Wayne State University

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Dr. Loraleigh Keashly

Associate Professor and Masters Program Director
(313) 577-2648
577 Manoogian Hall


Loraleigh Keashly is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University, Detroit. Her research, teaching and consulting focus on conflict and conflict resolution at the interpersonal, group, intergroup and organizational level. She is part of the core faculty of the MA in Dispute Resolution program at WSU, having served as Academic Director of the MADR for more than a decade. Her main research focus is the nature, effects and amelioration of uncivil and bullying behaviors in the workplace with a particular interest in the role of organizational structure and culture in the facilitation or prevention and management of these behaviors. She has focused her recent attention on the academic environment and works with universities on these issues. She has developed and conducted trainings in building bystander efficacy to take constructive action in challenging situations. Her works in progress focus on 1) the power of relationships at work and 2) civility in academia. She has published over 40 articles and book chapters. She has been a consultant to organizations and an expert witness on cases of workplace bullying and hostility.

Courses taught:

DR 7210 Negotiation Theory and Practice

DR 7220 Neutral Intervention Theory and Practice

DR 7890 Final Seminar in Dispute Resolution

COM 8000 Intro to PhD Studies.

Areas of Expertise

Quality of work environments, work relationships, workplace aggression & bullying

Degrees and Certifications

B.A., Psychology, University of Calgary 1979

M.A. Applied Psychology, University of New Brunswick 1983

Ph.D. Applied Social Psychology, University of Saskatchewan, 1988.

Research Interests

Nature and quality of interpersonal relations in the workplace with a specific focus on aggression and bullying; international, intergroup and interpersonal conflict resolution, diversity in organizations, program development and evaluation, statistics and research methodology

Recent Publications

Keashly, L. (2014 April 15). Everything you always wanted to know about workplace bullying but were afraid to ask. Internet radio presentation for the Texas Conflict Coach, Pattie Porter http://www.texasconflictcoach.com/2014/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-workplace-bullying-but-were-afraid-to-ask/


Keashly, L. (2013). Hostile work relationships. In B. Omdahl and J. Fritz (eds). Problematic relationships at work, Volume II.


Keashly, L. & Neuman, J.H. (2013). Bullying in academia: What does current theorizing and research tell us?  In J. Lester (ed). Workplace bullying in higher education. Routledge.


Keashly, L. (2012). Workplace bullying and gender: Itís complicated. In S. Fox & T. Lituchy (eds.). Gender and the dysfunctional workplace. Edward Elgar Publishing.


Neuman, J.H., & Keashly, L. (2012). Bullies coming out of the schoolyard and into the boardroom: Combating abusive workplace communication. In J. Wrench (ed). Workplace communication for the 21st Century: Tools and strategies that impact the bottom line. Praeger.


Keashly, L. (2012). Workplace bullying: The case of teen workers. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 24(1), 47-56.


 Keashly, L. (2011). Some things you have always wanted to know but were afraid to ask: A researcher talks to ombudsmen about workplace bullying. Journal of International Ombudsman Association, 3(1), 10-23.


 Keashly, L. & Neuman J.H. (2010) Faculty experiences with bullying in higher education: Causes, consequences and management. Administrative Theory and Praxis, 32(1), 48-70.


Keashly, L. & Jagatic, K (2010). North American perspectives on workplace hostility and bullying. Chapter in S. Einarsen, H. Hoel, & D. Zapf. Bullying and harassment in the workplace: Developments in theory, research and practice 2nd Edition. London, UK: Taylor Francis. Chapter 2, pp. 41-71.


Keashly, L, & Nowell, B. (2010). Workplace bullying, conflict and conflict resolution. Chapter in S. Einarsen, H. Hoel, & D. Zapf..Bullying and harassment in the workplaace: Developments in theory, research and practice 2nd Edition. London, UK: Taylor Francis Chapter 19 pp. 423-445.


 Neuman, J. H., & Keashly, L. (2010). The means, motive, and opportunity framework and insidious workplace behavior. In J. Greenberg (Ed.), Insidious workplace behavior. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Keashly, L & Neuman, J.H. (2009). Building constructive communication climate: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Workplace Stress and Aggression Project. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B.D. Sypher (eds). Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences and constructive ways of organizing. Routledge/LEA


Office Hours

Tuesdays 10-12

Wednesdays 2-4

Homepage URL


Links of Interest

 This Youtube video depicts Dr. Keashly giving an extended presentation on workplace bullying.

Here are some slides from a recent presentation by Dr. Keashly on the topic of workplace bullying. 


 Loraleigh Keashly at the Annual Hank Marx Lecture Series in Dispute Resolution