Please Join Us!
Consider this your invitation to attend the 6th Annual River Cities I-O Psychology Conference in beautiful Chattanooga, TN on October 22 and 23, 2010. This conference is organized and sponsored by the Masters of Science program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the Department of Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The focus of this year’s conference is on balancing work and nonwork life with a particular focus on occupational health and well-being within organizations. Topics of interest include traditional areas of Industrial-Organizational Psychology such as employee selection, job analysis, training, organizational behavior, compensation, and motivation, as well as areas that have been under-represented in I-O, such as occupational health psychology, translational research, sport psychology, and psychology and the law.
At any time, if you have questions please contact Bart Weathington at Bart-Weathington@utc.edu. The conference will take place on the evening of Friday, October 22nd and the full day of Saturday, October 23rd, 2010. It is being held at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
We are no longer accepting submissions for posters or presentations for the 2010 RCIO conference. However, if you are interested in preparing something for the 2011 conference you can get an idea of what to expect by reviewing this year's call for papers here.
Here are some details that may be pertinent to those who are presenting:
To display posters this year we will be using wire display stands. As a general guide, your poster should have no problem fitting these stands if it is approximately 3 feet by 3 feet in dimension (it can go a little longer in length if you don't mind it hanging off the side a bit). Printed posters can easily be attached to the wire mesh with paper or "gator" type clips, or tape, but please come prepared with some sort of attachment technique.
Presentations at this year’s RCIO Conference are scheduled to last 50 minutes including a time for Q&A. Each room will be equipped with a projector, screen, laptop computer, and internet connectivity. If other equipment will be needed, please specify in comments box. Presentation submissions should include names and affiliations of all presenters as well as a title and short summary of the proposed session.
Officially the time has passed for our discount rate at the Courtyard by Marriott Chattanooga ($87/night), but a few rooms remain at this rate if you would like to call Cindy Ward, Sales Manager at 423-755-6139. If she has rooms available she will get them at our discounted rate. We also highly recommend any other hotel in Downtown Chattanooga because of their proximity to the UTC campus and the fantastic nightlife. Make sure to make your lodging reservations when you make your conference registration, as there are many events taking place in the Chattanooga area the weekend of the RCIO conference.
Registration is necessary for any and all Saturday (10/23) conference events. You may register for RCIO 2010 in two ways. First, you can register online with a credit card or PayPal account. To do this, please follow these steps:
1) Complete our online registration form (click here)
2) Enter your payment details by following this link:
If you do not wish to register online, but would prefer to pay by check or cash, you may download a complete registration form here (click here to download) and mail it to Bart Weathington at the address provided on the form.
Early registration is discounted at $20 for students and $55 for professionals. On-site registration Saturday 10/23 will be $30 for students and $75 for professionals (payable by cash or check only).
Here is the schedule for RCIO 2010:
Friday, October 22
(all of this day's events are free --
go to Raccoon Mountain Room, University Center if interested!)
|2:30 - 3:30 PM
||Finding a job as a psychology major
Dr. Shawn Bergman & Mr. T. J. Clayton
|3:40 - 4:50 PM
||Taking your education to the next level: getting into graduate school
Dr. Chris Cunningham & Dr. Bart Weathington
Special Event for student attendees: Friday night at Big River Restaurant (downtown, near the primary conference lodging) has reserved a section of seats for "UTC RCIO Conference Attendees" near the billiards area starting at 6pm -- 10% off for all sstudent conference attendees.
Please stop in to say hi and do a little informal networking!
Saturday, October 23
||On-site registration opens
|8:30 - 8:50 AM
Dr. Robert Sinclair: The economic context of occupational health psychology.
|10:10 - 11:00 AM
Ms. Sarah Petschonek & Ms. Adriane Sanders: Psychologists in Unlikely Places: Healthcare Initiatives and Green Research.
Dr. Shawn Bergman: Present like a pro—lessons learned from consulting and the classroom.
Mr. Ryan Picarella: The Art and Science of Building, Implementing, and Evaluating a Corporate Wellness Program.
|11:10 AM - 12 PM
|12:10 - 1:30 PM
|1:40 - 2:30 PM
Dr. C. Douglas Johnson & Ms. Heather Interholzinger: Lifemapping.
Dr. Laura L. Koppes Bryan: The role of leaders in fostering a work-life friendly culture.
