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Farr, James

  1. Ph.D., 1971, University of Maryland
j5f@psu.edu

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James Farr's research interests are in the area of industrial/organizational psychology with emphasis on personnel selection, criterion development, and work motivation. Current research projects are concerned with the evaluation of personnel selection systems; the effects of individual and workgroup factors on performance feedback seeking and giving; factors affecting work performance evaluations; and issues related to older workers' job performance and motivation.

Grandey, Alicia

  1. Ph.D., 1999, Colorado State University
aag6@psu.edu

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As an industrial/organizational psychologist, Alicia Grandey's research focuses on stress and emotions from the perspective of the employee. Specifically, this has taken the form of two main streams of research. Her first area of research explores the experience and control of emotions within the work role, and how emotions can be both beneficial and detrimental to the performance and well-being of the employee. Research is designed to have implications for selection and training of employees. The second area focuses on work-family conflict as a contributor to stress, and how employees and organizations perceive and react to "family-friendly policies." Related topics of interest include coping and support, mood/affect, customer service, and perceptions of injustice.

Jacobs, Rick

  1. Ph.D., 1978, University of California, Berkeley
rrj@psu.edu

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Rick Jacob's studies several topics in industrial psychology. In work in performance analysis, Dr. Jacobs studies individuals longitudinally to understand why, with seniority, some people improve while others remain relatively stable or deteriorate. He also studies the conceptual and practical distinctions between seniority and experience. In work on personnel decision making and applied information processing, Dr. Jacobs studies individuals' use of multiple cues in forming composite judgements (e.g., for decisions on managerial promotions, risk analysis in nuclear power plants, union participation). In work with teachers, Dr. Jacobs uses results from surveys of more than 47,000 teachers to test hypotheses concerning gender differences, the impact of seniority on various job attitudes, and the link between job attitudes and the intention to leave the profession of teaching.

Liu, Songqi

  1. Ph.D., 2011, University of Maryland
sul45@psu.edu

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Sonqi Liu's research broadly focuses on employee adjustment and adaptation processes in the workplace. Specifically, the research topics he is interested in include job search experiences, newcomer adjustment, work-related stress and coping, and overqualification/underemployment. In the area of job search, he studies the individual motivations as well as intervention strategies to facilitate job seeking. In the area of newcomer adjustment, he studies the role of supervisor and social networks characteristics on newcomer adaptation. In the area of work-related stress and coping, he focused on the adaptive (e.g., utilizing employee assistantship programs) as well as maladaptive coping reactions (e.g., drinking alcohol) to work stress and work-family conflict. And in the area of overqualification/underemployment, he is interested in the antecedents as well as the consequences of employee perceived overqualification. His research on the quantitative research methods concerns estimating mediation effects in multilevel modeling.

Mohammed, Susan

  1. Ph.D., 1996, The Ohio State University
sxm40@psu.edu

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Susan Mohammed's research interests are primarily in the area of organizational psychology, with an emphasis on decision making and group/team dynamics. Her decision making work investigates the processes by which individuals with different perceptions arrive at group-level interpretations of strategic issues. Her current team research is examining the influence of various types of team composition variables on group processes and outcomes. In addition, she continues to build on earlier conceptual work on team mental models by exploring ways to expand measurement options.

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