2014 – 2015

August 11th

HAIOP is pleased to welcome Dr. Joe Ungemah for our next meeting



Speaker: Dr. Joe Ungemah

Location: Rice University in Rayzor Hall, Room 121

Date / Time: Tuesday, August 11th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Joe Ungemah is a practitioner at heart. As an expert consultant in the field of Talent Management and registered psychologist, he spends his days sharing with his clients the techniques that result in better people decisions and more satisfied employees. His skill is in translating the complex field of occupational psychology into simple and straight-forward advice, putting this on paper for the first time in his book Misplaced Talent (Click here to see a flyer on this book). After studying and working in the UK, Ireland, and Australia, he now lives in Minneapolis.

February 24th

Please join us for the next HAIOP meeting on February 24th


Speaker: Mark Smith, PhD

Location: Rice University in Rayzor Hall, Room 123

Date / Time: Tuesday, February 24th from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Networking: from 5:00 to 6:00

Presentation and Q&A: from 6:00 to 7:30

Dr. Smith will offer his perspectives on the theoretical and practical implications of using personality assessments for the purposes of selecting employees.  Specifically, he will discuss a set of research studies that he has conducted on the validity of personality dimensions for screening job applicants.  About a decade ago, a set of personality dimensions was validated for a client based on the results of a concurrent, criterion-related validity study.  Recently, the same company conducted a retrospective, predictive validation study on these dimensions for the same jobs.  Consistencies and inconsistencies of the results will be considered and discussed.

October 28th


The Annual HAIOP Banquet will be on October 28th, 2014.

Speaker: Nancy Tippins, Ph.D. (former SIOP President)

Location: BlackFinn American Grille; 1910 Bagby Street, Houston TX

Parking: A parking garage is located in the building that BlackFinn is in. The entrance is on Bagby Street. If you park in this garage we will validate your parking at the restaurant.

Time: 6-9 pm

Currently, Nancy is Senior Vice President for CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement Solutions group, and she has more than 30 years of experience in the field of personnel selection and assessment.  Dr. Tippins oversees the teams that develop legally and professionally compliant tools, administrative processes, and delivery platforms to meet client staffing, assessment, and succession planning requirements.  Dr. Tippins also conducts executive assessments and provides expert support in litigation.  She has a longstanding involvement with the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) where she served as President from 2000 to 2001. Prior to joining CEB / Valtera, Dr. Tippins served as Director of Leadership Development and Selection Methods at GTE in Irving, TX, Director of Human Resources Services at Bell Atlantic in Arlington, VA, and Research Psychologist at Exxon Company, USA in Houston, TX.  She is a Fellow of SIOP and the American Psychological Association (APA) and is involved in a several private industry research groups.  Dr. Tippins received her M.S. and PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She holds a M.Ed. in Counseling and Psychological Services from Georgia State University.

You can pay for the banquet the usual way, or you can pay for the banquet Here!

Please join us for the next HAIOP meeting on Monday September 8th


Speaker: Robert B. Andrews, MA, LMFT, CSC (Institute of Sports Psychology)

Location: Houston Public Library – Jesse H. Jones Central Library (downtown Houston: 500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77002)

Date / Time: Monday, September 8th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

  • Networking from 5:30 to 6:00
  • Presentation and Q&A from 6:00 to 7:15
  • We must be out by 7:30

Parking in the Central Library garage is $2.00 per hour and $1 per additional half hour. Parking validation is not available for meetings. The garage entrance is immediately past the Plaza on Lamar Street and directly below the Jesse H. Jones Central Library.

April 8th

Our April 2014 program will feature Dr. Clyde Mayo – Founder, Management and Personnel Systems, Houston TX

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Networking and Free Refreshments
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.: Feature Presentation

Location: Houston Public Library, Looscan Branch, 2510 Willowick Road, Houston, Texas 77027 [832-393-1900]

The location is at the corner of Westheimer Rd @ Willowick Rd/Wesleyan St.

[Please note: Although the library has free parking, the parking spaces can up quickly. Nearby residential streets have street parking.]

Dr. Mayo is a management consultant who, for several years, has owned and operated a consulting firm dedicated to the practice of Industrial & Organizational Psychology. His April 8th presentation will focus on selection and development of supervisors. He will discuss options related to several supervisor selection methods, and address such components as testing, interviews, and group exercises from assessment centers. Dr. Mayo will present a new supervisory selection method he has discovered to be effective. He will discuss both the strengths and weaknesses of this method, as well as what methods seem to “fit” various types of organizations.

