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Matthew R Leon

Assistant Professor

Management | Coggin College of Business

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Behavior
Employee Well-being
Human Resources Management


Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, University of Alabama (2015)

M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of West Florida (2012)

B.A. in Psychology, Auburn University (2009)


Matthew Leon is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. In addition to a Ph.D. in OB/HR, Leon has worked as a Civilian Research Scientist and Applications Analyst for the United States Navy’s Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory and Naval Medicine Operational Training Center. Further, he has worked as a defense contractor for the United States Army specializing in selection and test development. Outside of behavioral research in the academic and public sectors, he has several years of experience as a human resources professional in healthcare and manufacturing settings.



Academy of Management
Society for Human Resource Management
Southern Management Association
Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Publications & Presentations

Leon, M.R., Harms, P.D., & Gilmer, L. (2018). Pharmaceutical cognitive enhancer (PCE) use in the workplace: the open secret of performance enhancement. Journal of Management Inquiry.

Leon, M.R., Osborn, H., & Bellairs, T. (2018). Processing War: Similarities and differences in PTSD antecedents and outcomes between military and civilian war survivors. Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being. 

Harms, P.D., Crede, M., Tynan, M., Leon, M.R., Jeung, W. (2017) Leadership and stress: a meta-analytic review. Leadership Quarterly.

Leon, M. R., Halbesleben, J. R., & Paustian-Underdahl, S. C. (2015). A dialectical perspective on burnout and engagement. Burnout Research2(2), 87-96.

Leon, M. R., & Halbesleben, J. R. B. (2015).  Coworker responses to observed mistreatment: understanding schadenfreude in the response to supervisor abuse.  Research in Occupational Stress and Well-Being.

Bellairs, T., Halbesleben, J. R., & Leon, M. R. (2014). A multilevel model of strategic human resource implications of employee furloughs. Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management32, 99-146.

Halbesleben, J. R., Leroy, H., Dierynck, B., Simons, T., Savage, G. T., McCaughey, D., & Leon, M. R. (2013). Living up to safety values in health care: The effect of leader behavioral integrity on occupational safety. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology18(4), 395.

Wheeler, A. R., Shanine, K. K., Leon, M. R., & Whitman, M. V. (2013). Student‐recruited samples in organizational research: A review, analysis, and guidelines for future research. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology87(1), 1-26.

Taylor, M. K., Pietrobon, R., Taverniers, J., Leon, M. R., & Fern, B. J. (2013). Relationships of hardiness to physical and mental health status in military men: a test of mediated effects. Journal of Behavioral Medicine36(1), 1-9.

 Cameron, J. M., Leon, M. R., & Correia, C. J. (2011). Extension of the simulated drinking game procedure to multiple drinking games. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 19(4), 295 - 302. doi: 10.1037/a0024312

Contact Information

(904) 620-5389