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Samantha C. Paustian Underdahl

Samantha C. Paustian Underdahl

College of Business
Florida International University

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, MANGO 475
Miami, FL 33199

P: (305) 348-8244
E: spaustia@fiu.edu



  • PhD, Organizational Science
    The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Master of Arts, Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology
    University of Georgia

Areas of Expertise

  • Work-Life Boundaries
  • Gender and Diversity in Organizations
  • Supervisor-subordinate relations/ Leadership

Professional Activities

Dr. Sam Paustian-Underdahl is a professor, researcher, and consultant whose work is dedicated to enhancing employee and organizational well-being and effectiveness. Her research focuses on the work-family interface, gender and diversity in organizations, and leadership, in the context of work and organizations. Her research is published in premier academic journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology (JAP), the Journal of Organizational Behavior (JOB), the Journal of Management, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (JOOP), among others, and has been presented at international and national conferences.

In addition to her academic experiences, Dr. Paustian-Underdahl has gained valuable external and internal human capital consulting experiences working with Strategic Management Decisions and Ingersoll Rand. As an instructor to business students, she applies her practical knowledge and experience of talent acquisition, employee development, and performance management to supplement student learning related to the core concepts of organizational behavior and human resources management. 

Additionally, Dr. Paustian-Underdahl served as the assistant editor for the Journal of Business and Psychology (JBP) in 2011, and currently serves on the editorial board for JOOP and JBP, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for JAP, JOB, and Human Resources Management. 

Dr. Paustian-Underdahl holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia, as well as a M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a PhD in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Dr. Paustian-Underdahl was named a FIU Top Scholar in 2015.

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Behavior

Refereed Journal Articles

Hinojosa, A., Little, L., Paustian-Underdahl, S. & Zipay, K. (2018). Managing the Harmful Effects of Unsupportive Organizations During Pregnancy. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Gloor, J., Morf, M., Paustian-Underdahl, S. & Backes-Geller, U. (2018). Team Design with (Female) Leaders in Mind: Restoring Equity in Leadership Evaluations.. Journal of Business Ethics.

Paustian-Underdahl, S. C., Fainshmidt, S., Sanchez, J. I. , Misati, E., Zhao, Y. & Haiyan Zhang (IBM Smarter Workforce Institute, Minneapolis, MN, USA). (2017). The Role of Economic Development and Perceived Growth Opportunities in Employee Reactions to M&As: A Study of the Merger Syndrome Across 29 Countries. Group and Organization Management. 42 (2), 163-194.

Halliday, C., Paustian-Underdahl, S., Rogelberg, S., Ordonez, Z. & Zhang, H. (2017). AUTONOMY AS A KEY RESOURCE FOR WOMEN IN LOW GENDER EGALITARIAN COUNTRIES: A CROSS-CULTURAL EXAMINATION. Human Resource Management.

Paustian-Underdahl, S., King, E., Rogelberg, S., Kulich, C. & Gentry, W. (2017). Perceptions of Supervisor Support: Resolving Paradoxical Patterns Across Race and Gender. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Paustian-Underdahl, S. & Walker, L. (2016). Revisiting the Beauty is Beastly Effect: New directions and tests of the effects of attractiveness, sex, and job characteristics on selection decisions. International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Paustian-Underdahl, S., Halbesleben, J., Carlson, D. & Kacmar, K. M. (2016). The Work-Family Interface and Promotability: Boundary Integration as a Double Edged Sword. Journal of Management.

Leon, M., Halbesleben, J. & Paustian-Underdahl, S. (2015). A dialectical perspective on burnout and engagement. Burnout Research.

Paustian-Underdahl, S. & Halbesleben, J. (2014). Examining the Influence of Climate, Supervisor Guidance, and Behavioral Integrity on Work-Family Conflict: A Demands and Resources Approach. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Paustian-Underdahl, S., Walker, L. S. & Woehr, D. (2014). Gender and Perceptions of Leadership Effectiveness: A Meta-analysis of Contextual Moderators.. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Halbesleben, J., Neveu, J., Paustian-Underdahl, S. & Westman, M. (2014). Getting to the COR: Understanding the role of resources in conservation of resources theory. Journal of Management.

Halbesleben, J., Wheeler, A. T. & Paustian-Underdahl, S. (2013). From Resource Threat to Resource Loss: The Impact of Furloughs on Emotional Exhaustion, Performance, and Recovery Experiences. Journal of Applied Psychology. 98 (3), 492-503.

Paustian-Underdahl, S., Shanock, L., Rogelberg, S., Scott, C., Justice, L. & Altman, D. A. (2013). Building a Business Case for Developing Supportive Supervisors. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 86 (3), 324-330.

Paustian-Underdahl, S., Shanock, L., Rogelberg, S., Scott, C., Justice, L. & Altman, D. A. (2013). Supportive Supervision: Antecedents and Implications for Leader Development. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. 86 (3), 288-309.

Lawrence, E., Halbesleben, J. & Paustian-Underdahl, S. (2013). Outcomes of Workplace Injuries: The Influence of Job and Financial Insecurity on Work-Family Conflict. The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. 18 (4), 371-383.

Biz News

Dr. Paustian-Underdahl's research on gender and leadership has been featured in the Huffington Post, Fox News, and Forbes.



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