Michael R. Frone, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Social/Organizational Psychology

Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-2519
Email: frone@ria.buffalo.edu
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Primary Research Areas

Occupational health; workplace substance use; work-family interface; youth employment.




Research Agenda

Dr. Frone is currently working on papers exploring relationships between the following factors and employee health and substance use: negative and positive work experiences and work-related rumination; Great Recession, company downsizing, economic stress, and employee insecurity; exposure to workplace aggression and discrimination; emotional labor at work; workplace availability of substances, workplace social control, and workplace substance-related norms; and work performance, attendance, and injuries.  This ongoing work is based on two completed national surveys of U.S. workers.

Future research aims to develop and test an innovative moderated-mediation model relating the workplace substance use climate to employee alcohol and marijuana use that also outlines potential boundary conditions (moderators) affecting the relationships; and explore prospectively the destructive effects of a permissive workplace substance use climate on work-related wellbeing among employees who do not misuse alcohol or marijuana at work. Another proposed line of research is the development and testing of a longitudinal prolonged activation model of negative and positive work experiences, negative and positive work rumination, alcohol misuse, and stress responses.

Areas of Expertise

  • Occupational health psychology – broadly, the study of the relation of the workplace to employee health and safety
  • Workforce and workplace substance use – prevalence, etiology, workplace outcomes, with a lesser emphasis on alcohol/drug testing and employee assistance/wellness programs
  • General/job stress as a predictor of substance use and other health outcomes
  • Work-family dynamics
  • Workplace aggression
  • Survey research (study and questionnaire design)
  • Statistical modeling