Professor Kevin Kelloway

Kevin Kelloway, holds a PhD in Organizational Psychology and is the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Occupational Psychology and Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. His research focuses on occupational health psychology and the role of leaders in influencing employee health and safety. He is a Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science, the Canadian Psychological Association, the International Association of Applied Psychology and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to I/O Psychology (Canadian SIOP) and the Distinguished Psychologist in Management (Society of Psychologists in Management) awards.  He is a past-president of the Canadian Psychological Association and currently serves as the Editor of the Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science and Associate Editor of both the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance.

Keynote Presentation: Leading to Occupational Health and Safety

A growing body of research identifies organizational leadership as a salient contributor to employee health and safety and has resulted in a proliferation of leadership constructs thought to affect well-being (e.g., abusive leadership, passive leadership, transformational leadership).  I argue that researchers and practitioners have increasingly interpreted these data as referring to “leaders” (i.e., the person) rather than “leadership” (i.e., the behaviors).  Thus, we speak of “abusive” or “transformational” leaders rather than focusing on the behaviors in which individuals engage. Drawing on a series of studies I show how leaders’ behavior can vary and the implications of this variation of employee health and safety.