Esther R Greenglass


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Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 66282

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Esther R. Greenglass

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


Ph.D. - 1967
University of Toronto


Esther Greenglass obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She has been a professor of psychology at York Univerisity since 1968. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the  American Psycholgical Association and the International Association of Applied Psychology. She has published a few hundred papers in academic psychological journals and has been invited to talk about her research in many universities all over the world.  Her research is in the areas of burnout, gender, social support, coping and health psychology. Her work includes the infuence of positive constructs on mood and burnout and has implications not only for psycholgical theory but also for health. She has conducted a cross-national study of effects of the recession from a social psychological perspective and along with her graduate students, she has had a team of over 25 interntional collaborators working on this project. Curently Dr. Greenglass is conducting research on COVID-19 and psychological factors including self-reported behaviors in response to the virus, depression, anxiety and coping strategies. The research is being conducted in many different countires and the findings will include cross-national comparisons focusing on important psychological reactions to the pandemic.

Selected Publications


Greenglass, E. R. (2006). Vitality and Vigor: Implications for Healthy Functioning. Invited chapter, in  P. Buchwald (Ed.),  Stress and Anxiety – Application to Health, Community, Work Place and Education . Cambridge Scholars Press Ltd. Chapter 4  pp.65-86.

Greenglass, E. R., & Fiksenbaum, L. (2009). Proactive Coping, Positive Affect, and Well-Being: Testing for  Mediation Using Path Analysis. In J. P. Ziegelmann & S. Lippke (Eds.), Invited paper in European Psychologist, Special section on theory-based approaches of stress and coping, 14, 29-39.

Marjanovic, Z., Greenglass, E. R., Fiksenbaum, L., & Bell, C. M. (2013). Psychometric evaluation of the Financial Threat Scale (FTS) in the context of the great recession. Journal of Economic Psychology, 36, 1-10.

Greenglass, E. (2014).  The great recession: Stress and coping in difficult economic times. In K. Kaniasty, K. A. Moore, S. Howard, & P. Buchwald, (Eds.). Stress and Anxiety: Applications to Social and Envrionomental Threats, Psychological Well-being, Occupational Challenges and Developmental Psychology. Berlin: Logos Verlag.pp. 7-16.

Fiksenbaum, L., Marjanovic, Z., & Greenglass, E.  (2017) Financial threat and individuals’willingness to change financial  behavior: Testing a model predicting    to psychological distress. Review of Behavioral Finance, 9: 2,128-  147,

Fiksenbaum, L., Marjanovic, Z., & Greenglass, E. (2017). Perceived employability, job insecurity, and well-being. In A. Tavidze (Ed). Progress in Economics Research. Volume 39. Nova Science Publishers.

Chiacchia, D. J., Greenglass, E. R., Katter, J. Q. K., & Fiksenbaum, L. (2018). The role of self- compassion during difficult economic times. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 31(6), 611-625. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2018.1519703.

Greenglass, E., Fiksenbaum, L., & A.-S. Antoniou, A.-S. (2019) Job insecurity and  stress in challenging economic times. In P. Buchwald, K. Moore and K. Kaniasty,     P. Arenas-Landgrave. (Eds.). Stress and Anxiety: Contributions of  the STAR  Award Winners. Berlin: Logos Verlag. pp. 27-36

Greenglass, E., Chiacchia, D., & Fiksenbaum, L. (2020, July 15-16).  Predicting depression during a pandemic. Paper presented at the STAR Online Conference

Greenglass, E., Chiacchia, D., & Fiksenbaum, L. (2020, December 11-12). Stress and coping with COVID-19. Paper presented at the International Congress of Stress Performance and Wellness (ICSPW) Online Conference.



Other Research Outputs




Lifetime Achievement Award - 2006


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Ongoing research is conducted in stress and job burnout, and positive psychology.  Professor Greenglass has developed the Proactive Coping Inventory (PCI) (in collaboration with R. Schwarzer), a valid and reliable instrument to assess coping that has been translated into several languages and is used in many countries and contexts to assess coping strategies. Research has focused on a theoretical and empirical investigation of psychological ourcomes of the 2008 economic recession and in particular, the relevance of stress and coping in relation to financial hardship using both self report and experimental methods of investigation..More recently she is investigating psychological factors and COVID-19 in a cross-national study.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Esther R Greenglass