My line of research primarily examines areas related to occupational health psychology and well-being.  One goal of my research is to examine how job resources and personal resources are linked to workers' mental health and well-being (e.g., stress, work engagement, job boredom, positive affect). The understanding of the antecedent and consequences of diverse forms of well-being is crucial for the design and implementation of health promotion initiatives in the workplace. In my research, I have explored the role of meaning at work, psychological capital, job crafting, engagement, and resilience as effective mechanisms to promote well-being. To accomplish this, I use diverse quantitative methods incorporating samples from a broad range of occupations (e.g., teachers, social workers, customs officers, among others) and have established interdisciplinary and international collaborations. 

Areas of interest

Occupational health psychology, employees’ and students’ well-being, workplace health and well-being, work and academic engagement, psychological capital, resilience, interventions.  

Selected publications 

Sánchez-Cardona, I., Rowe, W.*, Vera, M., Collette, T. & Cepeda-Hernández, S. (2023). Validation of the Spanish version of the Utrecht General Engagement Scale (UGES). Current Psychology. 

Gomes, K.D.*, Collette, T.L., Schlenk, M., Judkins, J., Sánchez-Cardona, I., Channer, B., Ross, P., Fredrick, G., & Moore, B. (2023). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicidality, and Stress: The Moderating Role of Dysfunctional and Recovery Cognitions. Archives of Suicidal Research

Vera, M., & Sánchez-Cardona, I. (2023). Is it your engagement or mine? Linking supervisors’ engagement to employee performance. International Journal of Human Resources Management, 34(5), 912-940.

Morales-Cruz, J., Serrano-García, I., Baerga-Santini, K., Sánchez-Cardona, I., Figueroa-Rodríguez, M. (Eds.) (2022). Psicología en Puerto Rico: Desafíos contextuales y retos para la acción. Asociación de Psicología de Puerto Rico.   

De Pedro Serbia, Z., Sánchez-Cardona, I., & Rivera-Colón, E. (2022). Bienestar laboral en el sector público: Colaboración interdisciplinaria para el mejoramiento organizacional. In J. Morales-Cruz, I. Serrano-García, K. Baerga-Santini, I. Sánchez-Cardona, M. Figueroa-Rodríguez (Eds.), Psicología en Puerto Rico: Desafíos contextuales y retos para la acción. Asociación de Psicología de Puerto Rico. 

Pérez-Pedrogo, C., Sánchez-Cardona, I., Castro, B., & López, S.* (2022). Validation of the GAD-7 with a sample of children and adolescents in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Health Science Journal, 41(4), 226-232.

Vera, M., Sánchez-Cardona, I., & Cifre, E. (2022). Affect at work: Validation of the Multi-Affect Indicator Questionnaire in Spanish Sample. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 37(4), 303-321. 

Vera, M., Sánchez-Cardona, I., & Povedano, A. (2022). Beyond frontiers: An examination of ethical leadership and job resources in custom and border protection officers' well-being. The Journal of Psychology. 

Sánchez-Cardona, I., Pérez-Pedrogo, C., López, S., & Sánchez-Cesáreo, M. (2021). Vulnerabilities and academic outcomes among students in Puerto Rico. Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth. 

Sánchez-Cardona, I., Vera, M., & Marrero-Centeno, J. (2021). Job resources and employee’s intention to stay: The mediating role of meaningful work and work engagement. Journal of Management and Organizations. 1-17. doi:10.1017/jmo.2021.10  

Sánchez‐Cardona, I., Ortega‐Maldonado, A., Salanova, M., & Martínez, I. M. (2021). Learning goal orientation and psychological capital among students: A pathway to academic satisfaction and performance. Psychology in the Schools, 58(7), 1432-1445. 

Warr, P., Sánchez-Cardona, I., Taneva, S.K., Vera, M., Bindl, U., & Cifre, E. (2021). Reinforcement sensitivity theory, approach-affect, and avoidance-affect. Cognition and Emotion. 35(4), 619-635. 

Rivera-Rivera, N.,* Pérez-Pedrogo, C., Calaf, M., & Sánchez-Cardona, I. (2021). Translation, cultural adaptation and psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Combat Exposure Scale (CES-S) with U.S. Military Spanish Speaking Latino Veterans living in the Caribbean: A cross-sectional preliminary data study. Psychological Trauma: Research, Practice, and Policy. 

Sánchez-Cardona, I., Vera, M., Martínez-Lugo, M. Rodríguez-Montalbán, R., & Marrero-Centeno, J. (2020). When the job does not fit: The moderating role of job crafting and meaningful work in the relation between employees’ perceived overqualification and job boredom. Journal of Career Assessment, 28(2), 257-276. 

López, S.*, Pérez-Pedrogo, C., Sánchez-Cardona, I. & Sánchez-Cesáreo, M. (2019). Psychometric Properties of the Patient Health Questionnaire-8: A multigroup analysis for depression symptoms among a sample of children and adolescents residing in Puerto Rico. Current Psychology

Cifre, E., Vera, M., Sánchez-Cardona, I., & De Cuyper, N. (2018). Sex, gender identity, and perceived employability among Spanish employed and unemployed youngsters. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2467.  

Sánchez-Cardona, I., Salanova, M., & Llorens, S. (2018). Leadership intellectual stimulation and team learning: The mediating role of team positive affect. Universitas Psychologica, 17(1), 1-16. -1.list 

Velázquez-Ramos, M.,* Sánchez-Cardona, I., & García-Coll, C. (2018). Social Position Variables of Specific Learning Disabilities: A National Perspective. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 40(4), 504-515.

Sánchez-Cardona, I., Rodríguez-Montalbán, R., Toro-Alfonso, J., & Moreno-Velázquez, I. (2016). Psychometric Properties of The Utrecht Work Engagement Scale-Student (UWES-S) In University Students in Puerto Rico.  Revista Mexicana de Psicología, 33(2), 121-134. 

(* student co-author)

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