Rachel Williamson Smith, Assistant Professor


Industrial/Organizational Psychology Area Head
Office: 213 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office Phone: (225) 578-8924
Email: rsmith3@lsu.edu
Lab website: https://faculty.lsu.edu/rwsmith/

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Research Interests

  • Employee well-being
  • The work-life interface
  • Individual differences
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Occupational health

Dr. Smith is interested in diversity and employee well-being. Specifically, her research examines (1) the experiences of individuals from diverse backgrounds in the context of the work environment and the importance of diversity for organizations, and (2) both good (e.g., mindfulness, engagement) and bad (e.g., work-family conflict, workaholism) aspects of employee well-being. Students interested in diversity and/or employee well-being should email Dr. Smith at rsmith3@lsu.edu or stop by 213 Audubon Hall


Ph.D. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Georgia

M.S. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Georgia

B.A. Psychology, University of South Carolina

Representative Publications

Smith, R. W., Hulett, A. L., & Maples-Keller, J. L. (in press). Personality testing and the Americans with Disabilities Act: An applicant/employee perspective. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Maples-Keller, J. L., Williamson, R. L., Sleep, C. E., Carter, N. T., Campbell, W. K. & Miller, J. D. (2019). Using item response theory to develop a 60-item version representation of the NEO-Five Factor Inventory using the International Personality Item Pool: Development of the IPIP-NEO-60. Journal of Personality Assessment, 101, 4-15. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2017.1381968

Eby, L. T, Allen, T. D., Conley, K. M., Williamson, R. L., Henderson, T. G., & Mancini, V. S. (2019). Mindfulness-based training interventions for employees: A qualitative review of the literature. Human Resource Management Review, 29, 156-178. doi: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2017.03.004

Williamson, R. L., Beiler-May, A., Locklear, L., & Clark, M. A. (2017). Bringing home what I’m hiding at work: The impact of sexual orientation disclosure at work for same-sex couples. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 103, 7-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2017.08.005

Williamson, R. L., & Clark, M. A. (2017). Workaholism and work-family conflict: Theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and directions for future research. In J. Nicklin (Ed.), Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Practices, and Challenges.