My Ph.D. in I-O psychology was earned through years of study and research at one of the top I-O programs in the nation.
I-O psychology began helping businesses create more effective workplaces over 100 years ago. It was during WWI and especially WWII that the U.S. military began utilizing the expertise of I-O psychologists and the field really took off from there.
Today, I-O incorporates a wide range of psychological and statistical fields to better understand things like leadership and motivation, teamwork, learning theories, the role of attitudes and values, and predicting the future performance of job candidates. This research focuses on addressing bottom-line issues such as performance, job satisfaction, counter-productive work behaviors, and turnover/retention. All of which must be considered within the bounds of employment law and compliance.
The top textbooks on Leadership Development, Organizational Behavior, Training & Development, Recruitment & Selection, and Human Resource Management are all written by I-O psychologists. Another good example is Adam Grant, the well-known author of NY Times best-sellers Originals and Give and Take, who is an Organizational psychologist teaching at the Wharton School of Business. As you can see, when it comes to leadership and human resource management, I-O psychology leads the way.