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. Currently, Dr. Beehr is involved in projects on retirement, job stress, and career movement. In the occupational stress area, he is specifically interested in the nature and effects of social support for the stressed employee.
Dr. Beehr has had long term interest in several research topics, including job stress, career movement, job satisfaction and motivation, retirement, and leadership. He currently is involved in projects on retirement, job stress, career movement, and job satisfaction. One of his specific current interests in the occupational stress area is the nature and effects of social support for the stressed employee.
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.
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.
Beehr, T. A. (2009). Bridge employment and retirement: Issues and opportunities during the latter part of one's career. Maintaining focus, energy, and options over the career.
Beehr, T. A., Glazer, S., Fischer, R., Linton, L. L., & Hansen, C. P. (2009). Antecedents for achievement of alignment in organizations. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 82, 1-20.
Beehr, T. A., & Grebner, S. (2009). When stress is less (harmful). In A. G. Antoniou, C. L. Cooper, G. P. Chrousos, C. D. Spielberger, & M. W. Eysenck (Eds.), Handbook of managerial behavior and occupational health psychology (pp. 20-34). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
Elacqua, T. C., Beehr, T. A., Hansen, C. P., Webster, J. (2009). Managers' beliefs about the glass ceiling. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 285-294.
Gobeski, K. T., & Beehr, T. A. (2009). How retirees work: Prediction of different types of bridge employment. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 401-425.
Wang, M., Adams, G. A., Beehr, T. A., & Shultz, K. S. (2009). Bridge employment and retirement: Issues and opportunities during the latter part of one's career. In S. G. Baugh & S. E. Sullivan (Eds.), Maintaining focus, energy, and options over the career (pp. 135-162). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.