Please join The Writers’ Exchange in congratulating Betty Johnson in the successful completion of her dissertation:


Video Meetings in a Pandemic Era: Emotional Exhaustion, Stressors, and Coping

I conducted this mixed methods-study in the summer of 2020. It provides early empirical evidence of 1) experiences related to the sources of video meetings stress and 2) actions that reduce the associated physical fatigue, psychological drain, and emotional distress of video meetings. These actions are vital as “workplaces” continue to evolve.

WEX is always interested in learning from successful writers about their process. Here, Dr. Betty Johnson shares a few pointers:


What advice would you give to others writing a dissertation?

To pair a passion for your topic with a passion for the unexpected, consider how using mixed methods might provide you with more significant insights than just one method on its own. For some of us, taking on rigorous statistical analysis can seem daunting. Have no fear: the Antioch faculty has your back.

What are your next steps in your academic/professional career?

I’m writing a much-needed straightforward book for practitioners. Notable scientists have, just this month, begun publishing scientific studies about “Zoom fatigue.” However, none have (thus far) looked at the crucial aspect of social support and how to demonstrate it so that video meetings are energizing versus exhausting and useful to everyone in attendance (i.e., not a waste of their time.)


Betty Johnson, PhD, Graduate School in Leadership & Change, Antioch University