The Department of Psychology
Phone: (646) 312- 3842
Location: VC 8-284
Website: Diversity Lab
Dr. Karen Lyness is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Baruch College, head of the doctoral training area in industrial and organizational psychology at Baruch College/Graduate Center, and a Co-coordinator of the new Master’s program (i.e., MALS track) in the Psychology of Work and Family at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She teaches courses on diversity in organizations, work-life (work-family) issues, careers, cross-cultural issues, and other topics in industrial-organizational psychology.
The quality and impact of Dr. Lyness’s research have been recognized with five major awards: Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Sage Award for Scholarly Contributions to Gender and Diversity in Organizations from the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the national Academy of Management, and Fellow of the Society for the Psychology of Women. She is a member of the Journal of Applied Psychology Editorial Board and a previous member of the Academy of Management Journal Editorial Board. Before joining the Baruch faculty, Dr. Lyness held a number of positions in management research and human resource management at Citigroup (Citibank), AT&T, and Avon Products. She earned a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology at Ohio State University.
Dr. Lyness has conducted research on women in leadership positions, work-life balance, “glass ceiling” barriers related to women’s advancement, cross-cultural issues, racial and ethnic groups, organizational culture, careers, and workforce diversity. Her current research focuses on women and people of color in leadership positions, gender stereotypes and bias, work-life issues, effects of the current economic climate on careers, cross-cultural values, and other aspects of national and organizational context that are relevant for understanding these issues. Her research has been published in academic journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. Four of her articles have been among the finalists for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.
Dr. Lyness’s research has contributed to our knowledge about many issues, such as gender differences in the careers of executives and managers, cross-cultural comparisons of male and female managers’ work-life balance and careers, challenges for women in executive positions and strategies they use, career penalties for managers who take leaves of absence, supportive organizational work-family culture, and relationships of national culture to work-family issues. Findings from her research articles have been highlighted in publications such as Business Week, HR Magazine, Across the Board: The Conference Board Magazine, American Psychological Association Monitor on Psychology, U.S. Banker, Working Woman, Boston Globe, Toronto Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Australian Financial Review.
Examples of Dr. Lyness’s publications (with CUNY student coauthors in bold):
Ragins, B. R., Lyness, K. S., Williams, L. J., & Winkel, D. (in press). Life spillovers: The spillover of fear of home foreclosure to the workplace. Personnel Psychology.
Lyness, K. S., & Judiesch, M. K. (in press). Gender egalitarianism and work-life balance for managers: Multisource perspectives in 36 countries. Applied Psychology: An International Review. Doi: 10.1111/apps.12011
Lyness, K. S., Gornick, J. C., Stone, P., & Grotto, A. R. (2012). It’s all about control: Worker control over schedule and hours in cross-national context. American Sociological Review, 77, 1023-1049.
Grotto, A. R., & Lyness, K. S. (2010). The costs of today's jobs: Job characteristics and organizational supports as antecedents of negative spillover. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 395-405.
Lyness, K. S., & Judiesch, M. K. (2008). Can a manager have a life and a career? International and multisource perspectives on work-life balance and career advancement potential. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 789-805.
Lyness, K. S., & Kropf, M. B. (2007). Cultural values and potential nonresponse bias: A multilevel examination of cross-national differences in mail survey response rates. Organizational Research Methods, 10, 210-224.
Lyness, K. S., & Heilman, M. E. (2006). When fit is fundamental: Performance evaluations and promotions of upper-level female and male managers. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 777-785.
Lyness, K. S., & Schrader, C. A. (2006). Moving ahead or just moving? An examination of gender differences in senior corporate management appointments. Group & Organization Management, 31, 651-676.
Lyness, K. S., & Terrazas, J. M. B. (2006). Women in management: An update on their progress and persistent challenges. In G. P. Hodgkinson & J. K. Ford (Eds.), International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Vol. 21, pp. 267-294). Chichester, U.K.: Wiley.
Lyness, K. S., & Kropf, M. B. (2005). The relationships of national gender equality and organizational support with work-family balance: A study of European managers. Human Relations, 58, 33-60.
Lyness, K. S., & Judiesch, M. K. (2001). Are female managers quitters? The relationships of gender, promotions, and family leaves of absence to voluntary turnover. Journal of Applied Psychology, 86, 1167-1178.
Lyness, K. S., & Thompson, D. E. (2000). Climbing the corporate ladder: Do female and male executives follow the same route? Journal of Applied Psychology, 85, 86-101.
Judiesch, M. K., & Lyness, K. S. (1999). Left behind? The impact of leaves of absence on managers' career success. Academy of Management Journal, 42, 641-651.
Thompson, C. A., Beauvais, L. L., & Lyness, K. S. (1999). When work-family benefits are not enough: The influence of work-family culture on benefit utilization, organizational attachment, and work-family conflict. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 54, 392-415.
Lyness, K. S., & Thompson, D. E. (1997). Above the glass ceiling? A comparison of matched samples of female and male executives. Journal of Applied Psychology, 82, 359-375.
Examples of recent conference presentations with CUNY student coauthors (in bold):
Ragins, B. R., Lyness, K. S., Ehrhardt, K., Murphy, D. D., & Capman, J. F. (2013, August). Anchoring Relationships at Work: Mentors as Buffers to Ambient Racial Discrimination. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Winner of the Careers Division 2013 Best Overall Paper Award).
Erkovan, H., & Lyness, K. S. (2013, April). Effects of Emotional Labor on Stress, Psychological Well-Being, and Job Satisfaction. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX.
Rozga, K., Lyness, K. S., Maculaitis, M., Terrazas, J. M., Rutter, J., & Smith, C. (2013, April). Stereotypes of the Unemployed: Differences by Time Unemployed and Gender. Paper presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX.
Lyness, K. S., Eckert, R., Sywulak, L., Ruderman, M. N., & Gentry, W. A. (2012, April). Culture and managerial careers: A study in five European countries. In K. S. Lyness & M. A. Shaffer, (Chairs), Careers Across Cultures: International Experiences and Attitudes. Symposium to be conducted at the 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA.
Lyness, K. S., Erkovan, H., & Rozga, K. (2012, April). Women's leadership performance versus perception as leaders: A multilevel examination. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA.
Ragins, B.R., Lyness, K.S., Ehrhardt, K., Murphy, D., & Capman, J.F. (2011, August). Can the Yin of Mentoring Counter the Yang of a Discriminatory Workplace? Relational Quality and Mentor Race as Potential Buffers to Workplace Discrimination. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management National Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
Lyness, K. S., Ragins, B. R., & Capman, J. F. (2010, April). Working on thin ice: Race, diversity climate, and job insecurity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA.
She can be reached at Karen.Lyness@verizon.net