2022 SIOP Annual Conference


Advanced Professional Development

Natural Language Processing APD

NLP APD Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide a development opportunity for individuals with advanced degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology interested in the People Analytics/Data Science area of our field. This course will help attendees strengthen their skills by introducing techniques and methods focused around using the python programming language to explore the area of natural language processing (NLP) and its potential applications in People Analytics. This course is offered in four sequential modules.


Intended Audience

The instructional level of this course is Intermediate/Advanced. It is intended for SIOP members who have a strong quantitative background and programming experience. This course will use the Python programming language, but those familiar with R will likely be able to follow along. I-O psychologists, people analytics practitioners, and quantitatively focused HR practitioners who would like to improve their NLP and data science skills may benefit from this session.  



Learning Objectives


  An overview of the history and potential of future NLP.

  NLP and data science insights and techniques from the leading People Analytics Experts.

  Method and best practices for working with text-based HR data

  Detailed explanations and walkthroughs of state-of-the-art machines and deep learning techniques to improve your NLP skillset.




Tuesday | March 29, 2022

10am - 1pm PDT (Virtual)

Tuesday | April 5, 2022

10am - 1pm PDT (Virtual)

Tuesday | April 12, 2022

10am - 1pm PDT (Virtual)

Tuesday | April 19, 2022

10am - 1pm PDT (Virtual)


NLP APD Presenters


Nick Koenig PhotoNick Koenig is a Principal Data Scientist at Modern Hire where he has built, validated, and productionized machine learning models using both structured and unstructured data. He has spent the last 5 years of his career developing strategies to integrate machine learning into the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is the primary member of the winning team from the inaugural SIOP machine learning competition and has co-hosted the SIOP machine learning competition for the past two years. Before working as a data scientist at Modern Hire he spent over 5 years working at Walmart where he worked on the Global Selection and Assessment Team designing, validating, and implementing interviews and assessments that touched over 5 million candidates a year. While at Walmart he also worked as a Senior Research Scientist within Walmart Labs where he leveraged both micro and macro data to better predict and understand consumer demand.  Nick received his B.A. from the University of Missouri – Columbia and his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family, mountain biking, and sampling beer from different breweries.


Daniel Schmerling PhotoDaniel Schmerling is the Head of HR Data Science in the Chief Data Office at Prudential where he is responsible for leading all artificial intelligence initiatives and analyses in the HR space.  Some of Dr. Schmerling’s work at Prudential includes the development and implementation of a skills based talent marketplace using natural language processing to automatically use employee resumes to identify relevant employee skills and match those skills to appropriate job openings and/or stretch assignment opportunities within the organization.  Before working at Prudential, Dr. Schmerling was a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Wonderlic where he led the development of the first of its kind automated job analysis system which could validly and automatically identify the KSAs required for a job based solely on a job title and job description.  Before that, Dr. Schmerling also served as a Manager on the Talent Assessment team within People Analytics at Capital One.  In this role he owned the selection systems and processes for a number of LOBs designing, validating, and implementing selection tools and applications.  He started his career with FMP Consulting as a Human Capital Consultant in Alexandria, VA where among many different projects, he served as project manager developing a performance management system for use with the players on the University of Miami Men’s Basketball Team.  Finally, Dr. Schmerling was a member of the winning team from the inaugural SIOP machine learning competition and has presented on machine learning and artificial intelligence at numerous Industrial and Organizational Psychology as well as Artificial Intelligence conferences. Dr. Schmerling received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida.  In his free time, Daniel enjoys exercising, woodworking, and spending time with his family and friends.


Questions? Contact Joshua.allen2@walmart.com

Motivational Interviewing ADP

Motivational Interviewing Course Description

How do we truly offer transformation to our clients, especially to clients that challenge our skills and have us wondering if we are serving them? This workshop provides a comprehensive look at Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing is a skill-based communicative approach that directly assists clients to overcome barriers, make changes, and achieve goals. Using a language of change, Motivational Interviewing provides an organized way to promote clients and organizations to recognize internal and behavioral issues and motivate them toward changing. Change implementation is necessary to respond to stakeholders’ inputs, changing markets and changing cultures, advance organizational and leadership development, increase information flow, integrate beneficial research, and to follow the most relevant efficiency improvements in the field.


This workshop is designed to 


  Advance I-O through unique skill development.

  Provide I-O psychologists applicable training in Motivational Interviewing.




Participants will learn to use the themes from Motivational Interviewing to strengthen relational dynamics while increasing positive relational outcomes and decreasing client and organizational break downs. By eliciting and exploring a person’s own reasons for change, Motivational Interviewing addresses behaviors and thoughts that a client has mixed feelings about and helps develop a commitment toward choice, option and transformation. Follow your own motivation to join this workshop and experience the benefits of Motivational Interviewing.


Monday | April 4, 2022

11am - 1pm PDT (Virtual)

Wednesday | April 6, 2022

9am - 11am PDT (Virtual)

Monday | April 18, 2022

11am - 1pm PDT (Virtual)

Wednesday | April 20, 2022

9am - 11am PDT (Virtual)



Motivational Interviewing Presenters

Kristijan Civljak, PhD is Assistant Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Business Psychology Department, where he expands and develops courses for socio-cultural foundation, culture centered interventions, consumer motivation, and organizational and cultural dynamics for graduate students. Dr. Civljak is focused on organizational development and the role of consulting in leadership, diversity and inclusion, and change management. His research concentration is on the settlement decisions of migrants, which propelled him to develop a construct map of migrants’ desires, career opportunities, transnational networks, and family values. In his consulting work, Dr. Civljak widely utilizes his experiences from McKinsey & Company, where he obtained his certificate in McKinsey Management Program, especially focusing on problem solving, team management, and clarity in communication. He also serves as a developmental coach and is partnered with national and international clients from different industries, inspiring them to optimize their personal and professional potential in the creative process of learning and development.


Megan Ross, PhD is a Psychologist with expertise in Systems and Organizational Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Leadership Development. Dr. Ross’s work focuses on the impact of embodied organizational development and how this directly translates to the services delivered. Her work intersects organizational, somatic, trauma and peace psychology in individuals, organizations and nations. Dr. Ross is a Chief Consultant for The Ozias Group. She has assisted local, national and international organizations and leaders in organizational development, strategic planning, conflict mediation and values led business leadership. Dr. Ross hold a practice in coaching and clinical psychology and serves as a graduate Professor in Business, International and Clinical Psychologies.


Questions? Contact Rik@nemanick.com