Richard DeFrank

Associate Professor

Richard DeFrank


Richard S. DeFrank is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management, C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. Dr. DeFrank received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, a Master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and has done post-doctoral work at the University of Houston. Prior to his arrival at the Bauer College, Dr. DeFrank held a faculty position in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Dr. DeFrank has published scholarly papers on a wide number of issues related to the workplace, including organizational stress, job loss, management styles in international settings, and nonverbal communication. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Behavioral Medicine and has been an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals. His current work focuses on such topics as the psychological contract in organizations today, stress resulting from business travel and the built environment, the dimensions of and responses to compensation, and the type, severity and impact of job stressors among various employed groups. He also has consulting experience in organizations on issues related to stress and productivity. Dr. DeFrank teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels related to the areas of management, organizational behavior and stress, and has received numerous awards for teaching including the NationsBank Master Teaching Fellowship, the Melcher Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Payne Teaching Excellence Award.

Research Interests

  • Work stress
  • Job attitudes
  • Travel stress

Areas of Expertise

  • Questionnaire and scale construction
  • Survey research


  • Ivancevich, J.M., Konopaske, R. and DeFrank, R.S. "Business travel stress: a model, propositions and managerial implications", Volume 17, Work & Stress, [April-June 2003]

Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

Academy of Management Behavioral Medicine

Contact Info

MH 310G
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  • MANA 3335 - Introduction to Organizational Behavior and Management
  • MANA 4337/6337 - Stress and Work MANA 8336 - Doctoral Seminar in Organizational Behavior


Post-Doctoral Fellow - Social Psychology
University of Houston
Ph.D. Social Psychology
University of Rochester
M.A. Psychology
University of Pennsylvania
B.A. Psychology (Cum Laude)
Syracuse University