The mission of the M.S. program in I/O Psychology is to provide students a fundamental grounding in theory, research, and application in the field of I/O Psychology. As a culminating experience, students in the I/O program complete a master's thesis: an original empirical research project resembling articles in academic journals consisting of four sections (Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion) that is conducted with the support and assistance of a three-person faculty committee.

The thesis is a vivid, public demonstration of the student's ability to take primary responsibility for all aspects of a research project, utilize and communicate their analytic and data-based decision making skills, and work collaboratively with faculty over an extended period of time.

Because the I/O program encourages students to develop their own research interests, the theses listed below cover an amazingly wide range of topics, including diversity, leadership, and numerous job-related attitudes and behaviors. As evidence of the impact of their work, many of our students' theses have been cited by other researchers and writers. As you can tell, we're extremely proud of our students' research!

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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Assessing the Relationship Between Narcissism, Neuroticism, and Leadership Skills, Krista Marie Brooker

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The Relationship Between Company, Manager, Group, and Individual-Level Variables and Affective Commitment, Varavit Chinnapong

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Supervisor and Coworker Support: Their Moderating Roles on the Relationship Between Diversity Climate Perceptions and Retention-Related Outcomes, Sarah Crouse

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The Moderating Effect of Leadership Adaptability on the Relationship between Employee Adaptability and Job Performance, Justine Davis

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The Relationship Between Diversity Climate Perceptions and Organizational Citizenship Behavior and Work Engagement: The Mediating Role of Overall Organizational Justice, Arika Nakajima Higgins

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The Impact of Compensation on Engagement and Organizational Tenure: The Moderating Role of Perceived Organizational Support, Alexis Johnson

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The Moderating Role of Emotional Intelligence on the Relationship Between Job Resources and Employee Engagement, Amanda Lipson

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The Relationship Between Authentic Leadership and Organizational Change Readiness: The Mediating Role of Psychological Safety, Paulina Christine Manzano

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The Relationship Between Perceived Overqualification and Job Attitudes and Behaviors: The Moderating Role of Psychological Empowerment, Emily Colleen Meyer

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The Moderating Effect of Tenure and Gender on the Relationship Between Organizational Justice and Affective Commitment, Theresa Rose Pyrce

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The Moderating Role of Agreeableness and Conscientiousness on the Relationships Between Burnout and Withdrawal Behaviors, Nikoo Samee

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Inclusive Leadership, Psychological Empowerment, and Affective Organizational Commitment: A Mediated Model, Mariah Lyn Van Buskirk

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The Moderating Effects of Gender and Occupation on Age Discrimination in Hiring, Rachel Su Windsor

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The Mediating Role of Work Engagement on the Relationship Between Perceived Supervisor Support and Turnover Intention, Addison Yeosock

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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The Moderating Role of Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) on the Relationship Between Telecommuting and Job Satisfaction, Sandy Tania Asuncion

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Workplace Bullying, Job Burnout, and Organizational Citizenship Behavior: The Moderating Effect of Core Self-Evaluations, Jessica Yvette Barajas

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Leadership Style as a Moderator of the Relationships Between Role Stressors and Organizational Commitment, Tanya Chellani

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The Impact of the Quality of a Relationship with Supervisors on Employee Work Attitude and Behaviors, Dylan Scott Gilstein

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The Moderating Effect of Self-Esteem on the Relationship Between Servant Leadership and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors, Whitney Kanavel

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The Relationship Between Flexible Work Arrangements and Work-To-Family Conflict: The Role of Self-Control, Michelle Ching Klinker

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Moderating Effect of Trait Mindfulness on the Relationship between Job Demands and Burnout Using the Job Demands-Resources Model, Anne O'Brien

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An Investigation of the Effects of Individual Differences on Technology Acceptance in the Workplace, Robert Neil Payne

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A Comparison of the Relationship Between Gender Adherence, Sex, and Attitudes Toward Individuals With a Mental Illness, Brooke Reimer

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The Relationship Between Remote Work and Job Satisfaction: The Mediating Roles of Perceived Autonomy, Work-Family Conflict, and Telecommuting Intensity, Marie Antoinette Schall

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Mindfulness and Resilience As Predictors of Burnout, Julie Tu

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The Effects of Gender and Communication Style on the Perceptions of Leaders within Computer-Mediated Communication, Azra Zukanovic

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Cultural Orientations as Antecedents of Career Anchors: An Exploratory Study, Kathrine Agger

