Dr. Barling research interests focus on the nature and development of transformational leadership, and employee well-being. He is the author of well over 150 research articles and book chapters, and the author or editor of several books, including Employment, stress and family functioning (1990, Wiley & Sons); The union and its members: A psychological approach (1992, Oxford University Press); Changing employment relations: Behavioral and social perspectives (1995, American Psychological Association); Young workers (1999, American Psychological Association); The psychology of workplace safety (1999, American Psychological Association). He is also co-editor of the Handbook of Workplace Violence (2006, SAGE Publications), and senior editor of both the Handbook of Work Stress (2005) and theHandbook of Organizational Behavior (2008), both published by SAGE.
Dr. Barling was formerly the editor of the American Psychological Association's Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and chair of the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Workplace Violence.
In 1996, Dr. Barling received Queen's University's "Excellence in Research" Award. In 2002, Dr. Barling was elected to as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and was awarded one of the inaugural Queen's Research Chairs in recognition of his distinguished accomplishments in research and scholarship. Dr Barling is also a Fellow for the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Canadian Psychological Association.
MacLean's magazine named Dr. Barling as one of Queen's University's most popular professors in 1996. In 2001, Dr. Barling received the National Post's "Leaders in Business Education" award, and Queen's University's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision in 2008.