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UHart Faculty, Alumnus Gain National Notoriety for Work-Life Balance Research

Posted 09/03/2018
Submitted by Christopher Cerasoli
Category: Campus Announcements

In today's "always on" world, true work-life balance has become increasingly elusive. Although the technologies that we now carry with us have improved our lives in many ways, they can tether us to work, making it challenging to cleave the two.

University of Hartford faculty member and Associate VP Jessica Nicklin, alumnus Kevin Seguin '18, and adjunct faculty member Christopher Cerasoli were recently interviewed for their cutting-edge research exploring factors to drive better work-life balance. They were invited to share their work in an interview with Elaina Loveland. Writing for the premier organization of workplace scientists, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Loveland explored the main findings of the UHart-supported research.

One of the best ways to drive better work-life balance? Helping employees to leverage self-compassion. In simple terms, a better way to healthier boundaries is training employees to "cut themselves a break." The findings are both parsimonious and powerful, providing practical ways to drive a host of better outcomes for employees and organizations.

For more, the full interview can be found at

Jessica Nicklin, recently named the associate vice president for student success, joined the University in 2009. In that time, she has been an associate professor in the Department of Psychology; the undergraduate director of the Psychology Department; the director for the online Master of Science in Organizational Psychology; and the associate dean for student and academic services in the College of Arts and Sciences. Jessica is actively involved in University leadership and initiatives, receives top ratings for her teaching, and maintains an active research program, receiving awards and publications in top-tier journals on a regular basis. Jessica is also the recipient of the 2014 Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize and the 2016 Belle K. Ribicoff Endowed Professorship.

Kevin Seguin earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Management from the University of Hartford. He supports a global Talent Management Consultancy as an Analyst. At Korn Ferry, Kevin specializes on providing companies organizational analysis to inform strategic decisions and programs centered around enhancing the employee experience. 

Christopher Cerasoli has been with the University of Hartford community since 2011, teaching mostly graduate-level courses in workplace motivation, team effectiveness, leadership, and consulting. He is currently a Senior Talent Analytics Consultant with UnitedHealth Group, Inc., a FORTUNE 5 health care services organization based in Minneapolis, Minn. He is an experienced consultant pushing the predictive envelope for people-related business issues. He has generated award-winning research; cutting-edge analytics; and evidence-based, actionable tools for government, defense, FORTUNE 500, and currently internal clients. Christopher regularly delivers presentations, keynotes, and interviews on I/O psychology and science in the workplace. His work can be found in leading peer-reviewed empirical journals including Psychological Bulletin, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Dynamics, and Human Factors