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The Best of SIOP 2016

  • Thursday, May 12, 2016
  • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Emory University, 1599 Clifton Road

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The purpose of this workshop is to share information regarding select sessions from the 31st annual conference for the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) to be held in Anaheim, CA.  Dr. David Lux will facilitate a session in which panelists will share highlights from presentations given at SIOP, and discuss implications for teaching and/or practice. Handouts will be provided as appropriate in advance of the workshop.  Panelists include:

Dr. David Bracken

Dr. Amy Stewart

Dr. Donna Sylvan

Dr. Daniel Whitenack

Dr. Seth Zimmer

Learning Objectives:

1.    Describe select conference sessions, highlighting current research efforts and advancements in the field of I/O Psychology.

2.    Discuss trends in I/O Psychology that are relevant to faculty members and practitioners.

3.    Discuss immediate and longer-term implications of presented research/trends on teaching and practice, including the application of these findings.

Intended audience:  This session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; no specific content knowledge is required.

Presenter Biographies:

David Lux, PhD

Dave Lux is an Assessment Manager with Georgia-Pacific and has spent the last 20+ years helping clients attract, select, and promote employees.  He has worked with Georgia-Pacific for the last 12 years on a variety of projects in the areas of hourly and salaried selection system development and implementation, performance management, executive assessment, 360 surveys, and background and drug screening.  Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific, he worked at a Fortune 500 communications company validating tests for management and non-management job titles, conducting job analyses, and providing support to various internal clients concerning a wide range of testing issues (re-test policies, ADA accommodations, cut score analyses, etc.).  Dr. Lux received his MA and PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University and his BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.  He is a member of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a licensed psychologist (PSY002392) in Georgia.

SIOP sessions:

  • Rich Media Simulations: Fad or Value-Add? (also to be covered by Dan Whitenack)
  • Legal Update:  What’s New and How it Affects You?

David Bracken, PhD

Dr. Bracken is Principal Consultant at DWBracken & Associates. He received his BA from Dartmouth College and PhD from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, where he also currently resides. David’s work focuses on implementing 360 Feedback and Coaching systems as well as strategic employee surveys, performance management systems, and competency models. David is a well-known as a thought leader for advancing the science of multisource (360 degree) feedback, particularly in its use to create large scale change and to improve talent management decisions.  David has been both an internal staff member and external consultant to varied organizations.  As an internal staff member his experience includes Xerox and BellSouth. As a consultant he has worked for National Computer Systems, Personnel Decisions Intl, Towers Perrin, Mercer Delta Consulting, Kenexa and OrgVitality. He is a Certified Professional Coach and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Talent and Development, and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

SIOP Session Title(s):

  • 20 Years of Innovation in 360 Feedback: Evolution or Devolution?
  • Feedback Effectiveness Within and Without Performance Management

Donna Sylvan, PhD

Donna is an organizational psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in organizational effectiveness, leadership development, coaching, and change management. She collaborates with clients to identify opportunities to enhance the health and productivity of individuals, teams, and organizations. She has worked with clients in a variety of sectors including utility, health care, retail, insurance, government, engineering, manufacturing, professional services, and education. Donna’s credentials include a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Georgia State University and an A.B. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a licensed psychologist in Georgia and a member of the American Psychological Association, The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Society of Consulting Psychology. Donna is a member of the Human Resources Leadership Forum and an affiliate of HR People & Strategy. Her experience with local I‐O groups include the following: coordination of the I/O Study Group that provided continuing education for licensed organizational and consulting psychologists in metro Atlanta, member of the SIOP Local I‐O Groups Relations Committee, and President of the Georgia Association of I‐O Psychologists.

SIOP Session Title:

  • Growing the Impact of I-O through Local I-O Groups

Amy Stewart, PhD

Amy is a licensed Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with 25 years of talent management consulting experience working with business, government, and non-profit organizations to optimize human capital investments.  As an external consultant she has worked in diverse industries to establish strategic objectives that help businesses effectively manage the talent lifecycle.   Her experience includes: competency modeling, building and administering selection and development leadership programs that address skill gaps and enhance leadership capabilities, team building, performance management, succession planning, and training.  She currently serves as an internal consultant leading Assessment for Development at Lowe’s Companies, Inc. in Mooresville, North Carolina.  In this role she ensures assessment tools align to our leadership model and provide measurement that helps Lowe’s gauge, modify, and build its leadership capability in support of its current and future direction.  She spends her leisure time serving at church, enjoying family and friends, gardening, and being on or near the water.  In 2016 she plans to apply her human capital expertise to assist Lowe’s create people integration strategies for key mergers and acquisitions.  Amy earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University and a Masters of Science and Doctorate in Applied Psychology from the University of Georgia. 

 SIOP Session Titles:

  • A Personality-Based Approach to Developing Versatile Leaders for Complex Times
  • Using Live Experiments to Rapidly Learn, Innovate, and Drive Results in Your Organization

 Daniel Whitenack, PhD

Dan received his B.A. from Emory University PhD (Industrial Psychology) from the University of Nebraska, where he was awarded the Presidential Fellowship as the University's Outstanding Graduate Student.  He became a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia in 1989.  After graduation, he spent 5 years at BellSouth (now AT&T) as a Staff Manager.  In 1992, he went to work for a small ‘boutique’ psychology firm - Helms, Greco & Whitenack (later, Consulting Psychology Group), later becoming a partner and then owner.  Dr. Whitenack is a member of the following organizations:

American Psychological Association and the following APA Divisions: Division of Vocational Psychology, Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and Division of Consulting Psychology.  He is also a member of the National Career Development Association.  Dr. Whitenack has conducted assessments on thousands of candidates and coached hundreds more as part of management development activities.  In 2013 he founded OccupationProfessor, a web-based tool to help people of all ages identify practical careers that match up to their abilities and interests.  In 2014 he co-founded ApplicantMatcher, an online tool to help companies match up job applicants to job requirements.  In 2014 he started (and continues to lead) the career ministry at his church--Cross Pointe (Duluth). 

SIOP Session Titles:

  • Rich Media Simulations: Fad or Value Add? (also to be covered by David Lux)
  • A Personality-Based Approach to Developing Versatile Leaders for Complex Times
  • Person-Centered Analyses
  • Effective Organizational Socialization and Onboarding
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