Michele W Gazica

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Behavioral & Social Sciences Dept
Prescott College of Arts & Sciences
Prescott campus

Areas of Expertise

Occupational health and safety; meaningful work; the work-family interface; work stress; organizational behavior and leadership; assessment methods: development and validation.

Dr. Michele Gazica teaches courses in forensic and industrial-organizational psychology and has additional expertise in legal analysis and test and measurement theory. Her research falls primarily within the field of occupational health psychology and focuses on meaningful work, the work-family interface, and work stress. Michele received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida and her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Before choosing to pursue her PhD, Dr. Gazica practiced law for seven years.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of South Florida
  • J.D. - Juris Doctorate in Juris Doctorate, University of Florida
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Psychology, University of South Florida


Undergraduate:

PSY336 - Criminal & Civil Transgressions I

PSY337 - Criminal & Civil Transgressions II

PSY365 - Abnormal Psychology

PSY410 - Personnel Selection & Assessment

PSY345 - Training & Development

PSY475 - Senior Capstone in Industrial Psychology & Safety

PSY470/471 - Senior Capstone in Forensic Psychology


Masters in Safety Science:

MSF616: Safety Training & Leadership



Academic Publications:

Gazica, M. W., & Spector, P. E. (under review). How daily fluctuations in domain-specific affective events influence affective spillover and health and well-being. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Shen, W., Kessler, S., Gazica, M. W., Andel, S., Hudson, C., & Beck, J. W. (under review). Leadership behaviors and follower health and well-being: A meta-analytic examination of mediating pathways derived from self-determination theory. Work & Stress.

Gazica, M. W., & Spector, P. E. (2016). A test of safety, violence prevention, and civility climate domain specific relationships with linked outcomes. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 22(1), 45-51. doi: 10.1080/10773525.2016.1144374

Gazica, M. W., & Spector, P. E. (2015). A comparison of individuals with unanswered callings to those with no calling at all. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 91, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2015.08.008

Gazica, M. W., & Spector, P. E. (2015). Self-efficacy. Wiley Encyclopedia of Management, 11, 1–2.

Yang, L. Q., Caughlin, D. E., Gazica, M. W., Truxillo, D. M., & Spector, P. E. (2014). Workplace Mistreatment Climate and potential employee and organizational outcomes: A meta-analytic review from the target's perspective. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 19(3), 315-335. doi: 10.1037/a0036905

Powell, D. L., & Gazica, M. W. (2005). And now . . . school concurrency. Florida Bar Journal, 79(10), 44-47.

Applied Publications:

Gazica, M. W. (2015). Global rewards and recognition: Think globally, act locally. 2015 Workplace Trends. Available from Sodexo Quality of Life Services Website: http://sodexousa.com/usen/corporate_responsibility/responsible_employer/workplace_trends.aspx

Gazica, M. W. (2015). Redefining the family-friendly workplace. 2015 Workplace Trends. Available from Sodexo Quality of Life Services Website: http://sodexousa.com/usen/corporate_responsibility/responsible_employer/workplace_trends.aspx

Gazica, M. W. (2015). Achieving better balance: Overcoming work-life conflict in the financial services sector. Available from Sodexo Quality of Life Service Website: http://www.slideshare.net/Innovations2Solutions/achieving-better-balance-overcoming-worklife-conflict-in-the-financial-services-sector

Permuth, R. S., & Gazica, M. W. (2015). Improving patient quality-of-care with recognition and rewards. Available from Sodexo Quality of Life Services Website: http://whitepapers.sodexomotivation.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Improving-Patient-Quality-of-Care-FINAL.pdf

Permuth, R. S., & Gazica, M. W. (2014). Improving workplace safety with recognition and rewards programs: A how-to guide for long-term behavior change. Available from Sodexo Quality of Life Services Website: http://sodexomotivation.com/uploads/images/Improving_Workplace_Safety_with_Recognition_and_Reward_Programs.pdf

Conference Presentations:

Shen, W., Gazica, M. W., Andel, S. A., Hudson, C. K., & Kessler, S. R. (2014, May). Leadership behaviors and follower health: A meta-analysis. Poster session presented at the 29th annual conference of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Inc., Honolulu, HI.

Yang, L. Q., Caughlin, D. E., Gazica, M. W., Truxillo, D. M., & Spector, P. E. (2014, May). Workplace Mistreatment Climate: Nipping mean behavior before it starts. Symposium at the 29th annual conference of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Inc., Honolulu, HI.

Gazica, M. W., & Spector, P. W. (2013, Nov.). A tale of three climates: The distinctiveness of Safety, Workplace Civility, and Violence Prevention Climates. Symposium at the annual conference of Southern Management Association, New Orleans, LA.

Gazica, M. W., & Spector, P. E. (2013, April). The distinctiveness of Safety Climate and Violence Prevention Climate. Poster session presented at the 28th annual conference of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Inc., Houston, TX.

Gazica, M. W., & Spector, P. E. (2013, February). The distinctiveness of Safety Climate and Violence Prevention Climate. Poster session presented at the 6th annual Sunshine Education and Research Center Conference, Tampa, FL.

Gazica, M. W., Meier, L. L., & Spector, P. E. (2012, Nov.). Abuse and interpersonal misbehavior in public school teachers. Symposium at the annual conference of Southern Management Association, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Spector, P. E., & Gazica, M. W. (2012, August). How Perceived Organizational Climate relates to violence exposure: A review. Poster session presented at the 120th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.



Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Campus

  • Assistant Professor, 2016 - Present
  • Academic Assessment Coordinator, Department of Behavioral & Safety Sciences, 2016 - Present

Previous Teaching Experience

  • University of South Florida, Department of Psychology
    • Instructor, Tests & Measurement
    • Teacher's Assistant, Research Methods
  • HIllsborough Community College
    • ​Adjunct Faculty, Introduction to Psychology and Developmental Psychology
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law
    • ​Teacher's Assistant, Legal Research & Writing and Appellate Advocacy
  • Florida Gulf Coast University, Department of Psychology
    • Online Instructor, Experimental Psychology

Previous Legal Experience

  • Associate Attorney
    • Gray Robinson, Alcohol Beverage & Food Law
    • Roetzel & Andress, Commercial Real Estate Law
    • Hopping, Green, & Sams, Environmental & Land Use Law
  • Law Clerk
    • Barron, Redding, Hughes, Fite, Fensom, Sanborn, & Kiehn, Commerical Litigation
    • 8th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Judge Frederick Smith, Legal Research

2011 - Current: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

2011 - Current: Southern Management Association

2004 - Current: The Florida Bar


Bowen, B.D., Holt, T.B., Vasigh, B., Ison, D., Burgess, S., Fink, M., Gazica, M.W. & et al. (2016, October). Institute for Global Air Transport Analytics (IGATA) – An ERAU Center of Research Excellence. Submitted to ERAU Accelerate Research Initiative for $50,000. Pre-proposal-approved.

NIOSH/Sunshine Education and Research Center, USF Health, pilot grant ($10,000).

NIOSH/Sunshine Education and Research Center, USF Health, Occupational Health Traineeship, 2012-2016.

R&D Research Fellow, Sodexo, Inc., Quality of Life Services.

Invited to pilot test new items and grade competency exams for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Book Awards: Legal Drafting and Clinic Preparation - Pro Se.