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Trevor Watkins

Trevor Watkins

Department: Management and International Business
Office: Adams Hall Room 251
Phone: (405) 325-2651

Trevor Watkins, Ph.D., joined the Price College of Business in 2022 after researching and teaching for three years as a faculty member at West Texas A&M University's Engler College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Washington in 2019, and an M.B.A. and B.S. in human resource management from Utah State University in 2011 and 2008, respectively. Prior to academia, Professor Watkins spent seven years as a human resource professional in the financial services and manufacturing industries. Professor Watkins is currently researching topics related to employee well-being, positive event disclosures, and health and wellness behaviors. He ultimately posits that employees will be more successful in the long term when they work a bit less and instead dedicate more time to cultivating their health and relationships.

Professor Watkins’ work has appeared in academic journals such as the Academy of Management JournalJournal of Applied PsychologyPersonnel Psychology, and Journal of Management. In addition, his work has been featured in the popular press at sources such as the Wall Street JournalTime MagazineForbes, WebMD, BBC, and ABC News. He proudly lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with his wife and children. In his free time, he enjoys running, cycling, and engaging with his family.

Refereed Publications

  • Watkins, T., Kleshinski, C. E., Longmire, N. H., & He, W. (In press). Rekindling the fire and stoking the flames: How and when workplace interpersonal capitalization facilitates pride and knowledge sharing at work. Academy of Management Journal.
  • Eliseo, M., Reynolds, S. J., Watkins, T, & Mariam, M. (In press). Mindful but forgetful: The negative effect of trait mindfulness on memories of immoral behavior. Business and Society Review.
  • Watkins, T., Lee, S. H., Yam, K. C., Zhan, Y., & Long, L. (2022). Helping after dark: Ambivalent leadership outcomes of helping followers after the workday. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 43, 1038-1062.
  •  Watkins, T., Patel, A. S., & Antoine, G. E. (2021). You are what you eat: How and when workplace healthy eating cultivates coworker perceptions and behaviors. Journal of Applied Psychology. 107, 1459-1478.
    • An earlier version of this paper was selected for the AOM best paper proceedings
  • Watkins, T. (2021). Workplace interpersonal capitalization: Employee reactions to coworker positive event disclosures. Academy of Management Journal, 64, 537-561.
  • Watkins, T., Barnes, C. M., & Krishnan, S. (2021). A sleep and self-control model of cyber incivility at work. Sleep Health. 7, 468-473.
    • Featured at various media outlets such as Yahoo News, MSN,,,, KAMR Local News (TV and radio interviews)
  • Calderwood, C., ten Brummelhuis, L. L., Patel, A. S., Watkins, T., Gabriel, A. S., & Rosen, C. C. (2021). Employee physical activity: A multidisciplinary integrative review. Journal of Management. 47, 144-170.
  • Barnes, C. M., Watkins, T., & Klotz, A. C. (2021). An exploration of employee dreams: The dream-based overnight carryover of emotional experiences at work. Sleep Health. 7, 191-197.
    • Featured in the Wall Street Journal
  • Watkins, T., & Umphress, E. E. (2020). Strong body, clear mind: Physical activity diminishes the effects of supervisor interpersonal injustice. Personnel Psychology. 73, 641-667.
  • Watkins, T., Fehr, R., & He, W. (2019). Whatever it takes: Leaders’ perceptions of abusive supervision instrumentality. Leadership Quarterly, 30, 260-272.
    • An earlier version of this paper was selected for the AOM best paper proceedings
  • Leavitt, K., Barnes, C. M., Watkins, T., & Wagner, D. T. (2019). From the bedroom to the office: Workplace spillover effects of sexual activity at home.  Journal of Management, 45, 1173-1192.
    • 99th percentile “attention score” (based on amount of garnered media attention) of all research ever tracked by Altmetric. Highest score of any article in the history of JOM:
    • Representative media mentions: Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Time Magazine, ABC News, BBC, CBS News, FOX News, The Telegraph, WebMD, USA Today, Huffington Post, US News, Yahoo, MSN, Business Insider, New York Magazine