Nicolette P. Lopez
Nicolette P. Lopez
Description of Research
I am currently developing and managing our program's internship center: The Industrial and Organizational Psychology Center. The Center is devoted to connecting the I/O MS program and the local business community. “Bridging the scientist-practitioner gap” is part of our Center’s mission and vision. Sharing and exchanging knowledge are two critical objectives of The Center. Accomplishing this is based on two-way learning model: (1) helping organizations to be better but also (2) learning from organizations. In short, The Center provides businesses with solutions grounded in science while simultaneously allowing students to learn from practitioners, thus both the student and the organization benefit.
The students are at the heart of The Center and focusing on their development is central to The Center’s mission. By working with organizations and field experts on relevant projects, the students sharpen their skill set, broaden their knowledge, and continue their development of I/O-related competencies, thereby facilitating their growth as I/O practitioners.
Some of the businesses with which The Center has collaborated include: Leadership Worth Following, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, Baylor Health Care, Lone Star Park, 7-11, Batrus Hollweg International, Assess Systems, Oxy Inc., Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County, and the City of Dallas. We wish to continue to work with DFW’s business community to enhance the connection between the I/O program and the field, and especially to allow the I/O MS students to attain applied learning opportunities that ultimately will lead to greater employability.
There are now a fairly good number of I/O Program alumni working within the local community. For example, of the 19 M.S. students who have graduated during the past five years, 16 are employed locally within the DFW area, and many with the company with whom they interned. Additionally, many alumni continue to reach out to the I/O Program with student internship opportunities.
Since its inception in January 2012, The Center has received $5,000 from Leadership Worth Following to support its ongoing development. Currently, The Center is working with UT-Arlington's Office of Information Technology on a project focused on organizational change and development.
Lopez, N.P., Pellosmaa, H., & Mora, P. (2012). Gender and cultural considerations in the workplace. In R.J. Gatchel & I. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness. New York: Springer.