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A podcast for industrial-organizational psychologists, researchers, practitioners, and students. We cover anything and everything related to the research and practice of IO psych.

A podcast for industrial-organizational psychologists, researchers, practitioners, and students. We cover anything and everything related to the research and practice of IO psych.


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A podcast for industrial-organizational psychologists, researchers, practitioners, and students. We cover anything and everything related to the research and practice of IO psych.




Roni Reiter-Palmon on Creativity

How should an I-O psychologist think about creativity? How do we define, operationalize, and measure it? What's the relationship between creativity and expertise? What is problem construction and why is it so crucial to creativity? What's the role of time, attention, and perspective-taking? In this episode, I talk to Dr. Roni Reiter-Palmon, an I-O psychologist who has spent her career studying creativity at the individual, team, and organizational levels. I learned a ton in this interview...

Jared Lock on Organizational Culture

Jared Lock began his I-O journey at the University of Tulsa, studying under Bob and Joyce Hogan. These days, he heads up The JDL Group, a consulting firm he founded that employs a network of 40 licensed I-O psychologists. We start our conversation by learning about Jared's personal I-O journey and what he learned from the Hogans. We then discuss organizational culture, including why I-Os tend to disqualify themselves from conversations with business leaders, how to find the difference...

Mike Urick on A Manager's Guide to Using the Force

Mike Urick, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Management and Operational Excellence and the Graduate Director of the Master of Science in Management program at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. In this episode I talk to Mike about his new book, A Manager's Guide to Using the Force: Leadership Lessons from a Galaxy Far Far Away. Visit Mike's webpage or connect with him on Twitter or LinkedIn. Be sure to visit the episode...


Ken Cavanagh on I-O in Space

Ken Cavanagh was thinking about space travel long before he started working for SpaceX. In this episode, I talk to Ken about his new, thought-provoking essay, The Challenge to Astronauts. For more links and a full transcript of the show, visit the episode page.


Daniel Krantz on Perseverance in the Doctoral Journey

Everyone who earns a PhD has a story to tell, but some stories are more interesting than others. Unfortunately, what makes a story interesting is hardship. Today's guest, Dr. Daniel Krantz, a freshly-minted PhD in I-O psych from the University of Akron, had to overcome more than his share of obstacles in the past few years. Along the way, he's learned some lessons about adaptability and perseverance that we can all learn from. Be sure to visit the episode page for a full transcript of this...

Clemente Diaz on Bridge Builders and the Advocacy Registry

Clemente Diaz is the Associate Director of College Now at Baruch College and an adjunct faculty member in I-O Psychology at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Clemente is also a member of Bridge Builders, a SIOP sub-committee dedicated to helping make connections to students and the larger community. In this episode, we talk about the Advocacy Registry, where SIOP members can sign up to give talks at schools, career centers, and other organizations. Check out the episode page on the...

Sevelyn Crosby & Amelia Do on "My Mommy is an Organizational Psychologist"

Sevelyn Crosby is the author of a new children's book, My Mommy is an Organizational Psychologist and Amelia Do is part of the sales and marketing team for the book. In this episode we discuss why Sevelyn was inspired to write the book and the process of writing, illustrating, publishing, and marketing it. We also discuss the role of design thinking in the revision process. Check out the episode page for links and a full episode transcript.

Laura Gallaher on Changing the Culture at NASA

On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it re-entered the earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. The investigation board looking into the matter found fault in NASA's organizational culture, especially how it handled decision-making and risk assessment. That's where today's guest, Dr. Laura Gallaher, enters the story. Special thanks to Ryan Thibodeau, Kris Duvy, Ryan Isaac, Vivian Woo, Richard Mendelson, Veronika Jakl, and Craig Dawson for their...

Cynthia DeVita-Cochrane on Being a Business Resiliency Counselor

In our frustrating and never-ending quest to explain what I-O psychology is, we could always say, at least, "No, we don't do counseling." Today's guest is taking that away from us, too. Cynthia DeVita-Cochrane joins us from the frontier of I-O psychology as she shares her experience as a business resiliency counselor. Along the way, we learn why mediators don't have mantras, how consultants are responding to the pandemic, why entrepreneurs can't count on Google for good business advice, and...


Britt Gottschalk & Ethan Sprang on How I-O Psych Can Save the Organizational World

Can I-O psych save the world? At least the world of work and organizations? My guests think so. Britt Gottschalk and Ethan Sprang of ReVise Consulting join us to talk about how COVID-19 will change the world of work and how I-O psych nerds can help. Check the episode page for a full transcript and links.