This program is not sponsored or endorsed by Houston Public Library. If you have a special physical or communications need that may impact your participation in this activity, please contact KC Ejiogu at 713-899-6162 at least 72 hours prior to the event to discuss accommodations. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification of need.

March 3rd

HAIOP Happy-Hour Networking Event

HAIOP’s next meeting will be a happy-hour networking event
The event is planned as follows:

Date: Monday, March 3, 2014

Time: 5:30 – 7:30

Location: Brio River Oaks, 3029 Kirby Drive, Houston TX 77098 (713-528-8200)

HAIOP will provide free appetizers!
Please prepare to come and participate as follows:
Get to know and meet members and friends of HAIOP
Network with other professionals in the Houston I/O community
Discuss future topics and new directions for HAIOP meetings in 2014
Enjoy happy-hour drink prices!
Enjoy free appetizers
Brio River Oaks is at the intersection of Kirby Drive and West Alabama Street.


2012 – 2013

HAIOP 2013 Annual Banquet

Tuesday October 22, HESS Club, Houston TX, 5:15 – 8:30 pm

Dr Tammy D. Allen, President SIOP

Mentoring Relationships

Tammy D. Allen is Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida. Her research centers on individual and organizational factors that relate to employee career development and employee well-being at both work and home. Tammy currently serves as President of the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP). She is also currently Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Psychology and former Associate Editor of Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.


Please join us for the next HAIOP meeting on February 24th


Speaker: Mark Smith, PhD

Location: Rice University in Rayzor Hall, Room 123

Date / Time: Tuesday, February 24th from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Networking: from 5:00 to 6:00

Presentation and Q&A: from 6:00 to 7:30

Dr. Smith will offer his perspectives on the theoretical and practical implications of using personality assessments for the purposes of selecting employees.  Specifically, he will discuss a set of research studies that he has conducted on the validity of personality dimensions for screening job applicants.  About a decade ago, a set of personality dimensions was validated for a client based on the results of a concurrent, criterion-related validity study.  Recently, the same company conducted a retrospective, predictive validation study on these dimensions for the same jobs.  Consistencies and inconsistencies of the results will be considered and discussed.

2010 – 2011


His topic is: Some emerging thoughts about employee engagement

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2008 – 2009


Title:  Integral Psychology in the Workplace

Speakers: Cindy Wigglesworth & David Germain

Location: Sewall Hall, Rice University, Room 303

Time: Social Hour – 5:15-6:00 pm;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Description:  Come and explore an exciting introduction to Ken Wiber’s “Integral Psychology” and explore how it impacts I/O Psychology!

The goal of “Integral Psychology” is to honor and embrace every legitimate aspect of human consciousness. Drawing from hundreds of sources – East and West, ancient and modern – Wilber has created a psychological model that encompasses the entire spectrum of human development. Wilber is one of the most widely read and influential American philosophers of our time and is credited with creating a genuine world philosophy with important practical applications in nearly every field of study, including I/O Psychology

About the Speakers:

Cindy Wigglesworth.   As Founder and Owner of Conscious Pursuits, Inc. Cindy Wigglesworth bridges a solid business background with her passionate beliefs about the importance of integrating our spiritual and work lives. Her prior work experience includes 20+ years in HR management for ExxonMobil Corporation, performing in all the traditional areas of HR. Key areas were organizational design, effectiveness and workforce / culture issues, executive coaching and performance improvement, training development and delivery and global best practices. Her most recent major consulting project was with The Methodist Hospital, Her work with its VP of Spiritual Care and Values Integration resulted in implementation of a network-wide values integration program designed to create a “spiritual environment of caring” for Methodist’s employees.

Cindy has gained a reputation as an expert in the field of “spirit at work” and speaks regularly on the subject. She co-authored (as Cynthia S. Graves) “Grown-Up Children Who Won’t Grow Up.” Cindy holds dual BA in English and Education and a MA in Political Science from Duke University.

David Germain.   As an Integral Coach and Consultant, David helps others to “shapeshift” for individual and organizational transformation.   David has more than 30 years of experience building effective, world-class learning organizations. He has a deep understanding of complexity theory, system thinking, and the latest information technologies. Working with major clients in a wide variety of industries, David develops targeted interventions including organizational and process changes, and HR initiatives.  He also develops training curriculums that optimally blend interactive eLearning programs, classroom instruction, and virtual learning courses to help companies consistently out-learn, out-innovate, and out-perform their competition.

