Dr. Tara Behrend Discusses Information Privacy with Inverse.com


Wave Lab Director Dr. Tara Behrend recently shared her expertise about information privacy in a feature article for Inverse.com. In the article, she discusses the psychological issues that are related to the surveillance and mass collection of private data. She also talks about the psychological effect of going through our lives while under surveillance.


You can read the article here.

New Research: Online Interviews

A meta-analysis by WAVE Lab members Nikki Blacksmith, Jon Willford, and Tara Behrend shows that video interviews are worse for candidates. Read the study, published in Personnel Assessment and Decisions, here.

How Well Do You Fit With Your Job?

With our colleagues from the Foster Workforce Development Institute, the WAVE Lab has partnered with TIME Magazine to conduct a study about vocational interests and aspirations. You can take the survey here.


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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.