Julie McCarthy

Professor &
Associate Chair – External Relations and Strategic Initiatives

Phone: (416) 287-7342
Location: IC 392


Julie’s research examines how organizations can ensure that their policies and practices are viewed favorably by job applicants and employees. She also investigates strategies that individuals can use to build resilience and achieve success in their work and home lives. Her work is published in leading academic journals, including The Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Psychological Science, as well as book chapters in the influential Oxford Handbook Series. Her work is generously supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and she has received numerous awards and recognitions for her research contributions.

In addition to receiving numerous awards and recognitions for her research contributions, Julie’s work has received a considerable amount of media attention. In the corporate sector, Julie has developed training programs, performance management systems and personnel selection tools on behalf public and private corporations. 

Professional Experience

Full Professor, University of Toronto (2017–present)
Associate Professor, University of Toronto (2010–2017)
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto (2002–2010)
Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario (1998–2001)


PhD, Western University
MA, Western University
BA, Western University


Affiliations & Professional Service

Editorial Board; Personnel Psychology (2018–present)

Editorial Board; Journal of Applied Psychology (2014–present)

Editorial Board; Journal of Business and Psychology (2012-–present)

Chair (Incoming); Alliance for Organizational Psychology Special Program Committee (2015–present)

SIOP Representative; Alliance Special Programming Committee (2014–2015)

Vice Principal Research (Acting), University of Toronto Scarborough (2013–2014)

Area Coordinator, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management; University of Toronto Scarborough (2009–2011)

Memberships: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Academy of Management, European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, International Association for Applied Psychology

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests lie in organizational behavior, human resource management, leadership resilience and occupational health.

Research Interests

My research examines issues in the realm of employee selection and recruitment, workplace anxiety and stress, work recovery and resilience, and performance management.

Awards & Grants

2019-2023 McCarthy, J.M. (with Feeney, J.). Improving Prospective Applicant Reactions and Organizational Recruitment. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
2018 Research Excellence Faculty Scholar, UTSC
2018 Fellow, International Association of Applied Psychology
2018-2022 McCarthy, J.M. (with Toh, S.M., & Ma, D.). Family-work enrichment: resource recovery for well-being and work. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
2015-2023 McCarthy, J.M. (Sole Investigator). Personnel Selection through the Lens of Job Applicants: Leveraging Test Reactions. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
2011-2015   Research Grant; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
2004-2009   Research Grant; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
2008-2009   Wynne and Beryl Plumptre Research Award; University of Toronto



Selected Publications - Papers

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Distressed and Distracted by COVID-19 during High-Stakes Virtual Interviews: The Role of Job Interview Anxiety on Performance and Reactions. McCarthy, J.M., Truxillo, D.M., Bauer, T.B, Erdogan, B., Shao, Y., Wang, M., Liff, J., &Gardner, C. (In Press). Journal of Applied Psychology.

Expanding Conceptual Understanding of Interview Anxiety and Performance: Integrating Cognitive, Behavioural, and Physiological Features. Constantin, K., Powell, D., & McCarthy, J.M. (In Press). International Journal of Selection and Assessment.

Working Through an ‘Infodemic’: The Impact of COVID-19 News Consumption on Employee Uncertainty and Work Behaviors. Yoon, S., McClean, S., Chawla, N., Kim, J.K., Koopman, J., Rosen, C., Trougakos, J.P. & McCarthy, J.M. (In Press). Journal of Applied Psychology.

Work-Family Enrichment Training: Promoting Transferability across Life Domains. Heskiau, R. †† & McCarthy, J.M. (Online First). Journal of Applied Psychology. doi: 10.1037/apl0000833

Working in a Pandemic: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 Health Anxiety on Work, Family, and Health Outcomes. Trougakos, J.P., † Chawla, N., † & McCarthy, J.M. (2020). Journal of Applied Psychology, 105, 1234-1245.

An interpersonal perspective of perceived stress: Examining the prosocial coping response patterns of stressed managers. McCarthy, J.M., Erdogan, B., & Bauer, T.N. (2019). Journal of Organizational Behavior, 1027-1044.

Improving the Candidate Experience: Tips for Developing ‘Wise' Organizational Interventions. McCarthy, J. M., Bauer, T.N, Truxillo, D.M., Campion, M.C, Van Iddekinge, C.H., & Campion, M.A. (2018). Organizational Dynamics, 147-154.

Understanding the Dark and the Bright Sides of Anxiety: A Theory of Workplace Anxiety Theory. Cheng, B.H., & McCarthy, J.M. (2018). Journal of Applied Psychology.

Test-Taking Motivation in Promotional Employment Re-Examinations. O’Neill, T., Law, S., McCarthy, J. & Jelley, B. (2018). Canadian Journal of Behavioral Science, 71-76.

