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2004 Graduate Student Scholarship Winner

Lisa Roberts earned her doctorate from the University of Missouri at St. Louis in August and then joined Edward Jones, the St. Louis-based financial services firm, in its Learning and Organizational Effectiveness Department. At Edward Jones, she is involved with leadership development and succession planning.

She became interested in I-O through an undergraduate course at Truman State Universi
ty taught by SIOP member Teresa Heckert. "I had always enjoyed psychology but was not interested in clinical work, so the idea of applying psychology in a business environment was very appealing. I was fascinated by the science of I-O and its application to real life situations," she said.

Roberts, who lists her major areas of interest as selection and assessment, went on to graduate work at UMSL, where her major professor was Therese Macan. "Working with Therese only increased my enthusiasm for I-O. Through her I became interested in research involving structured interviews and disabilities in the workplace."

While at UMSL, Roberts held a 3-year internship at Anheuser-Busch conducting employee opinion surveys and, more recently, working on supervisory assessment and selection issues.

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