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Christiane Spitzmueller, Ph.D.

Christiane Spitzmüller

Associate Professor
Industrial Organizational Psychology
Ph.D., University Koblenz-Landau

Heyne Building, Room 123B
Lab: 713-348-6229

I graduated with Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University and joined the University of Houston faculty in 2003. Since 2008, I have worked at UH as an Associate Professor. I currently split my time between UH and Lagos Business School in Lagos, Nigeria: My research interests are in four major areas:

  1. Technical training and workforce nationalization. With the graduate students in my group, I have conducted applied research projects on the optimization of engineering training for non-Western settings. Our focus in this area has been on companies in the energy industry. We have conducted projects for ExxonMobil, Saudi Aramco, BP and Willbros on technical training, training needs analysis, and training climate in the energy industry. Through our research, we help companies identify means to effectively translate their Western-developed technical training programs for application in other cultural settings (particularly the Middle East and West Africa).
  2. Work-family research: What work factors impact whether employees are healthy and productive contributors at work and in their personal lives? What specific work characteristics are detrimental to employee and family health and well-being? What steps can organizations take to ensure employees can meet both their work and family demands? Through our work-family research, we aim to answer these questions in order to better understand the work-family interface and ultimately contribute to the well-being of families and organizations.
  3. Employee and patient safety: What keeps employees from engaging in unsafe work behaviors? When and why do employees decide to skip what they know is safe behavior in order to get a job done faster? What can organizations and managers do to ascertain their organizational climate supports employee health and well-being? What can hospitals and health care settings do to maximize patient and employee safety? What type of safety training programs are effective in ensuring employees behave safely? In our research, we examine employee survey and health records to identify links between organizational and individual difference predictors of safety outcomes.
  4. Employee Engagement and Organizational Surveys: Our group has, over the past ten years, worked with numerous organizations on employee engagement and employee attitude surveys. Our clients include the World Health Organization, ExxonMobil, Willbros and WorleyParsons. Through our survey work, we investigate company-specific challenges with a focus on identifying human resource solutions with a measurable impact. For instance, we help organizations identify drivers of employee engagement and show how positive changes in employee engagement can lead to improved business outcomes through reduced absenteeism and enhanced customer relationships.


Personality in the Workplace (graduate)
Occupational Health Psychology (graduate)
Employee Surveys (graduate)
Work Motivation (graduate)
Introduction to Statistical Methods (undergraduate)


Luksyte, A.*, Spitzmueller, C. & Rivera-Minaya, C. (in press). Factors Relating to Wellbeing of Foreign-Born Hispanic Workers. Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Singh, H., Spitzmueller, C., Petersen, N.J., Sawhney, M.K., Smith, W.M., Murphy, D.R., Espadas, D., Laxmisan, A., & Sittig, D.F. (2013). Primary care practitioners’ views on test result management in EHR-enabled health systems:
a national survey. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 20 (4), 727-735.

Singh, H., Spitzmueller, C., Peterson, N.J., Sawhney, M., Sittig, D. (2013). Information Overload and Missed Test Results in EHR-based Settings. JAMA Internal Medicine, 1-3.

Rubino, C.*, Perry, S. J., Milam, A. C.*, Spitzmueller, C., & Zapf, D. (2012). Demand-control person: Integrating the demand-control and   conservation of resources models to test an expanded stressor-strain model. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 17 (4), 456-472.

Ratnasingam, P.*, Spitzmueller, C., King, W.R. *, Rubino, R. *, Luksyte, A.*, Fisher, G., & Matthews, R. (2012). Can On-Site Childcare have Detrimental Work Outcomes? Examining the Moderating Roles of Family Supportive Organizational Perceptions and Childcare Satisfaction. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 17 (4), 435-444.

Baran, B. E., Rogelberg, S.G., Lopina, E.C., Allen, J., Spitzmueller, C., & Bergman, M. (2012). Shouldering a silent burden: The role of dirty tasks. Human Relations, 65 (5), 597-626.

Sarkar, U., Bonacum, D., Strull, W., Spitzmueller, C., Jin, N., Lopez, A., Giardina, T., Meyer, A., & Singh, H. (2012). Challenges of Making a Diagnosis in the Outpatient Setting:  A Multi-Site Survey of Primary Care Physicians. BMJ Quality and Safety, 8, 641-648.

Luksyte, A.* & Spitzmueller, C. (2011). Overqualified Women: What can be done about a potentially bad situation? Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives of Science and Practice, 4, 256-259.

Luksyte, A.*, Spitzmueller, C. & Maynard, D. (2011). Why Do Overqualified Incumbents Deviate? Examining Multiple Mediators. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. 16 (3), 279-296.

