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HSRB Guidelines
Be sure your research proposal has all the latest information needed for passing the Human Subjects Review Board. Click to download the guidelines.

Journal Publications
The GMU IO Faculty and Students have published in various peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Leadership Quarterly among many others. Click below to see a list of many of the publications produced by students, faculty, and alumni.

Conference Presentations
The GMU IO Faculty and Students are continuously engaged in many different research projects, most of which are ultimately presented at conferences for societies such as the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the Academy of Management (AOM), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Gallup Leadership Institute (GLI), and recently the International Society for the Study of Work and Organizational Values (ISSWOV). Click below for a list of yearly conference presentations.
Conducting Research
The research spaceat GMU for IO Psychology
contains many state-of-the-art resources for collecting and analyzing psychological research.
Our facilities are largely described below:
  • Graduate Student offices & data collection facilities;
  • Three conference rooms - for meetings and large-scale data collection;
  • Smaller, adjacent rooms ideal for face-to-face or virtual team data collection;
  • Audio & Video data capturing available for research that requires content coding of individual behavior or group-level processes;
  • Web-based data collection available;
  • Wireless internet available.
The GMU IO program has a long-standing tradition of gathering once per week to discuss program-related topics and learn about new, up-and-coming research. Presenters are often faculty from other universities, applied professionals from the DC metro area, or students and faculty from our own program presenting their latest research. Thinking about visiting? Check our calendar and visit on a day when you get to come to a Brown Bag as well!

I/O Psychology Portal

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 administred to GMU staff and faculty a few years ago. Students in this lab have recently worked on projects involving the devleopment 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. Dalal and his research group work primarily on projects in the following areas: (1) employee performance (primarily counterproductive/deviant and citizenship behavior), (2) job attitudes and mood/emotions, (3) the impact of situations (both directly and in conjunction with personality) on performance, and (4) decision-making (primarily advice-taking processes and individual decision-making competence).

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. Kaplan's lab investigates two primary areas. First, the role of affect(ivity) in job-related perceptions and behavior is examined. For example, a lab study is being prepared that explores how negatitve affectivity predicts different types of performance under stressful work conditions. Second, research will be conducted examining the ways people conceptualize and experience task involvement, focusing on the psychological benefits that such involvment can foster. 

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 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.

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.