Date of Award

Summer 7-25-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PhD)


Industrial/Organizational Psychology

First Advisor/Committee Member

Paul Yost, PhD

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Emily Pelosi, PhD

Third Advisor/Committee Member

Stephanie Lopez, PhD


resilience, active coping, applied mindfulness, psychological stress, COVID-19, pandemic


Amid a global pandemic, data was collected to explore the extent to which resilience practices (active coping and applied mindfulness) under varying degrees of stress levels can promote sustainable resilience, defined as the ability to move through challenges in a way that leads to increased positive adaptation to meet present and future challenges. Results did not support the proposed three-way interaction; however, post-hoc analyses indicated that active coping (r = .316) and applied mindfulness (r = .250) were independently predictive of sustained resilience and, when combined, predicted approximately 20 percent (R2 = .203) of sustained resilience one month later. Furthermore, the results suggest a significant quadratic two-way moderation between mindfulness and sustained resilience at different stress levels suggesting that at high stress levels, moderate levels of mindfulness are most predictive of resilience. Implications for theory, practice, and future research are discussed.