my most active long-term research interests are older employees' decisions to retire and occupational stress.

Recent Research:

Ragsdale, J. M., Beehr, T. A., & Elacqua, T. C. (2013). Glass ceilings and sticky floors: Barriers to the advancement of women at work. In M. A. Paludi (Ed.), Women in management: Global issues and promising solutions Vol. 1 (pp. 111-136). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.

Webster, J. R., & Beehr, T. A. (2013). Antecedents and outcomes of employee perceptions of intra-organizational mobility channels. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 919-941.

Semmer, N. K., & Beehr, T. A. (2014). Job control and social aspects of work. In M. C. W. Peeters, J. de Jong, & T. W. Taris (Eds.), An introduction to contemporary work psychology (pp. 171-195). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Johnson, V. A., & Beehr, T. A. (2014). Making use of professional development: Employee interests and motivational goal orientations. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84, 99-108.

Beehr, T. A. (1995; 2014). Psychological stress in the workplace. New York NY: Routledge

Webster, J. R., Adams, G. A., & Beehr, T. A. (2014). Core Work Evaluation: The Viability of a Higher-Order Work Attitudes Construct. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 85, 27-38.

Johnson, C. M., & Beehr, T. A. (Eds.)  (2013).  Integrating organizational behavior management with industrial and organizational psychology.  New York:  Routledge.

Beehr, T.A., & Bowling, N.A. (2013). Variations on a retirement theme:  Conceptual and operational definitions of retirement. In M. Wang (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Retirement. (pp. 42-55). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Bowling, N.A., Beehr, T.A., & Grebner, S. (2012). Combating stress in organizations. In G.P. Hodgkinson & J.K. Ford (Eds.), International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, vol. 27 (pp. 65-87). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Park, H. I., Beehr, T. A., Han, K., & Grebner, S. I.  (2012).  Demands-abilities fit and psychological strain:  Moderating effects of personality.  International Journal of Stress Management, 19, 1-33.

Beehr, T. A., Love, K. G.  (2011).  Extending the challenge-hindrance model of occupational stress:  The role of appraisal.  Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 505-516.

Feldman, D. C., & Beehr, T. A.  (2011).  A three-phase model of retirement decision-making.  American Psychologist, 66, 193-203. 

Johnson, C. M., & Beehr, T. A.  (2011).  GUEST EDITORIAL Industrial and organizational psychology encounters organizational behavior management:  Would you care to dance?  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 312, 217-220.

Monnot, M. J., Beehr, T. A., & Wagner, S.  (2011). A contingency model of union commitment and participation:  Meta-analysis of antecedents of militant and nonmilitant activities.  Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32, 1127-1136.

Ragsdale, J. M., Beehr, T. A., Grebner, S., & Han, K.  (2011).  An integrated model of weekday stress and weekend recovery of students.  International Journal of Stress Management, 18, 153-180.

Webster, J., Beehr, T. A., & Elacqua, T. C. (2011).  The advancement of women at work:  The 
continued struggle to break the glass ceiling.  In M. Paludi (Series Ed.) & M. Paludi & B. 
Coates (Vol. Eds.), Women and careers in management: Women as transformational 
leaders: From grassroots to global interests (pp. 69-94). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.   Webster, J.,

Beehr, T. A., LeGro, K., Porter, K., Bowling, N. A., & Swader, W. M. (2010). Required volunteers: Community volunteerism among students, in college classes. Teaching of Psychology.

Webster, J., Beehr, T. A., & Christiansen, N. G. (2010). Toward a better understanding of the effects of hindrance and challenge stressors on work behavior. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 56, 68-77.