Debra Nelson, Ph.D. Spears School Associates' Professor of Business Administration, and Professor of Management Department of Management 315 Business Building Stillwater Campus 405-744-5202 (Phone) 405-744-5180 (Fax) Curriculum vitae / Résumé

Debra L. Nelson is The Spears School of Business Associates’ Chair and Professor of Management at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Nelson is the author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters focusing on work stress, leadership, and gender issues in the workplace. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, and other journals. Among Dr. Nelson’s books are Stress and Challenge at the Top: The Paradox of the Successful Executive, Organizational Leadership, Preventive Stress Management in Organizations, Gender, Work Stress and Health, and Organizational Behavior: Science, the Real World, and You. Dr. Nelson has been honored with a host of teaching and research awards, including the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award, the Regents Distinguished Research Award, the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, the Richard Poole Outreach Excellence Award, the MBA Outstanding Faculty Award, the Greiner Graduate Teaching Award, and the Chandler-Frates and Reitz Graduate Teaching Award. She has presented leadership, emotional intelligence, and change management seminars in a variety of organizations, including American Fidelity Assurance, Anadarko Petroleum, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Chesapeake Energy, Conoco Phillips, FAA, Enogex, National Oilwell Varco (NOV), and Oklahoma Gas and Electric.


Ph D, The University of Texas at ArlingtonOrganizational Behavior1985
MBA, The University of Texas at ArlingtonManagement1981
BBA, Texas Tech UniversityFinance1978


Debra Nelson. "Job Stress". Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. (Forthcoming).

M. L. Frazier, Debra Nelson, L. M. Little & J. Gooty. (2015). "Employee Attachment: Implications for Supervisor Trustworthiness and Trust". Journal of Business and Psychology. 30, 373-386.

L. M. Little, V. S. Major, A. S. Hinojosa & Debra Nelson. (2015). "Professional image maintenance: How women navigate pregnancy in the workplace". Academy of Management Journal, 58 (1), 8-37.

J. C. Quick, M. A. McFadyen & Debra Nelson. (2014). "No accident: health, well-being, performance, and... danger". Journal of Organizational Effectiveness. 1 (1), 98-119. 2051-6614.

Debra Nelson & J. C. Quick. (2014). "ORGB4". Cengage 4-Letter Press.

B. Hargrove, Debra Nelson & C.L. Cooper. (2013). "Generating Eustress by Challenging Employees". Organizational Dynamics. 42, 61-69.

L. M. Little, Debra Nelson, D. Kluemper & A. Ward. (2013). "More Than Service With a Smile: Customer-focused Emotion Management Strategies". Personnel Psychology, 66, 261-286.

Debra Nelson & J. C. Quick. (2013). "Organizational Behavior: Science, the Real World, and You". Belmont, CA: Cengage. (8)

Laura Little, D Kluemper, Debra Nelson & j Gooty. (2012). "Development and Validation of the Interpersonal Emotion Management Strategies Scale". Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. (79), 724-733.

Laura M. Little, Debra Nelson, Matt Quade & Andrew Ward. (2012). "Stressful demands or helpful guidance? The role of display rules in Indian call centers". Journal of Vocational Behavior. 79 (3), 724-733.

Debra Nelson, B. Hargrove, J.C. Quick & J.D. Quick. (2012). "The Theory of Preventive Stress Management: A 33-Year Impact Review". Stress & Health. 27, 182-193.

Debra Nelson & B Simmons. (2011). "Savoring Eustress While Coping With Distress: The Holistic Model of Stress". Washington, DC: Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology, second edition. (second edition), 55-74.

Debra Nelson & B. Simmons. (2011). ""Health Psychology and Eustress," in L. Tetrick & J.C.Quick (eds.), Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology". American Psychological Association.

A.K. Pandey, A.M. Rossi, W. Martin, Debra Nelson & J.C. Quick. (2011). ""Stress in the Workplace: Ten Years of Science," in R.C. Contrada & A. Baum (eds.), Handbook of Stress Science". New York: Springer. (Forthcoming). , 137-150.

K. Mathe, S. Michie & Debra Nelson. (2011). ""Women in Management, USA," in M.J. Davidson & R. Burke (eds.), Women in Management Worldwide: Progress and Prospects". Surrey, England: Gower Publishing. 79, 724-733.

