Malissa Clark

Leading scholar on workaholism.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2024.


Named a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2023.


Never Not Working has been selected as a Must-Read by the Next Big Idea Club, February 2024.


Malissa is passionate about bridging the scientist-practitioner gap and advocating for healthier workplaces and worker well-being. Her study topics include overwork and workaholism, work-family dynamics, and effects of stressors on health and well-being outcomes. In her 2024 book, Never Not Working, Malissa explains how the always-on hustle culture creates an unhealthy, counterproductive relationship with work. She shares evidence-based insights that form a practical roadmap for escaping the overwork trap, help create a sustainable work-life balance, and improve an organisation’s performance in the process. 


Associate professor of industrial-organisational (I-O) psychology at the University of Georgia, Malissa also serves as associate head of the department of psychology and director of the Healthy Work Lab. She gained her PhD from Wayne State University and BA from the University of Michigan. Malissa also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology and as action editor for Journal of Business and Psychology and Occupational Health Science. She is a member of the NIOSH Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Council. 


Never Not Working: Why the Always-On Culture is Bad for Business – and How to Fix It (HBR Press, 2024). ‘These Are The Four Drivers Of Workaholism’ (Fast Company, February 2018); ‘The Psychology of Workaholism’ (Anxy, February 2020); ‘The Survival Kit’ (Anxy, February 2020); ‘Can’t Stop Yourself From Working? You Might Be a Workaholic’ (SPSP blog, February 2021). ‘Addressing Workaholism’ (The Mid-Career Podcast with John Neral, February 2022); ‘How Parents & Employers Can Navigate the Post-Pandemic Workplace’ (Pandemic Parenting podcast).  Malissa and her work have been featured in outlets including the New York Times, BBC, TimeGlamourThe Atlantic, and HuffPost


Media picks



The Mid-Career GPS Podcast 87: Addressing Workaholism with Dr. Malissa Clark


Workplace health is essential for optimising company performance. Malissa is leading the reinvention of the future workplace.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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