AIR Researchers to Participate in the 2010 Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Atlanta

Washington, D.C. – Researchers from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will address a broad range of human performance and workplace issues during the 25th annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), which is being held April 8-10, 2010 in Atlanta.

AIR researchers’ presentations will cover a variety of subjects involving the federal and private sector, including job analysis, selection of employees and training. The conference, being held at the Hilton Atlanta hotel, attracts thousands of the country’s leading industrial and organizational psychologists.

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 psychology.”

AIR Staff Presentations

Wednesday, April 7

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshop
Norris, Dwayne G. and Mueller, Lorin M.

Moving Beyond Angoff: Options for Setting Cut Scores, Minimal Qualifications, and Performance Standards
The Angoff technique is often the default option for setting cut scores in employment settings. This workshop focuses on alternatives to the Angoff technique for setting cut scores and performance standards. The workshop will demonstrate how to choose an alternative technique, give the participants practice in making the judgments required, and broaden participant’s thoughts about setting standards on assessments other than tests.

Thursday, April 8

8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom A 1, Special Events
Baker, David P.

Opening Plenary Session
Incoming SIOP President Eduardo Salas will recognize new SIOP Fellows, including David P. Baker. Dr. Baker is the Director of the Health Services Research Institute at Carilion Clinic (Roanoke, VA) and a Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research (Washington, DC).

11a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A 21, Panel Discussion
Norris, Dwayne G.

Legal Issues in Job Analysis: Avoiding Lawsuits Without Breaking Budgets
Job analyses are common in many I-O psychology projects. However, this step in the process is often downplayed and sometimes ignored – even at the peril of legal challenge. This expert discussion will focus on the issue of being budget- and time- conscious while conducting a defensible job analysis.

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Room 212, Symposium
Bhupatkar, Alok

Issues in Applying IRT to Real-World Problems
IRT is being used more for real-world problems faced by I-O psychologists. This session presents papers on 3 important IRT applications: IRT scale maintenance, differential functioning effect size, and selecting items. The intended audience includes all IRT users, in research or practice settings.

2 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Room 212, Panel Discussion
Amodeo, Andrea M. and Krokos, Kelley J.

Industry Spotlight: Applying I-O to Aviation
This “industry spotlight” examines the critical role I-O psychology plays in the aviation industry. A diverse panel of I-O researchers and practitioners will discuss their work in aviation, challenges faced, and future needs in the industry. Applications of I-O topics including job analysis, selection, and training will be examined.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Crystal Ballroom A/F, Panel Discussion
Mueller, Lorin M.

Public Sector I-O Psychology: Directions for Research and Practice
The federal workforce faces many challenges over the next few years, including improving hiring, compensation, and fairness. This panel invites an interchange between SIOP members and 4 prominent public sector psychologists to discuss how I-O psychology can inform policy and HR strategy in the public sector.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Galleria 86-12, Poster
Kain, Jason M.

Examining Relationships Between Recovery Experiences, Goal Orientation, and Life Satisfaction
This study tested relationships between goal orientation, recovery experiences, and life satisfaction. Performance-avoidance related negatively and mastery-approach related positively to mastery and control recovery. In addition, mastery-approach moderated the control recovery life satisfaction relationship. Performance-approach positively related to control recovery and moderated the relaxation and control recovery relationship with life satisfaction.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A, Poster
Kurtessis, James N.

Moderators of Relationships with Perceived Organizational Support: A Meta-Analysis
(SIOP 2010 Top Poster)
This review capitalizes on the 5-fold increase in perceived organizational support (POS) studies since the Rhoades and Eisenberger (2002) meta-analysis by examining moderators of relationships between POS and its antecedents and outcomes. This paper systematically assesses the current state of the literature, identifies new findings, and suggests future research.

6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Grand Ballroom A, Poster
Mueller, Lorin M.

A Comparison of MCAT Validity Across Standard and Accommodated Administrations
(SIOP 2010 Top Poster)
This study examines the relations between Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 scores for examinees who took the MCAT with standard and extra testing time. Results suggest that scores for examinees who took the MCAT with extra time over-predict their performance on Step 1.

Friday, April 9

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Galleria, Poster
Kurtessis, James N.

Perceived Organizational Support, Affective Commitment, and Performance: A Meta-Analytic Mediation
This meta-analysis examined the relationships between perceived organizational support and 11 types of performance. Correlations were higher for self-rated (vs. supervisor-rated) performance, particularly for organizational citizenship behaviors (OCBs). Combining these meta-analytic results with a previous organizational commitment meta-analysis indicated stronger mediation effects of commitment for OCBs.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Room 203, Symposium
Kurtessis, James N.

Independence Day? New Developments in Dealing with Nested Data
Nested designs and the analysis of their data have become increasingly popular. The complexity of such designs creates unique data analysis challenges. The papers in this symposium address some of these design challenges both at the primary and meta-analytic levels.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Room 212, Symposium
Bhupatkar, Alok

Practical and Methodological Considerations for Medium-of-Administration Research
Organizations and researchers increasingly use computerized assessment to measure important individual difference variables to predict important outcomes, and concern remains that some forms of assessment might be affected by the computerization. This research presents 3 different methodological approaches to address this common problem in practical terms.

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rooms 208-209, Special Events
Alonso, Alexander

The Birth of the International Affairs Committee: Goals and Actions
In 2009, the SIOP International Affairs Committee (IAC) was born as a clear mechanism to reach out to members outside North America and bridge relationships with other professional organizations such as IAAP and EAWOP. The IAC was promoted from the Professional Practice Committee and is chartered as the steward of international affairs and collaborations with sister organizations and societies. This session will provide insight into the objectives of this new committee and how it will foster international collaboration as prescribed by the SIOP-IAAP-EAWOP accord of 2009.

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room 203, Roundtable
Alonso, Alexander and Mueller, Lorin M.

The SHRM HR Education Survey: 2010 Update and Roundtable
Human resources (HR) education has implications for I-O psychologists’ abilities to introduce best practices as business strategy. This panel will provide an update to work on the Society for Human Resource Management HR Education Survey and use the results to facilitate a discussion about the role of I-O psychology in HR education.

Saturday, April 10

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Salon C, Symposium
Kurtessis, James N.; Alonso, Alexander; Gilbert, Sarah N.; Krokos, Kelley J.; and Taylor, Tanya

Using Situational Judgment Tests to Measure Teamwork and Communication
Despite increased interest in situational judgment tests (SJTs), research examining the use of SJTs in team settings is lacking. This symposium presents 5 papers that examine the development, validation, and use of SJTs for the assessment of teamwork behavior and communication, and describe implications for practitioners and future research directions.

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Galleria, Poster
Baker, David P. and Amodeo, Andrea M.

Development and Validation of the TeamSTEPPS Teamwork Perceptions Questionnaire
The purpose of this project was to develop the TeamSTEPPS Teamwork Perceptions Questionnaire (T-TPQ). The T-TPQ is a 35-item instrument that can be used by team members to self-report the level of teamwork within a hospital. Results of 3 successive studies are reported.

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Salon B, Symposium
Kain, Jason M.

Job Demands and Worker Well Being
The purpose of this symposium is to examine a variety of job demands by employing different measures and research designs. In addition, several buffers to job demands are examined, with a focus on both person- and event-level factors that can mitigate the negative effects of demands on employee well-being.

About AIR
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