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 a scientist-practitioner perspective, and to enable graduate students to acquire the 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

 Left to right. Top row: Michael Hay; John-Luke McCord; Dr. Rachel Williamson Smith. Bottom row: Dr. Don Zhang; Aneeqa Thiele; Chelsea Hightower. Not pictured: Dr. Jason Harman

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 Associated Grocers, Inc.

Research Interests

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, personality, and decision-making. Students are encouraged to present their research at conferences such as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Society of Judgement and Decision-Making (SJDM), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Academy of Management (AOM) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Research Labs

JOBLab

Under the direction of Jason L. Harman, Ph.D., the Judgment, Decision-Making, and Organizational Behavior Lab (JOBlab) researches the theoretical, social, and cognitive foundations of human decision-making applied to the real world using behavioral research and computational modeling.

PAAM Lab

Under the direction of Don Zhang, Ph.D., the Personnel Assessment and Applied Decision-Making (PAAM) Lab is primarily focused on applying judgment and decision-making principles to the study of workplace behaviors. Along those lines, we conduct research in the areas of job interview, individual differences risk taking, and the communication of research evidence to lay consumers.

DEW Lab

Under the direction of Rachel Williamson Smith, Ph.D., The Diversity and Employee Well-Being (DEW) Lab focuses on (1) the experiences of individuals from diverse backgrounds in the context of the work environment and the importance of diversity for organizations, and (2) both good (e.g., mindfulness, engagement) and bad (e.g., work-family conflict, workaholism) aspects of employee well-being.

Recent Publications

Cheyette, S. Konstantinidis, E., Harman, J. L., & Gonzalez, C. (2016). Choice adaptation to increasing and decreasing event probabilities. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci) p. 10-13.

Harman, J. L, Weinhardt, J., & Gonzalez, C. (2017). Maximization scales do not predict maximization behavior in decisions from experience. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Vol. 28(4), p.369-381

Highhouse, S., Nye, C.D., & Zhang, D.C. (in press), Dark motives and elective use of brainteaser interview questions. Applied Psychology: An International Review

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. Vol. 11(3).

Williamson, R. L., & Clark, M. A. (2017). Workaholism and Work-Family Conflict. In J. Nicklin (Ed.), Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Practices, and Challenges. 

Williamson, R. L., Beiler-May, A., Locklear, L., & Clark, M. A. (2017). Bringing home what I’m hiding at work: The impact of sexual orientation disclosure at work for same-sex couples. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 103, 7-22. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2017.08.005

Zhang, D.C., Highhouse, S., & Rada, T.B. (2016) Explaining sex differences on Cognitive Reflection Test, Personality and Individual Differences

Zhang, D.C., Foster, G.C., & McKenna, M.G. (in press) Is the DOSPERT gender invariant? A psychometric test of gender invariance. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making

Zhang, D.C. (in press), Art of the sale: recommendations for sharing research with mainstream media and senior leaders, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Zhang, D.C., Highhouse, S., & Nye., Development and validation of the general risk propensity scale (GRiPS). (in press). Journal of Behavioral Decision Making

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

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.

Recent Conference Presentations

Clark, M. A., & Williamson, R. L., (April 2018). Development of a multidimensional assessment of workaholism. In N. J. Haynes & M. A. Clark (Chairs), Workaholism around the world: An exploration using diverse research methods. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: Chicago, IL.

Harris, A. M., Williamson, R. L., & Carter, N. T. (April 2017). Investigating curvilinearity with an ideal-point measure of openness. In R. L. Williamson, C. M. Castille, and A. M. Harris (Chairs), When is ideal to use an ideal point model? Applications and future directions. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: Orlando, FL.

Jackson, A. T., Thiele, A., McNamara, D., Ramirez Campos, N., & Knight, P. A. (Nov. 2017). Ethical judgment’s a mediator between the dark triad and counterproductive work behaviors. Poster presented at the 2017 Meeting for the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Vancouver, Canada.

Joseph, E. & Zhang, D.C. “The Distinctiveness of Risk-Taking from the Big Five Personality and its Narrow Facets ”, Poster to be presented at the Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference, New Orleans, November, 2018

Kriegh, J. L., Jackson, Alexander T., Ramirez Campos, N., Thiele, A., Nguyen, T., Dederer, R., McNamara, D., Howes, S. S., Kausel, E. E. (Nov. 2017). The relationship between goal orientation and escalation of commitment. Poster presented at the 2017 Meeting for the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Vancouver, Canada.

