Pictured (Left to right): Chelsea Vaters, Jose A. Espinoza, Nicholas Bremner, Brittney K. Anderson, Christina Politis, Dr. John P. Meyer.


The Meyer lab is currently engaged in a multi-year program of research. This research program is based on further developing our understanding of personal growth and well-being, including creating a measure of growth and well-being, and investigating the variables this construct is associated with. While this research is currently being conducted with a sample of undergraduates, studying how personal growth and well-being influences academic performance, the intention of the program of research is to expand into testing how personal growth and well-being influences workplace factors, such as engagement and performance. In addition, current lab members are also engaged in research on organizational commitment, goals and motivation, burnout and engagement, and corporate social responsibility.


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Biographical Information

Dr. John Meyer received his Ph.D. from The University of Western Ontario.  After spending three years at St. Thomas University in Fredericton NB, he returned to Western where he is now a professor and chair of the graduate program in industrial and organizational psychology.  His research interests include commitment in the workplace, work motivation, leadership, and employee well-being.  His work has been published in leading journals in the field of I/O psychology (e.g., Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology), management (e.g., Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management), and research methods (e.g., Organizational Research Methods, Multivariate Behavior Research) and has been cited more than 120,000 times according to Google Scholar. Dr. Meyer is also co-author of Commitment in the Workplace: Theory, Research and Application (Sage Publications, 1997) and Best Practices: Employee Retention (Carswell, 2000), co-editor of Commitment in Organizations: Accumulated Wisdom and New Directions (Routledge, 2009) and A Research Agenda for Employee Engagement in a Changing World of Work (Edward Elgar, 2021), and editor of The Handbook of Employee Commitment (Edward Elgar, 2016). He has consulted with private and public organizations in Canada on issues related to his research and has been invited to conduct seminars and workshops in Europe, Asia, and Australia.  Dr. Meyer is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science.  He is a former chair of Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, served as editor of the OB/HRM section of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, and held the Science seat on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Psychological Association. In 2007 he was recognized by the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for his "distinguished contributions to Industrial-Organizational Psychology in Canada," and in 2012 was awarded the Helmuth Prize for Achievement in Research by The University of Western Ontario. Dr. Meyer is also an Adjunct Professorship at the Curtin University School of Business and Law in Perth, Australia.




Meyer, J.P. & Schneider, B. (Eds). (2021). A Research Agenda for Employee Engagement in a Changing World of Work. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar                   Publishing.


Meyer, J.P. (Ed.) (2016), Handbook of Employee Commitment. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.


Klein, H.J., Becker, T.E., & Meyer, J.P. (Eds.) (2009). Commitment in Organizations: Accumulated Wisdom and New Directions. Florence, KY: Routledge/Taylor

     and Francis Group.

Meyer, J.P., & Allen, N.J. (1997). Commitment in the workplace: Theory, research, and application. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Journal Articles


Espinoza, J.A., Daljeet, K.N., & Meyer, J.P. (2020). Establishing the structure and replicability of personality profiles using the HEXACO-PI-R. Nature Human             Behavior, 4, 713-124.

Meyer, J.P., Morin, A.J.S., Stanley, L.J., & Maltin, E.R. (2019). Teachers’ dual commitment to the organization and occupation: A person-centered investigation.         Teaching and Teacher Education, 77, 100-111.

Espinoza, J.A., Meyer, J.P., Anderson, B.K., Vaters, C., & Politis, C. (2018). Evidence for a bifactor structure of the Scales of Psychological Well-being using             exploratory structural equation modeling. Journal of Well-being Assessment, 2, 21-40.

Meyer, J.P., Morin, A.J.S., & Wasti, A. (2018). Employee commitment before and after an economic crisis: A stringent test of profile similarity. Human Relations,

     71(9), 1204-1233.

Daljeet, K.N., Bremner, N.L., Giammarco, E.A., Meyer, J.P., & Paunonen, S.V. (2017). Taking a person-centered approach to personality: A latent-profile

     analysis of the HEXACO model of personality. Journal of Research in Personality, 70, 241-251.

Meyer, J.P. (2017). Has employee engagement had its day: What’s next and does it matter? Organizational Dynamics, 46, 87-95.

Kam, C., Morin, A.J.S., Meyer, J.P., & Topolnytsky, L. (2016). Are commitment profiles stable and predictable? A latent transition analysis.  Journal of

     Management, 42, 1462-1490.

Meyer, J.P., & Morin, A.J.S. (2016). A person-centered approach to commitment research: Theory, research, and methodology. Journal of Organizational

     Behavior, 36, 584-612.

Morin, A.J.S., Meyer, J.P., Bélanger, É., Boudrias, J.-S., Gagné, M., & Parker, P.D. (2016). Longitudinal associations between employees’ perceptions of the

     quality of the change management process, affective commitment to change and psychological empowerment. Human Relations, 69, 839-867.

