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School of Labor & Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

YoungAh Park

Assistant Professor

School of Labor and Employment Relations
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239 LER Building, 504 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820

Education & Experience

PhD, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 2012
MA, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University
BA, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea

Park was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kansas State University during 2012-2015. Before joining academia, she worked as an in-house trainer for employee development and training at Phillip Morris and Unilever Korea.

Research Interests

Work-nonwork life and work-nonwork boundary management
Work stress and recovery from stress
Workplace interpersonal mistreatments
Psychosocial resources for employee well-being and work

The main goal of Park’s research is to enhance employee well-being, health, and work outcomes. Park studies psychological mechanisms of work stress and recovery from stress within various temporal frames (e.g., daily, weekly). Park is particularly interested in identifying psychosocial resources for employees to better manage work-nonwork life demands, as well as to better cope with work stressors. Park also focuses on various contextual factors in jobs, dyadic relationships (e.g., dual-earner couples, supervisor-employee), and organizations. Park enjoys working collaboratively with students on her own research projects and students’ independent projects.

Recent Publications

Park, Y., & Kim, S. (2017). Daily customer mistreatment and recovery damages: Resources as stress-buffers. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, pp. 1-6.

Kim, S., Park, Y., & Niu, Q. (2017). Micro-break activities at work to recover from daily work demands. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38, 28-44.

Park, Y., & Haun, V. C. (2016). Dual-earner couples’ weekend recovery support, state of recovery, and work engagement: Work-linked relationship as a moderator. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Advance online publication.

Kim, S., Park, Y., & Headrick, L. (2015). Employees’ micro-break activities and job performance: An examination of telemarketing employees. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, pp. 1-6.

Park, Y., Fritz, C., & Jex, S. M. (2015, March 24). Daily cyber incivility and distress: The moderating roles of resources at work and home. Journal of Management. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0149206315576796

Park, Y., & Fritz, C. (2015). Spousal recovery support, recovery experiences, and life satisfaction crossover among dual-earner couples. Journal of Applied Psychology,100, 557-566.

Park, Y., & Sprung, J. (2015). Weekly work-school conflict, sleep quality, and fatigue: Recovery self-efficacy as a cross-level moderator. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36, 112-127.

*Underline denotes School of Labor and Employment Relations doctoral student author.

Recent Awards & Research Grants

Park, Y. (2017−2018). A weekly investigation of elementary teachers’ constant work availability through information and communication technology and strain outcomes: Psychological resources as moderators. Campus Research Board, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Role: PI; $29,988 over 1 year).

Outstanding Practical Implications for Management Award in the OB Division, Academy of Management, 2015. Co-recipients include LER doctoral students, Sooyeol Kim and Lucy Headrick

Early Career Work and Family Scholars Program Award, Work and Family Researchers Network, 2014

Yuan, Z., Park, Y., Sliter, M., & Kraimer, M. (2015). Cyber incivility, employee well-being, and resource-based moderators: A daily investigation. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education Research Center Pilot Project Grant at the Heartland Center in the University of Iowa (Role: Co-PI; Direct costs: $ 9,750 over 1year).


LER 590EW Employee Stress, Well-Being, and Safety
LER 590GI Gender Issues in the Workplace