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SIOP President-Elect, Conference and Program Officer, Communications Officer, and Research and Science Officer Voting November 1 - December 1, 2016


Dr. Seymour Adler
Dr. Steven D. Ashworth
Dr. Talya N. Bauer
Dr. Ronald S. Landis
Dr. Evan F. Sinar

Communications Officer:

Dr. Lori L. Foster
Dr. Debra A. Major
Dr. Morrie Mullins
Dr. Christopher T. Rotolo

Conferences and Programs Officer:

Dr. Alexis A. Fink
Dr. Eden B. King
Dr. Russell A. Matthews
Dr. Karen A. Tinker-Walke

Research and Science Officer:

Dr. Mariangela Battista
Dr. Reeshad S. Dalal
Dr. Gerald F. Goodwin
Dr. Steve W. J. Kozlowski

Voter Resources


Seymour Adler

Over the course of my career, I have lived most of the roles that our field encompasses. Currently I am a Partner at a huge global Human Capital consulting firm, Aon Hewitt. I have been a tenured academic and I-O graduate program head (Stevens Institute of Technology), a scientist (publications in JAP, PP, OBHDP, AMJ, etc.), professional society president (Metro NY), doctoral faculty member (Purdue, NYU, Hofstra), founding principal of a publically traded company (Assessment Solution Inc.), internal HR (ITT), professor at a graduate business school outside the US (Tel Aviv University). Along with a large team of I-O colleagues at Aon Hewitt, I design and implement solutions across the full range of Industrial (e.g., selection testing, performance management, job analysis) and Organizational (e.g., leadership development, talent strategy, engagement, coaching) applications. My publications and conference presentations represent a similarly diverse set of interests.  I credit SIOP to a large extent—through its publications, conferences, access to thought leaders, friendships fostered through the Society—for the rich and varied experiences I have been blessed with since entering the field four decades ago (Ph.D. in I-O from NYU).

I LOVE I-O Psychology. The hundreds of graduate students I’ve taught, the dozens of colleagues with whom I’ve worked, the clients with whom I have been privileged to partner, those of you who have heard me present over the years at SIOP, all can attest to my demonstrative passion for our field. 


That passion and my debt to our field are at the heart of what I want to achieve as President. My overarching goal is to infuse passion for our field—in all its facets --throughout our Society and have us collectively project that passion out to broader society. We have so much to offer and need to do a better job of getting our core message out: That our field is an incredible source of evidence-based insight and of impactful solutions. As a calling, I-O psychology is intellectually stimulating and immensely rewarding, whatever paths you pursue.

My goals include:

  • Raising the profile of an I-O career option among undergraduate social science and business majors
  • Expanding the channels with which we communicate the value of our solutions out to the marketplace and be way more active in doing so internationally
  • More strongly leveraging our science to improve life for those under-served in society (e.g., the under-employed, immigrants, the disabled)
  • Having SIOP serve as a clearinghouse to generate and curate research- and practice-oriented experience-based learning opportunities for our graduate students and early-career professionals

Finally, while I am all in favor of vigorous and substantive debate on the issues facing SIOP, I would work towards greater mutual respect across the boundaries that have generated contention—e.g., academics versus practitioners, US-centric versus globally-centric, I versus O, quantitative versus qualitative, rigorous versus humanistic. We are all of these, and are stronger for it. Let’s celebrate the strength of our diversity respectfully and passionately.

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Steve Ashworth

Steven Ashworth is the Manager of People Research for Sempra Energy utilities in San Diego, where he has been since 1998, directing a staff of I/O Psychologists conducting a full range of HR Research Activities for Sempra’s companies. In the past, he has worked for a variety of companies including Microsoft Corporation, Allstate Insurance, PDRI, and LIMRA. Steve also serves as Adjunct faculty at San Diego State University and Alliant International University, where he has chaired and/or sat on over 20 dissertation committees on a wide variety of topics. He was also a founder and the 2007 President of the local San Diego I/O group.

Steve received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston and Masters in I/O from Purdue University in Indianapolis. As SIOP Fellow, he has served in several capacities. One of the earliest chairs of the Placement Committee at the SIOP conference and, perhaps, the longest running site selection chair, he has helped develop many of the site selection processes that SIOP currently uses and has participated in the site selection for many of the SIOP conferences in the past 10 years. Steve has also served on the State Affairs Committee, the Electronic Communications Committee, and the Conference Committee.

As a Practitioner-Scientist, Steve strives to balance the goals of Science and Practice. Much of his work has been published or presented at SIOP conferences and many research projects have included academic colleagues as part of the research team.


SIOP is an extraordinary organization, powered by dedicated members and representing a profession that increasingly impacts critical decisions of organizations worldwide. Yet to fully realize its potential, SIOP must do a better job at representing its membership. My fundamental goal as President will be to make SIOP fully inclusive of all of its members. I will do this in four ways:

  • I will strive to make SIOP a more welcoming organization to new members from all backgrounds.
  • I will ensure more diversity in SIOP committee leadership. This will combat the perception and reality of “insider influence” in assignments.
  • We will create greater involvement and recognition of practitioners in SIOP. This is not to discount the vital contributions of SIOP’s academic and research members. It is, rather, a recognition of the need for balanced participation to enhance the overall impact of our Society and our profession.
  • Finally, we need to work harder to retain current members. Attrition from SIOP is growing and we need to reverse this trend. Creating the pathway for Associate Members to become full Members was one important step – we need to do more. We will have a task force empowered to solve this problem.

