Laura Wheeler Poms

Doctoral Student
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
George Mason University

George Mason University
Department of Psychology
Fairfax, VA 22030

I am a third year doctoral student working with Dr. Louis Buffardi and Dr. Lois Tetrick. My research interests include work/life balance, stress and coping, social support and motivation. I am an adjunct professor in GMU’s Communication Department, teaching organizational and interpersonal communication. I currently teach social psychology and recently taught undergraduate industrial/organizational psychology. I also work as a research assistant in GMU’s School of Management. I graduated from the College of William and Mary and earned an M.A. in Public Communication from American University. In 2003, I received my Masters in I/O Psychology from GMU.

Current Projects:

Work/nonwork balance: Investigate the meaning of "family" for single employees and the influence of nonwork life on work life
Linking work-family culture to perceived organizational support: With Dr. Louis Buffardi and other graduate students, explore the link between work-family culture and POS by investigating the relationship among work-family culture, POS, and affective organizational commitment.

Role of humor in coping: With Dr. Ted Gessner and another graduate student, investigating how humor is used to cope with stress in pediatric oncology nurses.

Work/nonwork balance, work expectations, work-related family social support and job engagement: With Dr. Lois Tetrick and other graduate students, preparing to collect data on these measures. Results will be used to develop a model of work/family conflict crossover.