Kaylee Hackney, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business. She studies the challenges employees face when navigating work and family. Her research has been published in top academic publications such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Behavior and featured in Forbes, Businessweek, and Psychology Today. Kaylee teaches Leadership and Organizational Behavior at Baylor University.
Areas of Expertise (8)
pregnancy at work
working during pregnancy
miscarriage in the workplace
discrimination at work
Florida State University: Ph.D. in Business Administration, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Eastern Illinois University: MBA
Eastern Illinois University: BA, French
Media Appearances (6)
Pregnancy Discrimination In The Workplace Affects Mother And Baby Health
A landmark Baylor University study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology surveyed 252 pregnant employees. The researchers measured perceived pregnancy discrimination, perceived stress, demographics and postpartum depressive symptoms. Other measurements included the babies' health outcomes, such as gestational age, Apgar score (heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, reflex response and color), birth weight and visits to the doctor. The results showed that pregnancy discrimination has a negative impact on the mother’s and baby’s health. Pregnancy discrimination was linked to increased levels of postpartum depressive symptoms for mothers and lower birth weights, lower gestational ages and increased numbers of doctor visits for babies.
How to Keep Pregnant Workers Safe and Supported
Occupational Health & Safety online
Pregnancy discrimination in the workplace—direct or indirect—can have effects on the woman and baby’s health. Make sure you are supporting and respecting your pregnant workers, especially with new legislation.
Increased organizational support for employees’ adoption efforts yields positive benefits
Health Medicine Network online
When an organization supports its employees who choose to adopt children, the employees, their families, the adopted children and the organization itself experience positive benefits and outcomes, according to new research from Baylor University.
How Workplace Discrimination Affects Pregnant Mothers & Unborn Babies
Women in the workplace can find themselves having to work harder to prove that they are just as good as their male counterparts so that when it is time for promotions, they are not overlooked simply because of their gender. While gender discrimination may have declined slightly over the years, in many organizations and male-dominated fields of work, it can still be found. And unfortunately, for those women who become pregnant, the workplace can become a toxic environment that is not beneficial for the mother-to-be's health.
When the Boss is Bad for the Baby
A Baylor University study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology surveyed 252 pregnant employees. The researchers measured perceived pregnancy discrimination, perceived stress, demographics and postpartum depressive symptoms. Other measurements included the babies' health outcomes, such as gestational age, Apgar score (heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, reflex response and color), birth weight and visits to the doctor.
Increased organizational support for employee adoption efforts brings positive benefits
Florida News Times online
According to a new study from Baylor University, when an organization assists an employee who chooses adoption, the employee, his family, the adopted child, and the organization itself experience positive benefits and outcomes.
Examining the effects of perceived pregnancy discrimination on mother and baby healthJournal of Applied Psychology (2021)
Hackney, K. J., Daniels, S. R., Paustian-Underdahl, S., Perrewé, P. L., Mandeville, A. & Eaton, A.
Vicarious abusive supervision and turnover in working mothers: Does financial dependency trigger emotional disconnect?Journal of Organizational Behavior (2021)
Thompson, M. J., Carlson, D. S., Hackney, K. J., Vogel, R.
It takes a village: How organizational support for adoption positively affects employees and their familiesJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology (2021)
Quade, M. J., Hackney, K. J., Carlson, D. S., & Hanlon, R. P.
With a little help from my (her) friends: The role of friend support on the negative effects of job engagement for married couplesJournal of Vocational Behavior (2021)
Carlson, D. S., Thompson, M. J., & Hackney, K. J., Crawford, W.
Book Chapter: Examining the role of pregnancy in work organizations: implications for the well-being of the mother and babyResearch in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Vol. 36 (2018) by M. Buckley, J. Halbesleben, & A. R. Wheeler (Eds.)
Hackney, K. J. & Perrewé, P. L.
Book Chapter: Invisible Grief: An Examination of Miscarriage in the WorkplaceStress and Quality of Working Life, Vol. 7 (2020) by A. M. Rossi, J. Meurs, & P. Perrewé (Eds.)
Hackney, K. J., Wu, C., & Nuner, J.