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 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

I/O Area Photo

Left to right. Top row: Michael Hay, Chelsea Hightower, Gino Howard, Sydney Green, Aneeqa Thiele, Sheryl Lobo. Bottom row: Dr. Rachel Williamson Smith, Dr. Jason Harman, Dr. Don Zhang Not pictured: John-Luke McCord

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 Work Stress and Health (WS&H), 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

Anderson, R.B., Leventhal, L.M., Zhang, D.C., Fasko, D., Basehore, Z., Branch, J., Gamsby, C. & Patrick, T. (2019). Belief bias in assessing the Bayesian-rationality of others. Judgment and Decision Making Journal. 14(1)

Castille, C. M., Castille, A.-M. R., & Smith, R. W. (2019). Assessing Ideal Personalities at Work: Is it all Just a Little Bit of History Repeating? Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Eby, L. T., Mitchell, M. E., Williamson, R. L., & Maupin, C. K. (in press). The development and test of a framework linking strain-based gambling interference with work and nonwork to cognitive disengagement and reduced role performance. Community, Work & Family.

Eby, L. T, Allen, T. D., Conley, K. M., Williamson, R. L., Henderson, T. G., & Mancini, V. S. (2019). Mindfulness-based training interventions for employees: A qualitative review of the literature. Human Resource Management Review.

Harris, A. M., Williamson, R. L., & Carter, N. T. (2019). A conditional threshold hypothesis for creative achievement: On the interaction between intelligence and openness. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

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

Harman, J. L., Zhang, D., & Greening, S. (2019). Basic processes in dynamic decision making: how experimental findings about risk, uncertainty, and emotion can contribute to police decision making. Frontiers in Psychology.

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

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.

Highhouse, S., Nye, C.D., & Zhang, D.C., Rada, T.B. (2017), Structure of the DOSPERT: Is there evidence for a general risk factor, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. 30(2), 400-407

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

Maples-Keller, J. L., Williamson, R. L., Sleep, C. E., Carter, N. T., Campbell, W. K. & Miller, J. D. (2019). Using item response theory to develop a 60-item version representation of the NEO-Five Factor Inventory using the International Personality Item Pool: Development of the IPIP-NEO-60. Journal of Personality Assessment.

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

Smith, R. W., Hulett, A. L., & Maples-Keller, J. L. (2019). Personality testing and the Americans with Disabilities Act: An applicant/employee perspective. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice

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

Zhang, D. C., Highhouse, S., & Nye, C. D. (2019). Development and validation of the General Risk Propensity Scale (GRiPS).Journal of Behavioral Decision Making,32(2), 152-167.

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

Zhang, D.C. (in press), Turnover as decisions: How judgment and decision-making (JDM) research can inform turnover modeling, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Zhang, D.C. & Renshaw, T, (in press), Personality and college student subjective wellbeing: a domain specific approach. Journal of Happiness Studies.

Zhang, D. C. (2018). Art of the Sale: Recommendations for Sharing Research With Mainstream Media and Senior Leaders.Industrial and Organizational Psychology,11(4), 589-593.

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

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.

Conley, K. M., Lowery, M. R., Smith. R. W., & Carter, N. T. (April 2019). The politeness paradox: Considering curvilinear effects of agreeableness in selection. In X. S. Zhu and K. Impelman (Co-Chairs), Understanding curvilinear relationships in selection research and practice. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: National Harbor, MD.

Cowan, T., Cohen, A., & Smith, R. W. (September 2019). Natural language markers relate to symptomatology in individuals with schizophrenia. Poster to be presented at the annual Society for Research in Psychopathology Conference: Buffalo, NY.

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

Kausel, E.K, Dalal, D.K. & Zhang, D.C.. “Risk propensity amplifies the effect of low pay and low job satisfaction on turnover intentions”, in Individual Differences in Risk Propensity in Organizations. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Washington, DC. April, 2019

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., Conley, K., Smith, R. W., & Carter, N. T. (May 2019). The paradox of politeness: Considering the curvilinear effects of agreeableness at work. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Conference: Turin, IT.

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., Harman, J. L., & Purl, J. (2019). Game-like personality testing: An emerging mode of personality assessment. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, National Harbor, MD.

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, R.L., 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.

Scheuerman, J., Harman, J. L., Mattei, N., Venable, K. B. (2019). Heuristics in Multi-Winner Approval Voting. (FCRC) Behavioral Economics in Computation, Phoenix, AZ.

Smith, R. W., Kim, Y.-J., Carter, N. T. (April 2019). The relationship between work engagement and work interfering with family. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference: National Harbor, MD.

Smith, R. W., Stowers, K., Kramer, W., French, K., Black, K. J., & Newlin, A. B. (IGNITE! Presenters). In K. J. Black & A. B. Newlin (Co-Chairs), Leaving the nest: Surviving the academic job hunt and your first year. Session submitted to the SIOP annual conference in April 2019: National Harbor, MD

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.

Toups, G., Smith, R. W., & DeNunzio, M. M. (April 2019). Predicting employee turnover from personality and job characteristics. Psi Chi Chapter at Louisiana State University’s Annual Poster Day. Baton Rouge, LA.

Venable, K. B., & Harman, J. L. (Symposium Organizers). Cognitive and AI Models of Decision Making. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Mathematics 2020, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Wang, Y., Zhang, D.C., Howald, N. & Highhouse, S “How distinctive is risk taking propensity from the Big Five?”, in Individual Differences in Risk Propensity in Organizations. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Washington, DC. April, 2019

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 extra role 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. & Barratt, C.L. “Risk takers at work, the dark and light sides of employee risk taking”, in Individual Differences in Risk Propensity in Organizations. Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Washington, DC. April, 2019

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, effort, and justification”, in Decision-aid Aversion in Employee Selection. Symposium presented at the European Association for Work and Organizational Psychology Congress, Turin, Italy. June, 2019

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.

Zhang, D.C. & Thiele, A. “Employee Selection: Insights from Behavioral Decision Making”, Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Washington, DC. April, 2019

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/
Work Stress and Health - https://www.apa.org/wsh/
Open Science Framework – http://osf.io/