I come into this election not as a SIOP insider, but as a long-term Practitioner-Scientist who wants to see SIOP thrive. Let’s move toward a new SIOP that is inclusive of all, regardless of where and how we work – A SIOP that is the first organization of choice for all I/O Psychologists.

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Talya N. Bauer

Talya N. Bauer has a long history of SIOP service including as Membership Chair, Conference Program Chair, Chair of Award Subcommittees, and as a member of the International Affairs, Strategic Planning, and Program Planning Committees. She has served in elected positions including SIOP Member-at-Large. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology and on the Editorial Boards of SIOP’s I/O Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice and Personnel Psychology.She is the former Editor of the Journal of Management.

She has acted as a consultant for dozens of government, Fortune 1,000, and start-up organizations and was a Google Visiting Scholar. Her award-winning work has been covered in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, USA TodayBusiness Week, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

She is a scientist-practitioner who studies relationships at work and how they influence individual and organizational effectiveness and well-being including recruitment, selection, onboarding, training, and leadership. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University and currently holds a dual appointment in Business and Psychology at Portland State University.

Her research has led to over 100 refereed journal publications, chapters, and white papers, as well as five books. Her research has been supported by grants from NSF and the SIOP and SHRM Foundations. She has published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, and IOP: PS&P and has given 200+ refereed and invited presentations in over a dozen countries. She is a Fellow of SIOP, APA, and APS.


Being considered for the role of SIOP President is both an honor and a privilege. I am enthusiastic about what we have accomplished and the exciting times ahead. As scientist-practitioners we are ideally positioned to help solve the big challenges of today’s workplace. If elected, I will build on our current momentum in terms of visibility, impact, and world-class student training for future I/O psychologists who serve as ambassadors for our profession. My recent work writing an introductory I/O Psychology textbook afforded me the opportunity to reflect on both the science and practice of I/O. In sum, the magnitude of what we collectively accomplish in boardrooms, workspaces, classrooms, research labs, and staterooms around the world is astonishing.

Adults spend most of their waking hours at work, and we are experts at how to make that time more inclusive, meaningful, positive, and productive. While our visibility has grown by leaps and bounds, there is still much to be done letting leaders and policy-makers know how much we have to offer. The more strategic and compelling visibility we provide for our work, the more momentum we will gain toward securing our place as key partners across organizations, educational settings, and funding agencies. Doing so will help enhance the practice and science of I/O psychology in meaningful and tangible ways.

I will work tirelessly to develop, implement, and coordinate strategies to enhance SIOP around the three major goals of:

  • Visibility
  • Inclusion
  • Preparing I/O for the challenges of the 21st century

Thank you!

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Ronald S. Landis

Ronald S. Landis (PhD, Michigan State University) is the Nambury S. Raju Endowed Professor in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology and also serves as Deputy Vice Provost for Research and Academic Affairs.

Prior to Illinois Tech, Ron was Professor of Psychology and founding Director of the University of Memphis Center for Organizational Research and Effectiveness (UMCORE) at University of Memphis. Ron has also served on the faculty at Tulane University where he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching. 

Ron has primary research interests in the areas of structural equation modeling, multiple regression, philosophy and practice of science, recruitment, and performance. Ron also recently served as principal investigator (PI) on a $1.3M grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. In addition to his scholarly work, Ron has served as a consultant for a number of private and public sector organizations.

His work has been published in several leading journals including Organizational Research Methods, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes,Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Applied Psychology. He is currently an Associate Editor of Journal of Business and Psychology, a former Associate Editor of Personnel Psychology, and serves on the editorial boards of several other prominent journals. 

Ron is a Fellow of both SIOP and APA. He has served SIOP as the Chair for the ad hoc Minority Teaching Institute committee, a member of the Scientific Affairs committee, and, most recently, as a member and Chair for the Fellowship Committee.


I am honored to be nominated to serve as SIOP President and excited to think about the prospect of working in service for an organization that has provided me with a tremendous sense of professional identity and pride. The work that our recent presidents and officers have accomplished has positively impacted SIOP. If elected, my energy will be devoted toward continuing these efforts toward building the visibility of our field, encouraging the rigor and relevance of our work, engaging our membership, and enriching the opportunities for all SIOP members.

As I look at the contexts in which our members work and the expectations that employers have for our students, it is clear to me that our core strengths are well-suited for our ever-increasingly multidisciplinary world. Quite simply, we have value that is in demand in modern organizations. The future, in many ways, indeed looks bright for our field. I believe, however, that we must actively engage with professionals from other fields without losing our own identity if we hope to maintain our relevance with organizations. In my view, these issues require coordination between how we educate students and how we conduct our work (both in science and practice).

