Better bosses make happier and healthier employees — and that helps businesses and organizations thrive. And Jacquelyn Brady, a new assistant professor of psychology at San Jose State, has the research to prove it.
Focusing on occupational health psychology, “I look at supervisor support and the culture and how they can affect employee health and well-being and how that affects employees’ family relationships and family well-being,” Brady says.
Constructing work environments where employees are happy and healthy isn’t only a moral issue. It’s also good for the bottom line. “Employers are realizing that you need to have a stake in employee health and well-being if you want your organization to thrive,” says Brady. “When employees aren’t happy, they can be less productive and they also turn over, and it costs a lot to replace employees.”
Brady received a B.A. in psychology from California State University San Marcos, a master’s degree in experimental psychology from Washington State University and her Ph.D. in applied industrial organizational psychology from Portland State University. She spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at Oregon Health and Science University.
Like many SJSU students, Brady is the first in her family to graduate from college and took a slow road to a four-year degree. After graduating from high school in San Diego, Brady was uncertain what she would study in college and how she would pay for it, so she worked and took classes at a community college before transferring as a junior to Cal State, San Marcos.
The professor in her first psychology class invited her to work in her lab, and from there Brady’s interest in psychology research took off. Brady hopes she can provide the same kind of mentorship at SJSU.
“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to give back to something that you benefited from so greatly,” she says.