University of Calgary

Sandy Hershcovis

  • Professor
  • Future Fund Professorship in E
  • Senior Associate Dean - Research and FAC

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Sandy Hershcovis is the Future Fund Professor in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Haskayne School of Business. Her research focuses on  sex-based harassment, workplace mistreatment, and employee well-being. In particular, she is currently interested in bystander intervention on workplace harassment. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

In 2020, Sandy was inducted as a member of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2021 she was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Sandy has published her research in leading journals in her field, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Management. She also serves as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Sandy has provided expert testimony on workplace harassment cases before House of Commons and Senate committees aimed to introduce policy and law related to workplace harassment. Furthermore, she has provided expert witness testimony on a number of legal cases (both civil and criminal) related to sexual, racial, and other forms of workplace harassment. She has presented her research to a number of organizations, including the Alberta Network of Immigrant Women and the Canadian Forces and Department of National Defense.

Sandy joined Haskayne in 2015. She holds a PhD and an MSc in Management from Queen's University, and a BComm from the University of Calgary. 

Selected Publications:


Bowling, N.A. & Hershcovis, M.S. (Eds.) (2017). Research and Theory on Workplace Aggression. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Hershcovis, M.S., Vranjes, I., Berdahl, J.L, & Cortina, L.M. (in press). See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Theorizing network silence around sexual harassment. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Cortina, L.M., Hershcovis, M.S., & Clancy, K.B.H. (in press). The embodiment of insult: A theory of biobehavioral response to workplace incivility. Journal of Management.

Hershcovis, M.S., Cortina, L.M., & Robinson, S. L. (2020). Social and situational dynamics surrounding workplace mistreatment: Context matters. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 41, 699-705.

Hershcovis, M.S., Cameron, A.F., Gervais, L., & Bozeman, J. (2018) Coping with incivility. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23, 164-174. 

Hershcovis, M.S., Neville, L., Reich, T.C., Cortina, L.M., Christie, A. & Shan, J. V. (2017). Reactions to observing workplace aggression: the role of power. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 142, 45-57

Hershcovis, M.S. & Bhatnagar, N. (2017). When fellow customers behave badly: Witness reactions to employee mistreatment by customers. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 1528-1544.

Hershcovis, M.S., Ogunfowora, T., & Reich, T.C., Christie, A.M. (in press). Targeted workplace Incivility: The Roles of Belongingness, Embarrassment, and Power. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38, 1057-1075.

Reich, T.C. & Hershcovis, M.S. (2015). Observing Workplace Incivility. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 203-215.

Hershcovis, M.S. & Reich, T.C. (2013). Integrating workplace aggression research: Relational, contextual, and method considerations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34 (S1), 26-42.

Hershcovis, M. S. (2011). Incivility, social undermining, bullying...Oh my! A call to reconcile constructs within workplace aggression research. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 32, 499-519.

Hershcovis, M.S., & Barling, J. (2010). Comparing victim attributions and outcomes for workplace aggression and sexual harassment. Journal of Applied Psychology. 95, 874-888. For a copy of the attribution measure used in this paper, please click here. 

Hershcovis, M.S., Parker, S.K., Reich, T.C.* (2010). Moderating effect of equal opportunity support and confidence in grievance procedures on sexual harassment from different perpetrators. Journal of Business Ethics, 92, 415-432.

Hershcovis, M.S. & Barling, J. (2010). Towards a multi-foci approach to workplace aggression: A meta-analytic review of outcomes from different perpetrators. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 24-44.

Research Grants:  

2018-2023       Principal Investigator, Insight Grant, SSHRC ($225,259); with Lukas Neville (CI) and Tara C. Reich (Collaborator)

2013-2018       Principal Investigator, Insight Grant, SSHRC (209,640); with Amy M. Christie (CI), Tara C. Reich (Collaborator), Lilia M. Cortina (Collaborator)

2010-2013       Principal Investigator, Standard Research Grant, SSHRC ($75,719), with Sharon K. Parker (Collaborator)

2007-2010       Principal Investigator, Standard Research Grant, SSHRC ($111,300), with Sharon K. Parker (Collaborator)

Graduate and Honours Students:

2018-               Zhanna Lyubykh, PhD student (co-supervisor)

2016 - 18         Valerie Shan, PhD student

2013 - 14         Melissa Sekundiak, Psychology Honour's student

2013 - 15         Loie Gervais, MSc student

2008 - 2016     Jennifer Bozeman, PhD

2007-2011       Tara Reich, PhD 

I am currently accepting PhD students. I will supervise only those students who are interested in the broad topic area of workplace aggression. Preference will go to students with a psychology background (e.g., undergraduate or master's in social psychology), and with a two-year cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Current Editorial Roles:

2019-present, Associate Editor, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

2016-present, Editorial Board, Occupational Health Science

2013-present, Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Psychology




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