If I am fortunate to serve as President, I will work closely with the executive board and committee chairs to nurture the positive aspects of SIOP with the ultimate goal of ensuring SIOP’s vitality and relevance as the primary professional association for industrial and organizational psychologists.

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Evan Sinar

As Chief Scientist at Development Dimensions International (DDI), I analyze the impact of leadership programs on behavior change and business objectives, and oversee global studies of leadership. I present research in engaging formats to diverse audiences to drive leader-centric actions and organizational outcomes. I generate thought leadership and am a top social influencer for leadership, analytics, data science, and data visualization. I serve on several Editorial Boards: Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Personnel Assessment and Decisions.

Within SIOP, I have served as Chair for Invited Sessions (2012), Theme Track (2013) Program (2014), and on the Executive Board as Conferences and Programs Officer (2014-2017). I’ve sought to never just be a “caretaker” but instead, to leave constituent groups stronger through my efforts. Recently, I’ve:

  • Created an interactive view of 7,803 SIOP sessions (see http://tiny.cc/SIOPprogram) and gathered 500+ social media statements for 2017-submitted sessions, to fuel our ability to share our prodigious content with business audiences.
  • Used visualization techniques to review, detect, and communicate trends in SIOP membership, financial, and volunteer information, to advance data-driven decision making within the Executive Board.
  • Secured increased focus for the Leading Edge Consortium as a vital bridge-building asset for SIOP – we were very excited to see the LEC achieve its highest-ever attendance last month.

Through my career, I’ve held progressively higher levels of leadership responsibility within SIOP and DDI, have successfully partnered with SIOP colleagues, and have effectively disseminated I/O psychology-aligned viewpoints to a broad audience of HR and business leaders.


My goals center on three pillars of opportunity: Translation, Tools, and Talent. With I/O Psychology’s steep growth trajectory comes an urgent need to strengthen our foundations for further progress by collectively bolstering these pillars:

  1. Translation of concepts and evidence inward from affiliated disciplines and stakeholders, and outward to them. We must engage beyond natural networks to build cross-disciplinary relationships and position our capabilities with surging fields such as data science and occupational safety. We must also advance our skills in compelling messaging - we have much to offer (and learn from) these fields.
  2. Approachability for leading-edge Tools to advance research and practice. As methods and data sources have exploded in number and complexity, know-how for navigating this landscape has grown much more variable. We need a path that allows, for new methods and techniques, all of us to learn from the best of us. I will pursue widespread enablement of contemporary tools by taking stock of current information sources, and commissioning efforts to close gaps and improve accessibility.
  3. Systems for experiential Talent development within SIOP’s membership.While we are far from the shoemakers’s bare-footed children – SIOP does have mechanisms to place interested members in volunteer roles – we can better draw on our vast depth in career development to provide clearer growth paths within SIOP’s volunteer-driven operations for talented and diverse individuals, without whom our continued advancement will be impossible.

Thank you for your consideration – I hope we have the opportunity to work together on our mutual goals.

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Communications Officer

Lori L. Foster

Lori Foster, Ph.D. is a SIOP, APA, and APS Fellow with a long history of service to SIOP in various roles and capacities, including as a TIP columnist, External Affairs Officer, co-editor of two SIOP Frontiers Series volumes, Division 14 APA Council Representative, and chair of SIOP’s United Nations committee. She is a Professor of Industrial-Organizational psychology at North Carolina State University (USA) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa), currently working as a behavioral sciences advisor to the United Nations and as an academic affiliate with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, where she has been using I-O psychology to inform policy, domestically and abroad. Her areas of particular expertise include computer-mediated work behavior, international workforce development, and humanitarian work psychology.


Lori has held visiting scholar appointments at universities around the world, including the London Business School, Singapore Management University, and the Universities of Valencia, Barcelona, and Bologna. As a scientist-practitioner, she has more than 15 years of experience as a consultant, applying I-O psychology to regional, state, national, and international organizations in the private and public sectors. She has delivered hundreds of papers and talks to audiences in countries spanning six continents. Her printed scholarship has taken the form of refereed journal articles, book chapters, authored, and edited books, and her work has been featured in popular media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Folha de São Paulo, ARS Technica, Fast Company, Fortune, Science, U.S. News and World Report, and Scientific American.


Communications have arguably never been more important for SIOP, with our field growing in prominence and visibility domestically and abroad, with more and more external audiences paying attention to what we have to say, and with technological innovations giving rise to new communication options at an increasing rate of speed. It is an honor to be considered for the role of SIOP Communications Officer, which oversees TIP and other electronic communications, during this pivotal moment in our collective development as a professional society. 

Three aspects of my background help prepare me for the Communications Officer role, if elected. First, my research program focuses on electronic communications. I’ve published books and peer-reviewed articles on the psychology of workplace technology generally and electronic communication in particular. Second, I served on SIOP’s electronic communications committee earlier in my career. Third and finally, I have a long history with TIP. I’ve edited or co-edited several columns, including the TIP-TOPics for Students column in the late ‘90s, then an Early Careers column, and later the Spotlight on Humanitarian Work Psychology column. I’ve also participated in numerous SIOP conference sessions on TIP to better understand SIOP members’ newsletter needs and interests.