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The Effect of Managerial Recognition Practices on Job Safisfaction, Helene Fjaagesund

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An Examination of the Demographic Antecedents and Job Outcomes of Participation in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Emily Erin Lopez

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The Interactive Effects of Sex of a Sender and Gender Role on Liking and Perceived Competence in Online Email Communication, Megan Opfer

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A Multivariate Model for Predicting Global Leadership Expertise, Andrea Sanchez Chavez

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Ban the Box: Outcomes of Mandatory Disclosure and Predictors of Voluntary Disclosure of Criminal History in Job Applications, Ginevra Marta Scherini

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Diversity Training Outcomes: Assessing Impact of Diversity Training on Attitudes Towards Societal Diversity and Cognitive Empathy, Iris Lenette Smith

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Job Level and Job Family as Predictors of Preferences for the Physical Environment, Rachel Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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The Relationship Between Perceptions and Actual Use of Workplace Flexibility and Employee Engagement, Katherine Baer

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The Interactive Effects of Generation and Perceived Supervisor Support on Turnover Intentions and Affective Commitment, Anita Chen

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An Examination of Predictors of Counterproductive Work Behaviors: Personality Traits and Transformational Leadership, Edward Hsi

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Transformational Leadership as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Personality and Deviant Behaviors, Cirenia Huerta

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Generation as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Global Leadership Competencies and Global Leadership Effectiveness, Alexander Lay

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The Moderating Effect of Gender and Tenure on the Relationship between Perceived Supervisor Support and Organizational Commitment, Megan Evelyn Little

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The Moderating Role of Transformational Leadership and Perceived Organizational Support in the Relationship Between Openness to Experience and Creativity, Monica Luu

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The Moderating Effect of Perceived Job Mobility and Procedural Justice on the Transformational Leadership-Organizational Citizenship Behavior Relationship, Katarina Marie Schulz

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The Moderating Effect of Leader-Member Exchange on the Relationship between Job Characteristics and Organizational Commitment, Caitlin Sullivan

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Perceived Organizational Support and Perceived Supervisor Support as Antecedents of Work Engagement, Kelista Lea Burns

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The Moderating Effect of Attachment Style on the Breach-Violation Relationship, Misael Cerpas

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The Role of Psychological States in Predicting Work Engagement: A Test of Kahn's Model, Taylor Gatti

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Authentic Leadership and Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: The Moderating and Mediating Effect of Communication Frequency, Alyssa C. Hardwick

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Evaluating the Predictive Validity of the Global Competencies Inventory for Determining Global Leadership Outcomes, Emily Tuyet Le

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The Mediating Role of Psychological Empowerment on the Relationship Between Job and Personal Resources and Employee Engagement, Ian McAllister

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The Relationship between Psychological Conditions for Engagement and Voluntary Turnover: The Moderating Effects of Job Performance and Salary Growth, Krista Marie Niemela

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The Impact of Performance Management System Characteristics on Perceived Effectiveness of the System and Engagement, Laura Ricci

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The Moderating Role of Perceived Organizational Support and Perceived Supervisor Support on the Relationship Between Teamwork Behaviors and Affective Commitment, Carlie Ann Stephens

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Examining the Moderating Effect of Life Satisfaction on the Relationship between Perceived Underemployment and Job Attitudes among Millennials, Savannah M. Trakes

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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The Interactive Effect of Core Self-Evaluations and Perceived Organizational Support in Predicting Work Engagement, Martin Andres Araya

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The Moderating Role of Perceived Organizational Diversity Climate on the Relationship Between Employee Resource Group Satisfaction and Work Outcomes, Brian Barnhart

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The Relationship Between Personality and Job Outcomes in Flexible Work Arrangements: Time and Location, John Cameron Davis

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Clarifying the Role of Social Support in the Relationship between Stressors and Strains at Work: The Effect of Self-Construals, Maria Joao Subtil de Carvalho

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The relationship between employee engagement and survey response rate with union membership as a moderator, Alexandra Mariah de la Rocha

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Job Embeddedness and Turnover Intentions: The Moderating Role of Perceived Supervisory Support, Cherrity Nichole Holmes

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Global Leadership Effectiveness: the Predictive Value of Cognitively Oriented Competencies, Silma E. Lange

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The Effect of Distractions on Task Performance and Enjoyment as Moderated by Regulatory Fit, Kimberly Leung

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The Relationship Between Organizational Justice and Various Dimensions of Pay Satisfaction, Xinyi Li

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Commitment and Employee Development: Comparing Generations X and Y, Adam Mahoney

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Relationship Between Employee Personality and Withheld Effort, Brianna Marie Miller

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The Interactive Effects of Accent, Attire, and Job Status on Employment-Related Decisions, Bonnie Nguyen

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Examination of Employee Alignment as a Predictor of Work Engagement, Troy Stephen Pasion-Caiani

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The Moderating Effect of Supervisory Social Support on the Relationship between Second Generation Latinos’ and Asians’ Assimilation Level and Work-Family Conflict, Yazmin Perez-Lopez

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Generational Differences in Perceived Supervisory Support, Ashraf Rayani

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The Moderating Role of Perceived Organizational Support on the Relationship between Bullying and Work Behaviors, Zakwan Salahieh

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Testing Job Control's Curvilinear Relationship with Well-being as Moderated by Desire for Control, Abraham Scher

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An Examination of Authentic Leadership, Perceived Similarity, and Leader-Member Exchange as Moderators of the Relationship between Leader and Follower Resilience, Joseph Edward Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Identification of Motivational Drivers of Generation Y Employees, Camille Aguilar

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Perceived Underemployment Among The Foreign-Born: Its Outcomes And The Moderating Role Of Psychological Empowerment And Perceived Organizational Support, Ayse Avcil Okuyucu

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The Work Engagement and Job Performance Relationship: Exploring the Mediating Effect of Trait Emotional Intelligence, Lisa Jackson

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Work-Life Balance Practices, Employee Attitudes, and Behaviors at Work: The Mediating Role of Work-Life Conflict, Hui-Ting Lee

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The Role of Type A Behavior Pattern on the Stressor-Strain Relationship in Nurses, Jenny Anh Thu Le

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Testing the Unfolding Theory of Turnover: Development of an Exit Survey, Rachael Tellez

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Future Work Selves and Work-Related Outcomes: The Role of Perceived Supervisor Support, Shama Arakeri

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The Effects of Psychological Contract Breach on Job Outcomes, Nichole Simone Ballou

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Fostering Affective Commitment and Work Engagement Through Mentoring, Luis Portillo

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The Relationship between Job Embeddedness and Work Engagement, Raymond William Ringl

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Making the Right Impression: An Exploratory Study of Job Applicants' Social Networking Sites, Ka Weng Sitou

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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The Relationship Between Servant Leadership and Job Satisfaction: A Longitudinal Study, Rupa Amin

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Differences and Similarities between Female Managers and Female Entrepreneurs, Maria Cespedes

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The Role of Perceived Organizational Support and Career Opportunities as Moderators of the Relationship between Work Engagement and Job Satisfaction, Farideh Forootan

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Effects of Stress and Co-Rumination on Creativity and Performance, Subha Govindarajan

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The Examination of the Moderating Variables of Job Exposure and Need for Cognition on the Effects of Type of Job Preview on Pre-Hire Outcomes, Ashley Jo Hacnik

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The Effect of Competence, Likeability, and Sex on Performance Evaluations of Managers, Connie Kehn

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An Examination of the Theory of Planned Behavior on Faking an Overt Integrity Test, Janie Marie Kuhlman

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Performance Management and Performance: The Mediating Role of Engagement, Mina Luong

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Effects of a Virtually Abroad Program on Students' Cross-Cultural Competence, Emalynn Lucie Robinson

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Making Hiring Decisions Using Facebook: How Job Applicants are Evaluated, Tatyana Rozenblum

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Effects of Middle Management Support for Improvement on Perceived Organizational Performance Capabilities, Stacy Sakellarides

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Generational Differences in Intrinsic and Extrinsic Workplace Motivation, Caitlin Elizabeth Shea

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Measuring Employee Perceptions of Organizational Tolerance for Failure, Perla Yael Slutzky

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Affectivity and Impulsivity as Predictors of Workplace Deviance, Brittany Trice

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Motivating Employees Through Thick and Thin: The Relationship Between Hospital Employee Aspirations and Body Mass Index, Amanda Kay Wentz

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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An Examination of Management Practices as Predictors of Employee Work Engagement, Jennifer Joy Brown

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The Relationship Between Diversity and Performance in Major League Baseball Teams: Conflict's Mediating Effect, Michelle Maureen Campion

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Exploring the relationship between organizational citizenship behavior and organizational climates for creativity, Michael Joseph Cilla