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Silvia Bonaccio

Bonaccio, Silvia
Full Professor
Ian Telfer Professor of Workplace Psychology
Vice-Dean (Research)
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

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Mastrella, S.J., Powell, D.M., Bonaccio, S. and McMurthy, C.M. 2023. The Impact of Interviewees’ Anxious Nonverbal Behavior on Interview Performance Ratings. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 22(2).
  • Ho, J., Bonaccio, S., Connelly, C.E. and Gellatly, I.R. 2022. Representative-negotiated i-deals for people with disabilities. Human Resource Management, 1-18, (In Press).
  • Fisher, S., Bonaccio, S., Jetha, A., Gignac, M., Winkler, M and Birch, G. 2022. Partnered Research: A Methodological Approach for Disability Research in Human Resource Management. Applied Psychology: An International Review, (In Press).
  • Jetha, A., Shamaee, A., Tompa, E., Smith, P., Bultmann, U., Bonaccio, S., Tucker, L., Norman, C., Banks, C.G. and Gignac, M. 2022. The role of the future of work in shaping the employment inclusions of young adults with disabilities: A qualitative study. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, (In Press).
  • Zhang, I., Powell, D.M. and Bonaccio, S. 2022. The role of fear of negative evaluation in interview anxiety and social‐evaluative workplace anxiety. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 30(2): 302-310.
  • Powell, D.M., Bourdage, J. S. and Bonaccio, S. 2021. Shake and Fake: The Role of Interview Anxiety in Deceptive Impression Management. Journal of Business and Psychology, 36: 829-840.
  • Michalowski, M., Wilk, Sz., Michalowski, W., O'Sullivan, D., Bonaccio, S., Parimbelli, E., Carrier, M., Le Gal, G., Kingwell, S. and Peleg, M. 2021. A Health eLearning Ontology and Procedural Reasoning Approach for Developing Personalized Courses to Teach Patients About Their Medical Condition and Treatment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(14): 7355.
  • 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, 64(8): 649-666.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Chapters in Books

  • Lefcoe, A., Bonaccio, S. and Connelly, C.E. Managers’ reactions to job applicants and employees with disabilities. In Beatty, J., Kulkarni, M. and Hennekam, S.. Handbook of Disability and Management. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2023.
  • 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, (Accepted).
  • Bonaccio, S. and Connelly, C.E. Physical disabilities at work. In Rogelberg, S.G.. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition. 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. USA: Sage Publications, 2017.
  • Bonaccio, S. Social Loafing/Free-Riding . In Rogelberg, S.G.. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition. USA: Sage Publications, 2017.
  • Bonaccio, S. Judgment and Decision making Process: Advice Giving/Taking. In Rogelberg, S.G.. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition. USA: Sage Publications, 2017.
  • 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.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2022-2026 SSHRC Les défis de l'allongement de la vie professionnelle : détecter l'âgisme au travail, en mesurer les impacts et identifier les meilleures pratiques de rétention des travailleurs âgés canadiens R C Co-I $ 158,726
2022-2025 SSHRC Intelligent machines and human worker inequities: Examining the implications of artificial intelligence in the workplace R C Co-I $ 200,000
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


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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