I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to run for Communications Officer and believe that my background and experience can serve SIOP and its members well if I am elected. I’m committed to supporting those chairing committees within this portfolio and engaging the membership and Executive Board on matters related to SIOP communications. 

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Debra A. Major

Debbie Major (Professor and Eminent Scholar) is Graduate Program Director and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Psychology at Old Dominion University. Her multidisciplinary research seeks remedies to work-family conflict and the underrepresentation women and ethnic minorities in STEM educational and career pathways. Her research has received continuous funding from the National Science Foundation for nearly 15 years. Dr. Major is Fellow of SIOP, APA and APS. She serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Journal of Applied PsychologyJournal of ManagementJournal of Business and Psychology, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Dr. Major has had substantial experience in SIOP governance. She has served as Chair of the Strategic Planning and Research Committee (SPARC), Chair of the Education and Training Committee, member of the Science Advocacy Taskforce, Division 14 representative to the APA Council of Representatives, in addition to several other SIOP standing and ad hoc committees. She is a former editor of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (TIP) and a SIOP Distinguished Service Contributions Award recipient.


It is an honor to be nominated to serve as Communications Officer, a role that involves oversight for TIP, the Electronic Communications Committee, the SIOP website, Newsbriefs as well as member emails, SIOP podcasts, blogs, and other electronic communications. 

Effective messaging matched with appropriate communication methods are essential to all SIOP strategic initiatives. As our membership grows, we face challenges in staying connected and ensuring that SIOP is a welcoming professional home for all its members. In addition, as we step up our efforts to increase awareness of the science and practice of I/O psychology and to expand its impact, thoughtful strategies for effectively matching messaging and media are essential. My experiences in SIOP (e.g., TIP Editor, External Relations, and SPARC) and my work representing SIOP’s interests to groups like APA and NSF have provided insight into the opportunities and obstacles in effectively communicating the value of I/O psychology. My overarching goal is to work collaboratively with the SIOP Executive Board and the Administrative Office to ensure alignment among strategic initiatives, messaging and communication methods. Toward that end, I will work with the Electronic Communications Committee to proactively and inclusively seek input from my fellow SIOP members to ensure that we are tapping the talent of those well-versed in and enthusiastic about the latest communication technologies and innovative messaging techniques.

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Morrie Mullins

Dr. Morrie Mullins is a Professor of Psychology at Xavier University and a past editor of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (TIP). He received his BS in Psychology from the University of Central Arkansas, then attended Michigan State University’s industrial-organizational psychology program, from which he received his Master’s and doctoral degrees. After graduating, he taught at Virginia Tech and Bowling Green State University before realizing that he wanted to teach at a small, student-focused university. He joined the faculty of the M.A. I-O program at Xavier University in 2002, and has been there since.

Dr. Mullins has published papers in a variety of professional journals, but is most proud of his work training the next generation of master’s-level I-O practitioners. His students have gone on to work at major organizations and consulting firms across the country, and offer him an important perspective on an under-represented voice within SIOP.

He has previously served SIOP as a member of the Education and Training Committee, where he served on various sub-committees, and has been a reviewer for the SIOP conference since doing so became an option. His most recent service to SIOP involved his three-year term as editor of TIP. In this capacity he worked with individuals at all levels of SIOP governance and developed a strong understanding of the importance of integrating TIP’s content with the work of the Electronic Communications Committee, along with the work of SIOP’s Publications portfolio.


As technology continues to evolve, how SIOP communicates with its members must also evolve. Being the first editor of TIP after its transition to a digital format allowed me to see first-hand how tricky such evolutions can be. It became clear that there was no reasonable way for SIOP to be responsive to every possible means of accessing TIP’s content, but efforts had to be made to find those formats that would best allow for the communication of key information to our members.

Hearing feedback on what didn’t work was not always easy, but it was important, and continues to be important. In my quarterly reports as editor, I consistently pushed for the exploration of print-on-demand options to allow members to purchase paper copies of TIP, if they so desired. Assessing demand for this option, and determining feasibility, will be one of my major tasks if elected. The other will be working closely with the Chair and members of the Electronic Communications Committee, to continue to explore how to best use existing and emerging social media to reach the membership. I hope to continue the close collaboration between the Communications and Publications portfolios, and look forward to working with the SIOP administrative office as we continue to refine our own best practices for communicating with the membership. It is my particular hope that we can find ways to effectively reach the many students in I-O master’s programs, to keep them connected to SIOP as they begin their careers.

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Christopher T. Rotolo

Christopher’s prior SIOP involvement has been focused on increasing our relevancy and visibility to the broader community and key stakeholders. His involvement as past member and Chair of the Visibility Committee included revamping SIOP.org, getting textbook publishers to better represent I-O, conducting public webinars, and establishing liaisons with SHRM. As the ECC Chair, he implemented mySIOP.org, created live pre-LEC blogging sessions, and established content providers for SIOP.org. SIOP Task Force involvement ranges from State Licensure, I-O certification, and website redesign. He chaired the Katzell Award committee, and the LEC marketing committee. Most recently, he led a Task Force to refresh the SIOP brand, including the redesign of our logo and tagline, which is in use today. He is currently the Grassroots Liaison for SIOP impact initiatives.

