Mike Biderman (Ph.D., University of Iowa)
Dr. Biderman teaches introductory and intermediate statistics courses, sensation and perception, and the graduate research methods sequence in the I/O program. His research interests involve the measurement of faking of personality tests, the measurement and use of response consistency in applicant selection, and investigation of creation of selection tests with minimal adverse impact.
Chris Cunningham (Ph.D., Bowling Green State University)
Dr. Cunningham teaches organizational psychology, organizational development and change, and quantitative/qualitative research methods to graduate students in the M.S. program in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology. He also teaches select undergraduate core courses in psychological research methods, statistics, assessment development, and professional ethics and career planning. His current research addresses multiple OHP topics, including need for resource recovery and recovery from occupational stress, the influence of individual differences in personality and fitness on the stress process, and issues regarding work-nonwork role integrations. He is also involved as an adjunct clinical research professor at the UT College of Medicine/Erlanger Hospital campus, where he is involved with projects that seek to improve healthcare provider health and well0being at work, as well as efficiency on the job.
Ralph Hood (Ph.D., University of Nevada)
Dr. Hood is a social psychologist whose major interests are in philosophical psychology and the psychology of religion. He is co-founder of the International Federation of the Psychology of Religion and co-founder of the International Journal of the Psychology of Religion. He is the immediate past editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is past president of APA's Division 36 and a recipient of its William James award for excellence in research. His major research interests are reflected in his publications. He is co-author of The Psychology of Religion, editor of The Handbook of Religious Experience and co-editor of the Measures of Religiosity. His latest book is Dimensions of Mystical Experiences: Empirical Studies and Psychological Links. He is currently writing a book on Varieties of Fundamentalism and on the Serpent Handlers of Appalachia.
Michael Johnson (Ph.D., The Florida State University)
Dr. Johnson teaches a variety of courses, including a senior seminar in psychological processes, sport psychology, practicum, and health psychology. His teaching a research interests are integrated as Dr. Johnson has published in the areas of athlete development (e.g., nature vs. nurture), the linkage between affect and performance (e.g., arousal level and archer performance), and doping in sport. This latter area is one in which Dr. Johnson has received grant funding. This funding is providing a mechanism for Dr. Johnson to investigate the system involved in athletes' decisions and behaviors to use performance enhancing substances or not, and these decisions and behaviors appear to be affected by one's environment, developmental stage, and the interaction among a myriad of factors found in the social environment and one’s genetic programming.
Brian O'Leary (Ph.D., Tulane University)
Dr. O'Leary's research interests focus on the effects of organizational justice on individual, group, and organizational performance. This is an outgrowth of his interest in the area of racial diversity in the workplace and employment discrimination law, as the ultimate goal of the civil rights movement was to create a just society and a correspondingly fair workplace. He has also developed, with the assistance of I-O graduate T.J. Clayton, a new construct related to organizational support, described as Perceived Subordinate Support (PSubS), which examines the extent to which supervisors feel supported by their subordinates. PSubS shows promise for filling a gap in the existing organizational support literature.
Lynn Ourth (Ph.D., University of Missouri)
Dr. Ourth's teaching, research, and consulting interests are primarily in organizational issues. He was instrumental in founding the program in 1975 and served as coordinator for 15 years. His current research projects include investigating alternative selection methods for older, working persons pursuing graduate education and a longitudinal study of self-esteem in the workplace.
Nicky Ozbek (Ph.D., University of Georgia)
Dr. Ozbek, a practicing clinical psychologist, is interested in pediatric issues and physical rehabilitation. She is writing a position paper on hidden brain injury among victims of domestic violence and validating the use of a depression questionnaire that omits physical signs of depression for use with the medically ill. Recently, she completed a two year certification program on psychopharmacology for psychologists.ronment and one's genetic programming.
David F. Ross (Ph.D., Cornell University)
Dr. Ross is interested in developmental and social psychology. He conducts research on children's and adults' eyewitness memory and on adults' views of children's believability as witnesses. He has edited several books on the topics of children's and adults' eyewitness testimony, and consulted with judges and attorneys on children's and adults' eyewitness issues. Dr. Ross teaches courses in Developmental Psychology and Psychology and Law.
Paul Watson (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington)
Dr. Watson teaches Introductory Psychology, Physiological Psychology, and Theories of Personality. He has published over 90 articles in professional journals. His current research interests center on the mental health consequences of religious commitment and on the nature of narcissism.
Amye R. Warren (Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Warren's teaching and research interests are in child development, particularly in the development of language and memory skills in preschool and school-aged children. Her current research applications include children's testimony in legal cases and training programs to improve the skills of those who interview child witnesses. Her other research areas include training early childhood teachers to facilitate language and literacy development. Dr. Warren teaches courses in developmental psychology, teaching psychology, and research methods.
Bart Weathington (Ph.D., University of Houston)
Dr. Weathington's primary teaching responsibilities are for the job analysis and personnel selection courses in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate program. In addition, he teaches undergraduate research methods. Dr. Weathington's research currently focuses on issues regarding employee selection, discipline, and compensation. He also conducts research in the area of sport psychology with a specific focus on the coach-athlete interaction.