Current research in IO

Learn about our research and labs in the Industrial/Organizational psychology program by each faculty member

Research by Faculty Member

Craig, S. Bartholomew 

Research Interests: My primary research interests focus on organizational leadership, counterproductive work behavior, psychological measurement, and--especially--the intersection of those three areas. My work seeks to identify factors that contribute to leaders' effectiveness in their roles, including characteristics of both the leaders themselves and the situations in which they work. This endeavor requires examining not only factors that enhance leadership by their presence (the "bright side") but also factors that enhance leadership through their absence (the "dark side"). Therefore I have a keen interest in what some have called "destructive leadership." The twin objectives of my research program are to enhance our understanding of leadership processes and to develop interventions that organizations can use to improve their leaders' performance in measurable ways. Because measuring leadership performance is a large part of my! work, I embrace a highly quantitative approach and specialize in creating multisource leadership assessment instruments, such as 360 degree tools.

Meade, Adam 
NCSU Psychometrics and Recruitment Lab: http://iopsychology.chass.ncsu.edu/meade/

Research Interests: My research interests are focused primarily in psychological measurement (psychometrics) as well as statistical approaches to studying organizational phenomena. Within this broad area, I have focused on alternative methodological approaches to studying measurement invariance, the concept that tests and measures can behave differently in different samples leading to incomparable comparisons between the samples. More recently I have been interested in innovative approaches to measurement such as reaction time-based measures, facebook data mining, and implicit association tests. Check out my homepage for an online vita and additional information: http://www4.ncsu.edu/~awmeade/

Pond, Samuel B. 
Research Interests: My research interests are mostly within the "O" of I/O Psychology, including work motivation, work attitudes, and organizational change and development. I primarily do field research addressing activities at work that shape peoples' judgments about their capability to do good work and how this is associated with job performance and work attitudes. Furthermore, I am interested in studying how work activities both influence and are influenced by non-work activities. I also research the effects of age on work perceptions and behavior. Recently, I have applied my industrial-organizational psychology expertise to student leadership development. Most of my research interests would probably fall within these keywords: job satisfaction, older workers, organizational citizenship behavior, organizational commitment, organizational development and evaluation, procedural justice, self-efficacy, socialization.

Thompson, Lori Foster
NCSU Technology in IO Lab: http://www.iotech4d.org/

Research Interests: Technology has dramatically altered the manner in which organizations do business. Accordingly, it has also transformed the way people think about and perform their work. The implications for I/O psychology are enormous! Computer-supported cooperative work, online surveys, web-based training, electronic monitoring, and online volunteerism provide but a few examples of the intersections between technology and I/O psychology. Clearly, research is needed to help understand, manage, and drive these changes; this is where my interests lie. My primary research program combines both laboratory and field work, and focuses on technology-driven changes in the world of work. Recent efforts include a focus on how to use I/O psychology and technology to reduce global poverty – a topic which falls within the emerging domain of Humanitarian Work Psychology. My secondary program of research concentrates on employee surveys, including the factors that promote or discourage survey response behavior in the workplace.

Wilson, Mark A.

Research Interests: My research is focused on testing models of human job performance in organizations and measuring what people do at work (examining the reliability, validity and utility of work-measurement methods). I have an interest in making both research and practice faster, better and less expensive through use of computer technology. Recent research participants have been law enforcement officers and US Army Special Forces Soldiers. I am happiest doing field research that has implications for the practice of I/O Psychology. For more detail on my research and recent publications check ResearchGate.​​​​​​​

Recent Work: I am currently Principle Investigator on two grants.  The first is with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) that involves promotion systems and the second is with the Laboratory for Analytical Sciences (LAS) that involves workflow, work analysis, and job performance.  For more detail on my recent work check LinkedIn.