Christopher’s practitioner-scientist career spans over 25 years. As a practitioner, he has worked with a variety of public and private organizations both internally and externally. Currently, he is Vice President of Enterprise OD at PepsiCo where his team leads the design and implementation of enterprise talent management systems. Prior to PepsiCo, Christopher led the Leadership Strategy and Research group at IBM. He also worked within government for the FBI and Arlington County, and externally with consulting firms large and small. Christopher has been an Adjunct Professor at NYU for the past 14 years, teaching Organizational Culture and HR Selection. Christopher earned his Master’s at UCF, and his Ph.D. at Old Dominion University. He is past-President of the Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychology.


For most of us, when we joined SIOP years ago, our expectations as SIOP members were little more than a well-orchestrated conference and the quarterly TIP publication. Today, SIOP is so much more - from job placement, to advocacy and government affairs, to our own journal, and communities like LGBT and CEMA.  The Communications Officer has oversight for TIP, the Electronic Communications Committee, the SIOP website, Newsbriefs e-newsletter, member emails, and any other electronic communication including my.SIOP, podcasts, blogs, etc.  I see this role as really about two things: 1) connecting SIOP to its members and 2) providing forums for members to connect to each other.  To me, these two functions represent the foundation of why we join SIOP.  While we have made great strides in this area, I’m convinced that SIOP can offer much more to its members.  Our ability to reach out to other SIOP members, to create communities of interest, and to learn about activities across our membership base is in my opinion not where it could be.  My goal, if elected, is to further SIOP’s efforts to build the Society into a strongly knit community by focusing on our members’ ability to connect, collaborate and grow professionally.  I will do this by driving new and better community tools into our my.SIOP platform, by better integrating our website, TIP, and newsbriefs communications, and by expanding our blog and podcast offerings.  By doing so, we will enhance our ability to attract and retain members.

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Conferences and Programs Officer

Alexis A. Fink

I am proudly a scientist-practitioner. I lead Talent Analytics at Intel, applying emerging and classic approaches to employee engagement, leadership, management, diversity, and selection, among others.  Previously, I spent 7+ years at Microsoft, and also have experience at organizations like GE and NASA. I earned my PhD at Old Dominion, and taught in ODU’s doctoral program after graduation. I’ve had the privilege to mentor and coach students, emerging professionals, peers and leaders.  

I chaired SIOP’s most successful ever Leading Edge Consortium this October. I served SIOP on another LEC committee (2014), as well as serving as chair of the Visibility Committee, and leading a research project for the Education and Training committee. I’ve delivered 5 SIOP pre-conference workshops. Outside of SIOP, I supported scientific practices applied to work through service as Vice Chair and then Chair of an industry consortium (ITSG) dedicated to best practice and norm sharing around employee surveys and research.  

Throughout my career, I have enjoyed leadership roles where I have had the privilege of stewarding organizations through periods of transition, as well as periods of growth. I’ve been able to effectively partner with colleagues to identify strategic opportunities, and, importantly, to get things done. Typically, that work has included strategies and actions to grow the individuals involved. I find the work of development to be deeply gratifying, and am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the professional development of SIOP members and affiliated professionals through service as the Portfolio Officer for Conferences and Programs.


My chief goal as Portfolio Officer for Conferences and Programs is to ensure optimal relevance of conference and program content to serve all our constituencies. Our conferences and programs must address the needs of students, emerging professionals and academics, those established in their careers, our community of thought leaders, and adjacent professionals with whom we have close partnerships.

SIOP has a strong history of experimenting with new session types, theme tracks, partnerships and specialized events such as the LEC. In this role, I will extend that proud tradition, and work in partnership with individual conference and program chairs as well as other Portfolio Officers to create new opportunities for enrichment for our members. This also means supporting those who may not be able to attend in person through finding channels to share conference and program highlights. We have tremendous richness in the content our community shares and we have opportunities get more benefit from that.

This role also carries responsibility for stewarding SIOP overall, as a member of the Executive Board. As an active scientist practitioner, I would help bring a strong practice perspective and balance to the SIOP Executive Board. As an occasional faculty member and author, I have a firm commitment to science. Between these, and through outside affiliations, I clear sense of SIOP’s unique value proposition. I am excited and honored by the opportunity to ensure that we conserve what is unique about SIOP, and evolve to retain our position of relevance in a dynamic world. 

