Bethany Cockburn

Assistant Professor




  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, Management & Organizations
  • M.N.A., University of Notre Dame, Masters in Nonprofit Administration
  • M.A., University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Masters in Clinical/Community Psychology
  • B.A., Indiana University - Bloomington, Psychology & English


Bethany Cockburn earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (2018). Her expertise and interests relate to workplace stress, work-related identities in the changing work world, and how being on a team affects individual and team outcomes. Specifically, she has studied the impact of stress on physical and mental health and mortality; the effect of retiring and returning to work on one’s identity; and how team membership affects helping behaviors, deviant behaviors, and performance. Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Management Studies. Bethany has taught classes such as Managerial Negotiations, Strategic Human Resources, and Leadership and Personal Development.

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Teaching Areas

  • Managerial Negotiations
  • Leadership & Personal Development
  • Strategic Human Resource Management

Selected Publications

  • Gonzalez‐Mulé, E., & Cockburn, B. (2017). Worked to death: The relationships of job demands and job control with mortality. Personnel Psychology, 70(1), 73-112.
  • Greco, L. M., O'Boyle, E. H., Cockburn, B. S., & Yuan, Z. (2018). Meta‐analysis of coefficient alpha: A reliability generalization study. Journal of Management Studies, 55(4), 583-618
  • Gonzalez‐Mulé, E., Cockburn, B.S., McCormick, B., & Zhao, P. (2020). Team tenure and team performance: A meta‐analysis and process model. Personnel Psychology, 73, 151-198.
  • Gonzalez-Mulé, E., & Cockburn, B. S. (In press). This job is (literally) killing me: A moderated-mediated model linking work characteristics to mortality. Journal of Applied Psychology. Advance online publication.
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