Emily Stiehl, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration

Dr. Emily Stiehl is a clinical assistant professor of health policy and administration in the UIC School of Public Health. She earned her doctorate in organizational behavior from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in organizational behavior in Pittsburgh's Center for Health and Care Work in 2012.

Research Interests

Dr. Stiehl's research examines employee outcomes (e.g., job attachment and extra-role behaviors at work) among the working poor  — full-time employees who currently live in, and also grew up in, a context of poverty. She has studied the impact of poverty on work attitudes and behaviors, and begun to examine a set of possible mechanisms from organizational behavior (OB) — self-efficacy, negative affect, social resources — that could provide insight into the process through which poverty influences work outcomes. In addition to looking at the effects of poverty on individual workers, her research also considers how organizations could ameliorate the situation of the working poor in practice — by providing better wages or by implementing programs that target and improve mediating factors. Much of her research has focused on certified nursing assistants.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Hedlund N, Risendal BC, Pauls H, Valverde PA, Whitley E, Esparza A, Stiehl E, Calhoun E. Dissemination of patient navigation programs across the United States. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 Jul-Aug;20(4):E15-24.

Rosen J, Stiehl E, Mittal V, Fox D, Hennon J, Jeste D, Reynolds CF. Late-life mental health education for workforce development: brain versus heart? Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2013 Nov;21(11):1164-1167.

Leana C, Mittal V, Stiehl E. Organizational behavior and the working poor. Organization Science. 2012;23(3):888-906.

Rosen J, Stiehl EM, Mittal V, Leana CR. Stayers, leavers, and switchers among certified nursing assistants in nursing homes: a longitudinal investigation of turnover intent, staff retention, and turnover. Gerontologist. 2011 Oct;51(5):597-609.