AIR Experts Discuss Workplace Issues at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Washington, D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will discuss workplace and career issues during the 28th annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), which is being held April 11-13, 2013 in Houston, TX.

AIR presentations include issues in organizational support; human resource management; problem construction; and talent management practices in the healthcare industry.

SIOP is part of the American Psychological Association and its stated mission is “to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology.”

AIR staff presentations include:

April 11, 2013

Beyond Interrater Reliability: Using G-Theory to Examine KSAO–Task Linkage Ratings
The KSAO–task linkage process is critical to content-validated selection instruments. This study uses generalizability analyses to explore measurement conditions that may impact the reliability of KSAO–task linkage ratings. Results suggest that variability in linkage ratings is influenced by specific KSAO–task pairings, individual raters, and the specificity of the KSAO.

AIR Presenters: Tara Myers, Sarah N. Gilbert & Cheryl Hendrickson

April 12, 2013

Should I-O Psychologists be Professionally Licensed?
Professional licensing has been an issue for industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists for a number of years. Nevertheless, many I-Os still struggle with this topic. To encourage an open dialogue about this important issue, debaters will support or oppose the motion “I-O psychologists should be professionally licensed.” Audience participation is encouraged.

AIR Presenter: Timothy P. Clayton (Moderator)

Talent Management Practices in Healthcare Industry: Unique Benefits and Challenges
Talent management systems in healthcare are mission critical to address the projected workforce shortages and lack of leadership strength. Talent management systems can aid organizations in identifying untapped talent to purposely develop individuals for key strategic positions. This panel will share their practical experiences in addressing the issues within healthcare.

AIR Presenter: Alok Bhupatkar (Co-Chair)

Process and Outcome Satisfaction, Problem Construction, and Creativity in Teams
Problem construction has been empirically shown to facilitate the creative process in previous research. This study tests this notion at the team level. In addition, process and outcome satisfaction is expected to interact with problem construction with respect to its effects on creativity.

AIR Presenter: Erika Robinson-Morral

From the Classroom to the Workforce: Tips for New Practitioners
I-O psychologists must continue to learn while on the job. The objective of this panel discussion is to provide new Master’s and Doctoral level practitioners with tips for contributing to I-O projects and offer suggestions for how they can continue to learn during the early stages of their careers.

AIR Presenters: Timothy P. Clayton (Chair) & Ashley A. Miller

April 13, 2013

Far From Elementary: I-O and HR Management in K–12 Education
The primary objective of this panel is to facilitate a discussion of the ways I-O psychologists can contribute to human resource management (HRM) for professionals involved in elementary, middle, or high school education (i.e., K–12). Among the topics to be discussed are performance evaluations, selection, retention, training, and legal compliance.

AIR Presenters: Timothy P. Clayton (Chair) & Angela P. Minnici

More information about the conference may be found at

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