A self-styled Integral Shaman, David has created a unique approach to professional and personal development combining Integral Psychology, Neuro-linguistic Programming, and Shamanic Arts to improve performance and well-being through Personal Mastery. Energy Work, and Spiritual Growth. David holds a BA in Communication Theory from St. Louis University and has completed advanced studies in Instructional Design, Artificial Intelligence and a variety of esoteric arts.



Title: On becoming efficient with software: We do what we see

Speaker: Dr. Camille Peres

Location: Birkman International, 3040 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 1425, Houston, TX 77056

Time: Social Hour – 5:15-6:00 pm;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Directions: The doors between the parking garage and the building are locked after 6 PM. If anyone arrives after 6 PM, he/she should use the intercom at the door and state that he/she is there for the HAIOP meeting at Birkman International.

Dr. S. Camille Peres is a Cognitive Psychologist who does research on the Human-Machine Interface—particularly Human Computer Interaction. She has three active lines of research: how software users transition from novices to experts, investigating and designing guidelines for effective Auditory Displays; and using new technologies for teaching statistics.

Much of Dr. Peres’ research is done in collaboration with faculty from UHCL and Rice, NASA’s Human Factors group, ExxonMobil, and Schlumberger. Her work includes both a scientific component focused on developing new knowledge in Human Factors and an applied component focused on improving the efficiency and safety of Human-Machine Interfaces.

Dr. Peres is active in the local and national Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). She has served as president of the Houston HFES chapter and is currently the President-Elect. She also sits on the Professional Standards Committee and Salary Survey Committee of the National organization. Dr. Peres has publications in the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, and the proceedings of the International Conference on Auditory Displays and HFES.

Dr. Peres earned her Ph.D. from Rice University in 2005.



Title:  The Long Voyage to Mars: Can the Science of Team Performance Contribute?

Speakers: Dr. Eduardo Salas

Location: Universities Space Research Association’s (USRA) Auditorium at
3600 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058. click here for map

Time: Social Hour – 6:30-7:00 pm;  Speaker – 7:00-8:00 pm; socializing at a local venue after the talk

RSVP by January 23rd, to PeresSC@uhcl.edu or Pereira@uhcl.edu

About the Speakers:

EDUARDO SALAS, Ph.D. is University Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He also holds an appointment as Program Director for Human Systems Integration Research Department at UCF’s Institute for Simulation & Training. Previously, he was a Senior Research Psychologist and Head of the Training Technology Development Branch of NAVAIR-Orlando for 15 years. His expertise includes helping organizations on how to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies; facilitate training effectiveness, among many others. He is currently working on designing tools, instructional strategies and techniques to minimize human errors in aviation, law enforcement and medical environments. He is past Editor of Human Factors journal and current Associated Editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology. Dr. Salas has held numerous positions in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) during the past 15 years. He is also very active with Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

About the Sponsors:

H-HFES: The purpose of H-HFES is to promote the growth and understanding of human factors and ergonomics in the local community, including the general public, local businesses, and other professional organizations in the greater Houston region. Practitioners, students, and academicians with interests in human factors, ergonomics, or related areas are encouraged to join the chapter and participate in its activities to share information and network with others in the field.

HAIOP: The purpose of HAIOP is to promote the exchange of scientific, empirical, practical, theoretical, and/or conceptual information and concerns between members of the industrial/organizational psychology community in the greater Houston area. Membership in HAIOP is open to all human resource professionals in the greater Houston area having an interest in the application of industrial/organizational psychological principles.

USRA: Universities Space Research Association, Division of Space Life Science



Title:  Testing Candidates for Undesirable Jobs: Development and Validation of a Customized Assessment Tool for Juvenile Detention Facilities

Speakers: Drs. Gloria Pereira and Lauren Salomon

Location: Sewall Hall, Rice University, Room 301

Time: Social Hour – 5:15-6:00 pm;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Description:  Drs. Gloria Pereira and Lauren Salomon will present their process for developing and validating an assessment tool for four job groups at Texas Youth Commission. This process can be used to develop personality, biographical, and situational judgment items for most other jobs as well. They will also discuss applicant reactions to the different types of items used, and the impact these reactions had on test outcomes.   Implications for selection will be discussed.

About the Speakers:

Gloria M. Pereira is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston Clear Lake and teaches in the Master’s level Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. In addition, she consults in the areas of competency modeling, job analysis, employee selection, test validation, managerial assessment, employee surveys, and interview development and training.  Her work is focused on improving the performance of organizations through assessment, selection and development of people.  She has over 15 years of experience as an internal and an external consultant, and has worked abroad as well as in the US. Dr. Pereira has experience in a variety of industries, including snack foods, hospitals, manufacturing, petrochemicals, airlines, automotive, and retail.Dr. Pereira holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and she is a licensed Psychologist in Texas and Puerto Rico.  She is fluent in Spanish and has business and consulting experience in Latin America.  In addition, Dr. Pereira is actively involved in professional associations and has presented and published her research in national psychology forums.

