I-O 80th

Industrial - Organizational Psychology

Purdue’s Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychology major is among the oldest in the world, conferring its first degree in 1939. The program has graduated more PhDs, and produced more SIOP Fellows, than any other I-O program, and is among the top ranked programs in the nation (Gourman report, TIP report).  We are primarily a Ph.D. program, and as such, training is heavily research-oriented. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in faculty research and eventually to formulate and direct their own individual research projects. Teaching experience is also provided for most students during their graduate program. Most students enter the Ph.D. program with the bachelor's degree, although some enter with master's degree. Graduate students are admitted to work with one of the primary I-O faculty members who serves as their major professor.  Graduate training is based on a science-practice model, where students are trained both as researchers as well as applied scientists equipped to work with organizations on human resource issues. The current faculty have a wide range of research interests, many of which center around the psychological experiences of people at work.

More information on the Purdue I-O program can be found here. Alumni, please click here for the Purdue Association of Graduate Students in Industrial Psychology (PAGSIP) page. Undergraduate students interested in I-O Psychology, and employers interested in sponsoring internships and co-ops, please click here.

Give to the Purdue I-O Psychology 80th Anniversary Campaign

If you would like to donate to the Purdue I-O Psychology 80th Anniversary Campaign please click here. For more information about our Anniversary and associated events, please see our recent newsletter. Questions or requests can be directed to Ashley Kim at AMKim@prf.org.

Graduate Faculty

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Affiliated Faculty

The United Nations Global Compact

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The Purdue I-O Psychology program is proud to have worked with the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) United Nations Committee to become the first I-O program to become a UN Global Compact participant (and to include our materials in SIOP’s Global Compact Application Toolkit). We have pledged to give emphasis in our courses and other program activities to topics and issues relevant to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, which center around organizations’ responsibilities relevant to human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption. To learn more about the ways in which we embed socially responsible principles into all aspects of our program, our bi-annual Communications on Engagement can be found here.

Departmental Bridge Topics

I-O Psychology Research Excellence Awards

Dr. Willam H. Hendrix, who received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1974, and who is a Professor Emeritus of Management at Clemson University, has generously endowed two annual awards; one to recognize an I-O psychology faculty member for excellence in research and one to recognize an I-O psychology graduate student for excellence in research. These awards are list below:

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Recent I-O Psychology Graduates

Many prominent I-O Psychologists received their PhD from Purdue. Purdue I-O Psychology alumni are lifetime members of PAGSIP (Purdue Association of Graduate Students in Industrial Psychology). Below is a list of our most recent graduates and their current positions. Please see the PAGSIP page for more information about this Purdue graduate student and alumni organization.


  • Scott Parrigon, People Analytics Research, Google


  • Drew Mallory, Researcher, KU Leuven, Belgium


  • Brett Guidry, PepsiCo
  • Caitlin Porter, Assistant Professor, University of Houston


  • Lauren Kuykendall, Assistant Professor, George Mason University
  • Meghan Thornton, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio


  • Kelly Scherer, Consultant, Vantage Leadership Consulting


  • Mahima Saxena, Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology


  • Stefanie Plemmons, Research Psychologist, U.S. Army Research Institute


  • Michael Baysinger, Senior Scientist, Kronos, Inc.
  • Dina Krasikova, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Donald Lustenberger, Consultant, Development Dimensions International, Inc.


  • Irini Kokkinou, Professor, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Jane Wu, Managing Consultant, IBM/Kenexa


  • Rustin Meyer, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lisa Schultz Teeter, Adjunct faculty, University of Phoenix


  • Eric Welch, Head, Talent Management and Organizational Development, NATO


  • Silvia Bonaccio, Ian Telfer Professor of Workplace Psychology, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
  • Holly Lam, Senior Consultant, Talent Solutions, Corporate Executive Board (CEB)

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