Denise Jepsen

Associate Professor

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Personal profile


Denise is an organisational psychologist who joined the Faculty of Business and Economics in July 2009. Denise had previously taught undergraduate and postgraduate organisational psychology at the University of NSW and undergraduate and postgraduate human resource management at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Prior to entering academia, Denise had written one book on local government, four books on career transition, was a licensed stockbroker and founded a private employment agency. The range of public and private sector clients in both the city and country where Denise consulted includes financiers, professional service firms, consumer goods, casinos, mines, banks, oil refineries and IT firms.

Denise teaches undergraduate and postgraduate organisational behaviour, human resource management, and research methods. Her research has a focus on employee attitudes, especially in the aged care sector.

Research student supervision


Current PhD students:

  1. Lucy Lu Xing, August 2018, Cotutelle with Prof James Sun, Renmin University, Beijing, China. Influences of supervisor’s negative feedback on performance: Applying a multilevel perspective
  2. Syed Waqas Shah, September 2017, The Influence of Organizational Justice on Organizational Citizenship Behavior in Project Based Organizations.
  3. Bichen Guan, February 2017: PhD Macquarie University: Emotion regulation in aged care employees.
  4. Gloria Xueyuan Gao, November 2017, (Cotutelle with Prof Wenxia Zhou, Renmin University, Beijing, China) Career anchoring, career transitions: antecedents and outcomes -- A qualitative study based on in-depth interviews
  5. Dedi Siddiq, July 2016: PhD Macquarie University: Multi-method study of CEO altruism in small and medium size organisations: Evidence from Indonesia.
  6. Matt Sykes, Sept 2014, Part-time PhD (Associate Supervisor with Dr Andrew Heys) Macquarie Graduate School of Management: Advancing understanding of the HR-performance ‘black box’: An investigation of intended, implemented and perceived HR practices in Australian accounting firms.
  7. Marija Dumovic, 2014, Part-time PhD: Dynamic, multi-stakeholder perspective on the employee psychological contract.


Past PhD and Masters students:

  1. Narelle Hess, Jan 2016, PhD Macquarie University graduated September 2019: Organisational career management in a protean and boundaryless world: A mixed-methods study
  2. Brenda Barugahare, 2017, (Associate Supervisor with Dr Sarah Bankins): Dual Psychological Contracts of Middle Leader-Managers.
  3. Julie Bajic, 2014, PhD Macquarie University graduated April 2017: Emotional and psychological wellbeing in home care workers – a multi-method study.
  4. Bronwen Harrison, Sept 2011 to graduation April 2016, PhD Macquarie University: Winning a Career Award - The impact of winning an award on career success.
  5. Amanda Ferguson, 2013 to graduation April 2015, Part-time PhD (Associate Supervisor with Julie Fitness of MQ Psychology Department). An Exploration of Employee Engagement in Medical Contexts.
  6. Marjorie O’Neill, 2010 to graduation October 2014, PhD Macquarie University: The New Late Career: A theory to explain the modern career of older workers. An interview study of older allied health professionals and survey study of home care workers.
  7. Robyn Johns, 2010 to graduation May 2013, Part-time PhD University of Technology Sydney: Occupational Stress, Burnout and reduced psychological well-being among Australian dentists: a multi-method study extending the job demands-control-support model to incorporate coping.
  8. Andrew Heys, to graduation April 2013, PhD (Associate Supervisor with Prof John Rodwell): Macquarie Graduate School of Management: Developing a Taxonomy of Australasian Law Firms Using Configurations of Human Resources and Management.
  9. Melinda Varhegyi, 2009 to graduation April 2012, PhD Macquarie University: Decision-making and the desire for postgraduate study: An investigation of undergraduates’ aspirations for graduate study.
  10. Chan, S., 2008: “Validated study of single comprehensive model of Justice, LMX and POS on employee behaviour.” UNSW.
  11. Nguyen, N., 2008:  “Employee perceptions of board effectiveness as a contributor to climate or culture.” UNSW.
  12. Varhegyi, M., 2008: “Perceptions of succession planning in volunteer directors of boards of nonprofit organisations.” UNSW.
  13. Chung, A., 2008: “Self-rating of board effectiveness – a comparison of multiple measures.” UNSW.
  14. Ngai, F., 2007, “Loyalty and withdrawal: The relationship between employee loyalty, absenteeism and turnover intentions”, Masters of Organisational Psychology, UNSW
  15. Xavier, I., 2007. “The Relationship between Job Stress and Perceived Psychological Contract Violation”, Masters of Organisational Psychology, UNSW
  16. Dumovic, M., 2007 “The Relationship between Person-Organisation Value Congruence, Psychological Contract Inequity and Employee Attitudes”, Masters of Organisational Psychology, UNSW
  17. Hess, N., 2007. “Investigation of generational and career stage differences: the psychological contract and organisational commitment”, Masters of Organisational Psychology, UNSW.

