meredith wells-lepley, ph.d.
Senior Research Associate
Meredith Wells-Lepley, Ph.D., is iwin’s research associate. A quantitative specialist, Dr. Wells-Lepley is responsible for iwin’s surveys and assessments. Her responsibilities include research design, survey construction, data analysis, and results reporting of research conducted for both research purposes and employer purposes. Employer-focused surveys consist of iwin’s Innovative Employer Assessment, employee engagement surveys, and other surveys assessing employee opinions on various workplace issues.
Dr. Wells-Lepley holds a B.A. in liberal arts/psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. She served as an associate professor of psychology at Eastern Kentucky University where she taught undergraduate students, honors students, as well as graduate students in EKU’s master’s degree program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
An environmental psychologist specializing in the study of office environments, Dr. Wells-Lepley has conducted research studies examining the aging workforce, workspace personalization, pets in the workplace, and worksite health promotion. Her work has been published in several academic journals including The Journal of Environmental Psychology, Environment and Behavior, and The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Furthermore, her work has been noticed by popular media outlets including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, SELF Magazine, Psychology Today as well as newspapers and radio programs in the United States, England, and Canada. She currently serves as editor of the work-life column of Business Lexington.
Having won the EKU National Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence in 2000 and the EKU College of Arts and Sciences Research Award in 2003, Dr. Wells-Lepley is accomplished in both teaching and research.
I use flexibility to manage snow days. On days when my children are unexpectedly out of school due to snow, I can work from home for a couple of hours while they play quietly, or I can simply choose to hang out with them all day, go sledding, and make hot cocoa knowing that I can make up my hours at a later date. Flexibility allows me to have a career that I love and yet still be a very involved mom!