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October 17, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Laurie Barclay

Dr. Laurie Barclay

Associate Professor & OB/HRM Area Coordinator

Contact Information
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.2884
Fax: 519.884.0201
Office Location: P2076
Office Hours: By appointment
Languages Spoken


Academic Background

BA (University of Calgary), PhD (University of British Columbia)

Learn more about our MSc and PhD programs in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.

The latest updates from our OB/HRM faculty and graduate students can be found in our bulletin:

 Please visit the Leafer Lab website for the latest updates on research from myself and my graduate students.


Dr. Laurie Barclay is an Associate Professor and OB/HRM Area Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research interests focus on identifying when and why individuals perceive unfairness in the workplace and how experiencing workplace injustice impacts individuals, groups, and organizations. She has a special interest in how victims of unfairness can recover from negative experiences and the role of emotion in experiences of injustice.

Dr. Barclay’s research has appeared in a number of top-tier outlets including the Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. Her research has received numerous awards and has been supported by prestigious grants including the Ontario Early Researcher Award and multiple grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Dr. Barclay is also an enthusiastic teacher and mentor who has received multiple teaching awards and commendations including the Alumni Award of Excellence for Mentoring.  


Organizational Justice; Emotions in the Workplace; Workplace Aggression 

In the News

A Sampling of Media Coverage Related to Research:

Time; Science Daily; Globe and Mail; CTV; CTV News; APA (American Psychological Association)

Additional Information

Selected Publications (please see cv for full listing)

Hillebrandt, A., & Barclay, L. J. (in press). Comparing integral and incidental emotions: Testing insights from emotions as social information theory and attribution theory. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Barclay, L. J., Bashshur, M. R., & Fortin, M. (in press). Motivated cognition and fairness: Insights, integration, and creating a path forward. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Whiteside, D. B., & Barclay, L. J. (in press). When wanting to be fair isn't enough: The effects of depletion and self-appraisal gaps on fair behavior. Journal of Management. 

Bies, R. J., Barclay, L. J., Tripp, T. M., & Aquino, K. (2016). A systems perspective on forgiveness in organizations. Academy of Management Annals, 10, 245-318.

Barclay, L. J., & Saldanha, M. F. (2016). Facilitating forgiveness in organizational contexts: Exploring the injustice gap, emotions, and expressive writing interventions. Journal of Business Ethics, 137, 699-720.

Whiteside, D. B., & Barclay, L. J. (2016). The face of fairness: Self-awareness as a means to promote fairness among managers with low empathy. Journal of Business Ethics, 137, 721-730.

Barclay, L. J., & Kiefer, T. (2014). Approach or avoid? Exploring overall justice and the differential effects of positive and negative emotions. Journal of Management, 40, 1857-1898. DOI: 10.1177/0149306312441833

Barclay, L. J., Whiteside, D. B., & Aquino, K. (2014). To avenge or not to avenge? Exploring the interactive effects of moral identity and the negative reciprocity norm. Journal of Business Ethics, 121, 15-28. DOI: 10.1007/s10551-013-1674-6

Whiteside, D. B. & Barclay, L. J. (2013). Echoes of silence: Employee silence as a mediator between overall justice and employee outcomes. Journal of Business Ethics, 116, 251-266.

Kiefer, T., & Barclay, L. J. (2012). Understanding the mediating role of toxic emotional experiences in the relationship between negative emotions and adverse outcomes. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 85, 600-625.

Marr, J. C., Thau, S., Aquino, K., & Barclay, L. J. (2012). Do I want to know? How the motivation to acquire relationship-threatening information in groups contributions to paranoid thought, suspicion behavior, and social rejection. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 117, 285-297.

Barclay, L. J., & Skarlicki, D. P. (2009). Healing the wounds of organizational injustice: Examining the benefits of expressive writingJournal of Applied Psychology, 94, 511-523.

Barclay, L. J., Skarlicki, D. P., & Pugh, S. D. (2005). Exploring the role of emotions in injustice perceptions and retaliation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 90, 629-643.

Selected Grants and Awards

2016: Insight Grant (Sole Investigator).  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

2012: Ontario Early Researcher Award (Sole Investigator).

2011: Standard Research Grant (Sole Investigator). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

2008: Grace Anderson Research Fellowship.

2007: Standard Research Grant (Sole Investigator). Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

2006: Emerald Outstanding Paper of the Year.

2007/08/09/10/11: Dean’s Commendation for Teaching Excellence (Wilfrid Laurier University).

Associate Editor 

Journal of Organizational Behavior

Editorial Boards

Journal of Business and Psychology

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 

Selected Academic Affiliations

Academy of Management (Organizational Behavior and Conflict Management Divisions)

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (CSIOP)

International Society for Justice Research (ISJR)

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Current Graduate Students


Annika Hillebrandt (Winner of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship; Recipient of the Best Masters Research in Canada Award from the Human Resources Research Institute/HRPA; Recipient of the Gold Medal for Academic Excellence).

Francisca Saldanha (Winner of the Ontario Trillium Scholarship).