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Starting the Conversation – I-O Psychology and Humanitarian Work

1/25/2012-

by SIOP

Read More From SIOP’s New Blog Team on the SIOP Exchange!

I-O psychology is eminently applicable to real problems in the aid and development sector, according to Jeff Godbout, Alex Gloss, Joy Calleja, and Judith Marasigan deGuzman, a group of new contributing bloggers for the SIOP Exchange. The authorsdiscuss their thoughts this week in their first blog post for a continuing series onthe topic of humanitarian work psychology.

“Being undervalued, underrepresented, and often, unrecognized, are states of affairs that many I-O psychologists are quite familiar with,” explain the authors. “While I-O psychologists often face many hurdles to being recognized, appreciated, and understood in for-profit settings, it might not be too far off the mark to say that they nearly always face these hurdles in the humanitarian aid and development world. Our anecdotal experiences in aid and development work have certainly validated the limited recognition and perceived applicability of I-O psychology to humanitarian aid and development. We are of the opinion that I-O psychology is eminently applicable to real problems in the aid and development sector, and that it is time our community undertook a more systematic approach to help solve those problems.”

Continue reading the entire first SIOP blogger post by the humanitarian work psychology team here and post your reactions and comments to the Exchange today.

Check back to the Exchange in the coming weeks for new posts from SIOP’s bloggers!

About SIOP’s Bloggers

SIOP’s bloggers began posting last month. This group of members serves as opinion leaders and conversation starters. They contribute regularly to the content of the Exchange on various topics related to the field of I-O psychology, discussing topics as diverse as innovation in organizations, employee well-being, leadership development, legal issues, education and training of students, I-O and sustainability, selection and assessment, entrepreneurship, groups and teams, and women in the workplace.

The SIOP blogger crew is also a diverse one, with Members, Student Affiliates, and Associates from science and practice, working in organizations across the country. For a complete list of SIOP bloggers, visit the blogger profile page on the SIOP Exchange here.

If you have any questions about the SIOP Exchange, please contact the SIOP Electronic Communications Committee Chair Chris Rotolo at christopher.rotolo@pepsico.com. For technical questions, contact Stephany Schings Below at sbelow@siop.org. For more information about contributor guidelines, view the Exchange post policy here.