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Dr Lennie Waite

Research Associate

About Research

Lennie received her undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas (2009) and completed her PhD in Industrial-Organisational Psychology from the University of Houston (2012).


Research

Lennie’s PhD research focused on workplace health and ways to improve employee engagement and satisfaction and decrease burnout. Her primary area of research investigated the impact of off-job activities on worker well-being. Specifically, she studied the effects that marathon training had on replenishing employees’ cognitive resources, thereby influencing employee engagement at work. In addition to her interest in off-job activities for improving worker well-being, she focused on the effects of personality, leadership style, diversity, and work-family balance in relation to employee health and well-being outcomes.

Lennie is continuing her focus on workplace health. Her current stream of research is related to the effect that activities (i.e., exercise, hobbies, volunteering) pursued during off-job time have on replenishing employees and increasing employee engagement, satisfaction, and performance during on-job time.

Selected conference presentations and publications

  • Waite, E., & Witt, L. A. (2013, April). The effects of job recovery on marathon training. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology, Houston.
  • Zheng, D., Witt, L. A., & Waite, E. (2013, April).  Effects of ethical leadership on exhaustion: A conditional process model. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology, Houston.
  • Luksyte, A., Waite, E., Avery, D. R., & Roy, R. (2013). Held to a different standard: Racial differences in the impact of lateness on advancement opportunity. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 86, 142-165. doi: 10.1111/joop.12010
  • Mellor, N., Karanika-Murray, M., & Waite, E. (2012). Taking a multi-faceted, multi-level, an integrated perspective for addressing psychosocial issues at the workplace. In C. Biron, M. Karanika-Murray, & C. Cooper (Eds.), Improving organizational interventions for stress and well-being: Addressing process and context. Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-84872-056-5
  • Krischer, M. M., Waite, E., & Witt, L. A. (2010, August). Supervisor support in the workplace: Investigating antecedents, incremental validityand moderators. In K. A. Orvis (Chair), Antecedents of perceived supervisor support: A multilevel investigation. Symposium presented at the annual conference of the Academy of Management, Montreal. 
  • Waite, E., Zheng, D., Brothers, S., & Witt, L. A. (2010, June). The buffering effect of goal congruence on the relationship between organizational constraints and engagement. Paper presented at the Institute of Work Psychology Annual Conference, Sheffield.