College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Industrial Organizational Psychology Research Groups

Dr. Cortina's Group

Dr. Cortina's research focuses on methodological, statistical, and personality-based issues in IO Psychology. A continuing lab project involves the development of a Conditional Reasoning measure of Adaptability. Past lab projects and student dissertations have focused on leader self-assessment and self-development, organizational citizenship perceptions, and the validation of a taxonomy of interpersonal performance. A current study funded by the U.S. Army focuses on the construct of Trust and how it can be developed in teams with limited time.

Dr. Dalal's Group

Dr. Dalal and his research group work primarily on projects in the following areas: (1) employee performance (primarily counterproductive/deviant and citizenship behavior), (2) job attitudes and mood/emotions, (3) the impact of situations (both directly and in conjunction with personality) on performance, and (4) decision-making (primarily advice-taking processes and individual decision-making competence).

Dr. Kaplan's Group

Dr. Kaplan's lab primarily investigates the subjective experience of working and the related area of employee well-being. Specific topics include: affect/emotions at work, positive psychology in the workplace, individual differences, job attitudes, job stress, meaning at work, and workplace well-being interventions. In addition to this focus, the lab also studies team functioning and effectiveness in nonroutine and extreme environments such as nuclear power plant control rooms and mine rescue. Also, the lab explores methodological and statistical topics as well as flexible work arrangements such as telework.

Dr. King's Group

The goal of this research group is to provide empirical evidence guiding the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations. Despite increasing representation of women and minorities in organizations and progress in the treatment of stigmatized individuals, there is little doubt that discrimination still exists. This research will examine the contemporary experiences of stigmatized individuals in organizations as well as individual and organizational strategies for the reduction of discrimination and its consequences.

Dr. Tetrick's Group

Dr. Tetrick has two research labs. Projects with the Psychological Contracts and Employment Relationship research lab have involved exploring how psychological contracts relate to graduate student life, exploring the norm of reciprocity and potential cross-cultural similarities and differences, and studying individual differences in perceptions of contract breach versus violation.

The Occupational Health research team concentrates on the study and prevention of health and safety violations in the workplace. Projects have included work/family balance (cross-cultural included), the relationship between organizational (in)justice and (ill)health, and workplace safety and risk perceptions.

Dr. Zacarro's Group

The primary research interests in the "Z-Group" include leadership, teamwork, and adaptability. Past lab studies have investigated the role of feedback and variability in fostering team adaptability, in addition to the role of leadership in promoting adaptability. Field projects have included topics such as leader self-development, developmental work assignments, and leader adaptability. Students often receive applied research experience working with the Mirum Corporation on studies funded by the U.S. Army.

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