Ms. Jill May and Mr. Daniel Gandara: Counterproductive team behaviors: What happens when teams go bad?
|2:40 - 3:30 PM
Dr. Rodney A. McCloy: Quality assurance analysis of a computerized adaptive test.
Dr. Mark Frame: The relationship between emotional dissonance and job burnout.
|3:40 - 4:30 PM
The full conference program will be posted soon -- here are some details on our primary presenters this year:
Dr. Shawn Bergman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University and frequently works with the Fors Marsh Group, LLC., a marketing and organizational research consulting firm. Dr. Bergman has prepared and delivered numerous academic and professional presentations to a wide variety of audiences, including attendees of local and national academic and professional conferences, high-ranking officers at the Department of Defense, and decision-makers from business organizations. Additionally, Dr. Bergman is the president of High Country Toastmasters, a non-profit organization that helps individuals develop and refine their public speaking and leadership skills.
- Dr. Bergman will be speaking about how to Present like a Pro.
Dr. Mark C. Frame is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Dr. Frame graduated with a B.A. from The University of New Orleans and earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. at The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program. He was the 2004 recipient of the prestigious American Society of Training and Development Dissertation of the Year Award. Dr. Frame’s background includes a variety of colorful jobs and trades in his youth as well as several retail related positions. While completing his education Dr. Frame worked for Personnel Decisions International (PDI), Personnel Research Associates (PRA), and The New Orleans Civil Service Test and Validation Unit. As an independent consultant, he worked with Microsoft People Research, Saville Holdsworth Limited (SHL), MICA Management Resources, PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Organizational Strategies Incorporated (OSI), Ameritech Human Resources Research and Process Development, IIT’s Center for Research and Service, The Institute for Business and Technical Careers at The Richard J. Daley College, The Manufacturing and Productivity Center at IIT as well as PDI and PRA. In 2003, Dr. Frame took the reins of the newly formed UT-Arlington I/O Psychology Graduate Program and solidified the program’s scope and reputation. Dr. Frame is an active consultant with a variety of large organizations and his current program of research is primarily focused on job performance: The measurement of job performance; How different people view job performance differently; How stereotypes and attitudes impact people's perception of performance; Assessment center performance; Leadership performance and effectiveness; And the psychometric issues involved with performance ratings. Dr. Frame has been published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and the European Journal of Social Psychology and has made contributions to the texts Employee Assistance Programs: Wellness/Enhancement Programming, the Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Encyclopedia of Leadership.
- Dr. Frame will be speaking about The Relationship Between Emotional Dissonance and Job Burnout
Mr. Daniel Gandara is a doctoral candidate in the Industrial-Organizational program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Born an entrepreneur, Danny plans to work as a corporate trainer and open an I/O consulting business. Danny currently co-directs the IIT site for a multi-school NSF grant studying multi-disciplinary student teams and ethical awareness. Additionally, Danny co-instructs a course that trains students in professional and teamwork skills. Danny’s consulting work includes developing team building sessions, diagnosing team issues, and conducting ethics interventions. Danny’s recent research includes cross-disciplinary project team functioning, leadership development, training, performance measurement, organizational culture, and assessment.
- Mr. Gandara will be presenting with Ms. May regarding Counterproductive Team Behaviors.
Ms. Heather Interholzinger is a student at Georgia Gwinnett College, where she has been included on the Presidents List for academic excellence. She serves as the Student Coordinator for Axiom Youth Ministry and is the Board Chair for Static Student Mall. Her future aspirations include being a Strengths Coach in an effort to enhance individuals’ personal and professional development. She has been happily married for 20 years and home-schooled her son through the seventh grade. Her talents as identified by StrengthFinders 2.0 are Significance, Achiever, Futuristic, Strategic, and Focused.
Dr. C. Douglas Johnson (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is an Associate Professor of Management at Georgia Gwinnett College. He researches diversity and careers, focusing on experiences of organizational outsiders within (those who are marginalized, harassed, or discriminated against). He has published in journals such as the Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Education & Psychological Measurement. He is an executive committee member of the GDO Division of the Academy of Management, and a past Associate Editor of the Business Journal of Hispanic Research. He has prior industry experience with corporations such as GE, PeopleSoft, IBM, and Michelin. His talents as identified by StrengthsFinder 2.0 are Intellection, Learner, Achiever, Deliberative, and Command.
