School of BusinessFaculty and Research

Christopher Reina
Assistant Professor
Area: Management

Snead Hall
301 W. Main Street
PO Box 844000
Richmond, VA, 23284-4000
Office: B4153
Phone: (804) 828-3163
Teaching Interests: Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Negotiations
Research Interests: Leadership, Mindfulness, Affect and Emotions, Well-being, Research Methods and Statistics

Christopher Reina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research focuses on the intersection of leadership, mindfulness, and emotions in the workplace and how they aid employees and organizations in successfully adapting to change in order to facilitate employee engagement and organization performance and well-being. Christopher is especially interested in understanding the impact of leadership on followers and how this translates to customer/patient outcomes. Christopher received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management) from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and has corporate experience in leadership training and development as well as sales and marketing in the healthcare industry. He consults and teaches seminars on mindful leadership, negotiation strategies, and managing the emotional space within organizations.
Professional Memberships
Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. (2017 - Present).
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. (2012 - Present).
Academy of Management. (2011 - Present).
Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society. (2007 - Present).
Teaching Experience
Published Intellectual Contributions
Book Chapter
Reina, C. S. (2017). Mindfulness: A Tool for Thoughtful Politics. In In Fitzduff M. (Ed.), Why Irrational Politics Appeals. Praeger.
Reina, C. S., Peterson, S. J., Waldman, D. A. (2016). Neuroscience as a Basis for Understanding Emotions and Affect in Organizations. In Organizational Neuroscience (1 ed., pp.213-232). Bingley, BD16 1W: Emerald Group.
Peterson, S. J., Reina, C. S., Waldman, D. A., Becker, W. J. (2015). Using Physiological Methods to Study Emotions in Organizations. In Research on Emotion in Organizations: New Ways of Studying Emotions in Organizations (vol. 11, pp.3-27). Bingley, BD16 1W: Emerald Group.
Journal Article
Cosans, C., Reina, C. S. (in press). The Leadership Ethics of Machiavelli’s Prince. Business Ethics Quarterly.
Reina, C. S., Rogers, K., Peterson, S. J., Byron, K., Hom, P. (in press). Quitting the Boss? The Role of Manager Influence Tactics and Employee Emotional Engagement in Voluntary Turnover. Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies.
Reina, C. S., Peterson, S. J., Zhang, Z. (2017). Adverse Effects of CEO Family-to-Work Conflict on Firm Performance. (2 ed., vol. 28, pp.228-243). Organization Science. DOI:
Reina, C. S., Zhang, Z., Peterson, S. J. (2014). CEO grandiose narcissism and firm performance: The role of organizational identification. (5 ed., vol. 25, pp.958-971). The Leadership Quarterly.
Riggio, R. E., Zhu, W. W., Reina, C. S., Maroosis, J. A. (2010). Virtue-based measurement of ethical leadership: The Leadership Virtues Questionnaire. . (4 ed., vol. 62, pp.235). Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research.
Presentations Given
Reina, C. S. (Author), List, S. (Author & Presenter), Bartels, A. (Author), Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2016, Understanding the Relationship Between Leader Mindfulness and Effectiveness: The Dual Roles of Self and Other Awareness Anaheim, CA. (August, 2016).
Coombs, J. E. (Author & Presenter), Davis, B. C. (Author & Presenter), Reina, C. S. (Author), Webb, J. W. (Author), Christopher, P. G. (Author), Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, The mindful funder: The role of mindfulness, empathy, and perception in predicting crowdfunding, Babson College, Bodo, Norway. (June, 2016).
Reina, C. S. (Author & Presenter), Peterson, S. J. (Author), Kinicki, A. (Author), Zhang, Z. (Author), Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2015, Adapting Leader Behaviors to Achieve Follower Effectiveness: A Mindful Approach to Situational Leadership Vancouver, Canada. (August 11, 2015).
Media Contributions
Richmond Times Dispatch.Interviewed for article "Balancing work with, well, the rest of life" (September 8, 2015).
Huffington Post.First author on article: "Mindful Leadership In a World of Distractions" (June 1, 2016).
Community Engagement - Service
HEROES For Students. (August 1, 2015 - Present).
Co-Founder and Executive Committee Board Member.