Baran, B.E. Allen, J.A., Rogelberg, S.G., Spitzmüller, C., DiGiacomo, N.A., Webb, J.B., Carter, N.T., Clark, O.L., Teeter, L. & Walker, A.G. (2009). Shelter Employees and Euthanasia-Related Strain: Advocated Coping Strategies. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 235, 83-88. 

Rogers, A.M.* & Spitzmüller, C. (2009). Individualism/Collectivism and the role of Goal Orientation in Organizational Training. International Journal of Training and Development, 13, 185-201.

Milam, A.*, Spitzmüller C. & Penney, L. (2009). Investigating Individual Differences among Targets of Workplace Incivility. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14, 58-69.

Spitzmüller, C., Neumann, E.,  Rubino, C.*, Sutton, M.*, Spitzmüller, M., Keeton, K.E.*, & Manzey, D (2008). Assessing the Influence of Psychosocial and Career Mentoring on Organizational Attractiveness. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 16 (4), 403-415.

Junglas, I., Johnson, N. & Spitzmüller, C. (2008). Personality Traits and concern for Privacy: An Empirical Study in the Context of Location-based Services. European Journal of Information Systems, 17, 387-402.

Barr, C.*, Spitzmüller, C. & Stuebing, K. (2008). Too Stressed Out to Participate? Examining the Relation between Stressors and Survey Response Behavior. Journal of Occupation al Health Psychology, 13(3), 232-243. 

Rogelberg, S.G., Reeve, C.L., Clark, O., Walker, A., Carter, N. T., DiGiacomo, N. , Spitzmueller, C., Teeter, L., Starling, P.G. (2007). What Shelters Can Do about Euthanasia-Related Stress: An Examination of Recommendations from those on the Front Line. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 10(4),331-347.

Rogelberg, S.G., Reeve, C.L., Spitzmüller, C., Clark, O., DiGiacomo, N., Schultz, L., Walker, A., Gill, P., & Carter, N. (2007). Impact of euthanasia rates, euthanasia practices, and human resource practices on employee turnover in animal shelters. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 230(5), 713-719.

Witt, L. A. & Spitzmüller, C. (2007). Person-Situation Predictors of Work Competence and Typical Performance. Human Performance, 20(3), 1-11.

Spitzmüller, C., Glenn, D.*, Sutton, M.M.* & Barr, C. D.* & Rogelberg, S.G. (2007). Are survey nonrespondents bad organizational citizens? International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 15(4), 449-459..

Rogelberg, S.G., Spitzmüller, C., Little, I.S., & Reeve, C.L. (2006). Understanding Response Behavior to an Online Special Topics Organizational Satisfaction Survey. Personnel Psychology, 59, 903-923.

Spitzmüller, C., Barr, C.*, Glenn, D.* Rogelberg, S., & Daniel, P. (2006). “If you treat me right, I reciprocate”: Examining the role of exchange in organizational survey nonresponse. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 27, 19-35.

Spitzmüller, C., & Stanton, J. M. (2006). Employee compliance and resistance with monitoring and surveillance policies and practices. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 79(2),245-272.

Reeve, C. L., Rogelberg, S.G., Spitzmüller, C. & DiGiacomo, N. (2005). The “caring-killing” paradox: Euthanasia-related strain among animal shelter workers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 35(1), 119-143.

Reeve, C. L., Spitzmüller, C., Rogelberg, S. G., Walker, A., Schultz, L., & Clark, O. (2004). Employee reactions and adjustment to euthanasia-related work: Identifying turning-point events through retrospective narratives. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 7, 1-25.

Russell, S.R., Spitzmüller, C., Lin, L.F., Stanton, J.M., & Smith, P.C. (2004). Shorter can also be better: The abridged Job in General Measure. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 64, 878-893.

Highhouse, S., Brooks-Laber, M.E., Lin, L., & Spitzmüller, C. (2003). What makes a salary seem reasonable? Frequency context effects on starting salary expectations. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (Special Issue: The Industrial and Organizational-Cognitive Interface), 75, 69-81.

Fuller, J.A., Stanton, J.M., Fisher, G.G., Spitzmüller, C., Russell, S.S., & Smith, P.C. (2003) A Lengthy Look at the Daily Grind: Time Series Analysis of Job Stress and Satisfaction. Journal of Applied Psychology, 88(6), 1019-1033.

Rogelberg, S.G., Conway, J., Sederburg, M., Spitzmüller, C., Aziz, S., Knight, W. (2003). Profiling Active and Passive Nonrespondents to an Organizational Survey. Journal of Applied Psychology, 88(6), 1104-1114.