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Samantha Paustian-Underdahl
Assistant Professor


146 RBB


Ph.D. Organizational Science, The University of North Carolina, Charlotte (2012) 
M.A. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, The University of North Carolina, Charlotte (2010) 
B.S. Psychology, Cum Laude, University of Georgia (2007)

Gender and Diversity
Employee Well-being and Effectiveness 


Dr. Samantha Paustian-Underdahl is a professor, researcher, and consultant whose work is dedicated to enhancing employee and organizational well-being and effectiveness. Her research focuses on gender and diversity in organizations, the work-family interface, and leadership, in the context of work and organizations. 

Her research is published in premier academic journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology (JAP), the Journal of Management (JOM), the Journal of Organizational Behavior (JOB), and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (JOOP), among others, and has been presented at international and national conferences. Additionally, Dr. Paustian-Underdahl served as the assistant editor for the Journal of Business and Psychology (JBP) in 2011, and currently serves on the editorial board for JOM, JBP, and Human Performance, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for JAP, JOB, JOOP, and Human Resources Management. 

She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia, as well as a M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a PhD in Organizational Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She joined Florida State University as an Assistant Professor of Management in 2018. Previously, she was employed at Florida International University (FIU) as an Assistant Professor of Management, where she was named a Top Scholar in 2015, and was awarded Best Professor and Best Course teaching awards by FIU MBA students in 2017 and 2018. 



Paustian-Underdahl, S.C., Eaton, A., Mandeville, A., & Little, L.M. (In press). Pushed out or Opting out? Integrating Perspectives on Gender Differences in Withdrawal Attitudes during Pregnancy. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Frear, K., Paustian-Underdahl, S.C., Heggestad, E. and Walker, L.S. (2018). Gender and Career Success: A Typology and Analysis of Dual Paradigms. Journal of Organizational Behavior, forthcoming.

Gloor, J. L., Morf, M., Paustian-Underdahl, S.C., & Backes-Gellner, U. (2018). Fix the Game-Not the Dame: Restoring Equity in Leadership Evaluations. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-15. 

Little, L.M., Hinojosa, A., Paustian-Underdahl, S.C., & Zipay, K. (2018). Managing the Harmful Effects of Unsupportive Organizations During Pregnancy. The Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(6), 631-643. 

Halliday, C.S., Paustian-Underdahl, S.C., Rogelberg, S. Ordonez, Z., & Zhang, H. (2018). Autonomy as a Key Resource for Women in Low Gender Egalitarian Countries: A Cross-Cultural Examination. Human Resource Management, 52(2), 601-615. 

Paustian-Underdahl, S.C., King, E., Rogelberg, S., Kulich, C., and Gentry, W. (2017). Perceptions of Supervisor Support: Resolving Paradoxical Patterns across Race and Gender. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 90(3), 436-457. 

Paustian-Underdahl, S.C., Fainshmidt, S., Sanchez, J., Misati, E., Zhao, Y. & Zhang, H. (2017). The Role of Economic Development and Growth Opportunities in Employee Reactions to Acquisitions: A Study of the Merger Syndrome across 29 Countries. Group and Organization Management, 42(2), 163-194. 
Paustian-Underdahl, S.C., Halbesleben, J.R.B., Carlson, D., and Kacmar, K.M. (2016). The Work-Family Interface and Promotability: Boundary Integration as a Double Edged Sword. The Journal of Management, 42, 4, 960–981. 
Paustian-Underdahl, S.C., Walker, L.S., and Woehr, D.J. (2014). Gender and Perceptions of Leadership Effectiveness: A Meta-analysis of Contextual Moderators. The Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 6, 1129-1145. 
Paustian-Underdahl, S.C. and Halbesleben, J.R.B. (2014). Examining the Influence of Climate, Supervisor Guidance, and Behavioral Integrity on Work-Family Conflict: A Demands and Resources Approach. The Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 4, 447–463. 
Halbesleben, J. R. B., Neveu, J. P., Paustian-Underdahl, S. C., & Westman, M. (2014). Getting to the COR: Understanding the role of resources in conservation of resources theory. The Journal of Management, 40, 5, 1334–1364. 
Halbesleben, J.R.B., Wheeler, A.T., and Paustian-Underdahl, S.C. (2013). From Resource Threat to Resource Loss: The Impact of Furloughs on Emotional Exhaustion, Performance, and Recovery Experiences. The Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 3, 492-503. 




  • Best Professor Award in Healthcare MBA program at FIU (Cohort 6) 2018 
  • Best Course Award in Healthcare MBA program at FIU (Cohort 18) 2018 
  • Best Course Award in Healthcare MBA program at FIU (Cohort 5) 2017 
  • Emerald Group Publishing Citations of Excellence Award 2017 
  • 2015 Saroj Parasuraman Award for the Outstanding Publication on Gender and Diversity 



Outside of work, Dr. Paustian-Underdahl enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, traveling, exercising, and enjoying good food with friends. She is originally from Albany, Georgia and is a Georgia Bulldogs fan and alumnus.


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