Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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Che, Xinxuan

Che, Xinxuan "Alice", Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Che graduated from University of South Florida with a Ph.D. degree in I/O Psychology. Her work  focuses on organizational citizenship behaviors, leadership in teams, team development and performance, occupational stress, and workplace safety. She has lead and contributed in many workplace safety improvement projects on safety leadership, leadership in healthcare teams, organizational safety culture and simulation-based leadership training. She currently teaches Introduction to I/O Psychology and a Seminar in Leadership.

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Converse, Patrick, Ph.D.

Converse, Patrick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Converse’s research interests include motivation, particularly self-regulatory processes, personality measurement, and cognitive ability and the ability requirements of occupations. He teaches Personality Psychology, Industrial Training, and Personnel Selection. Dr. Converse received his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Michigan State University.

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Gabrenya, William K. Jr., Ph.D.

Gabrenya, William K. Jr., Ph.D.

Professor

Dr. Gabrenya received his degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Gabrenya's research interests include cross-cultural differences in social interaction and values, social class, Chinese behavior, and cultural differences in sexuality. He is currently the Undergraduate Psychology Chair and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses including cross-cultural psychology, culture and psychology, research methods and social psychology.

Dr. Gabrenya is Secretary-General of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (www.iaccp.org) and editor of the Cross-Cultural Psychology Bulletin (www.iaccp.org/bulletin).

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Griffith, Richard, Ph.D.

Griffith, Richard, Ph.D.

Professor

Dr. Griffith received his doctoral degree from the University of Akron. His research interests are in the areas of Personality Measurement, Applicant Faking Behavior and Group and Team processes. Dr. Griffith teaches Tests and Measures and Applied Research Methods. He is the co-author of A Closer Examination of Applicant Faking Behavior, and his research was recently featured in Time Magazine. Dr. Griffith Chairs the international I/O concentration and is the Director of the Institute for Cross Cultural Management.

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Gutman, Arthur, Ph.D.

Gutman, Arthur, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Gutman conducts research and consults in the area of EEO law. Dr. Gutman is the author of EEO Law and Personnel Practices.

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Merlini, Katrina, Ph.D.

Merlini, Katrina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Merlini is the Academic Program Chair for the Master's in Organizational Leadership program. Her research interests include: leadership, self regulation, organizational culture and training. She received her Ph.D. in I/O psychology from Florida Institute of Technology.

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Richard, Erin, Ph.D.

Richard, Erin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Richard’s research interests include emotion regulation in the workplace and individual differences related to work motivation. She teaches Advanced Research Methods, Emotions in the Workplace and Organizational Psychology. She received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

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Steelman, Lisa, Ph.D.

Steelman, Lisa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Program Chair

Dr. Steelman's conducts research in the areas of feedback processes, performance management, and employee engagement. She teaches courses in Performance Appraisal, Organizational Change and Transformation, and Advanced Research Methods & Professional Development. She is the Chair of the I/O psychology program and the Director of the Center for Organizational Effectiveness, a campus based consulting group affiliated with the I/O program. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Akron.

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Wildman, Jessica, Ph.D.

Wildman, Jessica, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Wildman received her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida. Her primary research interests include the impact of cultural values and diversity on team process and performance, with a particular emphasis on trust development, violation, and repair in team settings. She currently teaches Group and Team Development and Culture in I/O. She is also involved in research with the Institute for Cross Cultural Management.

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Zhou, Zhiqing, Ph.D.

Zhou, Zhiqing, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Zhou’s research interests focus on workplace mistreatment, employee health and well-being, and organizational climate. He has conducted a number of studies to better understand outcomes of various types workplace mistreatment (including aggression, violence, incivility, and abusive supervision), and how to reduce them and mitigate their impact on employees. Dr. Zhou also conducts research on the role of personality and stressors in predicting employees’ work behaviors. Dr. Zhou currently teaches Statistical Research Method 1& 2. Dr. Zhou received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida.

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