GW Student Shares Keys to Happy Internship Experience

Jennifer_Nichols_720px_widthJennifer Nichols, a senior psychology major at GW, recently won second-prize at GW Research Days for her study “Exploring Predictors of Internship Satisfaction.” For her work, she earned a Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship and was also invited to present at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Chicago.

Jennifer worked with GW faculty mentor Dr. Tara Behrend to survey of more than 200 GW students who had recently held at least one internship. Her findings resulted in a number of important insights that will help future students make the most of their future internship opportunities.

Read more about her study and findings here.

Big Data and Privacy

Dr.  Behrend recently presented work related to privacy and data analytics at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Behrend was part of a panel of leading scholars invited to speak in a symposium on Privacy and Ethics Cyberspace, part of the AERA Research and Science Policy Series.

A paper related to the symposium will be released in the near future.


Big Data and ICTs for Human Development

Advances in data science and access to technology mean that big data analytics can now be used to support a broad range of human development initiatives. This white paper describes the opportunities and challenges of big data for human development, with a focus on technical and vocational education and training. The paper is a living document and comments are invited.


Click here to access the paper.


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WAVE Lab Presentations at SIOP 2016

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WAVE lab members will be presenting their research at the following sessions in Anaheim, CA, April 14-16th:



12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: IGNITE Debate: Should We Trust or Avoid Online Convenience Samples? (Behrend)

1:30 PM – 2:50 PM: Using I-O to Make an Impact on a Larger Scale. (Behrend)



12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: 21st Century Skills: Why Do They Matter To I-O (Behrend, Willford, Tomczak, Horn)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Modern Tools and Samples for the Ubiquitous Workplace Survey (Behrend)

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: g Explains Individual Differences in Decision-Making Competence. (Blacksmith, Behrend)



1:30PM – 3:00PM: The “Skills Gap” and Workforce Readiness: Implications for Talent Management (Behrend)

3:30PM – 4:30PM: Video Killed The Interview Star: Does Picture-In-Picture Affect Interview Performance? (Behrend, Horn) – Program ID 345-11

Understanding Training Motivation Requires Attention to Affective and Cognitive Factors

New published work from Dr. Behrend and WAVE  alumnus Dr. Garett Howardson:
garett research gateIn the current issue of The International Journal of Training and Development, Howardson and Behrend report on a study investigating different sources of self-efficacy beliefs in training. The authors identify an important gap between education and organizational research that exists in terms of what contributes to self-efficacy beliefs. While education research has previously focused on one set of sources of self-efficacy beliefs, organizational researchers have focused on another. This study considers the influence of separate sources identified from both areas within the same context. The results suggest that in addition to achievement goal orientation, vicarious experience and negative emotional arousal are also important sources of pre-training self-efficacy. As is noted in the article, this has important implications for organizations that are considering how to design pre-training interventions that will improve training effectiveness. In short, people who are feeling anxious don’t do as well in training. People who have the benefit of seeing others who are similar to them succeed end up doing better in training. Incorporating this knowledge into training design will help make the training more effective.

The abstract and details for accessing this article can be found here.


In the Academy of Management: Learning and Education (currently available as an advanced online publication) Howardson and Behrend expand upon the construct of affective trainee reactions by providing a model that conceptualizes reactions as a structure explained by four factors. The paper presents the development and validation of a new measure that assesses training reactions using this conceptualization and discusses the implications for learning and course reputation outcomes. More information about this article can be found here.



Career and Technical Education at the SkillsUSA National Championships

20150625_110045Dr. Behrend recently spent some time learning about career and technical education and workforce readiness at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.  More than 16,000 students, teachers and business partners attended the weeklong event that included leadership training, delegate sessions for student officers, and the SkillsUSA Championships.



The SkillsUSA Championships is a showcase in which career and technical students from across the country compete in close to 100 separate events. Contests begin locally and continue through the state and national levels. The championships feature contests in a wide range of areas of career and technical skills such as robotics, architecture, and welding.





Congratulations Garett!

garett[1]Congratulations to Garett Howardson who successfully defended his dissertation on July 17th. His dissertation is titled “Within-Learner Affective Changes and Relationships with Skill Learning.” Nice job Dr. Howardson!

Garett was also recently hired by Hoftstra University and will be joining the faculty this fall as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Psychology in Hemstead, New York, just outside of New York City.  Way to go Garett!

Mike Karim Successfully Defends Dissertation

Mike KarimCongratulations to Mike Karim who recently defended his dissertation in March.  His dissertation is titled “Electronic Monitoring and Self-Regulation: Effects of Monitoring Purpose on Goal State, Feedback Perceptions, and Learning.”  Mike is currently living in San Fransisco and working as a Researcher at Fors Marsh Group.  Great job Mike!

Congrats Sam!

Congratulations to Sam Dubrow, who recently presented her work at GWU Research Days. Sam is a 2014 graduate who will be joining the I-O Ph.D. program at George Mason University in Fall 2015. Good luck Sam!



SIOP Graduate Student Scholarship awarded to Mike Karim

Congratulations to Mike Karim for being a recipient of the 2015 SIOP graduate student scholarship! This prestigious award is awarded to only three students per year and will help to support Mike’s dissertation.

His dissertation focuses on electronic monitoring on self-regulatory processes during learning, specifically looking at how the purpose of monitoring effects goal state, feedback perceptions, and learning. Mike is currently preparing for his dissertation defense in late March.