Steven Zhou

Steven Zhou

Steven Zhou

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Leadership development, team leadership, motivation, education

Steven Zhou is a first-year doctoral student in the Industrial & Organizational Psychology program, studying under Dr. Stephen Zaccaro and Dr. Philseok Lee. He previously received a B.A. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and M.A. in Religion from Pepperdine University. Prior to starting the Ph.D. program, he worked in human resources and data analytics for a 250+ FTE sales strategy department at a $1.44 billion global food subscription company. He has prior research experience in cross-cultural leadership and college student development, teaching experience in Organizational Behavior and K-12 speech & debate, and extensive corporate training experience including a leadership seminar at the Alibaba International HQ.

At Mason, Steven's research centers around leadership, motivation, and psychometrics. He is currently project managing research teams in early childhood leadership development, conducting research in volunteer motivation and shared leadership, and assisting on psychometrics and big data research. He also teaches undergraduate statistics lab and is a writing TA for business management courses. Steven is interested in pursuing an academic career and is passionate about teaching, research, and policy in higher education.

Courses Taught

PSYC 300: Statistics in Psychology Lab
MGMT 313: Organizational Behavior (Writing TA)


B.A. Industrial & Organizational Psychology, summa cum laude | Pepperdine University
M.A. Religion | Pepperdine University

Recent Presentations

Campbell, A., Schierbeek, E., & Zhou, S. (2020, January). Leveraging pre-college leadership development influences towards supporting the whole GMU student. Symposium conducted at the University Life Student Success Symposium, Fairfax, VA.

Zhou, S., McCarron, G. P., Campbell, A., & Schierbeek, E. (2020, May). Using a new configuration approach to discover patterns of implicit leadership theories and its predictors in early childhood activities and parenting. Poster to be presented at 32nd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Zhou, S. & Lee, P. (2020, August). Not much more than PsyCap? A new psychometric investigation using bi-factor exploratory SEM. Poster to be presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC.