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: Psychometrics Lab

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, our lab focuses on innovative approaches to assessment, careless responding, and the novel application of approaches from other fields (such as optimization algorithms, machine learning, and advanced statistics). More information can be found at https://meade.wordpress.ncsu.edu/

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.

Cho, Seonghee (Sophia)

Research Interests: My research focuses on three topics in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP): (1) work demands, strains, and recovery (e.g., health-related behavior, leisure), (2) employee well-being and performance (e.g., work-nonwork interface), and (3) advanced research methods (e.g., measurement, longitudinal data analysis). The overarching purpose of my research is to promote employee well-being (e.g., recovery, safety) and productivity (e.g., engagement, OCB, proactivity/creativity) both in professional and personal domains. More recent/ongoing studies investigate newly introduced work stressors (e.g., technostress) and recovery processes (e.g., work breaks, leisure) in the modern work environment. Across different projects, I enjoy taking various methodological approaches from psychometrics (CTT and IRT) to longitudinal data analyses.