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. Marija Dumovic, 2014, Part-time PhD: Dynamic, multi-stakeholder perspective on the employee psychological contract.

 Past PhD and Masters students:

  1. Bichen Guan, February 2017, conferred 25/6/2020: PhD Macquarie University: Emotion Regulation in Ongoing Service Relationships: A Mixed-Method Study with Aged Care Employees.
  2. Matt Sykes, Sept 2014, conferred 25/6/2020, Part-time PhD (Associate Supervisor with Dr Andrew Heys) Macquarie Graduate School of Management: Complex pathways through the HRM-performance black box: a study of the intended-implemented-perceived HR causal process model
  3. Gloria Xueyuan Gao, November 2017, conferred 1/1/2020, Cotutelle with Prof Wenxia Zhou, Renmin University, Beijing, China: Career adaptability issues in Chinese context: A mixed-methods study
  4. Dedi Siddiq, July 2016, conferred 20/4/2020: PhD Macquarie University: Perceptions of altruism of the Chief Executive Officer: A mixed-methods study 
  5. Narelle Hess, Jan 2016, PhD Macquarie University graduated September 2019: Organisational career management in a protean and boundaryless world: A mixed-methods study
  6. (Brenda Barugahare, 2017 dec'd 25 August 2019 (Associate Supervisor with Dr Sarah Bankins): Dual Psychological Contracts of Middle Leader-Managers.)
  7. Julie Bajic, 2014, PhD Macquarie University graduated April 2017: Emotional and psychological wellbeing in home care workers – a multi-method study.
  8. Bron Harrison, Sept 2011 to graduation April 2016, PhD Macquarie University: Winning a Career Award - The impact of winning an award on career success.
  9. Amanda Ferguson, 2013 to graduation April 2015, Part-time PhD (Associate Supervisor with Julie Fitness of MQ Psychology Deptt). An Exploration of Employee Engagement in Medical Contexts.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Chan, S., 2008: “Validated study of single comprehensive model of Justice, LMX and POS on employee behaviour.” UNSW.
  15. Nguyen, N., 2008:  “Employee perceptions of board effectiveness as a contributor to climate or culture.” UNSW.
  16. Varhegyi, M., 2008: “Perceptions of succession planning in volunteer directors of boards of nonprofit organisations.” UNSW.
  17. Chung, A., 2008: “Self-rating of board effectiveness – a comparison of multiple measures.” UNSW.
  18. Ngai, F., 2007, “Loyalty and withdrawal: The relationship between employee loyalty, absenteeism and turnover intentions”, Masters of Organisational Psychology, UNSW
  19. Xavier, I., 2007. “The Relationship between Job Stress and Perceived Psychological Contract Violation”, Masters of Organisational Psychology, UNSW
  20. Dumovic, M., 2007 “The Relationship between Person-Organisation Value Congruence, Psychological Contract Inequity and Employee Attitudes”, Masters of Organisational Psychology, UNSW
  21. 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, Career Development Association of Australia

1994 → …

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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Research Outputs

A Dynamic analysis of informal elder caregiving and employee wellbeing

Cheng, Z., Jepsen, D. M. & Wang, B. Z., Feb 2020, In : Journal of Business and Psychology. 35, 1, p. 85-98 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    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 journalArticle

  • 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 others, Eggenhofer-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., 1 Jul 2020, In : Human Resource Management Journal. 30, 3, p. 365-391 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 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 journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    75 Downloads (Pure)


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

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


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

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


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

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


  • Activities

    Applying for, and doing a PhD at Macquarie Business School

    Denise Jepsen (Speaker)
    17 Jan 2020

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    Retention of Senior Managers

    Denise Jepsen (Speaker)
    4 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Becoming a World Class University

    Denise Jepsen (Speaker)
    15 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Aged care workforce: Superheros in an impossible situation

    Denise Jepsen (Speaker)
    24 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Chris Brewster

    Denise Jepsen (Host)
    26 Nov 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitorHosting an academic visitor

    Press / Media

    Getting onboarding right

    Denise Jepsen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    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


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    2 Media contributions

    Press/Media: Expert Comment


    5C Careers Consortium

    Denise Jepsen (Participant)

    Impact: Quality of life impacts

    COVID-19: Crisis or Catalyst?

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    Impact: Economy impacts, Culture impacts