Meet Our Faculty

Stephen J. Zaccaro, Ph.D. Eden King, Ph.D.
Jose M. Cortina, Ph.D. Lois E. Tetrick, Ph.D.
Reeshad Dalal, Ph.D. Louis C. Buffardi, Ph.D.
Seth Kaplan, Ph.D.  

Stephen J. Zaccaro, Ph.D.
M.A. Program Coordinator and Professor, University of Connecticut
Team performance, leadership, work attitudes. Dr. Zaccaro's teaching and research interests include social and organization psychology, specifically in the areas of leadership, team problem solving, work attitudes, and occupational stress. His papers have appeared in Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Group and Organizational Studies, Human Performance, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. He has co-edited a book titled Occupational Stress and Organizational Effectiveness and is currently writing a second book, tentatively titled Models and Theories of Executive Leadership. He has also consulted with the U.S. Army on various issues related to both leadership development and team problem solving.

Jose M. Cortina, Ph.D.
Professor, Michigan State University
Statistical interaction, philosophy of statistics, personality-based predictors of job performance. Prior to his arrival at Mason, he served on the faculty at Tulane University. Dr. Cortina's current research interests include testing, interpretation, and alternative uses of interaction effects, the identification of criteria necessary to draw conclusions based on statistical analysis, and the use of personality measures to predict job performance. His research has appeared in Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Methods, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Applied Psychological Measurement and Personnel Psychology. He is currently the Editor of Organizational Research Methods. Dr. Cortina has served as a human resources consultant for a variety of companies from manufacturing, telecommunications, and real estate sectors.

Reeshad Dalal, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Dalal joined GMU in Fall 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. Dr. Dalal’s research has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His research interestes are described at

Seth Kaplan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Tulane University
Dr. Kaplan joined the GMU IO faculty in Fall 2006 after receiving his Ph.D. in IO Psychology from Tulane University. Dr. Kaplan’s teaching and research focus on the subjective experience of work and on ways to improve that experience. Specific topics of interest include: affect and emotion, job attitudes, job stress, work-related meaning, workplace safety, and personality and individual differences. In addition, Seth also does work on team performance in non-routine and crisis-like situations. He studies teams in high reliability contexts such as aviation crews, nuclear power plant teams, trauma teams, and mine rescue teams. He also has interests in psychometric and statistical issues and in telework.

Eden King, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Rice University
Dr. King joined the GMU IO faculty in Fall 2006 after receiving her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rice University. Eden is pursuing a program of research that seeks to guide the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations. Her research integrates organizational and social psychological theories in conceptualizing social stigma in the context of the contemporary American workplace. Her research interests also include issues related to the work-family interface, emotions, and teams in organizations. Eden's commitment to psychological research is matched by her dedication to teaching and mentorship.

Lois E. Tetrick , Ph.D.
Director of I/O Psychology and Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Tetrick is Director of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at GMU. Dr. Tetrick's research has focused on individuals' perceptions of and reactions to the employment relationship. Specific research topics of interest to her are issues of occupational health and safety, occupational stress, the work-family interface, the development of consequences of breach of psychological contracts, and organizational/union commitment. In all of these areas she considers cross-cultrual perspectives. Dr. Tetrick is a fellow of Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. Dr. Tetrick has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Edictor of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and is currently the Editor of the Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Louis C. Buffardi , Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Kansas State University
Work and family issues, human error, individual differences. After working as a human factors scientist in private industry, Dr. Buffardi began teaching at George Mason University in 1971. He taught a variety of courses in industrial/organizationa psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate level, as well as the undergraduate course in tests and measurements. His research interests include individual differnces in applied settings, work and family issues, and human error in complex tasks. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychologists. Some of his works have appeared in Science, American Psychologist, Human Factors, Professional Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology and the Industrial-Organizational Psychologist.