- Ms. Interholzinger and Dr. Johnson will be discussing a process called Lifemapping, which is designed to help guide people toward a more rewarding and fulfilling life.
Dr. Laura Koppes Bryan received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1987. Currently, she is Director and Professor, School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences, University of West Florida (UWF), and is Co-Director of the UWF Center for Applied Psychology. She is also currentely the President of the international professional organization College and University Work/Family Association.Prior to joining UWF, Dr. Koppes Bryan was the President of LK Associates, a global organization and human resources consulting firm, and was Director of Work-Life at the University of Kentucky. Previously, Dr. Koppes Bryan served as an Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, directed graduate programs in I-O Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. She has over 100 articles, book chapters, notes, peer-reviewed and/or invited presentations, and grants. Her research interests include history of I-O psychology, work-life effectiveness, and positive work-life leadership. She is the editor of the only comprehensive scholarly text on the history of I-O psychology (Historical Perspectives in Industrial and Organizational Psychology), and is co-author of the 3rd edition of EEO Law and Personnel Practices. She is a U.S. Fulbright scholar, was the Associate Editor of The Psychologist-Manager Journal, and has served as reviewer for numerous scientific journals. Dr. Koppes Bryan served as the editor for The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (TIP) and chair of the SIOP Education and Training Committee. Dr. Koppes Bryan was a recipient of the SIOP Distinguished Service Award.
- Dr. Koppes Bryan will be speaking about The Role of Leaders in Fostering a Work-Life Friendly Culture
Ms. Jill L. May is on the Ph D track in the Industrial-Organizational program at the Illinois Institute of Psychology. Jill co-directs the IIT site for a multi-school NSF grant researching cross-disciplinary student teams and ethical awareness. In addition to completing research on the grant, Jill co-instructs a class dedicated to training students professional and team skills. Jill’s paper on measuring ethical climate in undergraduate project teams (co-authored with Mr. Daniel Gandara) was recently for the Robert J. Wherry Best Paper Award at the IO-OB Graduate Student Conference. Jill’s recent research includes research ethics, ethical climate, adverse impact analysis, discrimination in the workplace, cross-disciplinary teams, and assessment.
- Ms. May will be speaking with Mr. Gandara regarding Counterproductive Team Behaviors.
Dr. Rod McCloy is a Principal Staff Scientist at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), serving as an in-house technical expert and a mentor to junior staff. He is well versed in several multivariate analytical techniques (e.g., structural equation modeling, event history analysis, hierarchical linear modeling) and has applied them to numerous research questions, particularly those involving personnel selection and classification, job performance measurement and modeling, and attrition/turnover. His assessment and testing experience has spanned both cognitive and non-cognitive domains and has involved several large-scale assessment programs (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, National Assessment of Educational Progress, General Aptitude Test Battery). His recent research includes the development of computerized adaptive tests of cognitive ability for use as selection screens in unsupervised settings.
- Dr. McCloy will be presenting a session entitled, Quality Assurance Analysis of a Computerized Adaptive Test
Ms. Sarah Petschonek is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at the University of Memphis, where she is also pursuing an M.B.A. degree. Sarah currently works at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital managing the hospital-wide Patient Safety Project, which focuses on understanding and improving the culture of safety across the hospital. The purpose of this project is to identify methods for improving the quality of care, while also assessing the extent to which a culture of safety exists in the hospital. Her dissertation, which examines how the constructs of safety culture are related to safety behaviors, is being conducted at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the data collection phase is scheduled for early Spring 2011. Sarah also works as a Graduate Student Affiliate for the University of Memphis Center for Organizational Research and Effectiveness (UMCORE). UMCORE is a collaborative effort between the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Department and the School of Business that conducts applied interdisciplinary research on topics that are relevant to both the public sector and private sectors. In the past, Sarah has worked at the Center for Healthcare and Technology, and with the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System investigating how technology impacts nurse workflow patterns. Sarah’s work has been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration and as a book chapter in Advancing Health Outcomes Research Methods and Clinical Applications. In addition to school and work, Sarah volunteers at Literacy Mid-South, where she teaches a class on critical thinking skills to help adult learners prepare to take the GED. She also currently volunteers at the Program Evaluation Department of Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, analyzing data related to community outreach projects related to childhood obesity. She plans to defend her dissertation and graduate from the M.B.A. program in Spring 2011. After graduation, Sarah plans to focus her career on improving the healthcare experience, both for those who work in healthcare, as well as those who are patients in the system. Her research interests include patient safety, quality of care issues, job enrichment, and organizational change management.
