I am a PhD student in industrial and organizational (I–O) psychology at DePaul University. While I–O is one of the least-known branches of psychology, our work has a far-reaching effect on an important aspect of people’s lives—their work.
This branch of psychology consists of two major divisions: industrial and organizational. Industrial psychologists often focus on topics such as job analysis and design; employee recruitment, selection, and training; and performance appraisal (Spector, 2003). Specifically, industrial psychologists explore how individuals function within work settings (Kuther, 2005). Organizational psychologists often focus on topics such as organizational dynamics, employee attitudes and behaviors, motivation, and work/life balance. Organizational psychologists are interested in exploring how employees function within organizational systems (Kuther, 2005). My research interests are generally focused on the industrial side of the field, namely personality and employee recruitment, selection, and training.
I graduated from Clarke College (now Clarke University) with a BA in English and religious studies in 2004, and I obtained an MS in public service management from DePaul University in June 2011. In November of 2014, I successfully defended my MA thesis in I–O psychology.
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