Michael Leiter


Email address: michael.leiter@acadiau.ca

Telephone: (902) 585-1671

Office location: Centre for Organizational Research & Development - 24 Highland Avenue

Classes taught 2009/10:



B.A., Duke University

M.A., Vanderbilt University

Ph.D., University of Oregon



Michael Leiter is an organizational psychologist interested in the relationships of people with their work. He has recently been appointed a Tier I Canada Research Chair position in Occupational Health and Well-Being. He has been involved in an active research program on occupational stress and professional efficacy in collaboration with organizations across North America. Through the Centre for Organizational Research & Development, he and his research team participate in organizational development projects with collaborating organizations.



Leiter, M. P., Laschinger, H. K. S., Day, A., & Gilin-Oore, D. (in press). The impact of civility interventions on employee social behavior, distress, and attitudes. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Leiter, M. P., Price, S. L., Laschinger, H. K. S., & (2010). Generational differences in distress, attitudes and incivility among nurses. Journal of Nursing Management, 18, 970-980.

Bakker, A., B. & Leiter, M. P. (Eds.) (2010). Work Engagement: A Handbook of Essential Research and Theory. London: Psychology Press.

Maslach, C & Leiter, M. P. (2008). Early predictors of job burnout and engagement. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 498-512.

Maslach, C., Schaufeli, W.B., & Leiter, M.P. (2001). Job Burnout. Annual Review of Psychology.

Leiter, M.P., Harvie, P., & Frizzell, C. (1998). The correspondence of patient satisfaction and nurse burnout. Social Science & Medicine, 47, 1611-1617.

Leiter, M.P., & Harvie, P. (1998). Conditions for staff acceptance of organizational change: Burnout as a mediating construct. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 11, 1-25.

Maslach, C. & Leiter, M. P. (1997). The truth about burnout. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Leiter, M.P., & Harvie, P. (1997) The correspondence of supervisor and subordinate perspectives on major organizational change. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 2, 1-10.

Leiter, M.P., & Robichaud, L. (1997). Relationships of occupational hazards with burnout: An assessment of measures and models. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 2, 1-11.


Other information

In 2005 Michael Leiter was appointed a Tier I Canada Research Chair position in Occupational Health and Well-Being.



Honours Students

Winder, R. (2013) - Volunteer Motivations as Functions of Volunteer Engagement

Hackett, S. (2013) - The Mediating Effects of Coworker Trust on Incivility, Psychological Safety, and Satisfaction Among Nursing Professionals

Whitney, R. (2012) - Fire Service Culture:  The Influence of Interpersonal Behavior on Cohesion and Retention

Patterson, A. (2011) - Supervisor Incivility and Coworker Incivility as Predictors of Instigated Incivility in a Sample of Nursing Professionals

Kathryn McAdam (2010) - Perceived Risk and Constructs of Frequency, Severity, Control and Training in Nurses from Eastern Canada

Matthew Belliveau (2009) - A Cross-Faculty Comparison of Undergraduate Computer Use

Tammy Oulton (2009) - Generational Differences in Workplace Incivility, Areas of Worklife, and Burnout Measures among Nursing Professionals

Marielle d'Entremont (2008) - he Differences Among Nursing Positions: A Study Examining Report Familiarity, Knowledge Transfer and Values

Shannon Black (2007) - Entrepreneurial Characteristics and Skills by Year of Study at University

Nicole Jackson (2007) - Generational Differences for Ratings of Control and Value Congruence and Knowledge Transfer

Suzanne Kiani (2007) - Entrepreneurial Intentions and Characteristics of University Students

Graduate Students

Hanrahan, M. (2012) - Values, community, work setting, and burnout in professionals providing treatment to sexual offender populations

Nicholson, R. (2011) - Predicting Cynicism as a Function of Trust and Civility: A Longitudinal Analysis

Turner, K. (2010) - Workplace Incivility and Organizational Outcomes: Is the Quality of Social Relationships at Work Important for Employee Attitudes, Behaviours, and Mental Health?