Laura Little, Debra Nelson, Craig Wallace & Paul Johnson. (2011). "Integrating Attachment Styles, Vigor, and Extra-Role Performance". Journal of Organizational Behavior. 32, 464-484.

Debra Nelson & J.C. Quick. (2011). "ORGB". Cengage. (2)

Debra Nelson & J.C. Quick. "Organizational Behavior: Foundations, Realities, and Challenges". Belmont, CA: South-Western Publishing. (Forthcoming). (7)

J.C. Quick, C. Cooper, P.C. Gibbs, Laura Little & Debra Nelson. (2010). "Positive Organizational Behavior at Work". International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. (Forthcoming). 25, 253-292.

M. Macik-Frey, J.D. Quick, J.C. Quick & Debra Nelson. (2009). ""Occupational Health Psychology: From Preventive Medicine to Psychologically Healthy Workplaces," in Antoniou et al. (eds.), Handbook of Managerial Behavior and Occupational Health". Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar. , 3-19.

B.L. Simmons, J. Gooty, Debra Nelson & Laura Little. (2009). "Secure Attachment Style". Journal of Organizational Behavior. 30, 233-247.

Debra Nelson & C. Cooper. (2009). "“Positive Organizational Behavior: An Inclusive View,” in D. Nelson & Cooper (eds.), Positive Organizational Behavior: Accentuating the Positive". London: Sage Publications. , 3-8.

J.C. Quick, Laura Little & Debra Nelson. (2009). ""Positive Emotions, Attitudes, and Health: Motivated, Engaged, Focused," in S. Cartwright & C.L. Cooper (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Well Being". New York: Oxford University Press Inc..

Debra Nelson, S. Michie & Tim Degroot. (2008). ""Emotional Expression Among Leaders,” in N. Ashkanasy & C. Cooper (eds.), Research Companion to Emotion in Organizations". Cheltenham UK: Edward Elgar.

Debra Nelson, Laura Little & Lance Frazier. ""Employee Well Being: The Heart of Positive Organizational Behavior," in Cooper et al. (eds.), Employee Well Being Support: A Workplace Resource". (Forthcoming).

B. Simmons, J. Gooty, Debra Nelson & Laura Little. (2008). "Interdependence: Implications of Secure Attachments for Hope, Trust, Burnout and Performance". Journal of Organizational Behavior.

J.H. Gavin, Debra Nelson, J.D. Quick & J.C. Quick. (2008). "The Theory of Preventive Stress Management: A 10-Year Theoretical Update and Extension, With a Positive Twist". Washington, D.C.: Proceedings of the APA/NIOSH Work Stress Conference.

Debra Nelson & J.C. Quick. (2008). "Understanding Organizational Behavior". Belmont, CA: Thomson/South-Western Publishing. (3)

Laura Little, J. Gooty & Debra Nelson. (2007). ""Measurement of Positive Organizational Behavior Constructs," in D.L. Nelson & C.L. Cooper (eds.), Positive Organizational Behavior: Accentuating the Positive at Work". London: Sage Publications. , 191-209.

Laura Little, B.L. Simmons & Debra Nelson. (2007). "Health Among Leaders: Positive and Negative Affect, Engagement and Burnout, Forgiveness and Revenge". Journal of Management Studies. 44, 243-260.

Debra Nelson & C.l. Cooper. (2007). "Positive Organizational Behavior: Accentuating the Positive". London: Sage Publications.

J.C. Quick, M. Macik-Frey & Debra Nelson. (2007). "The Course of Occupational Health Psychology: A Stressful Beginning Leads to a Positive Future". Journal of Management, 33, 809-840.

B. Simmons & Debra Nelson. (2007). "“Eustress at Work: Extending the Holistic Stress Model,” in D. Nelson & Cooper (eds.), Positive Organizational Behavior: Accentuating the Positive". London: Sage Publications. , 40-54.

Laura Little, J. Gooty & Debra Nelson. (2007). "“Positive Psychological Capital: Has Positivity Clouded Measurement Rigor?” in D. Nelson & D. Cooper (eds.), Positive Organizational Behavior: Accentuating the Positive". London: Sage Publications. , 191-210.

