Don Zhang, Assistant Professor

Photo of Dr. ZhangOffice: 221Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803V

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Ph.D. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University

M.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University,

B.S. Psychology, Michigan State University

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in the application of judgment and decision-making research (JDM) to I/O psychology. First, I'm interested in how managers make decisions about who to hire and how they come to those decisions. My current research examines how managers choose their interview questions and the impact of those questions on applicants' reactions. Secondly, I am interested in the study of risk-taking at work. Specifically, my research examines the dispositional nature of risk-taking and its measurement. Relatedly, I am interested in understanding the impact of risk-taking propensity for organizational behavior. Finally, I am interested in how to better communicate research findings to consumers of applied psychology (e.g., managers, policymakers, executives). Specifically, I am exploring ways to present research evidence in a way that is easy to understand and can inform real-world policy and practice. Undergraduate or potential graduate students who are interested should contact me via email at and visit my website for more information

Representative Publications

Zhang, D.C., Highhouse, S., & Nye., Development and validation of the general risk propensity scale (GRiPS). (2019). Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. 32(2), 152-167

Zhang, D.C., Foster, G.C., & McKenna, M.G. (2019), Is the DOSPERT gender invariant? A psychometric test of gender invariance. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. 32(2), 203-211.

Highhouse, S., Nye, C.D., & Zhang, D.C. (2019), Dark motives and elective use of brainteaser interview questions. Applied Psychology: An International Review. 68(2), 311-340.

Zhang, D.C., Zhu, X., Ritter, K.J. & Thiele, A. (2019), Telling stories to communicate the value of the pre-employment structured job interview. International Journal of Selection and Assessment. 27(4), 299-314

Zhang, D.C., Highhouse, S., Brooks, M.E. & Zhang, Y. (2018), Communicating the validity of structured interviews with graphical visual aids. International Journal of Selection and Assessment. 26(2-4), 93-108

Zhang, D.C. (2018), Understandability of alternative effect size statistics and development of a webbased calculator: Shiny-AESC. Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 1221

Zhang, D.C. & Highhouse, S. (2018) Judgment and Decision Making in the Workplace. In Anderson, Ones, Sinangil, & Viswesvaran (Eds.), Handbook of Industrial, Work, and Organizational Psychology 2nd Edition. Sage, CA