Core Faculty


Scott Highhouse

Position: Professor
Ohio Regents Eminent Scholar
Phone: 419-372-8078
Email: shighho@bgsu.edu
Address: 234 Psychology Building

Accepting Students: Yes

B.A., University of Akron
Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1992

Curriculum Vitae

I am primarily known for applying research on judgment and decision making to problems in personnel psychology. I have lately been interested in understanding organizational resistance to using scientific approaches to employee selection, and on how the act of working provides meaning. I also have interests in applicant attraction and corporate branding.


Mike Zickar

Position: Professor
Sandman Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Phone: 419-372-9984
Email: mzickar@bgsu.edu
Address: 233 Psychology Building

Accepting Students: Yes

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

Curriculum Vitae

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My research focuses on applying psychometric techniques to organizational problems. Current research has used item response theory methods to identify people who are misrepresenting themselves on personality inventories. I also use computational modeling techniques to model how such misrepresentation will decrease the quality of selection decisions.


Margaret E. Brooks

Position: Associate Professor
Department of Management
Director of Graduate Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Phone: 419-372-9389
Email: mbrooks@bgsu.edu
Address: 3010 Business Administration B

Accepting Students: Yes

B.A. University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, 1999
M.A., Ph.D. Bowling Green State University, 2004

Curriculum Vitae

I am interested in how perceptions of jobs and organizations are created – both by internal forces (e.g., human judgment, values) and by organizations (e.g., corporate reputation, recruitment messages) – and how these perceptions influence applicant and organizational decision making. My research is in the areas of corporate reputation, employee recruitment and selection, and job choice.


Clare L. Barratt

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-4250
Email: cbarrat@bgsu.edu
Address: 240 Psychology Building

Accepting Students: Yes

B.S. Eckerd College
M.A. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Ph.D. Texas A&M University

Curriculum Vitae

My current research focuses on understanding the social networks and relationships of individuals and organizations that influence, and are influenced by, employee attitudes, emotions, health, and behavior. Specifically, I am examining how one's social network at work and home influences employees' perceptions of support and inclusion, and how those perceptions then influence their behavior (good and bad). This area of research evolved out of my broader interest in examining when and why employees engage in risk-taking and negative workplace behaviors (i.e., CWB/withdrawal).  In tandem, I also conduct research on high-risk occupations (e.g., nursing, law enforcement) examining how employees are impacted by the dangers and culture associated with their jobs, especially non-traditional employees within such occupations (e.g., sex, racial, and sexual orientation minorities), as well as how to mitigate their stress and burnout.


Samuel McAbee

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-4337
Email: smcabee@bgsu.edu
Address: 236 Psychology Building

Accepting Students: Yes

Ph.D. I/O Psychology, Rice University, 2014
M.S. I/O Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, 2011
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Irvine, 2007

Curriculum Vitae

My first area of interest involves the development and evaluation of psychological measures for use in applied settings (e.g., workplace, education, military). My research in this area has examined issues related to the development and application of short alternatives to longer psychological measures across a number of substantive domains (e.g., personality traits, working memory capacity), and the application of bifactor models to personality measures. Other interests include the examination of measurement invariance/equivalence and subgroup bias in psychological measures, and the commensurability of alternative measures of personality for predicting academically and organizationally relevant performance outcomes.

My second area of interest involves the study of personality in workplace and educational contexts. Issues include the use of broad versus narrow personality traits for prediction, the use of observer reports to inform selection and admissions decisions, and how distal personality factors influence student and employee outcomes.


Melissa Keith

Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-2371
Email: mgkeith@bgsu.edu
Address: 247 Psychology Building

Accepting Students: Yes

B.A. Saint Louis University
M.S., Ph.D. Purdue University

Curriculum Vitae

My current research program is focused broadly on the topics of creativity, motivation, online samples in psychological research, and the gig economy. With respect to creativity, my work focuses on how motivation theory and research can be leveraged to enhance engagement in the creative process and creative performance. I am also interested in a range of topics relating to personal and contextual predictors of creative performance, as well as, creativity measurement. My research on the gig economy began with a narrower interest in online participants as workers. This work has resulted in a broader interest in gig worker experiences and well-being.

Affiliated Faculty


William Balzer

Position: Professor; Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Strategic Initiatives and Dean, BGSU Firelands College
Phone: 419-372-0623
Email: wbalzer@bgsu.edu
Address: 250 Psychology (Professor)

226 McFall Center (VPFASI)

Accepting Students: No

B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1978
M.A., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1979
Ph.D., New York University, 1983

Curriculum Vitae

My recent work shares the "best practices" of I-O psychology with institutions of higher education. In particular, I am doing work on the application of Lean principles and practices to college and university processes. Additional research interests have focused on how we measure job performance, individual variability in job performance, how performance judgments are made about others, and how feedback can help improve performance. I am also interested in job attitudes, especially job satisfaction.

Emeritus Faculty

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Milton D Hakel

Position: Emeritus Professor
Phone: 419-372-8144
Email: mhakel@bgsu.edu
Address: 234 Psychology Building

Accepting Students: No

Ph.D., 1966, University of Minnesota

How do people form impressions of others and use those impressions to make consequential decisions, such as in deciding who to select for employment or what salary to offer? How can you learn to become more effective at whatever you want to do? How can we improve the way research findings are used? These are the three main themes in my research interests.