New American Psychologist Paper by WAVE Lab Director Dr. Tara Behrend and Dr. Richard Landers

WAVE lab Director Dr. Tara Behrend and Dr. Richard Landers of the University of Minnesota offer guidance for conducting psychological audits of artificial intelligence (AI) systems used to make high-stakes predictions about humans. By developing this guiding framework using a multidisciplinary lens, the paper also introduces an interdisciplinary shared understanding of fairness and bias of AI-systems. The paper can be found here.

Dr. Tara Behrend and former WAVE member Dr. Nikki Blacksmith elected to SIOP executive board

Dr. Behrend has been elected President of SIOP. She will begin the role as President-Elect for the 2022-2023 term. Former WAVE lab member Nikki Blacksmith has been elected External Affairs Officer for the same term. See here for the press release from SIOP.

Meta-Analysis of Electronic Performance Monitoring Research

A forthcoming paper by WAVE lab members Dan Ravid, Jerod White, Dave Tomczak, Ahleah Miles, and Dr. Tara Behrend uses meta-analysis to explore the effects of electronic surveillance at work. This paper builds on and supports an earlier paper by several WAVE lab members published in Academy of Management Review that developed a typology of electronic performance monitoring and a future research agenda. The preprint for the paper is now available here.

Career Interests of Current and Aspiring Computer Scientists

A new paper from Jenna McChesney, WAVE lab director Tara Behrend, and Alex Glosenberg compares the career interests of current and aspiring computer scientists to established depictions of computer scientists’ interests used for career and workforce development. The paper is open-access and publicly available here.

Welcome Hunter, Katelyn & Rachel!

The WAVE Lab is excited to welcome three Purdue undergraduate research assistants for the Spring 2022 semester: Hunter Spalding, Katelyn Wasson, and Rachel Qi. They will play key roles in developing and executing new research projects. Below are short bios for each of these new lab members.

Hunter Spalding is a junior studying Psychological Sciences. He joined WAVE Lab because he wants to get hands-on experience in I-O psychology, as well as apply knowledge from courses and personal interests to the work that he is looking forward to being a part of.

Katelyn Wasson is a sophomore majoring in Applied Statistics and Brain & Behavioral Sciences. She joined the WAVE Lab because she is interested in attending graduate school and wants to learn more about research in the field of I-O psychology.

Rachel Qi is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. She decided to join WAVE Lab because she is interested in I-O psychology and wants to learn about how psychological research is conducted.

Job Updates

Congratulations to the following WAVE Lab members on their new jobs!

Brad Pitcher began working as a Quantitative Research Assistant in Engineering Education at Purdue University. In this role, Brad has been leading a portion of the quantitative analyses for two NSF-funded projects that are under the direction of Dr. Ed Berger. Both projects focus on understanding the overall culture and subcultures that exist within and across different engineering schools based on the consensus of cultural beliefs, or lack thereof, expressed by faculty and students. The projects ultimately seek to understand how cultural beliefs relate to engineering students’ educational and professional outcomes and how to influence culture in a way that improves these outcomes. Brad’s role involves executing data analysis of culture surveys, interpreting results, and communicating findings for journal submissions. For more information about this project, click here.

Ahleah Miles began working as a full-time Survey Research Analyst at The George Washington University (GWU). In this role, she conducts surveys of the university population. She cleans data and merges results to create comprehensive databases, generates reports, and designs visualizations to summarize data for use by senior leadership. This information directly supports program reviews, reporting to accrediting bodies, and national benchmarking of the student experience and postgraduate outcomes. She is also responsible for supervising and training student employees on survey design, data cleaning, and analysis. In addition to this role, Ahleah also teaches an introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology course for undergraduate students in psychology, organizational sciences, and business, where she can enjoy both teaching and learning from her students and better inform her work for the university.

Dr. Jon Willford began working as an Associate People Scientist at BetterUp. In this role, he’ll be supporting various product development teams through mixed-methods research and behavioral intervention development to build out and improve the BetterUp product. This includes driving in-product assessment and measurement strategy, iteration and experimentation, and partnering with product and engineering teams to create the product roadmap.

Dr. Ryan Horn began a new role as an Organizational Researcher at Intuitive Surgical on their People Analytics team. Ryan is focused on better understanding Intuitive’s employees throughout the employee lifecycle and delivering actionable insights to drive improvement.

WAVE Lab Presentations at SIOP 2021

Be sure to check out the following WAVE lab presentations at this year’s virtual SIOP conference!

Wednesday, April 14

11:00 A.M.

Pitcher, B. D., Mancarella, P. J., Ravid, D. M., Behrend, T. S. Exploring the Learning Affordances of Virtual Reality through Social Learning. (Poster)


12:00 P.M.

Pitcher, B. D., Behrend, T. S. Development of a Scale to Measure Willingness to Perform Dirty Work. (Poster)


5:00 P.M.

Shirase, L., McClure, T. K., Tomczak, D. L., Justenhoven, L. Selecting a Reliable Workforce: Validation of a Trustworthiness Model. (Poster)


Friday, April 16

12:30 P.M.

Ravid, D. M., Tomczak, D. L., White, J. C., & Behrend, T. S. (2021, April). An Incubator for Electronic Performance Monitoring and Work Privacy Research. (Synchronous alternative session)


5:00 P.M.

Fleck, C., Hendrickson, V., Jankovic, R., Pollak, R. H., Weintraub, J., Willford, J. C., Yu, H. Applied Nudges: All Shapes and Sizes. (Panel discussion)

Congrats Ahleah!

Congratulations to WAVE lab member Ahleah Miles for her recent nomination into the George Washington University chapter of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Ahleah is one of five GW graduate students recognized for exemplifying academic and personal excellence, fostering environments of support, and serving as an example of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for those who are underrepresented in the academy. Congrats Ahleah on this well deserved recognition!

Research on Perceptions of “Dirty Work”


The WAVE lab is conducting a series of studies to better understand perceptions of dirty work, which is defined as jobs that are associated with physical, social, and/or moral occupational stigma. Our current study relies on survey data. If you’d like to participate in the study, you can do so here. Requirements for participation are that you are at least 18 years old and employed full- or part-time in the US. Approximate completion time is 15-20 minutes.


As a part of this study, we are conducting a lottery drawing for five $45 cash gift cards. After completion of the survey, you will have the option to provide information for entry into the lottery. Although we ask that you complete our survey before entering the lottery, completion is not required for entry. You may also enter the lottery here. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Subject to all federal, state, and local laws. Limit one entry per person. The drawing will be completed on May 3rd, 2021, and winners will be contacted shortly after. Approximately one out of every eighty entrants will be selected and awarded a prize.

Congrats Dr. Dubrow!

Congratulations to WAVE lab alumna Dr. Samantha Dubrow for successfully defending her dissertation at George Mason University today. We are so proud of your accomplishments and wish you all the best as Dr. Dubrow!