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 2012

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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

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The Effects of Mere Exposure on Responses to Foreign-Accented Speech, Lea Grossman

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Assessing the Dimensionality of Active Listening in the Workplace, Trevor Wayde Hanna

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Examination of the Relationship between User Participation and Technology Acceptance in Post-Implementation, Ekta Menghrajani Makhijani

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Polytasking and Job Stress across Cultures, Ashwini Palekar

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Moderating Role of Justice Perception in the Relationships between Stressors and Strains, Jashaswini Rath

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Socio-Cultural Adaptation in Relation to Value Congruence and Acculturation, Meng-Yin Shih

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Bullying in High-Tech Professions, Sonja Ellefson

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Effects of Telework and Remote Management on Job Performance Outcomes, Gavin Michael Jensen

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Predicting Work and Organizational Engagement with Work and Personal Factors, Andrea Kittredge

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Social Support as Moderator of Job-Specific or Generic Stressors with Strains, Kaci Deeana Mabe

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Relationships Among Perceived Ethnic Discrimination, Job Attitudes, and Behaviors, Hikaru McGowan

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Perceived Organizational Support and Counterproductive Work Behavior: How Personality Moderates the Relationship, Sarah Monnastes

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Employment Decisions as a Function of an Applicant's Accent, Lam Thanh Nguyen

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Time Allocation: A Measurement Tool of Productivity in the Workplace, Trevor Olsen

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Stress and Coping Due to Global Virtual Teamwork, Irina Alexandra Shargo

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Investigation of the Curvilinear Job Performance-Voluntary Turnover Relationship and Various Moderating Effects in the Technology Industry, Tricia Mae Vitocruz

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Implications of social support and culture in the context of work-related stress, Maria Amren

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Comparing Generation X to Generation Y on work-related beliefs., Susana Fernandez

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A comparison of overrater, underrater and in agreement on performance, Aleksandra Karolina Gajek

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Determinants of job satisfaction and turnover among physicians., Dustin Kaplan

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Host majority group members' acculturation attitudes towards immigrant groups., Kanako Miwa

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The role of tenure as a moderator to work engagement and job satisfaction, Julie Katherine Rice

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Examination of the factors that predict job satisfaction., Amani Shoman

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Job engagement : examining the relationship with situational and personal factors, Smita Vanam

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Role stressors, coworker support, and work engagement : a longitudinal study, Jerry Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Readiness for change : can readiness be primed?, Lisbeth S. Andersen

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Social support and facet satisfaction across cultures, Jeffrey Paul Berlin

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Goal orientation-creativity relationship : openness to experience as a moderator, Maria Diana D Borlongan

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Examining the relationship between transformational leadership and engagement, Ritu Koppula

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Evaluation of a career workshop program using multiple levels, Tracy Rosario

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Values in relation to acculturation and adjustment, Heather Elizabeth Simonovich

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Transformational leadership, change readiness, and creativity, Stephanie Lutz Allen

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Telecommuting and job satisfaction : examining workaholism and work/life balance, Kristi Arrington

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Commuting in relation to work-life and home-life satisfaction, Jennifer L. Campbell

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Knowledge management and employee productivity, Christina Michelle Gomez

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Relationship between graduate admission measures and student success, Jui S. Maru

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Predictors of job engagement with extraversion as the moderating variable, Thanh-Thao Phan

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Organizational empowerment and hardiness as predictors of innovativeness, Leif Christian Roberg

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The relationship between readiness for change and job-related attitudes, Christine Marie Squillaci

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A study of the effect of dress on performance among tellers, Stephanie Marie Wright

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Gender and ethnic stereotypes, Candice Joy Yee

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The impact of culture and personal value on distributive behavior, Crystal Ho-Fung Yu

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Role stressors and job engagement : towards understanding positive psychology, Gisela Garcia

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Antecedents and mediating factors of organizational alignment, Cynthia Schoolcraft Hannah

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The moderating role of optimism as related to work resources and work engagement, Matthew M. Jezzi

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Predicting psychological safety and its outcome in the workplace, Diana Mi Sook Kim

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Predictors and outcomes of perceived race and accent discrimination, Guhapriya N. Margam

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The relationships between leadership styles and employee engagement, Joshua M. Metzler

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Age, tenure, and attribution : key concepts of the psychological contract, Alicia Motta

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Correlates of re-enlistment intentions among Army National Guardmembers, Christiana Woodward

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Nurturing intrapreneurship : a cross-cultural analysis of organizational climates, Rangapriya Narasimhan

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Employee value congruence with supervisors and coworkers : a cross-cultural study, Rachel Pickworth

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Predicting individual creative performance from contextual factors, Kyla Ann Vandree

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Volunteer motivation, satisfaction, and continuance : the role of training, Pamela M. Wells

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The negative work-related outcomes of perceived ethnic and sex discrimination, Corbin C. Wong

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Value congruence and occupational stress during major organizational change, Mark D. Zajack