Danielle King, Ph.D.

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Dr. Danielle King is a professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Rice University and the founder and principal investigator of the WorKing Resilience Research Laboratory. At Rice, she teaches graduate-level seminars on work motivation and leadership.

Her research focuses on employee resilience and identity, and organizational resources that support employee thriving. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has been published in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Academy of Management Journal, and in popular media outlets, including Harvard Business Review. Dr. King is a 2022 recipient of the American Psychological Association Achievement Award for Early Career Psychologists, and was designated by the Association for Psychological Science as one of the 2023 “Rising Stars.” She is also a 2023 recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, one of NSF's most prestigious 5-year awards, designated for scholars who serve as role models and leaders in research and education by advancing science for the betterment of society.

Research Areas

Employee resilience; well-being resources; racial identity; voice


Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University, 2018

M.A. in Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University, 2015

B.A. in Psychology, Spelman College, 2012

Honors & Awards

National Science Foundation, Science of Organizations CAREER Award, 2023

Rice University Provost Office Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Achievement Award, 2023

Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award, 2023

American Psychological Association Achievement Award for Early Career Psychologists, 2022

Rice University School of Social Sciences Dean’s Junior Faculty Distinguished Research Award, 2022

Rice University Graduate Student Association Faculty Teaching/Mentoring Award, 2021

Sophia Meyer Farb Junior Faculty Teaching Award Finalist, 2021

Rice University Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Nominee, 2020

Rice University Scholar-Athlete Favorite Professor Award, 2018


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