Dr. Nicolette P. Hass
Professor of Practice
Description of Research
I am currently the Director of the 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 the Center’s mission and vision. Sharing and exchanging knowledge are two critical objectives of The Center. Accomplishing this is based on a 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, Lone Star Park, Assess Systems, Oxy Inc., Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County, and the County and 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 is now a fairly good number of I/O Program alumni working within the local DFW community, and many are employed by 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 several funded contracts from a variety of outside organizations in the DFW area as well as from units within our University community. Past collaborators include the Dallas County Medical Reserve Corps, CompuCom, Baylor Scott & White Health, and the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business joint ventures. Currently, The Center is working with the Office of Information Technology at UT Arlington on an organizational-wide culture change initiative.
Abellanoza, A., Hass N. P., Gatchel, R. J. (2018). Burnout in ER nurses: Review of the literature and interview themes. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 23:e12117. https://doi.org/10.1111/jabr.12117
Hass, N. P. (2017). The field of industrial and organizational psychology: An early example of translational research. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 22(4), 1-15
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