Search Google Appliance

Charlotte Fritz, Ph.D.


Department of Psychology
317 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
1721 SW Broadway
Portland,OR 97207-0751



Selected Publications
Classes Taught
Occupational Health Psychology


Dr. Charlotte Fritz is an Assistant Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a faculty within the Occupational Health Psychology Graduate Training Program at Portland State University. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 2005 and then held a position as Assistant Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Bowling Green State University from 2005 to 2009.

Her research program focuses mainly on occupational health psychology. Specifically, she examines how employees’ work and nonwork lives interact. For example, how do experiences at work impact employees during their nonwork time? How do employees recover from work stress (e.g., through sleep, psychological detachment from work, relaxation) during work breaks (i.e., vacations, weekends, evenings, lunch breaks)? And how does recovery from work stress impact employee affect, well-being, and performance in the workplace? In addition, Dr. Fritz is interested in understanding the role of interruptions at work in employee self-regulation, well-being, and performance.To examine these phenomena she has conducted field research in a variety of occupational sectors such as non-profit, information-technology, and public service.

For the past two years Dr. Fritz (together with other colleagues) has established an ongoing collaboration with the Oregon Department of Corrections examining work stress, well-being, work-life balance, and health behaviors in correction officers. Based on an extensive survey study she recently received grant funding from the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center to implement a pilot intervention that is aimed at reducing work stress and increasing work-life balance and health in correction officers.


Classes Taught

PSY 204 - Psychology as a Social Science

PSY362 - Organizational Psychology

PSY516/616 - Advanced Applied Organizational Psychology

PSY410 - Work & Well-being

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

    • Park, Y. & Fritz, C. (2014). Spousal recovery support, recovery experiences and life satisfaction crossover among dual-earner couples. Journal of Applied Psychology. 

    • Demsky, C. A., Ellis, A. M., & Fritz, C. (2014). Shrugging it off: Does psychological detachment mediate the relationship between workplace aggression and work-family conflict? Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 19, 195-205.

    • Fritz, C., Ellis, A. M., Demsky, C. A., Lin, B. C., & Guros, F. (2013). Embracing work breaks: Recovering from work stress. Organizational Dynamics.

    • Lam, C. F., Spreitzer, G. M., & Fritz, C. (in press). Too Much of a Good Thing: Curvilinear Effects of Positive Affect on Proactive Behaviors. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 530-546.

    • Sonnentag, S., Arbeus, H., Mahn, C., & Fritz, C. (2014). Exhaustion and lack of psychological detachment from work during off-job time: Moderator effects of time pressure and leisure experiences. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 19, 206-216.

    • Sonnentag, S., & Fritz, C. (2014). Recovery from job stress: The stressor-detachment model as an integrative framework. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

    • Lin, B. C., Kain, J. M., & Fritz, C. (2013). Don't interrupt me! An examination of the relationship between intrusions at work and employee strain. International Journal of Stress Management, 20, 77-94.

    • Park, Y., Fritz, C., Jex, S. M. (2011). Relationships between work-home segmentation and psychological detachment from work: The role of communication technology use at home. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 16, 457-467.

    • Fritz, C., Lam., C. F., Spreitzer, G. M. (2011). It's the little things that matter: An examination of knowledge workers' energy management. Academy of Management Perspectives. 

    • Fritz, C., Sonnentag, S., Spector, S., & McInroe, J. (2010). Recovery from work: Relationships between off-work experiences and affect at work. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

    • Fritz, C., Yankelevich, M., Zarubin, A., & Barger, P. (2010). Happy, healthy, and productive: The role of psychological detavhment from work during nonwork time. Journal of Applied Psychology.

    • Ohly, S. & Fritz, C. (2010). Work characteristics, challenge appraisal, creativity, and proactive behavior: A multi-level study. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

    • Sonnentag, S., Kuttler, I., & Fritz, C. (2010). Job stressors, emotional exhaustion, and need for recovery: A multi-source study on the benefits of psychological detachment. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

    • Fritz, C. & Sonnentag, S. (2009). Antecedents of day-level proactive behavior: A look at job stressors and positive affect experienced during the workday. Journal of Management, 35, 94-111.

    • Ohly, S. & Fritz, C. (2007). Challenging the status quo: What motivates proactive behavior? Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80, 623-629.

    • Sonnentag, S. & Fritz, C. (2007). The Recovery Experience Questionnaire: Development and validation of a measure for assessing recuperation and unwinding from work. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 12, 204-221.

    • Fritz, C. & Sonnentag, S. (2006). Recovery, well-being, and performance-related outcomes: The role of workload and vacation experiences. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 936-945.

    • Fritz, C. & Sonnentag, S. (2005). Recovery, well-being and job performance: Effects of weekend experiences. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 10, 187-199.


    Book Chapters


    • Spreitzer, G., Lam, C. F., & Fritz, C. (2010). Engagement and human thriving: Complementary perspectives on energy and connections to work. In A. Bakker & M. Leiter (Eds.), Work engagement: Recent developments in theory and research.

    • Sonnentag, S. & Fritz, C. (2010). Work and life. The relationship between work and walks of life outside work from the perspective of the work psychology. In U. K Kleinbeck. Schmidt (Eds.), Encyclopedia of psychology (volume work psychology, pp. 669-704).

    • Sonnentag, S. & Fritz, C. (2006). Endocrinological processes associated with job stress: Catecholamine and cortisol responses to acute and chronic stressors. In P. L. Perrewé, & D. C. Ganster (Eds.), Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being: Employee health, coping, and methodologies, pp. 1-60.