Dr. Salomon has 15 years of internal and external consulting experience, and is currently President of Salomon Solutions and adjunct professor at University of Houston-Clear Lake.  She previously worked as an Organization Development Specialist for M.D. Anderson, providing expertise in areas such as competency modeling, selection test program design and validation; performance management, mentoring; and commitment and retention studies.  She also provided opinion research expertise for projects such as employee and customer surveys; and conducted workshops for managers on interviewing skills and performance management.

Prior to this position, Dr. Salomon worked as an external consultant for Aon Consulting, Management and Personnel Systems, SBC Communications, and Jeanneret & Associates.  She also has extensive experience teaching college and graduate level psychology courses at University of Houston, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and University of Phoenix. Dr. Salomon earned an M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston.  She is affiliated with APA, SIOP, HAIOP, OD Network, and American Society for Training and Development.



Speaker:  Dr. Vicki V. Vandaveer, Vandaveer Group, Inc.

Title: Executive Coaching for Developing Global Leaders.

Location: University of Houston Hilton, Waldorf-Astoria room

Time: Social Hour – 5:00 to 5:30 pm; Dinner – 5:30 to 6:15 pm; Speaker – 6:15 to 7:30 pm

Cost: Non-members: $40; Members $30; Students: $15

  • Purchase a banquet ticket and/ or RSVP at rsvp@haiop.org by October 23rd to guarantee your meal.
  • Apply for/Renew your membership today!  You can pay online for your HAIOP membership via PayPal.


Globalization of business has had significant implications for I/O and Consulting psychologists world-wide, and is providing rich professional opportunities. This is particularly true for psychologists whose work involves leader development coaching, a rapidly emerging practice area for I/O.

Vicki Vandaveer will discuss the issues, challenges and opportunities in global
leader development coaching, including the following sub-topics:
o   New, “global” competencies required for today’s leaders, and the primary
issues involved in strengthening them to equip global leaders for success
o   ‘Critical Success Factors’ for expatriates’ success
o   Coaching individual leaders across cultures
*  Issues, challenges and rewards
*  Helping individuals and organizations adapt to and capitalize on
cultural differences – for competitive advantage
*  What I/O psychologists have to contribute
*  What I/O’s need beyond I/O training to be effective coaches
*  What scientific work can best inform our practice as we work
*  Implications for the coach

About the Speaker:
Vicki V. Vandaveer, Ph.D. is an I/O consulting psychologist who serves as a
trusted advisor to top management on leadership, organization effectiveness, and multi-cultural leadership team effectiveness. For 13 years she has specialized in executive and global leadership team coaching, and advising senior management on merging and shaping corporate cultures. Her clients are primarily Fortune 100 companies, but also include health care systems and professional service firms. She currently coaches/advises 30 executives in five different companies. She has considerable international experience working with multi-national and multi-cultural leadership teams in 17 countries. Dr. Vandaveer’s career spans thirty years, including 13 years in internal consulting roles, and 18 in external consulting. She is a Fellow of APA and SIOP, a charter member of HAIOP, and a member of the Society of Consulting Psychology (APA Division 13). She is also an adjunct professor at UH and Rice University, and co-teaches a graduate seminar on professional issues and ethics.

2007 – 2008


2006 – 2007

MAY 23, 2007

Title:  Highlights from the 22nd Annual SIOP Conference


Dr. Jerilyn Hayward, Right Management

Dr. Clyde Mayo, Independent Consultant

Dr. David Wasson, Independent Consultant

Location:  Hobbit Café

2243 Richmond Ave

(Between Kirby and Shepherd)


Time: Social Hour – 5:15-6:00 PM;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Description:  This informal meeting will feature three of our members who attended the most recent SIOP conference. They will provide short descriptions of key presentations, sessions, etc. and lead relevant discussion. Topics will include ethics, court cases regarding employment testing, coaching, individual assessment, and others.

This will be our last meeting of the 2006/2007 and we hope to see you there!

About the Speakers:
Dr. Jerilyn Hayward is a Senior Consultant at Right Management. She has over 13 years of business experience providing leadership, consultation, change management, and training in organizations throughout the U.S. as well as internationally.  Her key professional interests include multirater assessments, assessment centers, performance appraisal, management, succession planning, and job analysis.