- Ms. Petschonek will be discussing her experiences as an I-O Psychologists in Healthcare
Mr. Ryan Picarella is an expert strategic Human Resources and Corporate Wellness Program management consultant. For the last five years, Ryan has served BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) in a variety of roles including: Organizational Development Consultant, HR Business Consultant, Manager of Strategy and Planning, Account Executive for Onlife Health (a BCBST subsidiary), as well as his most recent assignment orchestrating and managing the wellness efforts for BCBST’s family of employees. In just the past nine months, Ryan has successfully helped create a corporate culture of wellness that includes basic individual health awareness, nutrition, weight management, exercise and more. Ryan graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Masters Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Before that he earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Anthology from Northern Arizona University. He is an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the National Wellness Institute and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology; and has the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources. In his free time he enjoys riding motorcycles, backpacking, climbing, practicing yoga, making wine and being on the lake.
- Mr. Picarella will be speaking about the Art and Science of Building, Implementing, and Evaluating a Corporate Wellness Program – a case study from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Ms. Adriane M. Sanders is a doctoral student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at The University of Memphis. In addition to working on program milestones, she is currently teaching the upper division undergraduate I-O course. Though it is her first semester teaching, Adriane is excited that she may have found her vocation. She currently serves as the Treasurer of the Graduate Student Coordinating Committee and as the first and only graduate student member of the Undergraduate Advisory Committee (UGAC). UGAC strives to enhance, enrich, and assess curricula and programs to ensure the highest quality undergraduate psychology education the U of M can provide. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The U of M and is passionate about “giving back” to her alma mater. Adriane strives to continually reach this goal by serving on committees such as UGAC, mentoring students, and facilitating professional skills acquisition that will hopefully reach far beyond the classroom. Additionally, Adriane is a graduate student affiliate of The University of Memphis Center for Organizational Research and Effectiveness (UMCORE)—a joint effort between faculty and students of the Business and I-O Psychology programs. Her current research interests include the intersection of environmental issues and the workplace, work-family balance, general topics in occupational health and safety, as well as the teaching of psychology. Adriane chaired an environmental sustainability symposium for the 2010 SIOP annual conference, in which she presented her Master’s thesis work on corporate eco-friendliness as it affects recruitment (i.e., job pursuit intentions and organizational attractiveness). For SIOP 2011, Adriane has submitted three “green” presentations—an investigation of common work-family policies with unintended environmental benefits, the role of I-O in facilitating adoption, measurement, and positive outcomes of Corporate Environmental Sustainability, and a closer look at the environmental and organizational benefits of online recruiting. Her previous work with fellow I-O colleagues on transforming nurse workflow is published in the Journal of Nursing Administration and she currently has two manuscripts in progress related to environmental I-O topics. Adriane hopes to continue teaching and mentoring undergraduates while completing her final program milestones and furthering her program of research.
- Ms. Sanders will be speaking about ways to integrate I-O psychology and green initiatives
Dr. Robert Sinclair is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Clemson University. He completed his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University in 1995. Prior to moving to Clemson University in 2008, he held faculty positions at the University of Tulsa and Portland State University. Dr. Sinclair is a founding member and Past-President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. He currently serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Organizational Behavior and as a panel member for the Occupational Safety and Health Study Section of the Centers for Disease Control. He has published over 40 articles and book chapters including work in leading journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. His work in progress includes an edited volume (with Mo Wang and Lois Tetrick) titled Research Methods in Occupational Health Psychology: State of the Art in Measurement, Design, and Analysis. Dr. Sinclair's research in health care settings focuses on occupational health psychology concerns faced by nurses. He directed the recently completed Oregon Nurse Retention Project (www.onrp.webnode.com), a longitudinal mixed method study of the relationship between nurses' work experiences and their occupational health-related outcomes. This research program addressed a wide array of topics related to nursing including burnout and engagement, staffing, work schedules, positive and negative experiences, and mental health outcomes.
- Dr. Sinclair will be discussing economic issues associated with occupational health, safety, and well-being.