University of Calgary

Nick Turner

  • Professor
  • Distinguished Chair ABL
  • Faculty [OBHR]

Professional Activities & Biography

My research explores the determinants and consequences of “healthy work”: employment that is psychologically enriching and physically safe, as well as effective for the organization. Two major determinants of healthy work are work design and leadership, and I use job demands/resources and leadership theories to situate my research. Some of my ongoing projects explore the consequences of healthy work, such as the psychological outcomes of workplace injuries and the relationship between mental health conditions and job outcomes. My previous projects investigate the intersection of work and other life domains (e.g., work-family conflict, intimate partner violence) on healthy work. Much of my research uses data from employees and their organizations, and I currently collaborate with colleagues on studies funded by the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba.

Before joining the University of Calgary (Haskayne School of Business) in 2015, I was at University of Sheffield (Institute of Work Psychology, 1998-2002), Queen’s University (Smith School of Business, 2002-2006), and the University of Manitoba (Asper School of Business, 2006-2014).

Academic Publications (since 2015):

Casey, T.W., Krauss, A.D., & Turner, N. (in press). The one that got away: Lessons learned from evaluation of a psychology-based safety training intervention in the Australian prawn fishing industry. Safety Science.

Pek, S., Turner, N., Tucker, S., Kelloway, E.K., & Morrish, J. (2017). Injunctive safety norms, young worker risk-taking, and workplace injuries. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 106, 202-210. Link to article:

Turner, N. (2017). Social relations in and around work. Human Relations, 70, 3-6. Link to article:

Barling, J., & Turner, N. (2016). Workplace injuries. In S.G. Rogelberg (Ed.) Encyclopedia of industrial and organizational psychology (2nd ed.). (pp. 1778-1779). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Link: 

Barling, J., & Turner, N. (2016). Workplace safety. In S.G. Rogelberg (Ed.) Encyclopedia of industrial and organizational psychology (2nd ed.). (pp. 1783-1785). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Link to encyclopedia:

McCaughey, D., Turner, N., Kim, J., DelliFraine, J.L., & McGhan, G.E. (2015). Physical hazard risk perceptions and employee outcomes in the long-term care industry. Safety Science, 78, 190-197. Link to article:

Tucker, S., & Turner, N. (2015). Sometimes it hurts when supervisors don’t listen: Antecedents and consequences of safety voice among young workers. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 20, 72-81.  Link to article:

Turner, N., Tucker, S., & Kelloway, E.K. (2015). Prevalence and demographic correlates of microaccidents and reactions to dangerous work among young workers in Canada. Journal of Safety Research, 53, 39-43Link:

Current Professional Roles:

CCAL Chair in Leadership: 

Editor-in-Chief, Human Relations:

Editorial boards: Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business & Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Management Inquiry, Occupational Health Science

Graduate Students

I'm very interested in working with research students (BA psychology or BCom co-majoring in psychology, MSc I/O psychology, PhD I/O psychology or Management) on research projects related to transformational leadership and the psychology of occupational health (e.g., mental health at work) or safety (e.g., work-related injuries). If these topics interest you, please contact me.

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