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Volume 54     Number 3    January 2017      Editor: Tara Behrend

International Practice Forum: Organizational and Work Psychology in Brazil

Lynda Zugec with Iuri Novaes Luna, Laura Cardoni Ruffier, and Caio Henrique de Mendonca Chaves Incrocci

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Ever wonder what is happening within I-O psychology in Latin America? In this issue of the International Practice Forum, we got together with Iúri, Laura, and Caio to discuss organizational and work psychology in Brazil. Read on for a brief snapshot of the country, recent initiatives, and ongoing projects and research!

TIPTopics for Students: Bringing Education to Life: Creatively Applying and Transferring I-O

Thomas Sasso, Jessica Sorenson, and Grace Ewles

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Last month a few I-O graduate students from the University of Guelph went to a local escape room. For those unfamiliar with these locations, groups pay to be locked in a room and must solve a series of riddles, clues, and tasks, usually based around a story or theme, in order to free themselves. Groups are challenged to achieve a series of difficult tasks in set timelines, engage in innovative and critical thinking about conventional items, and in turn establish informal group dynamics (for an entertaining demonstration of this type of activity please have a look at this clip from the Ellen DeGeneres show). As our group struggled through the series of required tasks, one of the authors of this column turned to another author and said, “How many I-O psychology students does it take to get out of a locked room?”

I-O Outside I-O: A Quarterly Review of Relevant Research From Other Disciplines

Mark Alan Smith and Alex Alonso

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Do you ever read a headline in the popular press and say, “That can’t be!  Those reporters have it all wrong!?”  Do you ever receive your APA journals summary, read an abstract from a non-I-O journal, and ask yourself what that means for your practice?  Do you ever think about multidisciplinary research and examine how other disciplines look at our issues of the day?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then this column is for you.

Practitioner Forum: An Update from the Professional Practice Committee

Will Shepherd

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Greeting! My name is Will Shepherd and I have the pleasure of serving as the chair of the Professional Practice Committee (PPC). In January of 2016, James Outtz asked me to serve in this role. I was honored to be asked by Jim for whom I have great respect. He was a great I-O psychologist who cared deeply about SIOP. The PPC Chair also serves as a liaison between the committee and other committee chairs, as well as the SIOP Executive Board (EB), which includes Professional Practice Officer Rob Silzer. I appreciate the support and partnership of Rob, who is also a former PPC Chair and who has great passion for the practice of I-O psychology.

New Local I-O Group in Los Angeles Leads With its Purpose: The People Experience Project

Nazanin Tadjbakhsh, Peter Rutigliano, and Anna Erickson

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 “Have you ever wondered what would happen, if all the geniuses—the artists, the scientists, the smartest, most creative people in the world decided to actually change it? Where, where could they even do such a thing?” –Hugo, Tomorrowland (2015)


In recent issues of TIP, the SIOP Local I-O Groups Committee has highlighted the successes of several established local I-O groups such as METRO in New York (Shapiro, Erickson, & Farmer, 2016) and MPPAW in Minnesota (Erickson & Rutigliano, 2016). In this article, we will shift our focus to a local group that is just getting started.