Q. Chelsea Song

Degree:  Ph.D. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2018

Research Interests:

My research focuses primarily on three topics: (1) enhancing diversity in the workplace, (2) person-environment fit and longitudinal development of personality and vocational interests, and (3) research methods. These topics aim to answer questions evolving around personnel selection (e.g., hiring, promotion) such as what predicts workplace outcome (e.g., personality, vocational interests), how to measure them (e.g., psychometrics), and how to make decisions (e.g., diversity in hiring, multiple-objective optimization). My work implements various methods, such as multilevel modeling, longitudinal models, meta-analysis, Monte-Carlo simulation, and I am also particularly interested in studying the application of machine learning and Big Data methods in hiring practices.

My list of research interests are as follows:

• Diversity in HR (enhancing race & gender diversity via hiring; adverse impact reduction)

• Vocational interests, Personality development, and Person-environment fit

• Research methods (machine learning/Big Data, multilevel & longitudinal models, measurement/item response theory)

Representative Publications:

Hoff, K., Song, Q. C., Einarsdóttir, S., Briley, D. A., & Rounds, J. (in press). Developmental structure of personality and interests: A 4-wave, 8-year longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Song, Q. C., Wee, S., & Newman, D. A. (in press). Diversity shrinkage: Cross-validating Pareto-optimal weights to enhance diversity via hiring practices. Journal of Applied Psychology, 2017 Jul 27. doi: 10.1037/apl0000240. [Epub ahead of print]

Cao, M., Song, Q. C., & Tay, L. (in press). Detecting curvilinear relationships: A comparison of scoring approaches based on different item response models. International Journal of Testing. 2017 Nov 7. doi.org/10.1080/15305058.2017.1345913  [Epub ahead of print]

Wee, S., Newman, D. A., & Song, Q. C. (2015). More than g-factors: Second-stratum factors should not be ignored. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 8(3), 482-488.

Potential Students

I am looking to admit graduate students for Fall 2020.

I enjoy working closely with students to build expertise in the general area of diversity in hiring (personnel selection), individual differences, and research methodology. Through the mentorship, my goal is to help them become rigorous researchers who could bring positive impact to research of the workplace and the society by the time they graduate. To achieve this goal, I will be working closely with the students and provide them resources and connections to maximize their research and learning.

For potential students, research experience and methodological/statistical training will be considered as key strengths. Students who exhibit qualities of proactivity, conscientiousness, and excellent work ethics will especially be considered favorably. If you are interested in applying and want to learn more about my lab, feel free to email me at qcsong@purdue.edu.

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Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology 
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