Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology area at LSU has a strong tradition of producing well-trained, highly employable graduates. The mission of this program is to provide graduate students with the highest quality education from the scientist-practitioner perspective, and to enable graduate students to acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with I/O psychological theories, principles, research methods, and ethics. Our graduate program emphasizes research using multiple methodological tools. We offer personalized graduate training for employment in academia, industry, government, and consulting, with the goal of improving organizational effectiveness.

LSU I/O Faculty and Students

I/O Area Photo

Left to right. Top row: Tyler Cowley, Gino Howard, Sydney Green, Hannah Perkins Stark. Bottom row: Dr. Don Zhang, Dr. Jason Harman, Dr. Rebecca Brossoit, Vanessa Burke, ABD.

Core Faculty

Don Zhang, Program Director | RANDM Lab 

Jason Harman | JOB Lab 

Rebecca Brossoit 

Vanessa Burke (Joining the I/O Program in Spring 2022)

Internships

In following a scientist-practitioner model, internships are encouraged. LSU’s proximity to major metropolitan cities such as Baton Rouge and New Orleans allows for many opportunities in applied work. Recent examples of internship placements include: NASA’s Stennis Space Center, Baton Rouge Parks & Recreation (BREC), the U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) and Amazon Inc. Students also have the opportunity to participate in applied projects with local organizations. 

Research

The I/O psychology program at LSU is a research-intensive program. Both students and faculty are actively engaged in research that covers a wide-range of I/O topics, such as employee selection, occupational health, leadership, diversity, and decision-making. Faculty and students typically present their research at conferences such as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Society of Judgement and Decision-Making (SJDM), Work Stress and Health (WSH), the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN), the Academy of Management (AOM), and the American Psychological Association (APA) conferences.

Recent Student Publications

Green, S. N., Howard, G. J., Stark, H. P., Traylor, H., & Smith, R. W. (in press). The impact of mega-threats and political ideology on African American employees. In E. King, Q. Roberson, & M. Hebl (Eds.), Research on Social Issues in Management (Volume 3): The Future of Diversity and Inclusion. Information Age Publishing.

Howard, G. J., Green, S. N., Traylor, H., Stark, H. P., & Smith, R. W. (in press). The Composition of Multidisciplinary Theories to Achieve Organizational Equity and Inclusion. In E. King, Q. Roberson, & M. Hebl (Eds.), Research on Social Issues in Management (Volume 3): The Future of Diversity and Inclusion. Information Age Publishing.

Howard, G. J., Green, S. N., Stark, H. P., & Traylor, H. D. (2021). Dual-earner couples during the pandemic: Spillover and crossover. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 14(1-2), 251-253.

Green, S., Howard, G., Perkins, H., & Traylor, H. (2021). COVID-19 and employee psychological safety: Exploring the role of signaling theory. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 14(1-2), 199-201.

Harman, J. L., Weinhardt, J., & McCord, J. L. (2020). A Temporal Look at Decision Making. In Griep, Y., Hansen, S. D., Vantilborgh, T. & Hofmans, J. (Eds). Handbook of Dynamic Organizational Behavior.

Kerry, N. T., Murray, D. R., Harman, J. L, & McCord, J. (2020). Political Results: Outcomes of Sporting Events Affect Egalitarian Attitudes and Ingroup Evaluations. Self and Identity. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2020.1733070

Zhang, D.C., Smith, R. W., & Lobo, S. (2020). Should you sign your review? Open peer-review and review quality. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 13, 45-47. doi: 10.1017/iop.2020.5

McCord, J.L., & Harman, J. L., & Purl, J. (2019). Game-like personality testing: An emerging mode of personality assessment. Personality and Individual Differences.

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.

Hightower, C., McCord, J., Hay, M., Doyle, B., & Harman, J. L. (2018). I-O Psychology has an Important Role to Play in Gender Differences in Negotiation. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Resources

I/O Graduate Student Handbook
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Society of Judgment and Decision-Making
Society for Human Resource Management
Academy of Management
Work Stress and Health
Society for Occupational Health Psychology
Work and Family Researchers Network