Dr. Tara Behrend Named 2016 CASBS Fellow


WAVE Lab Director Dr. Tara Behrend has been named a 2016 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Behrend will be on sabbatical at CASBS for the 2016-2017 school year and will not be accepting undergraduate or graduate students.


Uses and Misuses of Mechanical Turk

Dr. Behrend recently discussed research conducted by WAVE Lab about the most effective ways to use crowdsourcing in behavioral research at the 2016 APS Annual Convention in Chicago. Her panel was part of a cross-cutting theme program titled “Advancing Psychological Science Through Technology.”

Read more about the talk here.



Congrats to Wil and Elena!

Congratulations to Wil Jimenez and Elena Auer, who have both been accepted to Ph.D. programs for Fall 2016! Both have been accepted into the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at Old Dominion University. We wish you both the best and are very happy that you won’t be too far away!


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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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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!