Psychological Sciences Faculty
Assistant Professor, Industrial/Organizational Area
Department of Psychological Sciences
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA
Psychological Sciences, Room 2120
Degree: Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
How can we improve the well-being of societies, organizations, and individuals? This question is of increasing concern to academics from many fields and policy makers. As an applied psychologist, I seek to delineate the social, economic, and political determinants of subjective well-being at both the micro- and macro-level with an eye toward public policy. Much of my research is currently based on psychological theories that I am seeking to integrate with other fields such as business, economics, and sociology.
Another question that drives my research is: How can we quantify constructs of interest in individuals, organizations, and societies? This entails research on newer measurement models that are integrated with latent class and multilevel techniques. With latent class modeling, we can identify groups of individuals that have unique signature patterns (e.g., signature strengths); with multilevel models, key characteristics of collective units (e.g., organizations and societies) can be measured more effectively. At a more basic level, I seek to advance current measurement models that impact construct validation techniques.
My research has been featured in various media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, APA Monitor on Psychology, Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, MSNBC. A sample of my recent publications is shown below.
[* = student/advisee author]:
*Newman, D., Tay, L., & Diener, E. (in press). Leisure and Subjective Well-Being: A Model of Psychological Mechanisms as Mediating Factors. Journal of Happiness Studies.
Tay, L, & *Kuykendall, L. (2013). Promoting happiness: Malleability of individual and societal-level happiness. International Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/00207594.2013.779379
Wang, W., Tay, L., & Drasgow, F. (2013). Assessing differential item functioning for ideal point models. Applied Psychological Measurement. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0146621613476156
Diener, E., & Tay, L. (2013). A review of the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM). Social Indicators Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11205-013-0279-x
Tay, L. & Harter, J. K. (2013). Economic factors matter for well-being at work. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/aphw.12004
Cho, E., Tay, L., Allen, T. D., & Stark, S. (2013). Identification of a dispositional tendency to experience work-family spillover. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 82, 188-198. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2013.01.006
Tay, L., Vermunt, J. K. & Wang, C. (2013). Assessing the IRT-C framework for ascertaining differential item functioning. International Journal of Testing, 13, 1-22. doi: 10.1080/15305058.2012.692415
Please see Google Scholar for complete list.
My research team consists of my graduate students Lauren Kuykendall and Vincent Ng (incoming), collaborators at Purdue, and other universities. Lauren and I currently are undertaking multiple writing and research projects on well-being. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaborating on research projects.