Locklear, L., Williamson, R. L., & Clark, M. A. (April 2017). Work-family conflict in same-sex couples. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: Orlando, FL.

Lowery, M., Williamson, R. L., & Carter, N. T. (April 2017). Job satisfaction, tenure, and the causal attitude network model. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: Orlando, FL.

Lortie, B., Rosett, C.M., Thoroughgood, C.N., Walvoord, A.A. & Zhang, D.C..“Can you hear me now? Good. Communicating Science Effectively”, Panel presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL. April, 2018

Mahmoud, B., Castille, C. M., Williamson, R. L., Buckner, J., & De Leon, J. A. (April 2017). Comparing MTurk and the US populations’ occupational diversity. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: Orlando, FL.

McCord, J.L., Doyle, B., & Zhang, D.C. “The Influence of Untraditional Interview Questions on Applicant Affective Reactions and Perceptions of Organizational Personality”, Paper presented at the Louisiana Psychological Association Conference. Kenner, LA. May, 2018

McNamara, E. D., Jackson, A. T., Thiele, A., Stremic, M. S., Howes, S. S., Hein, M., & Frame, M. C., (Sept. 2017). The effects of the dark triad on advice taking and decision making. Poster accepted to the 33rd annual meeting for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

Robertson, S. A., Williamson, R. L., Stettler, B., & Pury, C. L. S. (April 2017). An unfolding analysis of the personality inventory for the DSM-5. In R. L. Williamson, C. M. Castille, and A. M. Harris (Chairs), When is ideal to use an ideal point model? Applications and future directions. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference:  Orlando, FL.

Thiele, A., Jackson, A. T., Ramirez Campos, N., McNamara, E. D., Nguyen, T., Dederer, R., Stremic, M. S., & Mussleman, M. E. (Sept. 2017). Understanding the Effect of Individualism vs. Collectivism on Ethical Decision Making. Poster presented at the 13th annual meeting for the River Cities I-O Psychology Conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Thiele, A., Jackson, & A.T., (May 2017).  Understanding the effect of Culture on Ethical Decision Making.  Poster presented at the Middle Tennessee Psychological Association at Middle Tennessee State University.

Williamson, R. L., & Carter, N. T. (April 2018). The relation between engagement and work interference with family: A meta-analysis. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: Chicago, IL.

Williamson, R. L., Castille, C. M., & Harris, A. M. (Co-Chair). (April 2017). Ideal point IRT modeling: Advances in personality assessment. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: Orlando, FL.

Williamson, R. L., Castille, C. M., & Harris, A. M. (Co-Chair). (April 2017). Practical guidance for developing and implementing ideal point measurement models. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: Orlando, FL.

Williamson, R. L., & Carter, N. T. (June 2017). Does grandiose narcissism moderate the curvilinear relationship between extraversion and life satisfaction? Association for Research in Personality Conference: Sacramento, CA.

Williamson, R. L., & Carter, N. T. (May 2017). Uncompensated overtime workers’ motivation to work: Physical and psychological health outcomes. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Conference: Dublin, IE.

Williamson, R. L., & Carter, N. T. (May 2017). Form, structure, situation: Integrating three theoretical perspectives to elucidate the relation between extraversion and extrarole performance. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Conference: Dublin, IE.

Williamson, R. L., Beiler-May, A., Locklear, L., & Clark, M. A. (April 2017). Spillover and crossover effects of sexual orientation disclosure at work in same-sex couples. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: Orlando, FL.

Zhang, D.C. & Doyle, B. “Decision-aid Aversion in Employee Selection”, Symposium chaired at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL. April, 2018 

Zhang, D.C. & Kausel, E.K. “Why do interviewers love their own questions? The role of labor, efffort, and justification”, in Decision-aid Aversion in Employee Selection. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL. April, 2018 

Zhang, D.C. & Ritter, K.J “Are stories more persuasive than advice? Overcoming resistance against the structured interview with story-telling”, in How Judgment and Decision-Making Research Can Inform Effective I/O Practice. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL. April, 2018.

External Resources/Helpful Links

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) - http://www.siop.org/
Society of Judgment and Decision-Making (SJDM) - http://www.sjdm.org/
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - https://www.shrm.org/
The Academy of Management (AOM) - http://aom.org/
American Psychological Association (APA) - http://www.apa.org/
Open Science Framework – http://osf.io/