Overview of the Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychology Program

Industrial and Organizational


We currently offer both a Master’s of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in I/O. Our Master’s program focuses on developing applied skills, offering professional training to those not wishing to pursue doctoral studies. For those students wishing to continue their graduate education, the doctoral program integrates both theory and science, and heavily emphasizes empirical research and quantitative skills. Requirements for both programs are demanding and admission is extremely competitive.

The I/O Faculty

Dr. Paul Paulus, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and I/O Program Director

Dr. Paulus has done extensive research on group and team creativity and innovation.  He has conducted a number of workshops on these issues and can facilitate applied projects with organizations in these areas. He is also an expert on environmental design.  He has consulted in the past with a number of national and international organizations on both environmental design and innovation processes.

Dr. Shannon Scielzo, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Shannon Scielzo has worked on and overseen numerous applied projects, including conducting job analyses, developing performance appraisal systems, computer adaptive training systems, mentoring programs, and has an extensive background in measure development and large scale validation efforts. She has worked with numerous companies, including but not limited to Workforce Central Florida, Universal Studios, and SA Technologies.

Dr. Nicolette Lopez, Professor in Practice of Psychology

In addition to being a faculty member at UT-Arlington, Dr. Lopez has worked as an independent consultant for over six years. Projects have involved conducting job analyses, developing competency modeling, developing training modules and assessing employee attitudes for clients including Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

The research areas of the present faculty include but are not limited to:

  • The effects of technology on communication and performance
  • Competency modeling development and applications
  • Justice in the workplace
  • Maximizing team performance
  • Creating new approaches to training
  • Applications of mentoring
  • Measurement-related issues
  • Group creativity and innovation in teams 


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