Organizational - Industrial Psychology

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“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

Students in both the master’s and doctoral programs in industrial-organizational psychology come to SPU because they have a vision for changing the world of work.

To help them achieve that goal, we are committed to giving students the skills they need to become scholar-leaders who will change their world through research, character development, and practice, and by being instruments of change.


The scientific evidence for what could be.

We believe in using what’s called “evidence-based decision making” when working with organizations.

Research in Industrial-Organizational psychology provides the support for decisions that will positively impact both an employee’s motivation and an organization’s success.



The imprint of past experiences and relationships.

While many say they value the character of a person, we believe character often suffers at the expense of organizational goals, personal results, and organizational effectiveness.

While we know we need people who are competent and motivated, we also need people who are aware, discerning, humble, compassionate, and willing to take responsibility for their shortcomings.



The integration of what you know and who you are.

We believe that we’re not only responsible for providing students with knowledge and self-awareness, but that we’re also responsible for training students to know how to get the job done in the real world.

Students will often hear about our “scientist-practitioner” model, which focuses on empowering students through the combination of evidence-based theory and applicable strategies for change.



The instrument of change.

We believe that you have the power to impact the organizations you serve, whether as a consultant, an employee, or as a leader. As you spend time in this program, learning and working through the lenses of research, character, and practice, you will find that the unknown variable is you.

You will be stretched and supported by this learning community so that one day you will be able to change the world of work.


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Deadline Dec. 15th



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Faculty Publications and Research


Dying to Lead by Dr. Rob McKennaReal Time Leadership Development

Dr. Rob McKenna published Dying to Lead: Sacrificial Leadership in a Self-Centered World.

Dr. Paul Yost published his book: Real Time Leadership Development.

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