John A. Aitken

John A. Aitken

John A. Aitken

Graduate Research Assistant

Within-person research, emotion, meaning of work, telework, and performance

John is a third-year PhD student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program working with Dr. Seth Kaplan. Prior to studying at Mason, John's undergraduate research experience at The College of New Jersey with Dr. Jason Dahling.

Currently, John's research largely focuses on the momentary fluctuation of emotions and affect at work and their impact on relevant work and personal outcomes. He serves as lab manager of a project funded by the NSF to study how these emotions might be regulated with the aid of within-person and personalized interventions. He is also involved with several research projects studying the psychological benefits of employment, the self-regulation of voluntary work behavior, and how teleworkers achieve performance outcomes when working at home full-time. Finally, John serves as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Selected Publications

Aitken, J. A., Kaplan, S. A., Pagan, O., Wong, C., Sikorski, E., & Helton, W. (2021). Affective forecasts for the experience itself: An investigation of the impact bias during an affective experience. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-021-02337-8 
 
Kaplan, S. A.*, & Aitken, J. A.* (in press). Considering the attainment of work’s latent benefits under a basic income policy. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.
*These authors contributed equally to this work.
 
Aitken, J. A.*, Torres, E. M.*, Kaplan, S., DiazGranados, D., Su, L., & Parker, S. (2021). The influence of simulation-based training on reflective practice. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning, 7(6), 638-640. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjstel-2021-000870
*These authors contributed equally to this work.

Courses Taught

PSYC231 Social Psychology [Instructor on Record] - Spring 2021

PSYC300 Statistics Lab [Graduate Teaching Assistant] - Fall 2019, Spring 2020

PSYC333 Introduction to I/O Psychology [Instructor on Record] - Summer 2021

Education

B.A. Psychology and History, The College of New Jersey, 2019

Recent Presentations

Aitken, J. A., Kaplan, S. A., Cannon, J., & Kim, H. (2021, July 29 – August 4). On the functions of work: A meta-analysis of Jahoda’s latent deprivation model [Paper presentation]. 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA, United States.

Aitken, J. A., & Kaplan, S. A. (2021, April). Extending the study of within-person affect: Theoretical and methodological advances [Symposium]. Symposium to be presented virtually at the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Aitken, J. A., Zhu, Z., Kaplan, S. A., & Dalal, R. S. (2021, April). Just-in-time adaptive interventions in organizational research. In Aitken, J. A., & Kaplan, S. A. (Chairs), Extending the study of within-person affect: Theoretical and methodological advances [Symposium]. Paper to be presented virtually at the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Aitken, J. A., Kaplan, S. A., & Kuykendall, L. (2021, April). Obstacles to task performance for full-time teleworkers. In Fisher, G. (Chair), Alternative work arrangement or the new normal? Telework during COVID-19 and beyond [Symposium]. Paper to be presented virtually at the 36th annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Kaplan, S. A., Aitken, J. A., Torres, E., DiazGranados, D., & Su, L. (2021, April). The influence of simulation based training on reflective practice. In Savage, D., & DiazGranados, D. (Chairs), Integrating reflection into healthcare training: A scientist-practitioner discussion [IGNITE Discussion]. Paper to be presented virtually at the 36th Annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Aitken, J., Kaplan, S., Wong, C., Pagan, O., Sikorski, E., Helton, W., Bradley-Geist, J., Craig, L., & Bayley, B. (2020, August). Leaning into discomfort: Accuracy of affective forecasts does not correlate with performance. Poster accepted at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Rodgers, C.E., Aitken, J., Emmert, A., & Dahling, J.J. (2018, April). Happy holidays? Explaining reactions to inclusive religious events at work. Poster accepted at the 33rd Annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.