Steve M. Jex (Ph.D. 1988, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of South Florida) is a Professor of Psychology at University of Central Florida. He is also the Director of the Ph.D. Program in I/O Psychology. Prior to joining the faculty at UCF in 2017 he has held faculty positions at Central Michigan University (1989-1995), University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (1996-2002), and Bowling Green State University (2002-2017). In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Jex has held Guest Scientist positions with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Walter Reed Army Institute for Research (WRAIR).
For the past 29 years he has conducted research focusing on stress in the workplace, particularly the role of individual differences in employee reactions to stressors. Most recently he has focused on the impact of interpersonal mistreatment on employee health and well-being. His research has appeared in a number of leading journals in the field, including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. His research has been funded by Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, NIOSH, and most recently the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation.
In addition to his research activities, Dr. Jex is the author of over 30 book chapters, mostly on occupational stress. He is also the author or co-authored three books, including Stress and Job Performance, Organizational Psychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Approach (3rd Edition; with Tom Britt), and Thriving under stress: Harnessing the demands of the workplace (also with Britt). Dr. Jex is a member of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Academy of Management. He is a fellow of the Society for Psychological Science.
Dr. Jex has been married to Robin (D’Orsi) Jex for 32 years and they have two grown children—Garrett (25) and Travis (22). When he’s not at work, Dr. Jex is typically either at the gym working out, at a theater watching an action movie, or at a baseball stadium watching a game.