Dr. Clyde Mayo is a licensed psychologist who is a consultant and a general practitioner in industrial/organizational psychology.  Areas of focus include selection, validation research, promotion, executive assessment, organizational analysis and development, and executive coaching.

Dr. David Wasson is a self-employed management consultant offering services to government and private sector organizations.  His areas of practice include individual assessment of candidates for executive, managerial, professional, technical, and sales positions; executive recruitment; and diversity management, including preparation of Affirmative Action Plans.


APRIL 23, 2007

Dr. Michael Vescuso, BMC Software

Dr. Kim Kehoe, Rice University Jones Graduate School of Management

Title:  Creating One BMC

Location:  Rice University, Sewall Hall — Room TBD

Time: Social Hour – 5:00-6:00 PM;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Description:  Drs. Mike Vescuso and Kim Kehoe will lead an interactive discussion regarding a major change initiative at BMC, a global provider of products and services designed to manage IT from a business perspective. They will describe the strategic, operational, and culture changes that have been designed and implemented over the past 15 months. This change initiative is still in process, and next steps will also be discussed.

About the Speakers:
Dr. Michael Vescuso has spent almost three decades as an HR leader or management consultant in a variety of Fortune 500 organizations, both domestic and international. In those roles, he led, supported, and facilitated design and implementation of a variety of large-scale initiatives. They include organizational restructuring and downsizing; redesigning business processes; enhancing sales productivity, developing product to solution selling transitions; compensation design re-engineering, and realigning organizations to support new business strategies and objectives. He has also developed and implemented numerous key employee involvement initiatives; executive retention, assessment and development programs. Dr. Vescuso is currently the SVP Administration at BMC Software. He completed his PhD in Psychology at University of Texas Austin in 1994.

Dr. Kim Kehoe is the Director of the Action Learning Program in Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Management. Other academic experience includes work at Duke, Center for Creative Leadership, and Indiana University. In addition, over a span of about two decades, he has held a number of internal and external consultant roles in the health care industry, high tech, and others. Dr. Kehoe earned his Doctor of Business Administration from Harvard. His primary focus is leadership and organization performance, with particular interest in bridging the gap between theory and practice.



Title:  HAIOP Strategy 2007 and Beyond

Location:  Rice University, Sewall Hall — 4th Floor Lounge

Time: Social Hour – 5:00-6:00 PM;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Description:  HAIOP is a unique professional organization in that it serves us, individuals trained in I/O Psychology, and those interested in its application.  Whether you are a consultant, internal practitioner, HR professional, academic, or student, HAIOP offers a place to interact with others who have similar professional interests and similar academic perspectives.  It acts as a forum for networking and for remaining current in our professional knowledge. Whether we work in business, government, or academia, HAIOP provides a place where members can share knowledge, experiences, and resources with one another.

HAIOP’s Board wants to ensure that our organization continues to evolve and meet the needs of the I/O community throughout the major metropolitan Houston area (including Bryan/College Station, Baytown, Clear Lake, etc.)  For these reasons, we want your input regarding how we should move forward.

Our March meeting will be devoted to this topic. It will be held on March 19 at Rice University. We’ll plan 5:15-6 PM for networking and 6-7:30 for the discussion (with more snacks/wine than usual to tide us over). The agenda will include:

  • Why do you belong to HAIOP?
  • What do you like about the organization?
  • What topics would you like to hear about during meetings? What format do you prefer (e.g., presentation, panels, informal discussion)?
  • What do you wish was different about the organization? How could it better meet your needs?
  • What actions should we take to increase the value of the organization to its members?
  • Who will commit to taking these actions?
  • Other ideas?

This is a very important meeting for the future of HAIOP.  You can have a big influence on our organization!

Please contact your friends and colleagues and urge them to attend as well.



Title: Keys to Providing Service Excellence in Networked Organizations

Location:  Rice University, Sewall Hall — Room TBD

Time: Social Hour – 5:00-6:00 PM;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Description: In the United States, the service industry represents almost 80% of the workforce, and employment in service occupations was projected in 2002 to grow 20.1% by 2012. Consequently, issues of importance to service organizations are increasingly becoming a focus of I/O psychologists. In recent years, an emerging literature has focused on networked organizations as reflecting a post-bureaucratic form of organizational structure that refers to integrated, interdependent, and dependent organizational units. Service organizations that apply this structure internally, such as hotel chains and retail banks, are attempting to achieve: (a) efficiency through both economies of scale and connectivity via superior communication and (b) effectiveness by empowering local units to deliver services consistent with local market conditions. Critical to the success of networked organizations are not only the effectiveness of internal customer service delivered by corporate to the local units but also the service climate in the local units.