Using Pre-Test Explanations to Improve Test-Taker Reactions: Testing a Set of “Wise” Interventions. McCarthy, J. M., Bauer, T.N, Truxillo, D.M., Campion, M.C, Van Iddekinge, C.H., & Campion, M.A. (2017).  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 43-56.

Applicant perspectives in selection: A state-of-the-science review, future directions and implications for management science. McCarthy, J.M., Bauer, T.N., Truxillo, D., Anderson, N.R, Costa, A., & Ahmed, S.M. (2017). Journal of Management, 1693-1725.

Are Anxious Workers Less Productive Workers? It Depends on the Quality of Social Exchange. McCarthy, J.M., Trougakos, J.P., & Cheng, B.H. (2016). Journal of Applied Psychology, 101, 279-291.

Why Anxious Women May Outperform Anxious Men in Job Interviews.; Feeney, J., McCarthy, J., & Goffin, R.; International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Forthcoming.; 2015

Do candidate reactions relate to job performance or affect criterion-related validity? A multi-study investigation of relations among reations, selection test scores and job performance.; McCarthy, J.M., Van Iddekinge, C.H., Lievens, F., Kung, M-C, Sinar, E.F., & Campion, M.A.; Journal of Applied Psychology; Issue: 5; 2013; Pages: 701-719

Managing work, family and school roles: Disengagement strategies can help and hinder.; Cheng, B.H., & McCarthy, J.M; Journal of Occupational Health Psychology; Issue: 18; 2013; Pages: 241-251

Does goal setting have a dark side? The relationship between perfectionism and maximum employee performance.; Hrabluik, C., Latham, G., & McCarthy, J.M.; International Public Management Journal; Issue: 1; 2012; Pages: 5-38

The Jekyll and Hyde of Emotional Intelligence: Emotion Regulation Knowledge Facilitates Prosocial and Interpersonally Deviant Behavior.; Côté, S., DeCelles, K.A., McCarthy, J.M., Van Kleef, G.A., & Hideg, I.; Psychological Science; Issue: 28; 2011; Pages: 1073-1080

Are Highly Structured Job Interviews Resistant to Demographic Similarity Effects?; McCarthy, J.M., Van Iddekinge, C.H., & Campion, M.A.; Personnel Psychology; Issue: 63; 2010; Pages: 325-359

Coping with Employee, Family and Student Roles: Evidence of Dispositional Conflict and Facilitation Tendencies; Hecht, T.D. & McCarthy, J.M.; Journal of Applied Psychology; Issue: 95; 2010; Pages: 631-647

Progression Through the Ranks: Assessing Employee Reactions to High-Stakes Employment Testing.; McCarthy, J.M., Hrabluik, C.& Jelley, R.B.; Personnel Psychology; Issue: 62; 2009; Pages: 793-832

Comparing the Validity of Structured Interviews for Managerial-Level Employees: Should we Look to the Past or Focus on the Future?; Krajewski, H., T., Goffin, R., D., & McCarthy, J., M., Rothstein, M., & Johnston, N.; Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology; Issue: 79; 2006; Pages: 411-472.

Selection Test Anxiety: Exploring Tension and Fear of Failure Across the Sexes in Simulated Selection Contexts.; McCarthy, J.M, & Goffin, R.D.; International Journal of Selection and Assessment; Issue: 13; 2005; Pages: 282-295.

Measuring Job Interview Anxiety: Beyond Weak Knees and Sweaty Palms; McCarthy, J.M., & Goffin, R.D.; Personnel Psychology; Issue: 57; 2004; Pages: 607-637.

Is the Test Attitude Survey psychometrically sound?; McCarthy, J.M., & Goffin, R.D.; Educational and Psychological Measurement; Issue: 63; 2003; Pages: 446-464.

How Useful are Work Samples in Validational Studies?; Jackson, D.N., Harris, W.G, Ashton, M.C., McCarthy, J.M., & Tremblay, P.F.; International Journal of Selection and Assessment; Issue: 8; 2000; Pages: 29-33.

Selected Publications – Book Chapters

Truxillo, D.M., Bauer, T.N., & McCarthy, J.M. (2021). Applicant Reactions to Selection. In R. Griffin (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies: Management. Oxford University Press.

McCarthy, J.M., & Cheng, B.H. †† (2018). Through the Looking Glass: Employment Interviews from the lens of Job Candidates. In U. Klehe and E. van Hooft (Eds.) Chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Job Loss and Job Search. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Truxillo, D.M., Bauer, T.N & McCarthy, J.M., & Anderson, N. (Forthcoming). Applicant Fairness Reactions to the Selection Process. In N. Anderson, C. Viswesvaran, Sinangil and D. Ones Applicant Perspectives on Employee Selection Systems. Chapter in the Handbook of Industrial, Work, and Organizational Psychology – 2nd Edition. Sage.