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.


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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!



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.

WAVE Lab Presentations at SIOP 2015

WAVE lab members will be presenting their research at the following sessions in Philadelphia, PA, April 23-25th:



10:30 AM – 11:50 AM: Integrating Technology and Training: New Developments and Frontiers (Behrend, Karim, Howardson) – Program ID 154

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM: Individual Difference Determinants In Applicant Withdrawal From Cognitive Ability Assessments (Blacksmith, Kaminsky, Karim, Behrend) – Program ID 192-3

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM: Technology Mediation Lowers Interview Ratings and Applicant Reactions: A Meta-Analysis (Blacksmith, Willford, Behrend) – Program ID 192-4

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM: Putting the “e” in Efficacy: Understanding Technology-Related Efficacy Judgments (Howardson, Kaminsky, Horn, Willford, Dubrow, Behrend) – Program ID 186



11:30AM – 12:30PM: A Latent Class Analysis of Electronic Performance Monitoring Practices (Willford, Cox, Howard, Badger, Behrend) – Program ID 301-24

The Inconvenient Truth About Convenience Samples

journal1121Dr. Tara Behrend recently co-authored a focal article with Dr. Richard Landers for an upcoming issue of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (IOP).  In their article they discuss the use of convenience samples commonly used in I-O psychology research (e.g. college student pools, Internet panels, and organizational samples) and the implications for external validity. In addition to providing a historical treatment on external validity, overviews of different types of convenience samples, and important statistical considerations,  they also give recommendations for when to use different kinds of convenience samples.


The format for IOP features a focal article-peer commentary format where each focal article takes a position on an important issue in the field of I-O psychology and summarizes evidence for that particular stance, along with the implications for science, practice, and public policy. Peer commentaries that challenge or critique the article, expand on it, or discuss additional implications, are then submitted to the IOP editor to be chosen to be published along with the focal article in each issue.




Feeling a “Calling” for Your Career Can Drive You to Overcome Low Confidence

pub-logo2New work from Samuel Kaminsky and Dr. Tara Behrend, in the Journal of Career Assessment, explores the role of social cognition and passion in career choice.  The results of the study, in which participants were asked to identify a job that they wanted to perform and completed a questionnaire that assessed career attitudes, suggest that  calling provides unique predictive power beyond self-efficacy for career outcome expectations, interests, and goals.


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


Top 10 Workplace Trends For 2015

SIOP-TrendsOver 8000 Members of SIOP were asked to complete a survey the top workplace trends that organizations will expect to see in 2015.  And just like the previous year,  technology continues to impact the workplace according to those in the field of I-O psychology.

As researchers interested in the implications of technology in the workplace, the members of WAVE Lab were excited to see the focus of their work represented by several trends on the list.  Item number four on the list, for instance, reflects the fact I-O psychologists expect that technology will continue to impact how work is performed and how people interact with others.


Thanks to the SIOP Visibility Committee for soliciting and posting the member responses!


Click Here to see the full article and the top 10 workplace trends for 2015.