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Department of Psychological Sciences



Dr. Patrick Knight's research focuses on the general issue of psychological commitments to various organizations and activities, and how these commitments affect workers' behaviors both on and off the job. Studies have examined commitments to work and school, work and church, part-time vs. full-time commitments, among others. In addition, this research has examined the process by which people make decisions to seek part-time employment. A model of this decision process has been developed and a series of studies testing the model are underway.

Dr. Patrick Knight will be retiring in December of 2020.

Dr. Jin Lee's research focus is primarily on workplace safety, health, and well-being. Specifically, he holds research interests in safety climate assessment and management in high-risk industries, analysis of risk perception styles of temporary workers, work system improvement through the perspectives of macroergonomics and Total Worker Health™, and application of advanced quantitative methodology in multidisciplinary research efforts. Currently, he is a principal investigator for a project about the design of safety climate intervention based on socio-technical systems approach. Also, he is interested in data visualization and application of machine learning approaches to I/O psychology. 

Dr. Jin Lee has additional information concerning this research.

Dr. Sarina Maneotis’s research has focused on understanding prosocial motivation and behaviors as well as their consequences for employee performance and wellbeing. Specifically, she has examined how prosocial motives influence performance outcomes and how prosocial behaviors from customers influence employee wellbeing. She is also interested in examining the interface between work and non-work, especially as the meaning of work evolves and the boundaries between work and non-work become increasingly blurry. In addition, her applied work within organizations has focused on assessment development (safety climate, leadership, selection, performance appraisal, and employee surveys) and increasing data accessibility in organizations, particularly human resource and safety data.