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 Book

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

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.

Editorial Boards

Organizational Research Methods, 2016 - present, Associate Editor 
Journal of Applied Psychology, 2014 - 2019
Journal of Business and Psychology, 2018 - present
Journal of Well-Being Assessment, 2016 - present
Journal of Management, 2014 - 2017
Psychological Assessment, 2015 - 2017

Research Team

My Purdue research team consists of graduate students Stuti Thapa (2017), Louis Hickman (2018), and Victoria Scotney (2019). 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

Potential Students

Contingent on funding, I hope to admit graduate students for the Fall 2020.

Some info about the program: The Purdue I-O psychology program is among the oldest and best in the world, and we enjoy strong support from our storied alumni. The I-O faculty are very collegial and student-centered. We strive to help students achieve their best and provide substantial resources to do so. More info on our program can be found here and here.

Some info about me: I am passionate about mentoring students. I work closely with students to develop their interests and expertise within the broad scope of well-being, methodology, and data science. We seek to have a lab culture that is collaborative, positive, and fun! Students are exposed to multiple disciplines as I believe that I-O psychologists should contribute to science and policy more generally. My goal is to help students eventually pursue their ideas independently as tenure-track academics when they graduate. My desire is to have students who will be well-trained in theory and methodology, have a strong publication record, and a positive academic and societal impact.

What I look for:  I am most keen on admitting students who want to pursue research/academia. Basic requirements include strong GRE and GPA scores. The selection process to the Purdue I-O program is very competitive (we often select 1-2 students out of a pool of about 80-100 students). Potential students will need to exhibit qualities of passion, proactivity, self-motivation, and persistence. Students will have substantial resources and research connections to maximize their research productivity. They should not be afraid of putting in long hours to leverage these resources and achieve their goals. Research experience and methodological training are a big plus. Students who have working experience and/or a masters degree in associated fields will also be considered favorably.

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

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.louistay.com
CV: Louis Tay.pdf

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