Welcome to GAIOP

The Georgia Association for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (GAIOP) is a professional organization created to promote sharing of ideas and information about psychology as applied to work and human resource management. We provide professional development programs, including continuing education workshops cosponsored with the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

What is I-O Psychology?

Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The scientific method is applied to investigate issues of critical relevance to individuals, businesses, and society.

Key Areas of I-O Psychology

-  Assessment and Selection                                                                      -  Training and Development                                                                      -  Performance Measurement and Management                                    -  Motivation, Engagement and Attitudes

- Employee motivation/attitudes; retention/turnover
- Conflict management; team-building
- Organizational behavior and design

-  Job Analysis and Competencies                                                              -  Staff Retention and Turnover                                                                -  Organizational Behavior and Effectiveness                                         - Organizational Culture


GAIOP is pleased to let you know about the new Work Science Center at GA Tech. We are both interested in sharing ideas and information about the application of our science to the world of work and have begun exploring ways to support each other’s efforts. Currently we are collaborating with the Work Science Center on a GAIOP workshop to be conducted in November 2017.  

We also look forward to working with the Center on other programs, such as, an exchange of information on current research between Georgia Tech I-O graduate students and our members. In addition, we’ll share information about each other’s programs and events that may be of interest to our individual audiences.

The Center includes a large scientist network as well as articles, podcasts and events related to the study of working.  To keep up-to-date with the Center’s new projects and initiatives, sign up as a network scientist.   For more information about the Work Science Center, please visit www.worksciencecenter.gatech.edu

The Work Science Center promotes the psychological study of people and work in the 21st century. The Center focuses on issues in three areas:

  • Workers & Technology – identifying how technological innovations transform what people do, how work is performed and worker experiences
  • Work Across the Lifespan – work transitions across the lifespan, including school-to-work and later adulthood work-to-retirement transitions
  • The Modern Workforce – human resource management practices that promote worker engagement, health, and well-being

The final GAIOP workshop of 2017 was held on November 2nd. The membership was privileged to have Ruth Kanfer, Ph. D., Director of The Work Science Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, address the group. Dr. Kanfer is recognized as one of our field’s leading experts in the area of workplace motivation.

Dr. Kanfer began by sharing the state of the research in work motivation. This included a novel way of looking at the history of motivation research. It was an historical look where she discussed how work has evolved over the last century. What was particularly interesting is how she related her experiences—from packing cheese slices to now—and how it shaped her view of motivation. Throughout her talk, she kept linking theory to the real world of work. This helped the practitioners in the room make easy connections. One of the themes consistent throughout her talk was the importance of the context of the situation on motivation. 

This point became most obvious in the second half of the program when participants broke into three groups for a small group activity. During this activity, each group was presented with a real world problem and asked to come up with solutions based on the previous conversation. 

It was interesting to discuss what seemed obvious at times and find that they were serious business problems and how they could be solved through the application of motivation interventions.  (Seth Zimmer, Ph.D.)


  • Organizational Change Fundamentals

     February 1, 2018  (3:00-6:00 PM)

  • Best Practices in Executive Coaching

    March (TBD), 2018  (3:00-6:00 PM)

  • Best of SIOP 2018

    May 17, 2018  (3:00-6:00 PM)

  • Behavior-Based Interviewing: Where We Are and

   Where We Are Going

    June (TBD), 2018 (3:00-6:00 PM)

  • Working With Specialized Occupations: Assessment & Leadership Development in Healthcare
  • August (TBD), 2018 (3:00-6:00 PM)

  • Graduate Student Consortium/Forum  

     September (TBD), 2018 (3:00-6:00 PM)

  • Employment Decisions: The Current Legal and Ethical Landscape

    November (TBD), 2018 (3:00-6:00 PM)



The 2018 Society of Psychologists in Management conference (SPIM) brings together psychologist managers and leaders in both the not-for-profit and for profit / commercial arenas, as well as in privately held companies, government, public policy, academia, and a wide variety of other industries. We will be engaging in various discussions about leaders and organizations navigating transitions -- for themselves, with their teams and in their organizations. Leaders, and consultants / coaches who work with leaders, need a robust appreciation for and clear understanding of the many challenges and dynamics in how individuals and organizational entities evolve over time.

 Some of the exciting topics for the SPIM 2018 conference include: 

Addressing radical uncertainty: wresting with scenarios in a large, multi-national corporation 
• Driving cultural change in a highly volatile and demanding marketplace 
• Stimulating Innovation and growth through specific leadership behaviors 
The developmental challenges and imperatives in higher education 
Maturing a new organization while transforming the existing culture and operating practices 
Developing talent and discouraging misbehavior in a context of a resource poor environment 
Serving as an executive coach / trusted leadership advisor in the C-suite 

 For psychologists interested in additional continuing education credits, please consider the Institutes occurring before and after the main conference. Institute topics include: 

Transitioning from Psychologist to Psychologist-Manager: Leadership and Management Skills for Success 
Encouraging and Coaching your Dream 
Developing and Demonstrating Competence in Times of Transition - To Leader, Consultant or Coach 
• APA Ethical Principles and Standards and the Development of Executive Conscience 

The 2018 SPIM conference, located at One Ocean Resort and Spa in Atlantic Beach, Florida provides opportunities to listen and participate in lively discussions with leaders and practitioners on several important issues related to various changes and transitions experienced by leaders and in organizations. 

We are a diverse group of psychologists from all career phases. A welcoming culture with stimulating and supportive colleagues, we appreciate meeting new psychologist mangers and those who consultant with / coach them, as well as connecting with our long-standing SPIM members, all of whom enjoy and benefit from a stellar conference with an engaging community of like-minded professionals 

Visit www.spim.org for more information on the organization or to register. If you have any questions, please call the conference coordinator, Liz at 773-331-0457 or email liz@wplanning.com.

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