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!

Congratulations Maria!

Congratulations to WAVE lab alumna Maria Montgomery, who was recently accepted into Georgetown University’s Master of Professional Studies in Applied Intelligence program. We wish you the best and can’t wait to see all that you accomplish!

Dr. Behrend on CASBS Webcast



WAVE lab director Dr. Tara Behrend participated in in a webcast about the future of work hosted by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the webcast brought together researchers Tara Behrend, Louis Hyman, John Irons, Phyllis Moen, and Margaret as they consider a new future of work. Among others, topics of discussion included the role that government should play in raising living standards and creating economic security, the redesigning of careers and workplaces to promote organizational effectiveness, and the importance of the work-family interface. For more information about CASBS, please click here.

Welcome Back!

The WAVE Lab recently kicked off a new semester with its first virtual meeting of the fall. Though they are scattered across several states, the group is ready to work together on several exciting projects this semester. Stay tuned for more research updates!


Photo: WAVE Lab members Jerod White, Tara Behrend, Dan Ravid, Dave Tomczak, Ahleah Miles, Jon Willford, Brad Pitcher. Missing from photo is Pete Mancarella.

WAVE Research at Microsoft’s New Future of Work Symposium


The recent and rapid shift to remote work has presented organizations with many challenges. On August 3 -5, 2020, Microsoft will host New Future of Work, a virtual symposium bringing together researchers from various fields to discuss these challenges, with topics ranging from virtual reality workspaces to remote worker wellbeing. Among these researchers are WAVE lab members Dan Ravid, Jerod White, Dave Tomczak, Ahleah Miles, and director Tara Behrend, who will discuss their work on electronic performance monitoring. Their study, titled A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Digital Surveillance of Workers: A Psychology Focused Approach, was selected as a featured presentation in the symposium. In quantitatively reviewing existing monitoring research, the authors consider the appropriate uses of the practice in the new future of work. To learn more about Microsoft’s New Future of Work symposium and see the complete list of accepted presentations, click here.

Above: Dan Ravid presents at Microsoft’s New Future of Work virtual symposium.



The WAVE Lab is Moving to Purdue!


We are excited to announce that the WAVE Lab will be moving to Purdue University this fall! Lab director Dr. Tara Behrend is thrilled about her new appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.  She will be joined in West Lafayette by PhD students Jerod White, Brad Pitcher, and Peter Mancarella, and she will continue to work remotely with her other graduate students. Stay tuned for more details about this transition!