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2016 Raymond A. Katzell Award in I-O Psychology

Piers Steel

Nathan D. Ainspan (Transition to Veterans Program Office) embodies the intent of this award and its namesake, Raymond Katzell, who continuously during his career urged students to promote I-O research-based insights in order to positively impact organizations and individuals. Dr. Ainspan conducts research, develops programs, edits books, and leads presentations that influence policy and educate service members and veterans, clinicians, and corporate leaders. His work with the DoD has contributed to policy and program changes impacting the 200,000 service members projected to leave military service every year, plus the thousands of companies seeking to hire these individuals. His efforts to integrate and approach societal issues through novel thinking and collaboration are evidenced in SIOP’s Veterans Transition Initiative, which he cofounded and codirected. Started in 201l, the VTI has coupled more than 100 veterans nationwide with SIOP volunteers who act as career and resume coaches. This initiative gave greater exposure to I-O and SIOP. He has written extensively on this subject including the When the Warrior Returns: Making the Transition at Home and The Handbook of Psychosocial Intervention for Service Members,  and he has just begun editing another handbook to guide private sector human resource professionals on hiring and retaining veterans. In sum, he has been an effective ambassador for I-O, through the breadth and impact of his writing, presentations, and work, both in application and research, on helping military veterans and wounded warriors successfully transition into civilian employment and education.

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