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Dr. Debra Nelson

Dr. Debra Nelson

Regents Distinguished Research Award
Regents Distinguished Teaching Award
Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award
Spears School of Business Associates’ Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
and Professor of Management at Oklahoma State University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Positive Organizational Behavior
  • Occupational health psychology
  • Stress Management
  • Gender and leadership
  • Eustress
  • Hope at Work

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Nelson is the author of over 70 journal articles and book chapters focusing on work stress, gender issues in the workplace, and positive organizational behavior.

Dr. Nelson's research has been published in the Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and other journals. Among Dr. Nelson’s books are Stress and Challenge at the Top: The Paradox of the Successful Executive, Organizational Leadership, Preventive Stress Management in Organizations, Gender, Work Stress and Health, and Organizational Behavior: Foundations, Realities, Challenges.

Dr. Nelson has also served as a consultant/executive coach for several organizations including AT&T, Sonic, ONEOK, State Farm Insurance Companies, and Southwestern Bell. She has presented leadership, emotional intelligence, and preventive stress management seminars in a variety of organizations, including American Fidelity Assurance, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Conoco/Phillips, Kerr-McGee Corporation, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, and Oklahoma Natural Gas.