The Seattle Pacific University Department of Industrial-Organizational Psychology offers both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

This series contains successfully defended doctoral dissertations.

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Dissertations from 2022

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Adverse Work Experiences and the Impact on Psychological Well Being, Psychological Distress, Engagement, Turnover, Creativity and State Conscientiousness, Nicole J. DeKay

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Managing One’s Anxiety When Work Narratives Misalign, Shannon Eric Ford and Shannon Ford

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The HERO in you: The impact of psychological capital training and perceived leadership on follower psychological capital development and burnout, Alifiya Khericha

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CoachMotivation: Leveraging Motivational Interviewing Methodology to Increase Emotion Regulation Ability in the Workplace, Michael R. Nelson

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A Quantitative Comparison of Employee Engagement Antecedents, Kirby White

Dissertations from 2021

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RAD Managers: Strategic Coaching for Managers and Leaders, Audrey Mika Kinase Kolb

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Can Gender Pronouns in Interview Questions Work as Nudges?, Fei Lu

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Catalytic Resilience Practices: Exploring the Effects of Resilience and Resilience Practices through Physical Exercise, Mackenzie Ruether

Dissertations from 2020

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Softening Resistance Toward Diversity Initiatives: The Role of Mindfulness in Mitigating Emotional White Fragility, Vatia P. Caldwell

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When Proenvironmental Behavior Crosses Contexts: Exploring the Moderating Effects of Central Participation at Work on the Work-Home Interface, Bryn E.D. Chighizola

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Developing Adaptive Performance: The Power of Experiences and a Strategic Network of Support, Joseph D. Landers Jr.

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Purposeful Investment in Others: The Power of a Character of Service, Kayla M. Logan

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Developmental Experiences Impacting Leadership Differentiation in Emerging Adults, Gabrielle E. Metzler

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Fighting dirty in an era of corporate dominance: Exploring personality as a moderator of the impact of dangerous organizational misconduct on whistleblowing intentions, Keith Andrew Price

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CoachMotivation: Developing Transformational Leadership by Increasing Effective Communication Skills in the Workplace, Megan L. Schuller

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The Relationship Between Authentic Leadership and Resilience, Moderated by Coping Skills, Alice E. Stark

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Building and Sustaining Hope in the Face of Failure: Understanding the Role of Strategic Social Support, Kira K. Wenzel PhD

Dissertations from 2019

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Exploring the Buffering Effects of Holding Behaviors on the Negative Consequences of Workplace Discrimination for People of Color, Heather A. Kohlman Olsen

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Employee Engagement Around the World: Predictors, Cultural Differences, and Business Outcomes, Amanda Munsterteiger

Dissertations from 2018

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Ignatian Spirituality in Vocational Career Development: An Experimental Study of Emerging Adults, Scott Campanario

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Narrative Leadership: Exploring the Concept of Time in Leader Storytelling, Helen H. Chung Dr.

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Vulnerability in Leadership: The Power of the Courage to Descend, Stephanie O. Lopez

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An Exploratory Study Examining a Transformational Salesperson Model Mediated by Salesperson Theory-of-Mind, Philip (Tony) A. Pizelo Dr.

Dissertations from 2017

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Developing Conviction in Women Leaders: The Role of Unique Work and Life Experiences, McKendree J. Hickory

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The Role of Organizational Buy-in in Employee Retention, Serena Hsia

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The Psychometric Evaluation of a Personality Selection Tool, James R. Longabaugh

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Approaching Stressful Situations with Purpose: Strategies for Emotional Regulation in Sensitive People, Amy D. Nagley

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Validation of the Transformative Work in Society Index: Christianity, Work, and Economics Integration, John R. Terrill

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Seeking Quality Mentors: Exploring Program Design Characteristics to Increase an Individual’s Likelihood to Participate as a Mentor, Kristen Voetmann

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Predicting Employee Performance Using Text Data from Resumes, Joshua D. Weaver

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College for The Sake of What? Promoting the Development of Wholly Educated Students, Michael P. Yoder

Dissertations from 2016

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Am I a Good Leader? How Variations in Introversion/Extraversion Impact Leaders’ Core Self-Evaluations, Marisa N. Bossen

Dissertations from 2015

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The Development of Job-Based Psychological Ownership, Robert B. Bullock

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Generational Differences in the Interaction between Valuing Leisure and Having Work-Life Balance on Altruistic and Conscientious Behaviors, Sandeep Kaur Chahil

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Obtaining Sponsorship in Organizations by Developing Trust through Outside of Work Socialization, Katie Kirkpatrick-Husk

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Managing Work and Life: The Impact of Framing, Hilary G. Roche

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Men and Women in Engineering: Professional Identity and Factors Influencing Workforce Retention, Caitlin Hawkinson Wasilewski