Michele W Gazica

Title
Dept. Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Department
Behavioral & Social Sciences Dept
College
College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

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

Dr. Michele Gazica teaches courses in 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 Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of South Florida
  • J.D. - Juris Doctor (Doctor of Jurisprudence) in Law, University of Florida
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of South Florida

  • PSY 496: Capstone in Psychology
  • PSY 471: Forensic Psy Capstone II
  • HF 302: Human Factors II: Mthds & Tech
  • SIS 200: Intro to the US Legal System
  • PSY 410: Personnel Selection and Assess

Undergraduate:

SIS 200 - Intro to the US Legal System

PSY 322 - Research Design

PSY336 - Forensic Psychology

PSY337 - Criminality

PSY365 - Abnormal Psychology

PSY410 - Personnel Selection & Assessment

PSY345 - Training & Development

PSY475 - Senior Capstone in Industrial-Organizational Psychology

PSY470/471 - Senior Capstone in Forensic Psychology


Masters in Safety Science:

MSF616: Safety Training & Leadership




Academic Publications:

Gazica, M. W., & Pindek, S. (in press). How does caring for patients affect work interference with family in nurses? A daily diary study. International Journal of Stress Management.

Powers, S. R., Gazica, M. W., & Myers, K. K. (2022). Emotional communication and human sustainability in professional service firms. Sustainability, 14, 4054. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14074054

Gazica, M. W., Leto, G.**, & Irish, A. L. (2022). Do unexpected changes to content delivery impact perceived university student learning outcomes? A psychological contract perspective during the COVID-19 era. Psychology in the Schools, 59(8),1473-1491. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22685

Gazica, M. W., Powers, S. Rae, & Kessler, S. R. (2021). Imperfectly perfect: Does psychosocial safety climate influence the physical and psychological impact of perfectionism in the practice of law? Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 39(6)741-757. https://doi.org/10.1002/bsl.2546

Pindek, S., & Gazica, M. W. (2020). Being called to nursing: Buffering the stress-rumination effects. Occupational Health Science. 4(3), 401-416. doi: 10.1007/s41542-020-00068-z

Gazica, M. W., Bowen, E. E., McCarson, M. A.**, & Chadwell, K.** (2018). Called to aviation safety? Individual and combined effects of safety climate and occupational callings on aviator safety performance. Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research, 28(1), 1-24.

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

** Undergraduate Student Author

Applied Publications:

Gazica, M. W., Powers, S. R., Irgens, M. S. (2018). Well-being among Arizona lawyers: Survey finds attorneys stressed but satisfied. Arizona Attorney, 55(1), 26-32. Available at: http://www.azattorneymag-digital.com/azattorneymag/201809/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=26#pg29

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

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

Conference Presentations:

Gazica, M. W., Leto, G. D.**, & Irish, A. L. (2022, April). Do unexpected changes to content delivery impact perceived university student learning outcomes? A psychological contract perspective during the Covid-19 Era. Poster session conducted at the 36th annual conference of Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Seattle, WA.

Gazica, M. W., Powers, S. R., & Kessler, S. R. (2020, June). Striving to achieve at the expense of one’s health: A longitudinal study. In J. Dimoff (Chair), From the workplace to wellbeing: Exploring the intersection between work and health. Symposium conducted at the 35th annual conference of Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Austin, TX.

Gazica, M. W., & Pindek, S. (2019, Nov.). Being called to nursing: Buffering the stress-rumination effects. In S. Andel (Chair), Unique factors related to stress and its outcomes in healthcare workers. Symposium conducted at the 2019 Work, Stress and Health conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Pindek, S., & Gazica, M. W. (2019, April). Rumination as the link between nurses’ work stress and work-to-family conflict: A daily diary study. In S. Pindek (Chair), Surprising and underexplored stress phenomena in the workplace. Symposium conducted at the 34th annual conference of Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Washington DC.

Gazica, M. W., Powers, S. R., & Kessler, S. R. (2019, March). Attorney health and well-being: The culture of perfectionism. Individual paper presented at the annual conference of American Psychology-Law Society, Portland, OR.

Gazica, M. W., Powers, S. R., & Kessler, S. R. (2018, Nov.). Occupational stress and the legal profession. In P. E. Spector (Chair), New directions in occupational stress. Symposium conducted at the annual conference of Southern Management Association, Lexington, KY.

Gazica, M. W. (2018, April). The influence of occupational callings on work-family enrichment. Poster session conducted at the 33rd annual conference of Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Gazica, M. W., McCarson, M. A.**, & Chadwell, K. A-M.** (2018, April). Effects of climate and callings on aviation safety. Poster session conducted at the 33rd annual conference of Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Gazica, M. W. (2017, Nov.). Bi-directional work-family affective spillover: A daily diary study. In S. Pindek (Chair), Using time in the study of occupational health stress/health. Symposium conducted at the annual conference of Southern Management Association, St. Pete Beach, FL.

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.

** Undergraduate Student Author


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Campus

  • Associate Professor, 2022 - Present
  • Department Chair, 2021 - Present
  • Assistant Professor, 2016 - 2022
  • Chair, Campus General Education Committee, 2021 - 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


Teaching Excellence Award – College of Arts & Sciences, 2018-2019 Academic Year.

Teaching Excellence Award – Prescott Campus, 2018-2019 Academic Year.

Foley, T. J., Gazica, M. W., Parker, R., Slewa, M., Shannon, B., Brady, M. & Rafo, K. (2017). Multi-disciplinary evaluation of school security technologies. Award from U.S. Dept of Justice, Nat’l Institute of Justice - Comprehensive School Safety Initiative. $769,800

Gazica, M. W. (2017). Impact of work stress on lawyer health and wellbeing. Award from ERAU Faculty Innovative Research in Science and Technology Program. $12,500.

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.