IO Research

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. Nicolette Hass, 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.

Dr. Amber Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Schroeder’s primary research interests are in the area of technology use in organizational settings. Her research focuses on the implications of organizational online social media use, with further interests in the occurrence of both prosocial and antisocial employee behaviors using a virtual medium. She has also conducted research on employee personality and individual culture. In addition, Dr. Schroeder has worked with various organizations on projects related to employee training, selection tool validation, and organizational policy development.

Dr. Kelsey Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Medeiros’ research focuses on complex problem solving in organizations. Specifically, her work explores environmental and individual influences on ethical decision making and creative problem solving. Additionally, she is interested in microlevel influences on corporate social responsibility. Dr. Medeiros has worked with several national and international organizations on HR-related issues including Hogan Assessment Systems and NBC Universal. Additionally, Dr. Medeiros has trained nearly 700 early-career professionals in professional ethics.

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
  • Employee and organizational technology use
  • Prosocial and antisocial employee behavior
  • Personality and individual culture