About the Speaker: A member of the post-Katrina New Orleans diaspora, Alan Witt (PhD, Tulane University, 1985) joined the faculty at the University of Houston in August, 2006 as director of the I/O psychology doctoral program. Formerly a human resources director with NationsBank (now Bank of America) and a professor of management at the University of New Orleans , Alan is a fellow in SIOP, APA, and APS.



Title:  Past, Current, and Future Workforce Trends at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

Location:  Ziggy’s Healthy Grill, 2202 W. Alabama St. (click on address for map)

Time: Social Hour – 5:30-6:00 PM;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Description:  Like many industries, the Space Program is facing a number of significant changes that impact its strategy for managing human capital. For example, the current US crew transport vehicle (i.e., Space Shuttle) is scheduled for retirement in 2010, the International Space Station will be completed and retired within the foreseeable future, and US Astronauts will return to the moon by 2020. These events create significant challenges regarding issues such as retaining necessary technological expertise, sharing organizational knowledge, and shifting from an operational focus to one of development and creativity.

These and other issues related to NASA and it employees will be raised and discussed in an informal setting. We hope to see you there!

About the Speaker:  For the last 3 years, Dr. Mudgett has worked as a Strategic Workforce Planning Analyst at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). In this role, he leads JSC organizational diagnosis and modeling activities to analyze and identify workforce trends, workforce capabilities, current dynamics, and possible future scenarios. He also actively participates in related projects that have NASA-wide impact. Before that, he worked as a development representative at JSC for 2 years. He led development projects related to change management, training, organization development, and teamwork. Additionally, he supported professional development of individuals and groups; planned and facilitated retreats; and designed, implemented, and analyzed surveys and 360 degree reviews. Before joining JSC, Dr. Mudgett worked as an Assistant Vice President of Organization Development at Wachovia Bank in North Carolina and as a Selection Systems Analyst at GEICO Direct in Washington D.C. He earned his Ph.D. from Rice University in 2000.



Title:  Measuring Performance in Health Care: A Different Perspective

Location:  Rice University, Sewall Hall — Room TBD

Time: Social Hour – 5:00-6:00 PM;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Description:  Performance measurement has finally caught on in health care.  Hospital quality measurement systems, physician report cards, and pay-for-performance initiatives are being used more frequently by health care organizations as strategies to improve the quality of health care and reduce cost.  I/O psychologists are uniquely positioned to bring a wealth of expertise to this issue.  Please join us for a  lively discussion of how the health care industry measures performance at various levels of the organization, and how I/O psychologists can contribute in an industry that affects us all.

About the Speaker:  Sylvia J. Hysong, Ph.D., is  a health services researcher at the Houston Center of Quality of Care and Utilization Studies, an Instructor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the University of Houston. Her interests focus on primary health care as a work environment and how work environment issues affect quality of care. She has been a co-investigator in several projects examining organizational aspects of clinical practice guideline implementation, physician recruitment and retention, primary care staffing patterns, and most recently, physician financial incentives and performance measurement. Her work has been published in health and medical journals including Health Services ResearchImplementation Science, and the Journal of Healthcare Management.  She is an executive board member of the Houston Area Industrial/Organizational Psychologists group, and an active member of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  Dr. Hysong received her PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from Rice University in 2000.



Title:  Positive People, Positive Organizations: Six Secrets of a Strengths-Based Organization

Location:  Rice University, Sewall Hall — Room TBD

Time: Social Hour – 5:00-6:00 PM;  Speaker – 6:00-7:00 pm

Description:  Traditional approaches to organizational development and change management often attempt to “fix” what is not working.  This deficit-based approach to change has unfortunate consequences. An alternative approach is to identify and amplify the strengths, or the root causes of success, in an organization.  Rather than an emphasis on solving problems, use those occasions of positive deviance as a basis for long-term performance improvements.  Some have called it “Positive Organizational Behavior,” others “Positive Organizational Scholarship.”  The premise is that organizational transformation begins with the individuals in that organization. The change begins as people alter their self-concept, their images of who they really are, who their coworkers are, and who their bosses really are. If we can foster the positive development of people and their perspectives, those positive changes will literally transform the nature of the organization.

About the Speaker:  Jay R. Tombaugh, Ph.D. is Vice-President and Co-Founder of Positive Organizations, L.L.C., an organization and management consulting firm based in Houston, TX.  Jay has over 20 years of experience helping individuals and teams improve their performance and productivity.  He has worked with both profit and non-profit businesses in areas such as healthcare, manufacturing, energy services, petrochemicals, and federal and local governments. In addition to consulting, Dr. Tombaugh is an Associate Professor of Management and is the Director of the Human Resource Management Program at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. He received a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.



