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 2019

Hickman, L., Tay, L., & Woo, S. E. (2019). Off-the-shelf language based personality assessment: Investigation of convergent and discriminant validity in video interviews. Personnel Assessment and Decisions, 5, 3.

Diener, E., Thapa, S., & Tay, L. (in press). Positive Emotions at Work. Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior. [all authors contributed equally; Tay is the corresponding author]

Jebb, A., Morrison, M., Tay, L., Diener, E. (in press). Subjective well-being across the lifespan worldwide. Psychological Science.

Ng, V. & Tay, L. (in press). Lost in translation: Key considerations in virtues measurement. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Kuykendall, L., Craig, L., & Tay, L. (in press). Work-contingent self-esteem: A boon or bane for worker well-being? Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Joseph, D., Chan, M. Y., Heintzelman, S., Tay, L., Diener, E., & Scotney, V. (in press). The manipulation of affect: A meta-analysis of affect induction procedures. Psychological Bulletin.

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), Louis Hickman (2018), 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: James PawelskiAngela DuckworthEd DienerSang Woo, and Rong Su. 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)

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

Lauren Kuykendall (Assistant 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)

Former Statistics Student Collaborators

Qiming Huang (Amazon)
Yaowu Liu (Post-doc at Harvard Biostatistics)

Photos: See here

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

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Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
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West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

Campus Address:
Psychological Sciences, Room 2120

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Website: www.wam-lab.com
CV: Louis Tay.pdf

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