David Copeland on Success as a Psychology Major

David Copeland, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at UNLV. In this episode, he joins us to talk about his book, Success as a Psychology Major, which he co-wrote with Jeremy Ashton Houska. In addition to the book, we talk about the growing popularity of "Introduction to the Psychology Major" courses, which help psych majors explore speciality options and plan their careers. Check out the episode page for a full transcript. Also, be sure to check out Dr. Copeland’s interview on...


Macy Cheeks & Shavonne Holman on Blacks in I/O

What's it like to be Black in I-O psychology? When Shavonne Holman and Macy Cheeks graduated from Howard University—the country's most prestigious historically black university—and entered graduate programs in I-O psych, they weren't prepared for how alone and isolated they'd feel. Over dinner and drinks, they talked about forming a LinkedIn group for Blacks in I/O...and that's when things got really interesting. In this episode, you'll hear the story of how that LinkedIn group became...


Sherif al-Qallawi on the Journey to I-O Psych

In our final episode with Sherif al-Qallawi (Twitter, LinkedIn), Sherif reflects on his long and winding journey to I-O psych. We'll travel from pharmaceuticals to the United Nations, by way of a coin flip. Be sure to check out If Only I Had Known Back Then on the GIT SIOP blog and tell your psych instructor friends about And if you'd like a full transcript, check out the episode page.


Sherif al-Qallawi on Egyptian Work Culture

I-O psychology is WEIRD: Most of our research is conducted with samples of Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic societies. How confident can we be that our evidence generalizes to non-WEIRD workplaces around the world? To gain some insight on that question, I asked our friend Sherif al-Qallawi (Twitter, LinkedIn) to talk about the Egyptian workplace and how it differs from workplaces in North American and Western Europe. Check out the episode page for a full transcript.


Sherif al-Qallawi on the Fulbright Scholarship

Sherif al-Qallawi (Twitter, LinkedIn) is a PhD candidate at Florida Tech. In this episode, Sherif explains what the Fulbright Scholarship is and how it can change the lives and work of IO psych grads and graduate students. Be sure to check out the episode page for a full transcript.


Qualitative Research Special

Let's talk about qualitative research in IO psych. What is it? What kinds of research questions can you ask with it? What are the methods like? How can you get started? In this episode, I'm joined by Julia McMenamin (Twitter), Dr. Jennifer Pickett (Twitter), Dr. Deborah DiazGranados (Twitter), and Dr. Scott Davies (Twitter). Be sure to check out the episode page for a transcript and more links. Hey, while you're listening, please sign up for the Deparment 12 Newsletter by clicking here. I...


Why I Became an IO Psychologist: Scott Davies

I've got a great episode on qualitative research in IO psychology coming up. In the meantime, here's a brief clip from one of the guests on that show, Dr. Scott Davies of PointLeader Predictive Analytics. Be sure to check out the episode page for a transcript and more links.


Kyana Beckles on Pre-Employment Testing for Law Enforcement

Kyana Beckles, Founder and CEO of Leverage Assessments, Inc. based in New York City, discusses pre-employment testing processes for law enforcement. Kyana works with the NYPD and has a wealth of practical experience and insights on how IO can help address recent challenges with law enforcement. She also shares her perspective on the "Defund the Police" movement. My thanks to Mark Tregar, Lisa Kath, Katherine Sliter, Jimmy Mundell, Christina Moran, Reid Klion, Wil Jiminez, Shane Hodgson, and...


Daniel Maday on Digitizing Your Classroom

Hello, friends. Are you teaching a class this fall? Are you teaching it online or in some hybrid format? Then today's guest has some advice for you. Take a deep breath. It's going to be okay. Better than okay, even. Take a listen to Daniel Maday. He has some good advice for you. Oh, and be sure to check out this episode's page for a transcript and Daniel's contact information.


Alexander Schwall on Behaviors & Performance During COVID-19

Everyone is speculating about how COVID-19 has changed work, but in this episode, I speak to a man who has more than an opinion: he has data. Dr. Alexander Schwall, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder of Rhabit Analytics, joins me to discuss what's changed for employees--and what hasn't--since COVID-19. Are employees more or less concerned about pay? Work-life balance? Does the manager matter? At the risk of sounding like a bad Buzzfeed headline, the answers may surprise you. Oh, and be sure to...