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Department of Psychological Sciences

Christopher Lake, Ph. D.

mike young

 Contact Information

 Office: BH 473

 Phone: 785-532-0118

 Email: lakec@ksu.edu

 Research Interests in Workplace Satisfaction and Commitment

 I am interested in workplace satisfaction and commitment, which are typically measured through self-report surveys.  I have been  investigating the factors that make it difficult to interpret self-report responses on these topics.  For example, employees that lack  knowledge of the job, are disinterested in their work, or have mixed feelings about their employers tend to give aberrant responses, which  negatively influences the validity and reliability of the self-report data.

 Recently, I have been interested in low-commitment workers.  In particular, job hoppers are people that frequently move from one job to  the next.  I have been investigating the motives that underlie this behavior, and am interested in fully understanding the advantages and  disadvantages of this behavior from the perspective of the worker and the employing organizations.

Research Interests in Workplace Judgment and Decision Making

I am interested in the decisions that people make at work, especially those made by managers.  Managerial decisions have great influence over the success of employees and the organization as a whole.  Managers may choose to make decisions based on dispositional influences (preference for intuition or analysis), situational factors, and the nature of the decision.  Managers are often confronted with a tradeoff between decision accuracy and decision timeliness.  I am especially interested in the decision-making process of hiring managers who are evaluating job applicants.  

Student Involvement

I work on research with both graduate and undergraduate students.  Students of all levels play a critical role in designing research studies, interacting with research participants, running statistical analyses, and presenting research at conferences.  

Current Graduate Students
  • Nathan Voss

  • Lauren Engelhart (University of Minnesota, Duluth) 

Recent Publications 

Wang, Y., Highhouse, S., Lake, C. J., Petersen, N. L., & Rada, T. (in press). Meta-analytic investigations of the relation between intuition and analysis. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

Lake, C. J. & Luong, A. (2016). How will getting rid of performance ratings affect managers? Under review at Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 9, 266-270.

Highhouse, S., Wood, N. L., Lake, C. J., & Kirkendall, S. R. (2014). Dispositional and contextual moderators of public outrage over outsized executive bonuses. Corporate Reputation Review, 17, 290-299.

Dalal, D. K., Carter, N. T., & Lake, C. J. (2014). Middle response scale options are inappropriate for ideal point scales. Journal of Business and Psychology, 29, 463-478.

Lake, C. J. & Highhouse, S. (2014). Assessing decision-making competence in managers. In S. Highhouse, R. S. Dalal, & E. Salas (Eds.), Judgment and Decision Making at Work (pp. 326-343). New York, NY: Routledge.

Carter, N. T., Kotrba, L. M., & Lake, C. J. (2014). Null results in assessing survey score comparability: Illustrating measurement invariance using item response theory. Journal of Business and Psychology, 29, 205-220.

Lake, C. J., Withrow, S., Zickar, M. J., Wood, N. L., Dalal, D. K., & Bochinski, J. (2013). Understanding the relation between attitude involvement and response latitude using item response theory. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 74, 690-712.

Recent Presentations

Lake, C. J., Youso, J. L., Shrift, A. G., Lakowske, A., Ward, M., & Voss, N. (2016, November). Are Mechanical Turk participants paying attention? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Boston, MA.

Voss, N., Shrift, A. G., Daly, M., Lakowske, A., & Lake, C. J. Job hopping: Defining frequent job change using social constructionism. (2016, November). Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Boston, MA.

Carlson, J., Lake, C. J., & Rose, A. (2016, May). Human resources professionals’ overconfidence in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Shrift, A. G. & Lake, C. J. (2016, May). Job hopping versus traditional turnover models: Critique of the unfolding model of voluntary turnover. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Lake, C. J., Youso, J. L., Shrift, A. G., Lakowske, A. M., Ward, M., & Raboin, M. (2016, May). Careless survey responding: Dispositional and survey topic influences. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Daly, M., Lake, C. J., Shrift, A. G., Lakowske, A. M. & Voss, N. (2016, May). What is job hopping? Job change frequency perceptions across three samples. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Lake, C. J., Youso, J. L., Lakowske, A. M., Ward, M., Shrift, A. G., & Raboin, M. (2016, April). Careless survey responses: Emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and workplace nomological network. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Anaheim, CA.

Shrift, A. G. & Lake, C. J. (2016, April). Do job hoppers fit into the unfolding model of turnover? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Anaheim, CA. 

Education and Background

Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Prior to joining the Kansas State University Industrial and Organizational Psychology program in 2016, Dr. Lake taught at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.