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Eden B. King

I joined the faculty of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at George Mason University after earning my Ph.D. from Rice University in 2006. In collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students, I am pursuing a program of scholarship that seeks to help individuals and organizations overcome barriers to equality. My research, which has yielded approximately 100 scholarly publications and has appeared in popular media outlets such as Good Morning America and the New York Times, builds understanding of the experiences of stigmatized individuals in the workplace and the strategies that can be used to improve these experiences. This research reflects breadth in the diversity of perspectives that are considered, including women, ethnic minorities, obese individuals, older workers, disabled individuals, parents, and gay and lesbian workers. I am currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management and the Journal of Business and Psychology and am on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology. In addition to my scholarship, I have consulted on applied projects related to gender climate initiatives and diversity training programs, and I have worked as an employment discrimination legal consultant.


I am proud to have served SIOP in a number of roles, including membership on the Education and Training, External Relations, Scientific Affairs, and Membership Committees, and as a co-Chair of the SIOP committee on LGBT Issues. But my greatest sense of pride and accomplishment stems from my service to the conference; I served as 2013 Program Chair and 2014-15 Conference Chair. In Houston, Philadelphia, and Anaheim, I witnessed the extraordinary culmination of thousands of SIOP members' volunteer hours. Like these members, my service to SIOP is driven by a genuine allegiance to the profession and enthusiasm for the work that we do. This motivation, taken with direct experience that would be particularly helpful as we transition to a new Executive Director, would make me a strong leader of the Conferences and Programs portfolio. I would feel privileged to serve SIOP and its members in this role.

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Russell A. Matthews

Russell is an Associate Professor and the Sandman Professor in I/O Psychology at Bowling Green State University. His research focuses on worker well-being with an emphasis on the application of advanced research designs. He has published extensively in various journals, including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. To support his research he has been active in seeking and securing external funding from private industry as well as state and federal sources. Russell is an incoming Associate Editor for Stress & Health, and serves on five other editorial boards. In 2015, Russell received an Occupational Health Psychology Early Career Award, sponsored by the American Psychological Association and the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. Russell has also received recognition for his service to the field as well as for his teaching.

In addition to partnering with a variety of boutique consulting firms to address applied issues, Russell also currently serves as the director of the Institute for Psychological Research and Application at BGSU. As such, Russell has 10+ years of practical experience consulting with regional and national organizations, city municipalities, and various government agencies. He prides himself on applying sound methods and techniques to address pressing business needs in clear, concise, and accessible ways.

Prior to joining the faculty at BGSU, Russell worked for Louisiana State University as well as IBM. Russell earned his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology in 2007 from the University of Connecticut.

Statement of Suitability

Over the past decade I have been involved within SIOP in a variety of ways. Like others, I review for the conference every year wherein I also present my own work. I have also served on the Membership Committee and I have been active in SIOP’s Conference Ambassador Program.  I have also engaged in service and leadership in other professional organizations that have goals compatible with those of SIOP. Specifically, I have been active within the Society for Occupational Health Psychology wherein I have served on the society’s Executive Committee as a Membership Committee Co-chair as well as an elected Member-at-Large.

I would approach the Conference and Programs Officer position with the intent of bringing new perspectives and opinions and oversee the SIOP conference, workshops, Leading Edge Consortium, and APA/APS conference programming committees from the same balanced scientist-practitioner perspective that has guided my career. I would strive to serve as an effective communication link between the SIOP Executive Committee and the committees under my oversight. Importantly though, I would also work to serve as a resource to those serving on those committees to ensure they have what they need to be successful in the critical roles they serve for the society.   

As someone who seeks to represent the ideals of the society and frequently works on both the science and practice sides of the field, serving as the Conference and Programs Officer would provide me with opportunity to give back to the profession in a meaningful way.

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Karen A. Tinker-Walker

Greetings, I am Dr. Karen Tinker-Walker. I grew up in Germany where I studied architecture with the specialization in Architectural Psychology. After receiving my degree, I moved to Hot Springs, AR, commuting to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) to get my BA in Psychology and Master's in Applied Psychology with the concentration on I/O Psychology and Environmental Psychology. I moved then to Fayetteville, AR, to take on the position as Work Program Supervisor and Marketing Specialist at the Department of Human Services (DHS) of the northwest Arkansas region. While I did enjoy this managerial position for three years, I desired to be back in the world of academia. I worked then for six years as adjunct psychology professor at the Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) and Webster University, where I taught courses in Human Resources Management and Development, until I received my PhD in Organizational Psychology and started my position at Emporia State University (ESU), including teaching graduate I/O Psychology courses. At ESU, I also served as Interim I/O Psychology Director the last semester until I returned back to the northwest Arkansas area. I have been an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at NWACC for almost ten years.  

Suitability Statement

Planning, organizing, and facilitating – these are actions I am very fond of. Already during high school/college in Germany, I was a voluntary youth leader, assisting in and facilitating year-round youth activities, travels, and summer camps. During my graduate studies at UALR, I was a research assistant at an urban design and planning office, where I organized and conducted focus group meetings and advised designers on psychological aspects to integrate into the renewal plan of the Little Rock, Arkansas, down-town district.
As Chair of the Assessment Day Committee at NWACC, 2013, I organized and co-facilitated the event with speakers and workshops with the purpose of rethinking student learning assessment and improving learning outcomes at the class, program, and organizational levels. I have been on several college committees for organizing events, such as the NWACC 25th Anniversary Celebration Planning Committee, 2014. I am currently in the process of collaborating with a German university to establish a study abroad program with a recurring psychology course offering for international students.

