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Candice L. Thomas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program

Courses Taught

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods, Occupational Health Psychology, Individual Differences, Training: Theory, Design, Evaluation


Ph.D., University of Houston

M.A., Northern Arizona University

B.S., Northern Arizona University

Research Interests

Work-life balance, the health and workplace implication of the return to work process after childbirth, occupational health and safety, and healthcare management.

Open Science Framework Profile

Labs and Facilities

Wellness through Employment and Life Laboratory (W.E.L.L.) - The work-life lab.

The Work-Life Lab (W.E.L.L.) operates within the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at Saint Louis University. We focus on research and advocacy regarding supporting health and well-being for all employees as they navigate multiple life roles. Specifically, our research encompasses topics like workplace policies and benefits, returning to work after childbirth, stress, equity, and the work-life interface.

Publications and Media Placements

Google Scholar link
Kao, K. Y., Chi, N. W., Thomas, C. L., Lee, H. T., & Wang, Y. F. (2020). Linking ICT availability demands to burnout and work-family conflict: The roles of workplace telepressure and dispositional self-regulation. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2020.1745137

Kao, K., Thomas, C. L., Spitzmueller, C., & Huang, E. (2019) Being Present in Enhancing Safety: Examining the Effects of Workplace Mindfulness, Safety Behaviors, and Safety Climate on Safety Outcomes. Journal of Business and Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10869-019-09658-3

Kao, K., Spitzmueller, C., Cigularov, K., & Thomas, C. L. (2019). Linking Safety Knowledge to Safety Performance: A Moderated Mediation of Supervisor and Worker Safety Attitudes. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2019.1567492

Ohu, E., Zhang, J., Spitzmueller, C.,Thomas, C. L., Osezua, A., & Yu, J. (2018). When work-family conflict hits home: Parental work-family conflict and child health. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Advance Online Publication. doi:10.1037/ocp0000145

Spitzmueller, C., Zhang, J., Thomas, C. L., Wang, Z., Fisher, G., Matthews, R., Strathearn, L. (2018). Identifying job characteristics related to working women's breastfeeding behaviors. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. 23(4), 457-470. doi:10.1037/ocp0000119

Thomas, C. L., Laguda, E., Olufemi-Ayoola, F., Netzley, S., Yu, J., & Spitzmueller, C (2018). Linking Job Work Hours to Women's Physical Health: The Role of Perceived Unfairness and Household Work Hours. Sex Roles. doi:10.1007/s11199-017-0888y

Thomas, C. L., Spitzmueller, C., Amspoker, A. B., Modi, V., Tran, T., Niak, A. N., Woodard, L., Auron, A., & Hysong, S.J.A. (2018). Systematic Review of Instruments to Measure Coordination in Health Care. Journal of Healthcare Management. doi: 10.1097/JHM-D-16-00025

Wang, Z., Zhang, J, Thomas, C. L., Yu, J., & Spitzmueller, C. (2017). Explaining benefits of employee proactive personality: The role of engagement, team proactivity composition and perceived organizational support. Journal of Vocational Behavior. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2017.04.002

Hysong, S. J., Thomas, C. L., Spitzmueller, C., Amspoker, A. B., Woodward L., & Niak, A. A (2016). Linking clinician Interaction and coordination to clinical performance in Patient Aligned Care Teams. Implementation Science, 11(1), 1-10.

Thomas, C. L., & Spitzmueller, C. (2016). Job Sharing. In S. G. Rogleberg (Eds.), the SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2ndEdition.

Trout, R., Thomas, C. L., Matthews, R. (2016). Childcare arrangements and their consequences for family, maternal and organizational well-being. In C. Spitzmueller & R. Mathews (Eds.), Research Perspectives on Work and the Transition to Motherhood. Springer International Publishing AG: Cham, Switzerland.

Zhang, J., Thomas, C. L., Dirr, B. A., & Spitzmueller, C. (2016). Global Maternity Benefits and their impact on Maternal and Child Well-Being. In C. Spitzmueller & R. Mathews (Eds.), Research Perspectives on Work and the Transition to Motherhood. Springer International Publishing AG; Cham, Switzerland.

Spitzmueller, C., Wang, Z., Zhang, J., Thomas, C. L., Matthews, R., Fisher, G. G., & Strathearn, L. (2015) Got Milk? Workplace factors related to breastfeeding among working mothers. Journal of Organizational Behavior, doi: 10.1002/job.2061