S. Michie & Debra Nelson. (2006). "Barriers Women Face in Information Technology Careers: Self-Efficacy, Passion, and Gender Biases". Women in Management Review. 21, 10-19.

B. Olson, Debra Nelson & S. Parayitam. (2006). "Managing Aggression in Organizations: What Every Leader Should Know". Leadership and Organization Development Journal. 27, 384-398.

Debra Nelson & J.C. Quick. (2006). "Organizational Behavior: Foundations, Realities, and Challenges". Belmont, CA: Thomson/South-Western Publishing. (5)

Debra Nelson & B. Simmons. (2006). "“Eustress and Hope at Work: Accentuating the Positive,” in Rossi et al (eds.), Stress and Quality of Working Life: New Perspectives in Occupational Health". Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. , 121-134.

Debra Nelson & C. Cooper. (2005). "Stress and Health: A Positive Direction". Stress and Health. 21, 73-85.

Debra Nelson & B. Simmons. (2005). "“Eustress and Attitudes at Work: A Positive Approach” in A. Antoniou & C. Cooper (eds.), Research Companion to Occupational Health Psychology". Edward Elgar (English edition), Parissianou (Greek edition). , 102-110.

Debra Nelson & B. Simmons. (2005). "“Eustresse e Esperanca no Trabalho: Mapeando a Jornada,” in Rossi et al. (eds.), Stress E Qaulidade: De Vide No Trabalho". Sao Paulo: Editora Atlas. , 125-138.

Debra Nelson & B. Simmons. (2005). "“Gender Differences in the Management of Work Stress: Preventing Distress and Savoring Eustress,” in C. Cooper (ed.), Handbook of Stress Medicine". Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. , 309-330.

Debra Nelson. (2004). ""Eustress: An Elusive Construct, An Engaging Pursuit,"in P. Perrewe & D. Ganster (eds.), Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being". 3, 265-322.

P. Perrewe & Debra Nelson. (2004). "Gender, Stress, and Well-Being at Work: The Facilitative Role of Political Skill". Organizational Dynamics. 33, 366-378.

J. Bratton, K. Grint & Debra Nelson. (2004). "Leadership in Organizations". Belmont, VA: South-Western Publishing.

J.C. Quick, M. Macik-Frey & Debra Nelson. (2004). "“Job Stress,” in C. Spielberger (ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology". Oxford: Elsevier Science & Academic Press. , 467-474.

Debra Nelson & S. Michie. (2004). "“Women in Management in the USA,” in M.J. Davidson and R. Burke, Women in Management Worldwide: Facts, Figures, Analysis". London: Ashgate. , 195-208.

B. Simmons, Debra Nelson & J.C. Quick. (2003). "Health for the Hopeful: A Study of Attachment Behavior in Nurses". International Journal of Stress Management. 10, 361-375.

J.L. Whittington, J.C. Quick, Debra Nelson & P.B. Paulus. (2003). "Management Development, Well-Being, and Health". Handbook of Work and Health Psychology. , 475-494.

Debra Nelson & B.L. Simmons. (2003). "“Health Psychology and Work Stress: A More Positive Approach,” in J. Quick and L. Tetrick (eds.), Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology". Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. , 97-119.

J.C. Quick, Debra Nelson & J. Gavin. (2003). "“Stress, Health, and Well-Being at Work,” in J. Greenberg (Ed.), Organizational Behavior: State-of-the-Science". , 53-89.

L. Livingstone, Margaret White, Debra Nelson & F. Tabak. (2002). "Changes in Attitudes Toward and Information Systems Innovation: Reactions to Implementation Delays". American Business Review. 20 (2), 80-88.

Debra Nelson & R. Burke. (2002). "Gender, Work Stress, and Health: Current Research Issues". Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Debra Nelson, Raja Basu & R. Purdie. (1998). "An examination of exchange quality and work stressors in leader-follower dyads". International Journal of Stress Management. 5 (2), 103-112.

J. C. Quick, J. D. Quick, Debra Nelson & J. J. Hurrell. (1997). "Preventive Stress Management in Organizations". American Psychological Association. , 368. 9781557984326.