Morin, A.J.S., Meyer, J.P., Creusier, J., & Biétry, F. (2016). Multiple-group analysis of similarity in latent profile solutions. Organizational Research Methods, 19,


Kam, C., & Meyer, J.P. (2015). How careless responding and acquiescence response bias can influence construct dimensionality: The case of job satisfaction.

     Organizational Research Methods, 18, 512-541.

Kam, C., & Meyer, J.P. (2015). Implications of item keying and item valence for the investigation of construct dimensionality. Multivariate Behavior Research,

     50, 457-469.

Meyer, J.P., Morin, A.J.S., & Vandenberghe, C. (2015). Dual commitment to organization and supervisor: A person-centered approach. Journal of Vocational

     Behavior. 88, 56-72.

Morin, A.J.S., Meyer, J.P., McInerney, D.M., Marsh, H.W., & Ganotice, F.A. (2015). Profiles of dual commitment to the occupation and organization: Relations

     to well-being and turnover intentions. Asian Pacific Journal of Management, 32, 717-744. (electronic supplementary material available at


Meyer, J.P. (2013). The science-practice gap and employee engagement: It’s a matter of principle. Canadian Psychology, 54, 235-245.

Meyer, J.P., Kam, C., Goldenberg, I., & Bremner, N.L. (2013). Organizational commitment in the military: Application of a profile approach. Military Psychology,

     25, 381-401.

Jackson, T.A., Meyer, J.P., & Wang, X.H. (2013). Leadership, commitment, and culture: A meta-analysis. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 20,


Meyer, J.P., Stanley, L.J., & Vandenberg, R.M. (2013). A person-centered approach to the study of commitment. Human Resource Management Review, 23,


Meyer, J.P., Stanley, D.J., Jackson, T.A., McInnis, K.J., Maltin, E.R., & Sheppard, L. (2012). Affective, continuance, and normative commitment levels across

     cultures: A meta-analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80, 225-245.

Meyer, J.P., Stanley, L.J., & Parfyonova, N.M. (2012). Employee commitment in context: The nature and implications of commitment profiles. Journal of

     Vocational Behavior, 80, 1-16.

Meyer, J.P., & Maltin, E.R. (2010). Employee commitment and well-being: A critical review, theoretical framework, and research agenda. Journal of Vocational

     Behavior, 77, 323-337.

Meyer, J.P., Hecht, T.D., Gill, H., & Toplonytsky, L. (2010). Person-organization (culture) fit and employee commitment under conditions of organizational

     change: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 458-473.

Meyer, J.P., & Parfyonova, N. (2010). Normative commitment in the workplace: A theoretical analysis and re-conceptualization. Human Resource Management

     Review, 20, 283-294

McInnis, K. J., Meyer, J. P., & Feldman, S. (2009). Psychological contracts and their implications for commitment: A feature-based approach. Journal of

     Vocational Behavior, 74, 165-180.

Meyer, J.P., Srinivas, E.R., Lal, J.B., & Topolnytsky, L. (2007). Employee commitment and support for an organizational change: Test of the three-component

     model in two cultures. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80, 185-211.

Gellatly, I.R., Meyer, J.P., & Luchak, A.A. (2006). Combined effects of the three commitment components on focal and discretionary behaviors: A test of Meyer

     and Herscovitch’s proposition. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 69, 331-345.

Meyer, J.P., Becker, T.E., & Van Dick, R. (2006). Social identities and commitment at work: Toward an integrative model. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

     27, 665-683.

Meyer, J.P., Becker, T. E., & Vandenberghe, C. (2004). Employee motivation and commitment: A conceptual analysis and integrative model. Journal of Applied

     Psychology, 89, 991-1007.

Herscovitch, L., & Meyer, J.P. (2002). Commitment to organizational change: Extension of a three-component model. Journal of Applied Psychology, 87, 474-


Meyer, J.P., Stanley, D.J., Herscovitch, L., & Topolnytsky, L. (2002). Affective, continuance and normative commitment to the organization: A meta-analysis of

     antecedents, correlates and consequences. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 61, 20-52.

Lee, K., Allen, N. J., Meyer, J.P., & Rhee, K-Y. (2001). Cross-cultural generalizability of the Three-Component Model of organizational commitment: An

     application to South Korea. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 50, 596-614.


Meyer, J.P., & Herscovitch, L. (2001). Commitment in the workplace: Toward a general model. Human Resource Management Review, 11, 299-326.


This lab currently has four members:
Dr. John P. Meyer
Current Graduate Students
Joseph Choi, MSc; PhD Candidate
Chelsea Vaters, MSc; PhD Candidate
Jose A. Espinoza, MSc; PhD Candidate
Leonid V. Beletski, MSc Candidate


If you are interested in volunteering in the lab, please contact Dr. John Meyer.