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October Authors of the Month: Donald M. Truxillo, Talya N. Bauer, and Berrin Erdogan

Donald M. Truxillo, Talya N. Bauer and Berrin Erdogan, authors of Psychology and Work, are our Routledge Psychology Authors of the Month for October 2015. Read this exclusive interview and learn more about their fantastic new book!

Written by award-winning I/O professors with experience teaching the course, Psychology and Work is organized into three main sections. It first includes a brief overview of the history of I/O Psychology and a chapter on research methods, subsequently covers the core principles of Industrial Psychology, and then discusses the key areas of Organizational Psychology.

Below, our expert authors have answered some key questions about IO Psychology and their new book. 

Donald M. Truxillo (Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is Professor of Psychology at Portland State University. His research examines issues related to job applicants’ attitudes, age differences at work, and occupational health and safety. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He served as associate editor for the Journal of Management and is currently an associate editor at Work, Aging and Retirement. His research has been supported by grants from the NSF, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Since 2010 he has served on the Doctoral School Committee at the University of Trento, Italy. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), University of Valencia (Spain), ISCTE Business School (Lisbon, Portugal), and University of Palermo (Italy). In 2013 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to work at the University of Trento (Italy). He is the recipient of SIOP’s 2012 Distinguished Service Contributions Award. He currently serves as Treasurer for the Alliance for Organizational Psychology. He is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and the International Association for Applied Psychology.

Talya N. Bauer (Ph.D., Purdue University) is the Cameron Professor of Management and Affiliated Professor of Psychology at Portland State University. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher and recipient of the SIOP Distinguished Teaching Award and HR division Innovative Teaching Award. She conducts research about relationships at work including recruitment, applicant reactions to selection, onboarding, and leadership. Her work has been supported by grants from NSF as well as the SHRM and SIOP Foundations and has been published in research outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Personnel Psychology. She has worked with dozens of government, Fortune 1000, and start-up organizations and has been a Visiting Scholar in France, Spain, and at Google Headquarters. She has served in elected positions including the HRM Executive Committee of the Academy of Management and Member-at-Large for SIOP. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology (and is the former Editor of Journal of Management). Her work has been discussed in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, and NPR’s All Things Considered.She is a fellow of SIOP, the American Psychological Association, and Association for Psychological Science.

Berrin Erdogan (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago) is the Express Employment Professionals Professor of Management and Affiliated Professor of Psychology at Portland State University. She conducts studies on leadership, person-organization fit and misfit, and career success. Her work appeared in research outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Personnel Psychology. She is also the co-author of two textbooks and co-editor of Oxford Handbook of Leader-Member Exchange. She is currently an Associate Editor for Personnel Psychology, and served as an Associate Editor for European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. She has been a visiting scholar at ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece, Koc University Graduate School of Business (Istanbul, Turkey), and University of Valencia (Spain). She is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

If students are interested in learning more about I/O psychology, we are pleased to present open-access videos of 15 experts in I/O psychology on the companion website for this text. This way students can learn about the current cutting edge topics in I/O psychology and what the current trends are in the workplace.In addition, we have a companion website available to students which includes interactive features which bring information and concepts from the book to life. Visit the book page for more videos like this one on the companion website:

The workplace is where most adults spend most of their waking hours. For that reason, the psychology of work – industrial/organizational or I/O psychology – is an exciting, relevant topic for people, employers, and societies. I/O psychology helps us to understand important issues such as employees’ well-being, satisfaction, and work performance.Our hope is that more people can become familiar with I/O psychology and its relevance to their lives.

Our hope is that students will see how the workplace is important to individual people. The workplace can have a profound effect on people’s stress, work-life balance, health, and satisfaction. The more that students understand how these processes work, the more they can prepare themselves to manage their lives and careers.

One of the great strengths of I/O psychology is that it is based on empirical research – not just platitudes and broad recommendations from self-appointed “experts”. In other words, our recommendations for best practices are based on science, not mere opinion or anecdotal evidence. It is evidence-based. Employees and organizations that are aware of this science have a definite leg-up compared to others.

Although I/O psychology is certainly focused on increasing employee performance for the benefit of organizations, much of our research is also focused on improving and enriching the lives of individual employees. Improving employee well-being, satisfaction, and health is an important part of what I/O psychologists do.

  • Psychology and Work

    Perspectives on Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    By Donald M. Truxillo, Talya N. Bauer, Berrin Erdogan

    Psychology and Work is a new textbook for introductory Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology classes. Written by award-winning I/O professors with expertise in I/O Psychology and teaching this course, the book is organized into three main sections. It first includes an overview of the…

    Paperback – 2015-11-23

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