Please Join Us!
We are pleased to invite you to attend the 7th Annual River Cities I-O Psychology Conference in beautiful Chattanooga, on October 14th-15th, 2011. The conference is sponsored by the Masters 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 the application and benefit of applied psychology in difficult economic times. 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, forensic psychology, and behavioral finance.
The conference will take place from Friday afternoon, October 14th to Saturday, October 15th of 2011. It is being held at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Bart Weathington via email at Bart-Weathington@utc.edu or by phone at 423-425-4289. Submissions should also be sent to this email address.
We are no longer accepting submissions for posters or presentations for the 2011 RCIO conference. Here are some details that may be pertinent to those who are presenting:
Posters will be displayed on 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/device.
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 in the registration form.
A special discounted rate of $94 per night has been set with the Downtown Chattanooga Courtyard by Marriott. This rate is good for either a king or two double bed room. You can make your lodging arrangements at this reduced rate by calling the hotel directly at (423) 755-0871 and asking to speak to Laney Francis regarding "RCIO".
Parking for the Friday afternoon sessions is arranged in the 5th street garage on the UTC campus. Just tell the attendant that you are there for the RCIO Conference and parking is free.
Registration is necessary for any and all primary conferenc events on Saturday. You may register for RCIO 2011 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 paid Saturday will be $30 for students and $75 for professionals (payable by cash or check only).
The schedule for RCIO 2011 is nearly finished -- it is going to be a stellar line-up this year! More details are forthcoming soon, but the general structure will include the following:
Friday, October 14
(all of this day's events are free --
go to Raccoon Mountain Room, University Center if interested!)
|2:30 - 3:30 PM
||So, you want to get a job with a psychology degree...
Dr. Shawn Bergman & Dr. Jacqui Bergman
|3:40 - 4:50 PM
||Taking your education to the next level: getting into graduate school
Dr. Chris Cunningham & Dr. Bart Weathington
Friday evening special event for student attendees:
7:45 pm at Big River Grill in Downtown Chattanooga
(a group will meet at the conference lodging hotel at 7:30 to walk over)
Please plan on stopping by for some fun and a little informal networking!
Saturday, October 15
||On-site registration opens
|8:30 - 8:50 AM
||Welcome Session: The Promise of Applied Psychology
|8:50 - 9:50 AM
||Applied Psychology in a Bureaucracy: There is promise there too! Dr. Amy D. Grubb
|10:00 - 10:50 AM
Difficult economic conditions: How one consulting firm is adapting, Dr. Daniel L. LeBreton
Present like a pro: Lessons learned from consulting and the classroom, Dr. Shawn Bergman
|11:10 AM - 12 PM
|12:10 - 1:30 PM
||Lunch & Conversation with Dr. Paul M. Muchinsky on the History and Future of I-O Psychology
|1:40 - 2:30 PM
Getting the most out of graduate training (a panel discussion), Frame, Evans, Giumetti, Wiseman, Pickett, Creek, & Watts
Collaborative innovation: Creating tangible value out of team concepts, Gandara, May, Lee, & Levin
|2:40 - 3:30 PM
The economy and its influence on applied psychology, Dr. Paul M. Muchinsky
|3:40 - 4:30 PM
||Wrap-Up Session and Panel Q&A
Our Keynote Presenters
Dr. Amy D. Grubb is the senior Industrial/Organizational Psychologist at the FBI. In her twelve years with the FBI, she has been responsible for the implementation of a number of change initiatives, from serving as a leader on the post-9/11 enterprise-wide transformation of the FBI to a balanced national security and law enforcement mission (the Strategic Execution Team) to implementing HR systems and processes at all levels. A 2010 FBI Director’s Award for Excellence recipient for her organizational development work, she instituted the first corporate-wide FBI Annual Employee Survey and has integrated it with organizational processes and programs. She advises C-suite and executive leaders on risk from the human capital perspective regarding organizational performance, policy decisions, and change initiatives. She has worked extensively with nearly all populations within the FBI, from Special Agents to pilots to Hostage Rescue Team members to Intelligence Analysts to mid-level and executive populations within both the special Agent and Professional Staff ranks. In addition, she serves on the FBI’s Institutional Review Board (Human Subjects), has presented numerous papers at professional conferences, has served on advisory boards both internal and external to the FBI, and liaisons extensively within the government and the private sector communities. Prior to the FBI, she worked as a consultant with the Vandaveer Group in Houston, TX. Amy D. Grubb earned her Ph.D. (1999) and M.A. (1997) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston, earning her bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.
Dr. Paul M. Muchinsky received his B.A. degree in psychology from Gettysburg College, his M.S. degree in psychology from Kansas State University, and his Ph.D. degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Purdue University. He was a faculty member of Iowa State University for twenty years. In 1993 he was appointed the Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2004 Dr. Muchinsky was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Contribution Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for his outstanding educational contributions to the ?eld. In 2008 Dr. Muchinsky was awarded the honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree from Gettysburg College. He is a Fellow of four divisions of the American Psychological Association: the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology; the Society for the Teaching of Psychology; the Society of Consulting Psychology; and the Society of Counseling Psychology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (in industrial/organizational psychology) and a licensed psychologist.
Our Conference Speakers
Dr. Jacqueline Z. Bergman is an Assistant Professor of Management at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Jacqui teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and human resource management. Her research focuses on teamwork, group dynamics, and personality with an emphasis on narcissism.
