Research is a core part of the PhD and Master's program at GMU. Our labs have a collaborative research culture.
For the most up to date information see the faculty bios and research group information. Here are the faculty webpages, if they do not have a webpage, see their bio or email for more information.
Dr. Cortina's research focuses on methodological and statistical based issues in IO psychology. A continuing lab project involves examining how authors present structural equations models in their papers and re-testing them. Additional lab projects are focused on moderation in meta-analysis and the issue of between studies' variance, looking at how indirect conditional effects are analyzed, and recently a paper that was a collaboration between Dr. Cortina and two students (Jen Green & Kate Keeler) was accepted to Organizational Research Methods. This paper examines how authors calculate degrees of freedom and how to standardize this more effectively. Dr. Cortina also works with his students on whatever their interests are, be it creativity, music, or teams.
Dr. Dalal and his research group work primarily on projects in the following areas: (1) employee performance (primarily counterproductive/deviant and citizenship behavior), (2) job attitudes and mood/emotions, (3) the impact of situations (both directly and in conjunction with personality) on performance, and (4) decision-making (primarily advice-taking processes and individual decision-making competence).
Dr. Kaplan's lab primarily investigates the subjective experience of working and the related area of employee well-being. Specific topics include: affect/emotions at work, positive psychology in the workplace, individual differences, job attitudes, job stress, meaning at work, and workplace well-being interventions. In addition to this focus, the lab also studies team functioning and effectiveness in nonroutine and extreme environments such as nuclear power plant control rooms and mine rescue. Also, the lab explores methodological and statistical topics as well as flexible work arrangements such as telework.
The goal of this research group is to provide empirical evidence guiding the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations. Despite increasing representation of women and minorities in organizations and progress in the treatment of stigmatized individuals, there is little doubt that discrimination still exists. This research will examine the contemporary experiences of stigmatized individuals in organizations as well as individual and organizational strategies for the reduction of discrimination and its consequences.
Dr. Lauren Kuykendall
Dr. Kuykendall's research focuses on understanding the activities and malleable characteristics that promote worker well-being. The primary focus of her current research is understanding when and how leisure activities promote worker well-being. Two current projects involve analysis of what goes into optimizing leisure time and how to make effective work-life decisions.
Dr. Lois Tetrick
Dr. Tetrick has two research labs. Projects with the Psychological Contracts and Employment Relationship research lab have involved exploring how psychological contracts relate to graduate student life, exploring the norm of reciprocity and potential cross-cultural similarities and differences, and studying individual differences in perceptions of contract breach versus violation.
The Occupational Health research team concentrates on the study and prevention of health and safety violations in the workplace. Projects have included work/family balance (cross-cultural included), the relationship between organizational (in)justice and (ill)health, and workplace safety and risk perceptions.
Dr. Steve Zaccaro
The primary research interests in the "Z-Group" include leadership, teamwork, and adaptability. Past lab studies have investigated the role of feedback and variability in fostering team adaptability, in addition to the role of leadership in promoting adaptability. Field projects have included topics such as leader self-development, developmental work assignments, and leader adaptability. Students often receive applied research experience working with the Mirum Corporation on studies funded by the U.S. Army.