With my background from Germany and America, my interests lie strongly on international collaboration/networking, global perspectives, and sustainability in work places; these could be foci of conferences and workshops I would suggest as Conference and Program Coordinator. However, I would get input from SIOP members first to see what your needs and interests are to grow your knowledge and in your profession. I would be honored to plan, organize, and facilitate your conferences and workshops.

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Research and Science Officer

Mariangela Battista

Mariangela Battista is currently a Principal at Sirena Consulting, LLC, a Human Resources consulting firm specializing in integrated talent solutions. Most recently Mariangela was Chief Talent Officer at XL Group, a global insurance/reinsurance firm where she had strategic oversight and accountability for all global people processes including talent acquisition, performance management, succession planning, learning and development including management and executive development, selection and assessment, culture, engagement and change. Prior to XL Group, Mariangela was Head of Talent at Guardian Life. She was also Vice President of Talent and Organizational Capability at Pfizer, Inc. where she was responsible for the research center of excellence, including all engagement research; manager development and capability including assessments and organization-wide change management practices. Prior to Pfizer, Mariangela spent eight years at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. as Vice President, Organizational Culture and Effectiveness. She is also a published author in the areas of global Human Resources, engagement, talent management and executive coaching having contributed to Personnel Psychology and the SIOP Professional Practice Series.

Mariangela has served SIOP as Chair, 2010 Saturday Theme Track; 2011 SIOP Conference Program Chair; 2008 and 2015 Leading Edge Consortium Planning Committee; and Chair of the Institutional Research Committee from 2012-2014. She is a frequent presenter at SIOP Conferences. In addition to her involvement in SIOP, Mariangela is also the current Chair of the Friday Group, a long-standing, NY-based consortium of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists.


I am honored to be a candidate for Research and Science Officer. I have lived my career as a scientist/practitioner, bringing my I/O training to every organizational role. As an applied science, it is critically important for us to share our research and learnings. If I were to be elected, I will continue the great work already underway in the Government Relations Advocacy Team (GREAT) and the Scientific Affairs and the Institutional Research Committee (which I chaired and helped re-establish many years ago). For our field to continue to advance, it is important that data and research is made accessible to SIOP members.

I would also like to focus more attention on practitioner research. I/O’s in corporate and consulting environments are doing great work! However, presenting and publishing our work externally is often difficult in a corporate environment where organizational support is often lacking.

I would like to change that. With support and approval of the Executive Committee, I would organize a SIOP special task force to draft guidelines and tips for how practitioners can influence their organizations to become more open to not only conducting employee research, but sharing it externally as well. Google, IBM, Pepsi and others have successfully shared research findings externally. Equipping I/O’s in other organizational environments to gather support for the publishing and sharing of research would help our field move farther forward as an applied science, thus benefitting these very organizations. Thank you for your consideration.

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Reeshad S. Dalal

Reeshad Dalal is Chair of the psychology department at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). In that capacity, he bears ultimate responsibility for 43 faculty, 139 PhD students, 100 MA students, 1,020 undergraduate majors, and a multi-million dollar annual budget. Reeshad received his Ph.D. in I/O psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. His research interests are in the areas of employee performance, person-situation interactions, within-person variability, judgment and decision-making, and research methods. He serves on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Journal and formerly served on the editorial boards of, among others, the Journal of Applied Psychology. He was previously (2014-15) Chair of SIOP’s Association for Psychological Science (APS) committee, during which time the I/O program at APS grew considerably in size and visibility, and he now serves on SIOP’s Awards committee. He has obtained over $4.15M in external funding as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator. In addition to his academic work, he has been involved in applied work related to cybersecurity teams, job analysis, standard setting, program evaluation, content validity, job attitude surveys, and forecasting.

Background and Goals/Objectives

As the Chair of SIOP’s Association for Psychological Science (APS) committee and a member of APS’s program committee, I’ve witnessed firsthand the latest developments in psychological science. Similarly, as the Chair of a psychology department, I get paid the not-so-big bucks to ponder the future of psychology and attempt to position the department to be at the forefront of progress. For instance, the future of psychology is widely believed to be in cognitive-behavioral neuroscience--yet one wouldn’t know that from the extant I/O literature. I would also like to see I/O as a leader, not a follower, in addressing challenges (and opportunities!) associated with the replicability of research findings, research registries, open-access publishing, and the like. The Research and Science Officer position is well suited to help I/O greatly accelerate its efforts in these areas. For example, the SIOP small grants program could be reoriented to emphasize such topics.

If elected Research and Science Officer, I would also accelerate existing Scientific Affairs Committee efforts (e.g., sessions on NSF graduate student fellowships) to help I/O psychologists obtain external funding from government agencies and private foundations. Given my track-record of obtaining external funding, I believe I’m well positioned for this role.

