Our Team


George Mason Employee Well-being Lab

Our research focuses on understanding how people manage their work and nonwork roles and activities (e.g., family, friendship, leisure) and the challenges they face in doing so. Through our work, we hope to identify practical insights that could enhance individuals' well-being and promote organizational effectiveness.


Meet the team

Lauren Kuykendall, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lydia Craig, MA

Doctoral Candidate


Our Work

Our work has been presented at national conferences and in peer-reviewed journals. See below for a short selection of recent publications and presentations.

  • Kuykendall, L., Craig, L.*, Stiksma, M.*, & Guarino, K. (2020). Understanding employees’ unused vacation days: A social-cognitive account. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/ocp0000182 (*Authors contributed equally. Listing is alphabetical)

  • Kuykendall, L., Craig, L., & Tay, L. (2020). Work-contingent self-esteem: A boon or bane for worker well-being?. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 41, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2408.

  • Craig. L. & Kuykendall, L. (2019). Examining the role of friendship for employee well-being. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 115, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2019.06.001

  • Winslow, C., Kuykendall, L., Craig, L., Lei, X., Zhu, Z., & Hu, J. (2019). The role of leisure interaction partners for job-stress recovery experiences. Poster presented at the APA Work, Stress, and Health Conference, Philadelphia, PA.