Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Buffardi’s Research Group

Dr. Buffardi and his research group work on projects primarily regarding the quality of life at work. Several projects have come from t he Quality of Work Life survey administered to GMU staff and faculty a few years ago. Students in this lab have recently worked on projects involving the development of a structural model of work/family conflict-retention issues, and coding open-ended responses to the Quality of Work Life Survey to determine if the local work unit commitment or organizational commitment predict affective tone and/or feasibility of responses.

Dr. Cortina’s Research Group

Dr. Cortina's research focuses on methodological, statistical, and personality-based issues in IO Psychology. A continuing lab project involves the development of a Conditional Reasoning measure of Adaptability. Past lab projects and student dissertations have focused on leader self-assessment and self-development, organizational citizenship perceptions, and the validation of a taxonomy of interpersonal performance. A current study funded by the U.S. Army focuses on the construct of Trust and how it can be developed in teams with limited time.

Dr. Dalal’s Research Group

Dr. Dalal's group works on projects that are described at https://sites.google.com/site/reeshaddalal.

Dr. Kaplan’s Research Group

Dr. Kaplan's research focuses 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.

Dr. King’s Research Group

The goal of this research group is to provide empirical evidence guiding the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations. Despite increasing representation of women and minorities in organizations and progress in the treatment of stigmatized individuals, there is little doubt that discrimination still exists. This  research will examine the contemporary experiences of stigmatized individuals in organizations as well as individual and organizational strategies for the reduction of discrimination and its consequences.

Dr. Tetrick’s Research Group

 Dr. Tetrick has two research labs. Projects with the Psychological Contracts and Employment Relationship research lab have involved exploring how psychological contracts relate to graduate student life, exploring the norm of reciprocity and potential corss-cultural similarities and differences, and studying individual differences in pereptions of contract breach versus violation. 

The Occupational Health research team concentrates on the study and prevention of health and safety violations in the workplace. Projects have included work/family balance (cross-cultural included), the relationship between organizational (in)justice and (ill)health, and workplace safety and risk perceptions.

Dr. Zaccaro’s Research Group

The primary research interests in the "Z-Group" include leadership, teamwork, and adaptability. Past lab studies have investigated the role of feedback and variability in fostering team adaptability, in addition to the role of leadership in promoting adaptability. Field projects have included topics such as leader self-development, developmental work assignments, and leader adaptability. Students often receive applied research experience working with the Mirum Corporation on studies funded by the U.S. Army.