Sunrise Session

Inside Research at Utah State University

At Utah State University's Sunrise Sessions, faculty and students share their research with alumni, community and business leaders from the Salt Lake area. Held quarterly in downtown Salt Lake City, these early-morning presentations detail how USU research is addressing pressing issues such as the obesity epidemic and hearing loss in children. All are invited to attend these events at no charge thanks to generous sponsorship by Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Next Sunrise Session

You Can't Leave It at the Office:
Fallout from Toxic Workplace Environments

Dr. Merideth Ferguson

Assistant Professor of Management
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business


Friday, August 1, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Little America Hotel
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City

A toxic workplace environment is a common but insidious phenomenon that many people experience, either as a target or an observer of uncivil coworkers or abusive supervisors. Dr. Ferguson conducts research to understand how uncivil coworkers and abusive supervisors affect employees, their families, and employee healthcare costs. Dr. Ferguson investigates these issues to help managers build workplaces that result in improved physical and mental well-being and healthier relationships for employees, which leads to greater productivity and success for their organizations.

Merideth Ferguson is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Her work is widely published in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, and Personnel Psychology. Her research focuses on coworker incivility, abusive supervision, and the work-family interface, with a particular interest in understanding how deviance affects employee life beyond the workplace.