Louis Tay

Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006-2011
BA (Honors First Class) from the University of Melbourne, Dec. 2005
BA (with Merit) from the National University of Singapore, 2001-2004

Research Interests:

As an I-O psychologist embedded within the broader field of psychology, my goal is to programmatically pursue cross-disciplinary lines of inquiry in methodology (i.e., measurement, continuum specification, latent class modeling, Big Data / data science) and well-being (i.e., societal well-being, wellness programs, work - leisure [e.g., arts/humanities activities] interface). My goal is to contribute more broadly beyond I-O psychology to enhance measurement/methodology research for psychology and develop science-based well-being programs/policies at organizational and societal levels.

       Well-Being. How do we conceptualize well-being and 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. I seek to delineate the social, economic, and political determinants of well-being at both the micro- and macro-level with an eye toward public policy. I am interested in both modern conceptions of well-being and classical notions of well-being such as character and interests. 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.

       Methodology. Another question that drives my research is: how can we accurately quantify constructs of interest in individuals, organizations, and societies? At a more basic level, I seek to advance measurement of key psychological domains (e.g., taxonomies of character, psychological situations, and vocational interests) and also measurement models that impact construct validation techniques. I am also interested in Big Data / data science approaches. To this end, I have also developed software platforms for new modes of data collection through mobile technology (www.expiwell.com) used by researchers and academics around the world.

Edited Books

*Diener, E., Oishi, S. O., Tay, L. (Eds.) (2018). Handbook of Well-Being. Salt Lake City, UT: DEF Publishers. DOI: www.nobascholar.com

Woo, S. E., Tay, L., & Proctor, R. W. (Eds.) (2020). Big Data in Psychological Research. American Psychological Association.

Selected publications with current/former students since 2020

Shim, Y., Scotney, V. S., & Tay, L. (2021). Conducting mobile-enabled ecological momentary intervention research in positive psychology: Key considerations and recommended practices. Journal of Positive Psychology.

Hickman, L., Bosch, N., Ng, V., Saef, R., Tay, L., & Woo, S. E. (2021). Automated Video Interview Personality Assessments: Reliability, Validity, and Generalizability Investigations. Journal of Applied Psychology

Joseph, D. L., Chan, M. Y., Heintzelman, S. J., Tay, L., Diener, E., & Scotney, V. S. (2020). The manipulation of affect: A meta-analysis of affect induction procedures. Psychological bulletin 146 (4), 355-375.

Hickman, L., Thapa, S., Tay, L., Cao, M., Srinivasan, P. (2020). Text preprocessing for text mining in organizational research: Review and recommendations. Organizational Research Methods.

Ng, V. & Tay, L. (2020). Lost in translation: The construct representation of character virtues. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 15 (2), 309-326

Diener, E., Thapa, S., Tay, L. (2020). Positive Emotions at Work. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 7, 451-577. corresponding author.

Please see Google Scholar for my published papers.

Current Grants

2020 - Public Expressions of Gratitude to God. Gratitude to God: Psychological, philosophical and theological investigations; John Templeton Foundation (11/01/2020-10/31/2022. PI: L. Tay; Co-PIs: David Newman (UCSF), Munmun Dechoudhury (Georgia Tech).

2019 - Collaborative Research: AI-DCL EAGER: Understanding and Alleviating Potential Biases in Large Scale Employee Selection Systems: The Case of Automated Video Interviews. National Science Foundation. (8/15/2019-8/14/2021). Purdue PI: L. Tay; Co-I: Woo, S.E.; University of Colorado Boulder PI: Sidney D'Mello.

2019 - Thriving Instead of Surviving: Development of a Mobile Application to Improve Student Wellness. Purdue University: Instructional  Innovation Grant. (01/01/2019-12/31/2020). PI: K. Plake, Co-PI: L. Tay.

Research Team

My Purdue research team consists of graduate students Stuti Thapa (2017), Victoria Scotney (2019), and Daphne Hou (2020). In addition, I work with others in the computer science and statistics department on methodological projects.

I also work closely with collaborators outside and within Purdue. Some of my current active collaborators include: Munmun De Choudhury, Sidney D’Mello, Angela DuckworthJames Pawelski, Lyle Ungar, & Sang Woo. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in collaborating on research projects.

Former Students

Cassie Batz-Barbarich (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Management, Lake Forest College)

Louis Hickman (Post-doctoral Researcher, Wharton People Analytics, University of Pennsylvania)

Vincent Ng (Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of Houston)

Lauren Kuykendall (Associate Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, George Mason University)

Former Post-Docs

Hoda Vaziri (Assistant Professor, Department of Management, University of North Texas)

Chris Wiese (Assistant Professor, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Georgia Tech University)

Experience Sampling Methodology

Introduction to Experience Sampling Platform

Webinar on Experience Sampling Methodology (ESM) and Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA)

Experience Sampling Methodology Slides

Other Scientific Contributions

Providing a better Experience Sampling Platform for researchers: Founder of ExpiWell
Graphical Descriptives infrastructure to enhance transparency and replication in social science: www.graphicaldescriptives.org
Character Assessment: www.characterinventory.org
Arts, Humanities, and Wellbeing: www.humanitiesandhumanflourishing.org

Louis Tay

William C. Byham Associate Professor, Industrial-Organizational

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

Campus Address:
Psychological Sciences, Room 2120

E-mail: stay@purdue.edu
Telephone: (765) 494-0715
Website: www.wam-lab.com
CV: Louis Tay.pdf

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