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Silvia Bonaccio

Bonaccio, Silvia
Full Professor
Ian Telfer Professor of Workplace Psychology
B.A. (McGill), M.Sc.A. (Concordia), Ph.D. (Purdue)
DMS 5149
613-562-5800 x 4690
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Dr. Bonaccio earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University. She also holds a M.Sc. from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business and a B.A. in Psychology from McGill University. Her work focuses on the influence of anxiety and emotions in the personnel assessment and selection process. She is also interested in the facilitators of positive work experiences for employees living with disabilities. Furthermore, she is known for her work on advice and decision-making. Dr. Bonaccio is past Chair of the Canadian Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and past Division Chair for the Organizational Behaviour Division at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada. In recognition of her significant contributions to teaching and research, the University of Ottawa awarded her the Excellence in Education Prize.


Dr. Bonaccio has published in journals such as the Journal of Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics, Intelligence, and Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. She has also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has made numerous presentations at national and international conferences. She is on the editorial board at the Journal of Business and Psychology and the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and she serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals on a regular basis.

Publications during the last 7 years

Chapters in Books

  • Bonaccio, S. and Paik, J.E. Advice in the Workplace. In MacGeorge, E. and VanSwol, L.. The Oxford Handbook of Advice. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Bonaccio, S., O'Reilly, J. and O'Sullivan, S. Nonverbal Communication in Work Contexts. In Griffin, R.. Oxford Bibliographies in Management. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Bonaccio, S. Judgment and Decision making Process: Advice Giving/Taking. In Rogelberg, S.G.. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications, 2017.
  • Bonaccio, S. Social Loafing/Free-Riding . In Rogelberg, S.G.. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications, 2017.
  • O'Reilly, J. and Bonaccio, S. Nonverbal Communication. In Rogelberg, S.G.. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications, 2017.
  • Bonaccio, S. and Connelly, C.E. Physical disabilities at work. In Rogelberg, S.G.. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publications, 2017.
  • Bonaccio, S. Wonderlic Personnel Test. In Zeigler-Hill, V. and Shackelford, T.. Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer International Publishing, 2016.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Jetha, A., Shamaee, A., Bonaccio, S., Gignac, M., Tucker, L., Tompa, E., Bultmann, U., Norman, C., Banks, C.G. and Smith, P. 2021. Fragmentation in the future of work: A horizon scan examining the impact of the changing nature of work on vulnerable workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
  • Bonaccio, S., Connelly, C.E., Gellatly, I.R., Jetha, A. and Martin Ginis, K.A. 2020. The Participation of People with Disability in the Workplace across the Employment Cycle: Employer Concerns and Research Evidence. Journal of Business and Psychology, 35: 138-158.
  • Powell, D.M., Bourdage, J. S. and Bonaccio, S. 2020. Shake and Fake: The Role of Interview Anxiety in Deceptive Impression Management. Journal of Business and Psychology.
  • Schneider, L., Powell, D.M. and Bonaccio, S. 2019. Does Interview Anxiety Predict Job Performance? International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 27(4): 328-336.
  • Bonaccio, S., Lapierre, L.M. and O'Reilly, J. 2019. Creating work climates that facilitate and maximize the benefits of disclosing mental health problems in the workplace. Organizational Dynamics, 48(3): 113-122.
  • Donia, M.B.L., Ronen, S., Tetrault Sirsly, C.A. and Bonaccio, S. 2019. CSR by Any Other Name? The Differential Impact of Substantive and Symbolic CSR Attributions on Employee Outcomes. Journal of Business Ethics, 157(2): 503-523.
  • Bonaccio, S., Connelly, C.E., Fisher, S., Gellatly, I.R., Gignac, C. and Jetha, A. 2018. Beyond Managing Research Partnerships: Partnered Research as an Integrated Methodological Approach. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 11(4): 613-619.
  • Peleg, M., Michalowski, W., Wilk, S., Parimbelli, E., Bonaccio, S., O'Sullivan, D., Michalowski, M., Quaglini, S. and Carrier, M. 2018. Ideating Mobile Health Behavioral Support for Compliance to Therapy for Patients with Chronic Disease: A Case Study of Atrial Fibrillation Management. Journal of Medical Systems, 42(11): 234.
  • Girard, A.J., Reeve, C.L. and Bonaccio, S. 2016. Assessing Decision-Making Style in French Populations: Translation and Validation of the General Decision-Making Style Questionnaire. European Review of Applied Psychology, 66(6): 325-333.
  • Bonaccio, S., Reeve, C.L. and Lyerly, J. 2016. Academic Entitlement: Its Personality and General Mental Ability Correlates, and Academic Consequences. Personality and Individual Differences, 102(November): 211-216.
  • Pratt, M.G. and Bonaccio, S. 2016. Qualitative Research in I/O Psychology: Maps, Myths, and Moving Forward. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 9(4): 693-715.
  • Bonaccio, S., O'Reilly, J., O'Sullivan, S.L. and Durand, F. 2016. Nonverbal Behavior and Communication in the Workplace-A Review and an Agenda for Research. Journal of Management, 42(5): 1044-1074 .
  • Bonaccio, S. and Girard, A.J. 2015. Measuring Decision-Making Regret Amongst French Populations: Translation and Validation of the Regret Scale. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 31(2): 143-149.
  • Jelley, B., Bonaccio, S. and Durand, F. 2014. Educating Industrial-Organizational Psychologists for Science and Practice: A Canadian Perspective. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 7(1): 51-54.
  • Bonaccio, S., Gauvin, N. and Reeve, C.L. 2014. The Experience of Emotions during the Job Search and Choice Process among Novice Job Seekers. Journal of Career Development, 41(3): 237-257.
  • Reeve, C.L., Bonaccio, S. and Winford, E.C. 2014. Cognitive Ability, Exam Related Emotions and Exam Performance: A Field Study in a College Setting. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 39(2): 124-133.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2020-2024 SSHRC Informal Accommodations as Social Exchange: Canadian Managers' Reactions to Employees with and without Disabilities R C PI $ 170,463
2019-2021 Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat: New Frontiers in Research Fund Future-Proofing young Canadians with disabilities for the changing labour market. R C Co-I $ 247,361
2018-2023 SSHRC How can managers support and ensure the positive consequences of employees' disclosure of a mental health challenge R C Co-I $ 207,576
2017-2022 SSHRC Are Job Interviews Missing the Boat? Essential Unanswered Questions Regarding Interview Anxiety R C Co-I $ 135,125
2016-2018 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) The Antecedents, Manifestations, and Consequences of Mental Illness Disclosure at Work R I Co-I $ 50,000
2014-2021 SSHRC Enhancing community participation in Canadians with physical disabilities: development, implementation and R C Co-I $ 2,643,997
2014-2017 Faculty of Social Science Strategic Decision-Making: A test of the SLS Game R I Co-I $ 20,000
2014 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Making the Case for Qualitative Research in I/O Psychology R I PI $ 1,103
2013-2015 Telfer School of Management Cluster Program, University of Ottawa Executive Presence: In Search of an Elusive Leadership Trait R I Co-PI $ 20,000
2013-2015 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Is It Best to Have It All: Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral Consequences of Conflicting Expert Advice on Decision Makers R I PI $ 16,000
2013-2014 SSHRC Enhancing Community Participation in Canadians with Physical Disabilities: Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Partnered Strategy (Letter of Intent) R C Co-I $ 20,000


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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