Peter J. McEachern

Peter J. McEachern

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: The employee-organization relationship, Meaningful work, The work/nonwork interface, Career studies, Political psychology

Pete McEachern is a second-year M.A. student in Mason's Industrial-Organizational Psychology program. His research centers on the psychological processes that promote or hinder workers' self-advocacy, especially in the face of poor working conditions. His work often borrows theories and constructs from the field of Political Psychology (e.g., System Justification Theory).

Current projects include a study examining the influence of meaningful work on the employee-organization relationship and the development of an organizational bullsh*t literacy module with Southern Connecticut State University English Professor Robert W. McEachern.

Pete is looking forward to working as an instructor in both the Psychology Department and School of Business in the 2021-22 academic year.

In his free time, he enjoys watching Red Sox and Nationals baseball and playing the saxophone (sometimes with his old band, Julai and the Serotones).

Selected Publications

McEachern, P. J., & Kuykendall, L. E. (forthcoming). Industrial, organizational, political? Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

McEachern, P. J., & Budnick, C. J. (2020). Socioeconomic differences in worker involvement in labor union activities. The Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 25(3), 278-290. [for full text, scroll down to the article abstract and click on the title]

Grants and Fellowships

Southern Connecticut State University Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship - Summer 2019

Courses Taught

As Lab/Recitation Instructor:
MGMT 303 Principles of Management - Fall 2021
PSYC 301 Research Methods - Fall 2021

As Graduate Teaching Assistant:
MGMT 313 Organizational Behavior - Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021
PSYC 637 Foundations of Industrial Psychology - Summer 2021


B.S. Applied Psychology, Southern Connecticut State University (2019)

Recent Presentations

McEachern, P. J., & Kuykendall, L. E. (2021, November). Management of meaning, the employment relationship, and worker wellbeing: Test of a model. Poster presented at the 2021 Work, Stress, and Health Conference (virtual).

McEachern, R. W., & McEachern, P. J. (2021, October). Should we teach students how to bullshit? Allowing students to fit into a speech community, engage in day-to-day interaction, and bolster their image and identity. Panel presentation at Bridging the Gap between Workplace Writing and Professional Writing Instruction- New Directions in Business and Technical Writing Pedagogy (virtual).

Zhou, S., Cannon, J. A., McEachern, P. J., & Lee, P. (2021, April). A process-pattern model of personality and leader behaviors across gender and level. Poster to be presented at the 35th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (virtual).

Mason, O. A., Kinzler, R. F., McEachern, P. J., Budnick, C. J., & Kahlbaugh, P. (2020). Tweet emotionality and popularity: Does dogmatism moderate relationships with believability? Poster to be presented at the Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s 2021 Annual Meeting (virtual).

McEachern, P. J., Harvey, R., Roux, K., Chernesky, M., Petrucci, B., Cifre, A., & Budnick, C. J. (2019, November). Antecedents of labor union involvement in blue- and white-collar workers. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting, Hooksett, NH.