School of Labor and Employment Relations
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
Before pursuing an academic career, Dr. YoungAh Park worked as an in-house trainer for employee development and training at multinational companies, such as Unilever and Philip Morris. Prior to joining LER in 2015, she was a faculty member in the industrial-organizational psychology doctoral program at Kansas State University.
Dr. Park and her research team have an overarching research goal: to contribute to scholarly knowledge in answering the significant question, “How can organizations support their employees’ well-being and health while enabling them to fully engage in their work and perform well?” Specifically, she focuses on the following research areas: (1) work stress, recovery, and health behavior, (2) work-nonwork life (e.g., boundary management, work-family, work-school, flexible work arrangements), and (3) workplace interpersonal mistreatment (incivility, sexual harassment, customer mistreatment).
Her research has received funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and has been published in leading journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, among others. She received Arnold O. Beckman Research Award at UIUC in 2020 and the Outstanding Practical Implications for Management Paper Award in the Organizational Behavior Division at the Academy of Management in 2015, alongside her former doctoral students. They have gone on to become tenure-track assistant professors at the Management Department of the National University of Singapore (Dr. Sooyeol Kim, 2019) and San Jose State University (Dr. Lucy Headrick, 2021), as well as the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at George Mason University (Dr. Yijue Liang, 2022). Media outlets that have featured her team’s research work include Time, Forbes, Illinois Public Media, APA Monitor on Psychology, Science Daily, and more.
Dr. Park enjoys collaborating with doctoral students on research projects. In terms of her advising style, while she maintains high expectations, she provides supportive and developmental constructive feedback to help students achieve their goals in a timely manner. She enjoys generating and discussing ideas with students, as well as enhancing theoretical and writing clarity and research methods. As she strives to practice what she researches in terms of work stress and work-life balance, she supports students in managing their work-life balance and recovering from stress.
Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (since January 2023)
Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, and Human Relations