Charlotte Fritz, Ph.D.


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


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Selected Publications
Classes Taught
Occupational Health Psychology


Dr. Charlotte Fritz is an Associate Professor in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and a faculty member within the Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Graduate Training Program at Portland State University (PSU). She graduated with her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 2005, held a position as Assistant Professor in I/O Psychology at Bowling Green State University from 2005 to 2009, and has been at PSU since 2009.

Her research focuses on what keeps employees happy, healthy, engaged, and productive. Specifically, she examines the interplay between employee experiences at work and those outside of work. For example, how do employees recover from work demands (e.g., through mental disengagement from work or relaxation) during different types of work breaks (i.e., vacations, weekends, evenings, lunch breaks)? How does sleep (or the lack thereof) impact employees in the workplace? Which work-related stressors or practices impact employee sleep? How can employees be supported (e.g., by their supervisors or spouses) in recovery from work? How does recovery from work impact employee well-being, engagement, and performance in the workplace?

Dr. Fritz’s research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the Journal of Business and Psychology. She has received research funding from the Oregon Department of Corrections, the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (a NIOSH Center of Excellence), and the USDA Forest Service. Her work has been featured in media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and The Oregonian.

Classes Taught

PSY 204 - Psychology as a Social Science

PSY 362 - Organizational Psychology

PSY 516/616 - Advanced Applied Organizational Psychology

PSY 410 - Work, Stress, & Health

PSY 399 - Positive Psychology in the Workplace

Selected Publications

Fritz, C. & Demsky, C. (in press). Nonwork time as individual resource building: A literature
review and research agenda. In Burke, R. & Richardsen A. (Eds.). Creating psychologically healthy workplaces. Northampton: Edward Elgar.

Auten, D. & Fritz, C. (in press). Mental health at work: How mindfulness adds in more ways than one. Organizational Dynamics.

Debus, M., Fritz, C., & Philipp M. (in press). A story of gains and losses: Intra-individual shifts in job characteristics and well-being when transitioning to a managerial role. Journal of Business and Psychology.

Fritz, C., Park, Y., & Shepherd, B. R. (in press). Workplace incivility ruins my sleep and yours: The costs of being in a work-linked relationship. Occupational Health Science.

Demsky, C. A., Fritz, C., Hammer, L. B., & Black, A. (in press). Workplace incivility and employee sleep: The role of rumination and recovery experiences. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Shepherd, B. R., Fritz, C., Hammer, L. B., Guros, F., & Meier, D. (in press). The impact of emotional demands, burnout, and recovery from work on correctional officer alcohol use.   Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Sonnentag, S., & Fritz, C. (2018). Recovery from work. In N. Anderson, D. S. Ones, H. K. Sinangil, & V. Chockalingam (Eds.). Handbook of industrial, work, & organizational Psychology (pp. 471-482). London: Sage.

Fritz, C., Hammer, L. B., Guros, F., & Shepherd, B. R., & Maier, D. (2018). Always on alert: Relationships between work-related hypervigilance and employee outcomes. Occupational Health Science, 2, 67-82.

Park, Y., Fritz, C., & Jex, S. (2018). Daily cyber incivility and distress: The moderating roles of resources at work and home. Journal of Management, 44, 2535-2557.

Fritz, C., & Crain, T. (2016). Recovery from work and employee sleep: Understanding the role of experiences and activities outside of work. In Barnes, C., Wagner, D., & Barling, J. (Eds.). Sleep and work. Oxford University Press.

Spreitzer, G., Fritz, C., & Lam, C. F. (2016). Sleep: The engine for sustainable performance at work. In Barnes, C., Wagner, D., & Barling, J. (Eds.). Sleep and work. Oxford University Press.

Park, Y. & Fritz, C. (2015). Spousal recovery support, recovery experiences, and life satisfaction crossover among dual-earner couples. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 557-566.

Sonnentag, S., & Fritz, C. (2015). Recovery from job stress: The stressor-detachment model as an integrative framework. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 36, 72-103.

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.

Lam, C. F., Spreitzer, G. M., & Fritz, C. (2014). 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.

Fritz, C., Ellis, A. M., Demsky, C. A., Lin, B. C., & Guros, F. (2013). Embracing work breaks: Recovering from work stress. Organizational Dynamics, 42, 274-280.

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.

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, 25, 28-39.

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., 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, 95, 977-983.

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, 31, 1131-1162.

Ohly, S. & Fritz, C. (2010). Work characteristics, challenge appraisal, creativity, and proactive behavior: A multi-level study. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 543-565.

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, 76, 355-365.

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.

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.

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.

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