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2005 Graduate Student Scholarship Winner

Laurel McNall earned her doctorate in August from the University of Albany under the guidance of Sylvia Roch, her major professor. She now is a consultant with The Group for Organizational Effectiveness, based in Albany.

She has been with gOE for 2 years, having worked part time while a graduate student. Her responsibilities include survey development and data analysis.

McNall became interested in I-O psychology as an undergraduate at Canisius College in Buffalo. “I had enjoyed my introduction to psychology course but could not see myself as a clinical psychologist. Fortunately Canisius had an I-O minor and once I learned what I-O was all about, I knew that was the field that I wanted to get into.”

Applying psychology to business appeals to McNall. “It’s a good fit for me and I-O offers a good employment future.”

She lists organizational justice and employee attitudes as special areas of interest and hasn’t ruled out going into teaching.

Another interest is the use of technology in the workplace, which served as the topic for her dissertation, which was on reactions to electronic performance monitoring.

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