Yisheng Peng

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Yisheng Peng

Assistant Professor



Email: Yisheng Peng
Office Phone: (202) 994-3782
600 21st Street NW, Room 203 Washington DC 20052


Editorial Board, International Journal of Stress Management  

  • Aging & older worker issues
  • Stress & stress coping
  • Workplace mistreatment
  • Proactive work behavior

Dr. Peng’s first line of research focuses on aging and various work behaviors (e.g., workplace deviance, proactive work behaviors), aging and leadership, and eldercare issues. His recent project funded by CEIBS (Chinese Europe International Business School) seeks to examine the mechanisms underlying the relationship between employee age and proactive work behavior, with an emphasis on job characteristics that are particularly important for older employees.

Dr. Peng’s second line of research focuses on the impacts of social work environment (e.g., interpersonal mistreatment, emotional labor) on employees’ well-being and work outcomes. His early research on emotional labor and workplace incivility has been funded by NIOSH pilot training program. His recent research examines non-traditional stressors at work (e.g., illegitimate tasks, performance pressure), with an emphasis on understanding the within person-level processes.

ORSC 2544 – Industrial-Organizational Psychology

ORSC 3195 - Organizational and Occupational Health

ORSC 4161 – Organizational Research Methods

ORSC 6245 – Organizational Behavior

*Ma, J., Liu, C., Peng, Y., Xu, X (in press). How do employees appraise challenge and hindrance stressors? Uncovering the double-edged effect of conscientiousness. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Peng, Y., Xu, X., *Ma, J., & Zhang, W. (2020). It matters! Emotion regulation strategy use moderates the relationship between abusive supervision and supervisor-directed deviance. Occupational Health Science. doi:10.1007/s41542-020-00074-1

Peng, Y., & Min, H. (2020). Older employees’ postretirement work planning: An application of the theory of planned behavior. Career Development International. Online first publication.      

Peng, Y., *Ma, J., Zhang, W., & Jex, S (2020). Older and less (emotional) labor? A daily diary study of emotional labor and workplace deviance. Work, Aging, and Retirement.    

Peng, Y., Xu, X., Matthews, R., & Ma, J. (2020). One size fits all? Contextualizing family-supportive supervision to help employees with eldercare responsibilities. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 25, 368–383. https://doi.org/10.1037/ocp0000237

Peng, Y., Xu, X., & Matthews, R. A. (2020). Older and less deviant reactions to abusive supervision? A moderated mediation model of age and cognitive reappraisal. Work, Aging, and Retirement, 3, 195-205.    

Xu, X., Zhao, P., Peng, Y., & Matthews, R. (2020). Justice, support, commitment, and time are intertwined: A social exchange perspective. Journal of Vocational Behavior. Online first publication.     

Zhao, P., Xu, X., Peng, Y., & Miner, K. (in press). The target of incivility cannot be an island: Top-down group influence. Journal of Personnel Psychology.

Clark, O., Peng, Y., & Jex, S. (2019). Exclusion in the workplace: A multi-level investigation. International Journal of Workplace Health Management. Online first publication.

Xu, X., Peng, Y., Zhao, P., Hayes, R., & Jimenez, W. P. (2019). Fighting for time: Spillover and crossover effects of long work hours among dual‐earner couples. Stress and Health. 35, 491-502.    

Peng, Y., Jex, S., Zhang, W., *Ma, J., & Matthews, R. A. (2020). Eldercare demands and time theft: Integrating family-to-work conflict and spillover–crossover perspectives. Journal of Business and Psychology35(1), 45-58. doi:10.1007/s10869-019-09620-3

Peng, Y., Jex, S., Zhang, W., *Ma, J., & Matthews, R. A. (2019). Eldercare demands and time theft: Integrating family-to-work conflict and spillover-crossover perspectives. Journal of Business and Psychology.

Peng, Y., Xu, X., Jex, S., & Chen, Y. (2019). The roles of job-related psychosocial factors and work meaningfulness in promoting nurses’ bridge employment intentions. Journal of Career Development.

Wang, Z., Jex, S., Peng, Y., Wang, S., & Liu, L. (2019). The relationship between emotion regulation in supervisory interactions and marital well-being: An examination of spillover-crossover mechanisms. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

*Ma, J., & Peng, Y. (2018) The performance costs of illegitimate tasks: The role of job identity and flexible role orientation. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Peng, Y., Zhang, W., Xu, X., Matthews, R. A., & Jex, M. S (2018). When do work stressors lead employee innovative performance? The moderating roles of learning goal orientation and job autonomy. International Journal of Stress Management.  

Chen, Y., Peng, Y., Ye, M., & Dong, X. (2018). The influence of acculturation level and family relationships on quality of life among U.S. Chinese older adults, Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.

Chen, Y., Wang, Z., Peng, Y., Geimer, J., Clark, O., & Jex. M. (2018). The multidimensionality of workplace incivility: Cross-cultural evidence. International Journal of Stress Management.  

Chen, Y., Peng, Y., Xu, H., & O’Brien, W. (2017). Age differences in stress and coping: Problem-focused strategies mediate the relationship between age and positive affect. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. 86, 347-363.

Chen, Y., Peng, Y., Ma, X., & Dong, X. (2017). Conscientiousness moderates the relationship between perceived stress and depressive symptoms among US Chinese older adults. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences, 72, 108-112.

Peng, Y., Tian, B., Jex, M. S., & Chen, Y. (2017). Employees' age moderates relationships of emotional suppression with health and well-being? Work, Aging, and Retirement. 1, 89-101.

Zhang, W., Jex, S. M., Peng, Y., & Wang, D. (2016). Exploring the effects of job autonomy on engagement and creativity: the moderating role of performance pressure and learning goal orientation. Journal of Business and Psychology, 32, 235-251.

Chen, Y., Peng, Y., & Fang, P. (2016). Emotional intelligence mediates the relationship between age and subjective well-being. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 83, 91-107.

Wang, Y., & Peng, Y. (2015). An alternative approach to understanding generational difference. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 8, 390-395.



Peng, Y., Jex, S., & Wang, M. (2018). Aging and occupational health. In K. S. Shultz & G. A. Adams (Eds.), Aging and work in the 21st century (2nd Ed, pp. 213-233). New York: Psychology Press.

Ye, M., Chen, Y., & Peng, Y. (2017). A new era of living arrangement: determinants of quality of life among Chinese older adults. In M. C. Tsai & W. Chen (Eds), Family, Work and Wellbeing in Asia (pp. 43-64). Springer Singapore.

(student co-authors are starred)

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University