Speaker:  Dr. Leaetta Hough, The Dunnette Group

Title: Misconceptions and Milestones of Personality Testing for Personnel Selection

Location: University of Houston Hilton, Room 185

Time: Social Hour – 6:00 PM; Dinner & Speaker – 6:45 pm

Cost: Non-members: $35; Members $30; Students: $15

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Description:  Personality testing for personnel selection is once again controversial.  Dr. Hough will describe the controversies and the evidence for the different positions. She will address issues of criterion-related validity, faking, and adverse impact of personality and cognitive ability tests. She will engage the audience with discussions and Best Practices for predicting important workplace criteria.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Hough is one of the foremost authorities in the development and implementation of staffing and performance management tools and systems. During her career, she has made advances in I-O psychology that have significantly shaped the profession, one of which is the development of selection and promotion tools that predict job performance. Dr. Hough was a founder of Personnel Decisions Research Institute and later founded The Dunnette Group. Recently, she served as the president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). She also launched several highly successful initiatives including the acclaimed Leading-Edge Consortium and the interactive exchange journal INTERACTION: Exchange of Perspectives on the Science and Practice of I-O Psychology. In addition, Dr. Hough has been an exceptionally active contributor to the scientific and professional liter­ature, publishing dozens of articles in refereed journals, book chapters, reviews, and conference proceedings.

Dr. Hough received her Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1981. She is currently a Fellow in SIOP, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and APA’s Division Five – Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics.

2005 – 2006


Topic:  Best Practices in Executive Onboarding

Location:  Sewall Hall, Rice University (Room 305)

Time: Social Hour: 5:00 – 6:00 PM; Conversation Hour:  6:00-7:15 pm

Description: Executive Onboarding programs have the potential to make significant contributions to both individual and organizational effectiveness. When investing in new leaders, how can organizations reduce risks and accelerate time to productivity? This session will explore the critical success factors of onboarding approaches that expedite your leaders success and impact.

Topics will include the following: – Methodologies that lead to high-impact executive onboarding programs – Tools and techniques to ensure program effectiveness – Best-in-class models of successful executive onboarding programs

STUDENTS:  Take a break from finals and come to this one — you won’t learn about this topic in grad school!

About the Speaker:  Lorraine Stomski is a senior vice president and Practice Leader for Leadership Education and Coaching in Aon’s Talent Solutions Consulting practice. Lorraine is responsible for the design and delivery of global leadership and executive onboarding programs for top talent in organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Sun Microsystems and Agilent Technologies. Her specialties include leadership development, retention and development of top talent, executive coaching, performance management, multi-rater surveys, and selection and assessment. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of best in class practices within the field of leadership development both in the US and internationally.



Topic:  Conversation Hour — Obesity Stigma and Workplace Discrimination

Location:  Hobbit Café, 2243 Richmond Ave- (713) 526-5460

Time: Social Hour: 5:00 – 6:00 PM; Conversation Hour:  6:00-7:15 pm

Description: In the US and other developed nations, there has been an increased focus on obesity as a contributor to higher health insurance costs, absenteeism, and reduced productivity at work. Obese individuals comprise an increasingly prevalent but persistently stigmatized group. Discrimination continues in the contemporary American workplace, and there is significant controversy about this issue. This program will be informal, in a discussion format in a relaxed setting. It will begin with a brief report on the state of practice and research regarding the stigma of obesity. The bulk of the time will be reserved for questions and ideas about the issues in this area, including the organization’s role in remediating discrimination.

About the Speaker:  Eden King’s research uses social psychological theory to examine current manifestations of discrimination in organizations, consequences of such bias for its targets and their workplaces, and individual and organizational strategies for bias reduction. She has studied discrimination against obese and other stigmatized individuals throughout her graduate career, and has presented and published extensively on these issues. Eden will complete her Ph.D. from Rice University this summer. She will begin a tenure-track faculty position in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at George Mason University in August, 2006.



