Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Department of Psychology faculty involved in industrial and organizational research: 

Dr. Nicolette Hass, Professor of Practice and I/O Program Director

Prior to joining UTA in 2007, Dr. Hass consulted for several years for a large multinational aeronautics organization. That experience was integral to the formation of her teaching and mentoring philosophy, which ultimately led to her current role as professor of practice. With a focus on the application of I/O, one of her primary roles is serving as director of The Industrial and Organizational Psychology Center, which connects the business community with UTA students in the I/O master’s program. Faculty and graduate students associated with The Center have collaborated with organizations on projects such as employee attitudes assessment, organizational change implementation, performance management system improvement, and leadership training and development. Past collaborators include:

  • Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps
  • Tarrant County Mental Health Services
  • CompuCom
  • Service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses

Dr. Logan Watts, Assistant Professor

Dr. Watts's research focuses on the topics of leadership, ethics, and creativity/innovation in organizations. For example, he studies the processes by which leaders impact ethical decision making and creative problem solving, as well as depictions of leadership and creativity in popular media. He has also worked with a variety of organizations in functions related to culture assessment, talent management, and training and development. Research interests include:

  • Leadership
  • Ethical decision making
  • Creative problem solving

Prof. Rachel Baldridge, Assistant Professor of Instruction

Prof. Baldridge’s primary interests include competency modeling development and applications, personnel selection, as well as intergroup contact. Currently, her primary focus is the development of partnerships with organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for giving students the invaluable opportunity of applied experience during their time at UTA. In addition, she serves as the graduate advisor for the I/O master's program.

Prof. Michelle Martín-Raugh, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Michelle Martín-Raugh is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and director of the Employee Assessment, Selection, and Training (EAST) Lab at UTA. Research conducted in the EAST Lab explores the development, use, and validity of assessments (e.g., situational judgment tests [SJTs], video-based interviews, performance-based team tasks) for use in personnel selection and training contexts. Prior to joining UTA, she previously worked as a Research Scientist for Educational Testing Service (2013-2022) and received her Ph.D. in Industrial /Organizational Psychology in 2013 from Rice University. She has authored publications featured in outlets such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Review, and has served as a guest editor for special issue of the Journal of Intelligence. She holds a patent for the automatic scoring of video-based interviews, and her research on SJTs has been federally funded by the Army Research Institute.

Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs), Employment Interviews, Assessment, Personnel Selection, Negotiation Skills, Ethical Behavior in Teams