Research interests

Denise is an active researcher, using both qualitative and quantitative method designs at the intersection of psychology, organisational behaviour and management. Her current projects fall into these main areas :

  • Employee and employer attitudes towards the organisation and workplace relationships, resulting in attitudinal and behavioural outcomes such as employee "engagement", retention and productivity, especially in health, allied health and aged care sectors
  • Employee and employer attidues towards careers, and 
  • Perceptions of management's use of evidence in organisational decision making.

External positions

Academic Representative, Advisory Research Panel, Australian Human Resources Institute

1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

Elected Councillor, Australian Human Resources Institute


Honorary Associate, Macquarie University


Member, Academy of Management

Registered Psychologist with Organisational Psychology endorsement, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Fellow, Australian Human Resources Institute

Member, Australian Psychological Society

Member, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Member, College of Organisational Psychologists

Member, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Member, The Society for Human Resource Management

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Projects 2006 2020

Research Outputs 2001 2020

Burnout from emotion regulation at work: The moderating role of gratitude

Guan, B. & Jepsen, D. M., 1 Apr 2020, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 156, 11 p., 109703.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Careers in context: An international study of career goals as mesostructure between societies' career-related human potential and proactive career behaviour

Andresen, M., Apospori, E., Gunz, H., Suzanne, P. A., Taniguchi, M., Lysova, E. I., Adeleye, I., Babalola, O., Bagdadli, S., Bakuwa, R., Bogićević Milikić, B., Bosak, J., Briscoe, J. P., Cha, J. S., Chudzikowski, K., Cotton, R., Dello Russo, S., Dickmann, M., Dries, N., Dysvik, A. & 32 othersEggenhofer-Rehart, P., Fei, Z., Ferencikova, S., Gianecchini, M., Gubler, M., Hackett, D., Hall, D. T., Jepsen, D., Çakmak-Otluoğlu, K. Ö., Kaše, R., Khapova, S., Kim, N., Lazarova, M., Lehmann, P., Madero, S., Mandel, D., Mayrhofer, W., Mishra, S. K., Naito, C., Nikodijević, A. D., Parry, E., Reichel, A., Rozo Posada, P. L., Saher, N., Saxena, R., Schleicher, N., Shen, Y., Schramm, F., Smale, A., Unite, J., Verbruggen, M. & Zikic, J., 12 Nov 2019, In : Human Resource Management Journal. 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
International studies
Career goals
Human potential
Career theory
Organizational level

Combine your "Will" and "Able": Career adaptability's influence on performance

Gao, X., Xin, X., Zhou, W. & Jepsen, D. M., 22 Jan 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, p. 1-11 11 p., 2695.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Self Care

Psychological contracts: back to the future

Griep, Y., Cooper, C., Robinson, S., Rousseau, D. M., Hansen, S. D., Tomprou, M., Conway, N., Briner, R., Coyle-Shapiro, J. A-M., Horgan, R., Lub, X., de Jong, J., Kraak, J. M., O'Donohue, W., Jones, S. K., Vantilborgh, T., Yang, Y., Cassar, V., Akkermans, J., Jepsen, D. & 13 othersWoodrow, C., de Jong, S., Sherman, U., Bezzina, F., Erdem, C., Nienaber, A-M., Romeike, P., Bankins, S., Bal, P. M., Wiechers, H., Pezer, L., Achnak, S. & Linde, B. J., 31 May 2019, Handbook of research on the psychological contract at work. Griep, Y. & Cooper, C. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, p. 397-414 18 p. (New horizons in management series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

contract research
employment relationship

Women's desire for the kaleidoscope of authenticity, balance and challenge: A multi‐method study of female health workers’ careers

O'Neill, M. S. & Jepsen, D., Jul 2019, In : Gender, Work and Organization. 26, 7, p. 962-982 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

business policy


Psychological contract
Career stage

ANZAM Best Paper award for Harrison, B., & Jepsen, D. M. (2015).

Denise Jepsen (Recipient) & Bronwen Harrison (Recipient), Dec 2015


honors and awards

ANZAM Best Paper award for Hess, N., & Jepsen, D. M. (2017).

Denise Jepsen (Recipient) & Narelle Hess (Recipient), Dec 2017


honors and awards
human resources

ANZAM Best Paper award for Varhegyi, M.M.,& Jepsen, D.M. (2010).

Denise Jepsen (Recipient) & Melinda Varhegyi (Recipient), Dec 2010


Career decision-making self-efficacy

Activities 2009 2019

Journal of Vocational Behavior (Journal)

Denise Jepsen (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

We Are Unity HR survey collaboration

Denise Jepsen (Participant), Kyle Bruce (Participant), Richard J. Badham (Participant)

Activity: Other

MAACRN Pitch Event

Denise Jepsen (Chair)
13 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Chris Brewster

Denise Jepsen (Host)
26 Nov 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

Journal of Business Research (Journal)

Denise Jepsen (Member of editorial board)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Press / Media

Speaking up can reduce staff burnout, study shows

Bichen Guan & Denise Jepsen


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

ABC Radio Sydney Focus on Redundancy

Denise Jepsen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Denise Jepsen


2 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment


5C Careers Consortium

Denise Jepsen (Participant)

Impact: Quality of life impacts


Denise Jepsen (Participant)

Impact: Economic impacts, Cultural impacts