Topic:  Globalization and American Civil Rights In The Global Workplace

Location:  Social Hour—  Sewall Hall 4th Floor LoungeSpeaker — Sewall Hall, Rice University — Room 307

Time: Social Hour: 5:30 – 6:00 PM; Speaker:  6:00-7:15 pm

Description: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 deals with discrimination in the workplace. It laid the foundation for the most sensitive and litigated employment issues in America. A growing phenomenon is the cross border reach of these rights. When a foreign citizen crosses a U.S. border into America, what rights does she gain against sexual harassment? What rights against racial discrimination shield an American working on foreign shores?  In the effort of lawyers and their clients to deal with these issues, transnational employment law is being born. Because they help clients implement management practices to avoid discrimination violations, I/O psychologists will play a vital role in dealing with this challenge on a global basis. For example, what is the significance of whether work is located within or outside the United States? Do the obligations of an employer hinge on the home country of that employer? Are the legal protections of a particular employee keyed to citizenship or authority to work in the U.S.? Are legal defenses available to an employer dependent on international treaties or foreign law defenses? These issues present significant challenges to I/O psychologists who advise clients operating in other countries as well as workplaces in the U.S. with employees of divergent citizenship. This presetation will discuss this vital and growing subject.

About the Speaker:  Stanley Santire is an attorney specializing in business law, emphasizing employment and construction issues. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, including the Section on Labor and Employment Law and the Section on Construction Law. An active national speaker on employment law for managers and HR professionals, he also lectured at Yale University, University of Alabama, University of Houston, and South Texas College of Law. Stanley is Associate Editor of the State Bar of Texas Newsletter on Labor and Employment Law. His professional articles appeared in journals ranging from the Journal of the American Medical Association of the American Medical Association to The International Lawyer published by the American Bar Association to Pollution Engineering Magazine.



Topic:  Developing the Next Generation of DOT: Research and Practice with O*Net

Location:  Social Hour—  Sewall Hall 4th Floor LoungeSpeaker — Sewall Hall, Rice University — Room 307

Time: Social Hour: 5:00 – 6:00 PM; Speaker:  6:00-7:15 pm

Extended Social Hour!  This month our social hour will start at 5:00 pm, rather than the usual 5:30.  Come early, enjoy some drinks and hors d’ouvres after battling the Houston traffic, and take some time to catch up with your fellow HAIOP members as well as getting to know some of the new faces in our group. Then get ready for a great presentation!   

About the Speaker:
Norman G. Peterson is a researcher at the Satisfaction Performance Research Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   He was previously a senior research fellow at the American Institutes for Research (AIR),  where he served as Project Director for the team that developed the prototype version of the O*NET. Dr. Peterson’s research interests include occupational analysis, development and validation of measures of individual differences, employee selection and classification systems, and the prediction of human performance in occupational and training settings.   Prior to joining AIR, he was vice-president of the Personnel Decisions Research Institute where he directed a number of validation studies, including a project designed to improve prediction of job performance for enlistees in the U.S. Army. He is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. He earned his Ph.D. in I/O psychology from the University of Minnesota.



Title: Beyond the Behavioral Interview: What More Needs to Be Learned about Leadership

Location: Sewall Hall, Rice University — Room 303

Time: Social Hour: 5:30 – 6:00 PM; Speaker:  6:00-7:00 pm

The data are in and the trend line is clear.  C-level officers are enjoying ever shortening tenures in their position.  There can be a lot of explanations for this trend, but one is the difficulty in determining if a person’s leadership characteristics ‘fit’ with the new company.  Rad Eanes has done and continues to do assessments of potential leaders in a variety of different companies.  He will share a series of questions that he frequently uses to shape the assessment interview and what he listens for in the answers.

About the Speaker:
For over twenty-five years, Rad has been intensely engaged in the dynamics of human resources and organizational development. He has worked within organizations as the chief human resources officer in two different Fortune 500 companies and outside of organizations as an expert consultant. In both the internal and external roles, Rad has worked extensively with the dynamics of change management; leadership development; coaching; and, team optimization. As an executive in several firms, Rad understands intimately the challenges of running a successful enterprise. Rad has a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin and is a licensed psychologist.



Title: E-Learning for Organizations

Location: Sewall Hall, Rice University — Room 309

Time: Social Hour: 5:30 – 6:00 PM; Speaker:  6:00-7:00 pm

About the Speaker:
Dr. Marshall Schott is the Executive Director of Educational Technology and University Outreach at the University of Houston.  In his nine years at UH, Schott has managed off-campus facilities, created and managed the university’s faculty development program associated with the use of instructional technology, and worked to develop collaborative relationships with regional, national and international partners.  In addition, he is responsible for the university’s distance learning program and for providing student support to distance learners.  Dr. Schott has won several awards for innovative programming and programs of excellence.  In 2005, the University of Houston’s Distance Learning program ranked among the largest in the nation with over 20,000 enrollments annually.

Dr. Schott received his Ph.D. in history from Louisiana State University and continues to teach regularly using educational technology.



Speaker:  Dr. Michael Beyerlein, University of North Texas