Current Members


Nikki Blacksmith

Nikki Blacksmith joined the WAVE lab in 2012. Prior to joining the lab, she received her Masters of Arts in I-O psychology from UNC Charlotte and worked as an I-O consultant and applied researcher for 5 years.  Nikki’s research interests include personnel selection, individuals differences such as intelligence, personality, and decision-making, and measurement.  She is particularly interested in the intersection between technology and assessment, selection, and recruitment.  Nikki is originally from Chicago suburbs and enjoys running and reading fiction.


Ryan Horn

Ryan Horn joined the lab in 2012 after completing his B.A. in Psychology at the University of North Texas. Ryan’s research interests include motivation and stress in the workplace. Ryan is originally from Dallas, TX and enjoys staying physically fit and active, interesting music, watching sports, and restoring classic cars.


Jon Willford

Jon Willford received his B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University where he became interested in I-O psychology after taking an intro course.  Between completing his Bachelor’s degree and joining the program at GWU in the Fall of 2013, Jon worked at Go Daddy where he became interested in web-based technology.  This led to research interests in the use of technology in organizations, especially in regards to selection, training, and recruitment.


Dave Tomczak

Michael CoxDave joined the WAVE lab in 2015. He grew up in the suburban areas of Detroit and graduated from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While attending GVSU, he was initially drawn to the I-O field by theories of leadership and motivation, specifically how management styles may relate to employee engagement and intrinsic motivation. His interests now sprawl amongst several topics including person-environment fit, occupational health psychology, and corporate social responsibility. Additionally, Dave is a craft beer connoisseur and home-brewer, as well as a concert junkie. He also enjoys reading and writing poetry and non-fiction whenever he has free time. 




Affiliated Researcher


Alex Gloss

AlexAlex is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow who conducts applied research in the cross-disciplinary realm of international skills development. Alex’s specific research interests include the influence of socioeconomic development on the nature of work, the workplace empowerment of disadvantaged populations, and the potential of information technologies to promote skills development in lower-income countries – especially in the informal economy.