Dr. Kristen Jennings Black, is involved in research that is focused on understanding factors that impact worker health and wellbeing. She is particularly interested in stressors experienced among employees in high-risk occupations, such as military personnel, police officers, and healthcare workers, as well as how various forms of social support can help employees in these unique contexts. Beyond high-stress jobs, Kristen is also interested in norms around stress in everyday work contexts and more positive states of employee engagement and meaningful work. Kristen’s teaching interests include research methods and statistics, organizational psychology, occupational health psychology, and groups and teams. Outside of research and teaching, Kristen enjoys being outside for walks or cookouts with friends, heading to the mountains for hikes, and (being a good Clemson Alumni) watching Clemson Football in the Fall.
Dr. Chris Cunningham is actively engaged with research targeting a variety of I-O and occupational health psychology topics. He studies issues associated with stress and recovery from stressful work, the complex interface between work and nonwork roles, and the influence of individual differences in personality and fitness on the stress process. Within the UTC I-O program Chris teaches organizational psychology, organization development, and research methods courses with a smattering of special electives related to occupational health. Apart from his academic career, Chris is active in the Chattanooga community perhaps most notably as an accomplished trumpeter. He also maintains a steady stream of I-O related consulting projects with public and private, for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Brian O'Leary's research relates primarily to the impact of perceptions of justice on individual and group performance, but also branches out to collaborative efforts with students and other faculty on a variety of topics. He is currently focusing on equity sensitivity and its role as a moderator or mediator of many important I-O relationships. He is also developing a construct that relates to the impact on supervisor attitudes and performance of their perceptions of the support they receive from their subordinates. Brian's background is rather unique. He began doctoral studies in Organizational Behavior at Tulane University after a 14 year career with AT&T in which he held a variety of supervisory and non-supervisory positions in government contracting, accounting, and project management. His hobby is running - mostly 5 and 10Ks, and, after completing the Kona half-marathon, still has visions of running a marathon "some day" (should his knees hold out). His passion is Notre Dame football and, while he is famous for his availability to students, it is probably best to avoid him when the Irish are playing in the Fall.
Dr. Alexandra (Alex) Zelin's research interests lie within the realm of gender and the workplace. More specifically,
she focuses on gender inequality, sexism, and perceived competence of women (in comparison
to men) within the selection and performance appraisal contexts. She is interested
in both the "I" and the "O" side of I-O Psychology - she just can't choose which she
likes best! With regard to teaching, Alex is currently teaching research methods, job/work
analysis, selection, and employee performance and development within organizations.
She has also worked on numerous consulting projects within both the private and the
public sectors, ranging from creating selection tests for police officers to developing
career-paths for different I-O Career tracks. Outside of the classroom, Alex spent
most of her younger days swimming lap after lap in competition pools. But now, you
can find her lounging by the pool reading Harry Potter or historical fiction! She
also enjoys going on hikes and plans on "borrowing" Dr. Biderman's (and other colleagues')
dogs to keep her company. She is known for her stress-relief dessert baking skills
and will help to make sure that the Psychology Department stays well fed!