Finally, I believe I’m qualified to oversee SIOP’s Institutional Research committee. For example, as Department Chair, I’ve surveyed multiple constituencies and made Institutional Research & Reporting data requests during our Academic Program Review--and have used the findings in our accreditation reports and strategic planning. Thank you for your consideration.

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Gerald F. Goodwin

I am a research scientist at the U. S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), and have served as ARI’s Chief of Foundational Science for the last six years. In that role, I oversee and direct ARI’s basic research program, as well as applied research on facets of team and unit effectiveness. I have been involved in basic and applied research execution and oversight for 18 years in the defense and private sectors. I am ARI’s primary liaison with the National Research Council (NRC) and have shaped the scope and staffing for multiple NRC consensus studies through sponsorship or invited recommendations. This includes recent NRC studies focused on advancing the science of psychological measurement and contextualized behavior in organizations. I have been invited to serve as a scientific advisor for oversight and review of research programs conducted by defense research laboratories (e.g., Office of Naval Research, DARPA), and federal agencies (e.g., National Science Foundation, NASA). For the last decade, I have been actively engaged in Defense science policy and strategy, including planning activities for large scale science and technology investments. Additionally, I have bridged science and practice for I/O topics within the Army and Department of Defense, and have had a significant impact on multiple high impact organizational and personnel policies. Through the range of my professional experience, I have had an ongoing role in shaping, guiding, and overseeing basic science and applied research, and been able to help our science inform personnel practices in DOD.

Suitability Statement

I have a broad informed perspective that can help SIOP’s efforts within the Research and Science portfolio by shaping and focusing SIOPs advocacy efforts and improving SIOP’s ability to support researchers seeking federal sponsorship. My perspective has been shaped through my involvement in SIOP science-focused committees and the insights gained by working within the federal research community. Over the last decade, I have served as a member of SIOP’s small grants committee and scientific affairs committee, as well as chairing the scientific affairs committee. I have also assisted SIOP’s advocacy team as an SME for engagements with congressional staff. Through my professional work as a defense scientist, I have many years of experience evaluating research proposals and programs, administering research grants, and communicating research to government audiences. I have worked with and mentored researchers working on federally-sponsored research ranging from recent graduates to distinguished professors.  I have also taught workshops on federal science policy, government funding for research, and “how to get a grant.” Recently, I have been active in reshaping of defense science policy, and am engaged in identifying new and emerging research concepts and domains within the interests of the Department of Defense. I am in a unique position because of my background and experience to help SIOP and work toward its goals in research, science, and advocacy, and help SIOP members better understand how to enhance their participation in federally-sponsored research.

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Steve W. J. Kozlowski

I am a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University and received Ph.D. training as a scientist-practitioner at The Pennsylvania State University. I have served SIOP in many capacities, including the SIOP Program Committee, TIP Editor, Frontiers Series Editorial Board, Chair of Scientific Affairs, Chair of a SIOP Task Force on advancing science and practice advocacy, and as SIOP President (2015-2016) where, with the support of the Executive Board, task force recommendations were realized. I currently serve as Past-President. In addition to SIOP service, I am the former Editor-in-Chief for JAP (and former Associate Editor). I serve on the JOM Board (previously AMJ, HF, JAP, and OBHDP Boards) and have also served on several national advisory boards. I have had the privilege of mentoring many successful graduate students and have also enjoyed working with students in international settings.

My research is multilevel, focused on enhancing learning, training, and development systems; team effectiveness; and leadership. This programmatic research is designed to generate actionable theory, research-based principles, and practical applications for developing adaptive individuals, teams, and organizations. I have published over 90 articles, books, and chapters and have delivered over 260 refereed and invited presentations. I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association for Applied Psychology, and SIOP.

My many varied experiences and long involvement in SIOP governance have provided me with a firm understanding of core challenges SIOP confronts. Our capabilities, appropriately leveraged, provide exceptional opportunities for growth and advancement.


My leadership experiences have given me a broad perspective on the value of I/O psychology and its potential to make a positive difference for organizations, working people, and society. The SIOP Advocacy Task Force recommendations (Kozlowski, Kanfer, Major, & Weiss, 2011) have largely been implemented by SIOP leadership. We have an advocacy infrastructure in place, we have had some initial successes, but we still have a lot more work to do to improve our visibility and policy impact.

As your Science Officer, I will focus on three strategic targets:

  • Advancing SIOP scientific visibility and credibility
  • Promoting SIOP science policy impact and funding opportunities
  • Building stronger linkages between science and practice advocacy efforts 

First, we have capabilities that can be harnessed to solve big societal problems, but we cannot contribute if we are not at the table. There are many other disciplines competing in our domain and I/O psychology as a science and practice is simply less well known. We need to leverage our scientific knowledge about workforce effectiveness to improve our visibility and gain a seat. Second, visibility needs to translate into impact; we also need to build on our advocacy efforts to more directly influence federal science policy and where federal resources are invested for relevant research. Third, science and practice – linked – yield actionable knowledge. This integration uniquely distinguishes us from competitive disciplines and professions. As your Science Officer, I will draw on my many leadership experiences to strengthen this linkage to advance our advocacy efforts.

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