Department of Psychology


The Stressful Events and Experiences (SEE) Research Group is a psychology research group directed by Michael DiStaso, I/O Psychology PhD candidate. The goal of the research group is to better understand how employees react to and process stressful events at work. We accept new team members each semester depending on the demand of the projects.

We strongly believe in training team members on research-related knowledge and skills. Undergraduate students are valued members of the research group. Our projects are open to incorporate student ideas. The research group is designed to foster student growth and the members are a cohesive team.

Recently, the research group has been also studying interpersonal mistreatment experiences and the characteristics of those experiences that make employees feel stressed. We also have been studying the outcomes of future-oriented thinking and comparative thinking on well-being.



Mistreatment Characteristics

Being subjected to incivility, undermining, and harassment is often distressing. However, some events are more stressful than others. Our research examines characteristics of mistreatment events to better understand what kinds of events are most stressful.

Helping as a Stressor

Performing organizational citizenship behaviors (OCBs) and helping others is considered positive and desirable. However, helping others can also be stressful for the person providing help. Our research examines circumstances that make helping stressful.

Prospective Thinking

Work stress researchers have traditionally focused on studying reactions to present or recently-experienced events. However, for many employees, the anticipation of possible negative events or positive changes in the future may influence their well-being in the present. Several of our studies examine the effects of future expectations. 

Comparative Thinking

People make judgments about their current job conditions by comparing them to others’  job conditions. Our research investigates the positive and negative consequences of comparative judgments. 


The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way we work. Organizations have had to change the way that they operate in order to meet general health safety standards, which has affected millions of jobs across various industries. We are studying how workers are perceiving the pandemic with respect to their jobs and how it affects their lives. 

Hospitality Industry Affected by COVID-19

Workers within the hospitality industry were especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic because multiple organizations closed for the safety of their workers and customers. Many jobs were impacted by these closures, causing much uncertainty among workers. This research examines the outcomes of various organizational reactions to COVID-19 as well as employees’ perceptions of support.



SEE Research Group Photo