Research Interests:

I am interested organizational commitment, the role of emotions in the workplace, and various factors that influence the replicability of studies.

Organizational Commitment. Individuals choose to remain at organizations for a variety of reasons. Those reasons include identification and emotional attachment (affective commitment), perceived obligation (normative commitment), and perceived costs of leaving (continuance commitment) (Meyer & Allen, 1990). Currently, I am collaborating with others to investigate how commitment levels and relations vary cross-culturally.

Emotions in the Workplace. Emotions are a key factor governing how individuals behave at both work and home. I am particularly interested in how various models of affect create different predictions for workplace behaviours.

Replicability of Studies. Psychology is currently experiencing what some have called a 'crisis of confidence' due to the problems associated with replicating findings. I am interested in exploring the methodological factors that influence this issue.

Selected Publications:

Stanley, D.J., & Spence, J.R. (2014). Expectations for replications: Are yours realistic? Perspectives on Psychological Science, 9, 305-318. [Article] [Supplemental Materials]

Meyer, J.P., Stanley, D.J., Jackson, T.A., McInnis, K.J., Maltin, E.R., & Sheppard, L. (2012). Affective, normative, and continuance commitment levels across cultures: A meta-analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 80(2), 225-245.

Stanley, D.J., Allen, N.J., Williams, H.M., Ross, S.J. (2011). Examining workgroup diversity effects: Does playing by the (group-retention) rules help or hinder? Behavior Research Methods, 43, 508-521.

Stanley, D.J. & Meyer, J.P. (2009). 2-D Affective Space: A New Approach to Orienting the Axes. Emotion, 9, 214-237.

Allen, N.J., Stanley, D.J., Williams, H., & Ross, S.J. (2007b). Assessing Dissimilarity Relations Under Missing Data Conditions: Evidence from Computer Simulations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 1414-1426.

Allen, N.J., Stanley, D.J., Williams, H., & Ross, S.J. (2007a). Assessing the Impact of Non-Response on Work Group Diversity Effects. Organizational Research Methods, 10, 262-286.

Meyer, J.P., Stanley, D. J., Herscovitch, L., Topolnytsky, L. (2002). Affective, continuance, and normative commitment to the organization: A meta-analysis of the antecedents, correlates, and consequences. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 61, 20-52.

Fast Interaction:

Fast Interaction is free software I created that conducts regression analyses to determine if two continuous variables interact to predict a criterion variable. Fast Interaction automatically mean centers the predictor variables and creates the corresponding product term predictors. Results are presented in a table and a 2-D/3-D graph. Simple-slope lines are calculated and displayed on the 3-D surface.

Click here to visit the Fast Interaction site. is a website I co-created with Natalie Allen that provides a place for people to share why they love their jobs. Our hope is that this site will help those in search of a first job or a new career.

Click here to visit the site.


David Stanley
Department of Psychology
MacKinnon Extension, Room 4002
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
N1G 2W1
Fax: (519) 837-8629
Phone: (519) 824-4120, x58590