Samantha “Sammi” Dodson is a Ph.D. candidate in Management at the Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Her research program broadly focuses on how employees’ cognitions and emotions affect their interpersonal outcomes. Specifically, her current work addresses cognition and emotion as these phenomena relate to a) the causes and consequences of interpersonal distress (e.g., discrimination, sexual harassment) experienced by women and other stigmatized identities at work, b) the social effects of abstraction related to gender stereotypes, and c) understanding and alleviating suffering at work. She employs experimental paradigms, experience sampling, archival text analysis, survey-based field research, and qualitative content analysis to investigate her focal research questions.

Her research has been published in or is in the review process at the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Psychology of Women’s Quarterly.

Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Samantha graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources emphasis. She then went on to consult with over 40 organizations around the world. In this role, she worked with practitioners to collect experiential data from more than 50,000 employees, which informed change strategies to improve the employee experience.