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
Left to right. Dr. Don Zhang, Dr. Vanessa Burke, Hannah Perkins Stark, Katelyn Reeves, Sydney Green, Sydney Roux, Gino Howard, Tyler Cowley, Dr. Rebecca Brossoit, Dr. Jason Harman.
Don Zhang, Program Director | RANDM Lab
Current Graduate Students
Hannah Perkins Stark
*See Industrial/Organizational Psychology Students page for biographies.
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.
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
*Faculty publications are listed on their respective faculty pages and lab websites.
Howard, G. J., Smith, R. W., Haynes, N. J., & Clark, M. A. (2022). Being mindful about workaholism: Associations between dimensions of workaholism and mindfulness. Occupational Health Science, 1-17.
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.
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
Our Commitment to Diversity
We encourage applications from individuals with diverse racial, ethnic, and/or cultural backgrounds. Baton Rouge is a racially diverse city and our work in the greater Baton Rouge community allows us to provide services to and conduct research with racially diverse individuals in our community. We take great pride in this diversity.
As an area, we strive to enrich the experience of faculty, staff, and students through promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to recognizing and eliminating barriers to success based on race, sex, gender identity, ability, age, class, sexual orientation, religion, and national origin. We encourage each member of our area to speak up when any form of bias occurs, to educate themselves about different forms of bias and compassionate intervention strategies, and to help hold each other accountable regarding the equity of our practices.
We firmly believe in LSU’s Mission, Vision, & Diversity Statements.