Dr. Shawn M. Bergman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University and frequently works with the Fors Marsh Group, LLC., a mar-keting 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.
Sarah Creek is a second year graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She plans to graduate in 2012 with her Master's degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She received her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010, majoring in Psychology and Business Administration. She has presented her research projects at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago, IL, in 2009 and 2010. She is currently a Project Associate for the MTSU Center for Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Dr. Christopher J. L. Cunningham is a UC Foundation Associate Professor and graduate faculty member in the Department of Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He teaches organizational and occupational health psychology, organizational development and change, and quantitative/qualitative research methods to graduate students in the university’s industrial-organizational psychology master’s of science program. He also teaches core undergraduate courses in research methods, statistics, test/assessment development, and professional ethics and career planning. His current research addresses multiple occupational health psychology topics, including resource recovery management, decision making regarding recovery from stressful work, the influence of individual differences in personality and fitness on the stress process, and issues regarding work-nonwork role integrations.
Dr. Sarah C. Evans completed her Doctoral training at The University of Georgia (UGA) in 1997. During her tenure at UGA, she worked closely and primarily with Dr. Lillian Eby. Their research on Mentoring, and Career development resulted in several journal articles, book chapters and an NIH grant. As an intern, she worked for UPS and upon graduation worked as an external consultant with PreVisor (now SHL/PreVisor). Sarah has spent the past 3 years as an Assessment and Organizational Development Consultant at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Dr. Mark C. Frame is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. in I/O psychology at The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He was the 2004 recipient of the American Society of Training and Development Dissertation of the Year Award. He has served on the executive committee of the Dallas Area Industrial and Organizational Psychologists and is a member of SIOP. He has organized and hosted the SIOP Junior Faculty Consortium for several years and has presented at multiple conferences.
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.
Dr. Gary W. Giumetti completed his Doctoral training at Clemson University in 2011 and his Masters training at Villanova University. He is now an Assistant Professor at Georgia College & State University. He is also a consultant with the Development Dimensions International (DDI) Testing Services Group. As a student he worked as an intern with the DDI Selection Solutions Group and ICF International. Gary has received several awards, has multiple publications and presentations, and has been awarded the Joyce & Thayer Graduate Fellowship from SIOP.
Dr. Daniel L. LeBreton is a corporate psychologist and consultant at Peter Rock Consulting, Inc. (PRC), a Charlotte-based firm. He has spent the past six years providing assessment and consulting services to organizations ranging from moderate-sized family businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Dan's primary areas of expertise are leadership assessment and leadership development. He has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of leaders and executives on their professional growth and development. Prior to pursuing his consulting career, Dan was a faculty member in the Psychology Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dan graduated with a B.S. from Illinois State University and earned both an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Virginia Tech. He is also a licensed psychologist. Dan recently opened a Nashville office for PRC. He lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife (Lindsay), his twin sons (Caleb and Connor), and the family dog (Bella). On the rare occasion he finds free time, Dan enjoys playing golf, watching Virginia Tech football, reading, writing, playing poker with friends, and trying to keep pace with his 19-month old boys.
Mirinae Lee is a doctoral candidate in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Mirinae is currently part of a team that assesses the effectiveness of courses that train students in professional and teamwork skills at IIT. Mirinae’s research interests include adverse impact analyses, discrimination in the work place, cross-disciplinary teamwork and emergent leadership.
Kelly Levin is working on her Ph.D. in the Industrial-Organizational program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Kelly currently assists Jill May and Daniel Gandara with the IIT site for a multi-school NSF grant researching cross-disciplinary student teams and ethical awareness. In addition, she works as an associate consultant at the Center for Research and Service where she does a great deal of work with employee engagement surveys. Kelly’s recent research includes discrimination and bullying in the workplace, job stress, and leader-member exchange.
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.
Racquel L. Pickett completed her Masters training at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in 2007. She is currently a Human Capital Consultant for Sankora Executive Solutions, Inc. Prior to joining Sankora Executive Solutions, Inc. she was a project manager/research associate for the American Trucking Associations. As a student she Interned with Blockbuster, worked as a data manager for UTC project REEL, worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, and served as a consultant for UTC.
Logan L. Watts is a second year graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). He plans to graduate in 2012 with his Master's degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and, upon graduating, pursue doctoral training in the field of I/O Psychology. He received his undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University in 2010, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business Administration. He has presented research at the River Cities I/O Psychology Conference in 2010. Logan is currently a Graduate Assistant for the MTSU Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center and is a student affiliate of SIOP and Vice President of the MTSU Society for Human Resource Management.
Dr. Bart L. Weathington is currently serving as UC Foundation Associate Professor and Coordinator of the graduate program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston. Dr. Weathington followed a nontraditional route into academe spending several years working as a management consultant planning, designing, and delivering organizational performance solutions and helping organizations meet human resource challenges. Continuing this trend, his research interests are broadly focused on the application of psychological knowledge to real world issues. Specifically, he is interested in issues regarding employee selection, discipline, and compensation as well as sport psychology.
Derek Wiseman completed his Masters training in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University in 2000. He has spent some time consulting in the I/O Psychology arena and is currently a Nashville area HR professional, specializing in compensation, human resources information systems/reporting and project management. With previous experience at Dell Computers, and WebMD, he has spent the past 6 and ½ years with Gaylord Entertainment where he is currently the Director of Compensation and HRIS. His practical experience and educational background result in a well balanced perspective that allows him to effectively tackle various human resources issues.