Natalio Extremera, Ph.D.

Affiliation: University of Málaga


Natalio Extremera, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology of the Faculty of Psychology at University of Málaga where he received his Ph.D in Psychology about the predictive validity of ability emotional intelligence in different applied setting. His research interests are focused on the assessment of emotional intelligence, and its influence on personal well-being and quality of working life, with an emphasis on occupational stress and work engagement and the role of emotional intelligence in work attitudes in teaching and health care sector professionals.  Co-author of Spanish validation of Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), He has an extensive publication list in the organisational and work psychology area. He teaches several courses in the area of Organizational Behaviour, Work and Organisational Psychology and Occupational Health and teaches subjects in different Spanish Official Master programs. He is also member of the Teaching Committee of the Ph.D. program in Psychology, University of Málaga. She has been in charge of several research projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, and regional institutions.

Selected Publications

Mérida-López, S. Extremera, N., Quintana-Orts, C., Rey, L.  (in press). In pursuit of job satisfaction and happiness:  Testing the interactive contribution of emotion-regulation ability and workplace social support. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12483

Extremera, N., Mérida-López, S., Sánchez-Álvarez, N. & Quintana-Orts, C. (2018). How does emotional intelligence make one feel better at work? The mediational role of work engagement. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(9), 1156.

Mérida-López, S., Extremera, N., & Rey, L. (2017). Emotion-regulation ability, role stress and teachers’ mental health. Occupational Medicine, 67, 540-545. 

Mérida-López, S. & Extremera, N. (2017). Emotional Intelligence and teacher burnout: a systematic review. International Journal of Educational Research, 85, 121-130. 

Mérida-López, S., Extremera, N., & Rey, L. (2017). Contributions of work-related stress and emotional intelligence to teacher engagement: additive and interactive effects. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 1156.  

Sánchez-Garcia, M., Extremera, N., & Fernández-Berrocal, P. (2016).  The Factor Structure and Psychometric Properties of the Spanish Version of the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test. Psychological Assessment, 28, 1404-1415.

Urquijo, I., Extremera, N. & Villa, A (2016) Emotional intelligence, life satisfaction and psychological well-being in graduates: the mediating effect of perceived stress. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 11, 1241-1252. 

Extremera, N., & Rey, L., (2016). Attenuating the negative impact of unemployment: The interactive effects of perceived emotional intelligence and well-being on suicide risk. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0163656.
Extremera, N., & Rey, L. (2016). Ability emotional intelligence and life satisfaction: Positive and negative affect as mediators.  Personality and Individual Differences, 102, 98-101.

Fernández-Berrocal, P., & Extremera, N., (2016). Ability Emotional intelligence, depression and well-being. Emotion Review, 8(4), 1-5.

Sánchez-Álvarez, N., Extremera, N., y Fernández-Berrocal, P. (2016). The relation between emotional intelligence and subjective well-being: A meta-analytic investigation. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 276-285.

Extremera, N., & Rey, L. (2015). The moderator role of emotion regulation ability in the link between stress and well-being. Frontiers in Psychology, 6: 1632.

Extremera, N., & Rey, L. (2014). Health-related quality of life and cognitive emotion regulation strategies in the unemployed: a cross-sectional survey. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 12: 172.

Ruiz-Aranda, D., Extremera, N., & Pineda, C. (2014). Emotional intelligence, life satisfaction and subjective happiness in female student health professionals: the mediating effect of perceived stress. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21, 106-113.

Fernández-Berrocal, P., Extremera, N., Lopes, N.P. & Ruiz-Aranda, D. (2014). When to cooperate and when to compete: Emotional intelligence in interpersonal decision-making. Journal of Research in Personality, 49, 21-24.

Extremera, N., Ruiz-Aranda, D., Pineda, C y Salguero, J. M. (2011). Emotional intelligence and its relation with hedonic and eudaimonic well-being: a prospective study. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 11-16.

Durán, A., Extremera, N., & Rey, L. (2010). Analyzing the contribution of emotional intelligence and core self-evaluations as personal resources to employee engagement. In Albrecht, S. (Ed). Handbook of Employee Engagement: Perspectives, Issues, Research and Practice (209-217). Cheltenham, UK: Edward-Elgar.










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