Welcome Back to WAVE!

We are excited to welcome four new members to WAVE this semester, in addition to welcoming back Dr. Behrend! To kick off the semester, we invited lab alumnus Michael Karim back for a visit.

Welcome Back

Pictured above (from left to right): Michael Karim, Dr. Behrend, third-year WAVE member Dave Tomczak, and new members Jerod White, Lili Greenstein, and Dan Ravid. Missing from photo is new lab member Gayatri Menon.


New Research: Person-Environment Fit

622908New research by WAVE Director Tara Behrend and WAVE alumna Jessica Badger Darrow explores the construct of person-environment (PE) fit and provides evidence that it is best modeled as a formative construct.

Read the article here.

Dr. Behrend Joins Advisory Board for Work Science Center

WAVE Lab Director, Dr. Tara Behrend, recently joined the advisory board for the Work Science Center at Georgia Tech. The Work Science Center promotes the psychological study of people and work in the 21st century and is focused on providing insight through research on a range of emerging topics such as automation, changing skill sets, and work across the lifespan. Dr. Behrend joins a number of of other leading researchers who are providing their expertise on a number of projects currently underway at the center.


Learn more about the center here.



New Research: Technology-Mediated Interviews

New research by Ryan Horn and Tara Behrend provides evidence for the potential detrimental effects of synchronous video technology in the context of selection interviews. In the current issue of Personnel Assessment and Decisions, they report on a study they conducted investigating how picture-in-picture technology affects interviewees. Read the study, entitled “Video Killed The Interview Star: Does Picture-in-Picture Affect Interview Performance? here.


WAVE Upcoming Presentations 2017

Members of WAVE will be presenting their research at the upcoming conferences:





1:30 PM – 2:20 PM: Trends in Learning and Development Research and Practice (Behrend) 

4:30 PM – 5:20 PM: Personality Variability Predicts Information Sharing: A Large Scale Field Study (Tomczak, Willford, & Behrend)



8:30 AM – 9:20 AM: How Pay Affects Performance and Retention in Longitudinal Crowdsourced Research (Auer, Behrend)

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM: Electronic Performance Monitoring Type Predicts Monitoring Perceptions and Contextual Performance (Willford, Tomczak, Jimenez, Behrend)






11:00 AM – 11:50 AM: Student outcomes stem from support: Perceived organizational support for innovation and technology implementation in schools. (Tomczak & Behrend)





WAVE Director, Dr. Tara Behrend will be presenting at the Association for Research in Personality Conference in Sacramento, CA, in early June. Details will be posted here soon.


New Article: Evidence-based EPM Recommendations

620214A new article (in press) by WAVE Lab member Dave Tomczak, along with Lauren Lanzo and Herman Aguinis, provides evidence-based recommendations for implementing electronic performance monitoring in organizations. Read the article, published in Business Horizons, here.

Dr. Tara Behrend to Give Talk at The Interval, San Francisco

If you are in San Francisco on February 28th, 2017, be sure to check out Dr. Tara Behrend’s upcoming talk at The Interval. Her talk is entitled “The Psychology of Surveillance: How Being Watched Changes Our Behavior”.


Details about the talk can be found at

Dr. Tara Behrend Discusses Information Privacy with


Wave Lab Director Dr. Tara Behrend recently shared her expertise about information privacy in a feature article for 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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