Industrial-Organizational Psychology

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Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Program Description

The Ph.D. program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology has been among the very top in the nation for over 40 years. Focusing on the study of psychological phenomena within work organizations, faculty and students currently affiliated with the I/O Program are actively pursuing research in areas such as hiring, personnel selection, personality, vocational interests, emotional intelligence, social networks, job attitudes, work withdrawal/turnover, narcissism, race and gender gaps in the workplace, psychometrics, motivation, and job performance. The philosophy of our doctoral program at its inception and continuing today is to train graduate students for fundamental research and theory applied to individuals in organizations. Our graduates have taken positions within prestigious research universities, teaching colleges, work organizations, consulting firms, and governments. Our alumni include journal editors, presidents of national societies (e.g., SIOP), and other now-prominent I/O Psychologists.


Our philosophy of training Ph.D. candidates is evident in our course offerings and requirements. The program imposes few requirements beyond those of the Department. Our students are expected to demonstrate depth in their special area of interest in I/O psychology as well as breadth in I/O psychology in general and some breadth in the general field of psychology. Breadth requirements are satisfied by appropriate coursework with faculty members in other areas of psychology or in other disciplines. Depth requirements are satisfied by an individualized program of study developed by the students with their advisors. These programs are heavily weighted towards advanced seminars and independent study. The relative lack of formal requirements means that individuals' programs are as varied as the interests of our students.

Facilities and Resources

Students and faculty of the I/O program work very closely with one another. Faculty members have large research laboratories that support both lab and field research. These modern laboratories are equipped with the most current equipment and software available. Students typically work in multiple labs over the course of their time in the program. In addition, students are provided offices and have 24-hour access to state-of the art computer labs, both that are on the same floor as the faculty offices, creating a collegial environment for all.

Affiliated Departments, Programs, and Institutes

Our program is nested within the Social-Personality-Organizational Psychology, and we also have close ties to the Quantitative Psychology, the business school, the Human Resource Education Department, and the School of Labor and Employment Relations.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Faculty

Fritz Drasgow, Professor and Dean of the School of Labor and Employment Relations

Fritz Drasgow

Development, application, and evaluation of quantitative methods in industrial/organizational psychology; and the use of multimedia technology to assess social and interpersonal skills.

Office: Room 219D | (217) 333-2739 |

Yihao Liu, Assistant Professor

Liu Photo

Newcomer socialization; Occupational stress and well-being; Work groups and teams; Advanced quantitative methodology

Office: Room 225| (217) 300-6135 |

Daniel A. Newman, Professor

Daniel A. Newman

Race and gender disparity in personnel selection (adverse impact); Emotional intelligence; Narcissism at work; Gender and leadership; Job attitudes and work engagement/work withdrawal; Social networks and levels of analysis (network contagion, group agreement); Research methods (missing data in longitudinal/multilevel models, survey nonresponse, Bayesian meta-analysis).

Office: Room 227 | (217) 244-2512 |


Jim Rounds, Professor

Jim Rounds

Vocational interests and how they change over the life span; the structure of interests and how this develops and changes over the life course; career development in adulthood, assessment of personality traits and work values; health psychology.

Office: Room 188R Education Building |

Associated Faculty

Charles L. Hulin, Professor Emeritus

Charles L. Hulin

Organizational and individual antecedents and behavioral consequences of job attitudes. Applications of latent trait theory to problems in I/O psychology. Computational modelling of organizational, work, and job withdrawal behavior patterns.

Office: Room 219 | (217) 333-3798 |


Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.