University of Calgary

Sandy Hershcovis

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean - Faculty

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Sandy Hershcovis is a professor in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources at the Haskayne School of Business. Her research focuses on understanding the social context of workplace mistreatment (e.g., workplace bullying, incivility, sexual harassment, abusive supervision). In particular, she is currently interested in witness reactions to workplace mistreatment with a focus on witness intervention. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

In 2020, Sandy was inducted as a member of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. Sandy has published her research in leading journals in her field, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Journal of Organizational BehaviorShe recently co-edited a book for Cambridge University Press' Research Companion series on the topic of workplace aggression. She also serves as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and on several editorial boards, including: the Journal of Applied Psychology.

Sandy has provided expert testimony on workplace harassment cases before House of Commons and Senate committees aimed to introduce policy and law related to workplace harassment (e.g., Bill C-65). Furthermore, she has provided expert witness testimony on a number of legal cases (both civil and criminal) related to workplace harassment.

Sandy joined Haskayne in 2015. She holds a PhD and an MSc in Management from Queen's University, and a BComm from the University of Calgary. 

Selected Publications:


Bowling, N.A. & Hershcovis, M.S. (Eds.) (2017). Research and Theory on Workplace Aggression. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Hershcovis, M.S., Vranjes, I., Berdahl, J.L, & Cortina, L.M. (in press). See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Theorizing network silence around sexual harassment. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Hershcovis, M.S., Cortina, L.M., & Robinson, S. L. (in press). Social and situational dynamics surrounding workplace mistreatment: Context matters. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Hershcovis, M.S., Cameron, A.F., Gervais, L., & Bozeman, J. (2018) Coping with incivility. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23, 164-174. 

Hershcovis, M.S., Neville, L., Reich, T.C., Cortina, L.M., Christie, A. & Shan, J. V. (2017). Reactions to observing workplace aggression: the role of power. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 142, 45-57

Hershcovis, M.S. & Bhatnagar, N. (2017). When fellow customers behave badly: Witness reactions to employee mistreatment by customers. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102, 1528-1544.

Hershcovis, M.S., Ogunfowora, T., & Reich, T.C., Christie, A.M. (in press). Targeted workplace Incivility: The Roles of Belongingness, Embarrassment, and Power. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38, 1057-1075.

Reich, T.C. & Hershcovis, M.S. (2015). Observing Workplace Incivility. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 203-215.

Hershcovis, M.S. & Reich, T.C. (2013). Integrating workplace aggression research: Relational, contextual, and method considerations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34 (S1), 26-42.

Hershcovis, M. S. (2011). Incivility, social undermining, bullying...Oh my! A call to reconcile constructs within workplace aggression research. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 32, 499-519.

Hershcovis, M.S., & Barling, J. (2010). Comparing victim attributions and outcomes for workplace aggression and sexual harassment. Journal of Applied Psychology. 95, 874-888.

Hershcovis, M.S., Parker, S.K., Reich, T.C.* (2010). Moderating effect of equal opportunity support and confidence in grievance procedures on sexual harassment from different perpetrators. Journal of Business Ethics, 92, 415-432.

Hershcovis, M.S. & Barling, J. (2010). Towards a multi-foci approach to workplace aggression: A meta-analytic review of outcomes from different perpetrators. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 31, 24-44.

Research Grants:  

2018-2023       Principal Investigator, Insight Grant, SSHRC ($225,259); with Lukas Neville (CI) and Tara C. Reich (Collaborator)

2013-2018       Principal Investigator, Insight Grant, SSHRC (209,640); with Amy M. Christie (CI), Tara C. Reich (Collaborator), Lilia M. Cortina (Collaborator)

2010-2013       Principal Investigator, Standard Research Grant, SSHRC ($75,719), with Sharon K. Parker (Collaborator)

2007-2010       Principal Investigator, Standard Research Grant, SSHRC ($111,300), with Sharon K. Parker (Collaborator)

Graduate and Honours Students:

2018-               Zhanna Lyubykh, PhD student (co-supervisor)

2016 - 18         Valerie Shan, PhD student

2013 - 14         Melissa Sekundiak, Psychology Honour's student

2013 - 15         Loie Gervais, MSc student

2008 - 2016     Jennifer Bozeman, PhD

2007-2011       Tara Reich, PhD 

I am currently accepting PhD students. I will supervise only those students who are interested in the broad topic area of workplace aggression. Preference will go to students with a psychology background (e.g., undergraduate or master's in social psychology), and with a two-year cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Current Editorial Roles:

2019-present, Associate Editor, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

2016-present, Associate Editor, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology

2016-present, Editorial Board, Occupational Health Science

2013-present, Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Psychology

2012-present, Editorial Board, Human Relations

2012-present, Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences




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