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Distinguished Winner - Gabriel honored for postpartum depression research

Allison GabrielWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.— A paper co-authored by a Purdue University professor has received a top honor for research addressing critical issues in business and society.

The Fellows of the Academy of Management and the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management named an article by Allison Gabriel, Thomas J. Howatt Chair in Management in the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business, and four other researchers as a Distinguished Winner of the 2024 Award for Responsible Research in Management. The paper appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology. It previously was recognized as one of 13 nominees from more than 2,500 articles considered for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.

Co-authors on the paper were Jamie Ladge, professor of management and organization at Boston College; Laura Little, Chick-fil-A Distinguished Professor for Leadership Advancement at the University of Georgia; Rebecca MacGowan, assistant professor of management at the University of Arkansas; and Elizabeth Stillwell, assistant professor of employment relations and human resource management at London School of Economics. Their paper was one of three Distinguished Winners selected from 134 scholarly works, an honor presented to studies that academics deem scientifically rigorous and practicing executives consider meaningful and actionable.

“Sensemaking through the storm: How postpartum depression shapes personal work-family narratives” found that mothers diagnosed with postpartum depression experienced an imposing identity that is unexpected and undesirable. The study showed that coping with the identity ultimately gave way to important outcomes in the work and home domains, most notably that women were able to better enact self-compassion toward themselves, compassion toward others, and became critical supports for co-workers going through personal hardships.

Gabriel joined the Daniels School faculty in 2023. She has received several research honors, including the 2021 Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, the 2021 Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Distinguished Early Career Contributions-Science Award, and the 2020 Academy of Management Human Resources Division Early Career Award. She was recognized in 2018 by the website Poets & Quants as a “Top 50 Undergraduate Professor” when she was on the faculty at the University of Arizona.

Gabriel is director of Purdue’s Center for Working Well, a research center focused on the challenges facing modern workforces and geared toward promoting personal well-being while creating sustainable performance.