Industrial / Organizational Psychology
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Seth Kaplan

Seth Kaplan

Seth Kaplan

Associate Professor

Employee well-being; Emotions at work; Job attitudes; personality; Individual and team performance in crises and extreme environments; flexible work arrangements; telework; metaperceptions; measurement and statistical issues

Dr Kaplan conducts research in two areas. He studies employee wellness, with a focus on workplace affect. He also investigates team performance in extreme environments and during crises.

Selected Publications

Vander Molen, R.J. Kaplan, S., Choi, E., & Montoya, D. (In-press). Judgments of the dark triad based on Facebook profiles. Journal of Research in Personality.

Kaplan, S., Engelsted, J., Lei, X. & Lockwood, K. (In-press). Unpackaging manager mistrust in allowing telework: Comparing and integrating theoretical perspectives. Journal of Business and Psychology

Su, L., Kaplan, S., Burd, R., Winslow, C., Hargrove, A., & Waller, M. (In-press). Trauma resuscitation: Can team behaviors in the pre-arrival period predict resuscitation performance? BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning

Winslow, C.J., Hu, X., Kaplan, S.A., & Li, Y. (In-press). Accentuate the positive: Which positive emotions predict which work outcomes? Psychologist-Manager Journal

Waller, M.J. & Kaplan, S. (2018). Systematic behavioral observation for emergent team phenomena: Key considerations for quantitative video-based approaches. Organizational Research Methods, 21, 500-515.

Kaplan, S. & Waller, M.J. (2018). Reliability through resilience in organizational teams. In R. Ramanujam & K. Roberts (Eds.), From high reliability to reliable organizing: A handbook (pp. 90-117). Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.  

Courses Taught

Personality Psychology


Multivariate Statistics

Structural Equation Modeling and Meta-analysis

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Recent Presentations

Fitzgibbons, S., Kaplan, S., Lei, X.*, Safford, S, & Parker, S. (2018, February). Operating room teams: Does familiarity make a difference? Paper presented at the annual Academic Surgical Congress, Jacksonville, FL.

Waller, M.J.,  Kaplan, & Lei, Z. (2017, August). Explicit coordination balance in teams facing critical events. In Adopting a temporal les in organizational behavior research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA. 

Kaplan, S., Parker, S., Metzger, T., Lei, X., Safford, S., Fitzgibbons, S., & Muthukattil, R. (2017, July). Team familiarity in the operating room: A large-scale investigation of theoretical and practical issues. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, St. Louis, MO.

Kaplan, S. Nicolaides, V.C.*, Ruark, G.A., Cortina, J.M, & Gilrane, V. (2017, April). Shoulder to lean on or cheerleader?: Leader emotion management strategies. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Orlando, FL.

Biskup, M.*, Kaplan, S., Bradley-Geist, J., & Membere, A*. (2017, April). Just howmiserable is work? A meta-analysis of the evidence. In. M. Ford (Chair). New within person perspectives on affect across work and home. Symposium to be at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Orlando, FL.

Lei, X.*, Dye, C.*, & Kaplan, S. (2017, April). A qualitative study on the experience of downtime at work. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Orlando, FL.


In the Media

Has provided commentary to various media outlets including


-The Huffington Post


-The Washington Post

Dissertations Supervised

Carolyn Winslow, The Role of Affective Forecasting in Task Behavior: How – and for Whom – Does (in)Accuracy in Emotional Predictions Impact Task Performance? (2017)

Ronald Vega, Why Use Flexible Work Arrangements?: A Policy Capturing Study Examining the Factors Related to FWA Utilization (2015)

Xiaoxiao Hu, The Truth Behind the Smile: Employees’ Management of Emotional Expressions in Interactions with Leaders and Peers (2012)

Alicia Ann Stachowski, A Model of Time Use at Work: Individual Differences, Time Use, and Performance (2011)