About Me

Daniel Abben's head shotI am a PhD candidate in industrial and organizational psychology at DePaul University.  In addition, I am a graduate teaching fellow and an organizational consultant.

While I–O is one of the least-known branches of psychology, the field has a far-reaching effect on an important aspect of people’s lives—their work.  This area 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 management (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 focus on both the I and the O sides of the field.  Specifically, I study employee recruitment and selection, training, and workforce diversity.  One of my related interests is measurement.  As a graduate teaching fellow, I have taught undergraduate courses in statistics, measurement, and employee selection.  My consulting work focuses on employee training and development, leadership, governance, and strategy.  I have experience working with both private and not-for-profit organizations.

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.

Please feel free to connect with me by emailing me at daniel.abben<at>gmail<dot>com.


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