A University of Utah health professor recognized as a Fellow of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Society

03 March 2020 10:00

Joseph A. Allen, Ph.D., professor of industrial and organizational psychology at Utah University Health, was selected as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). The scholarship recognizes Allen’s efforts to advance research in the field and promote workplace wellness.

Allen and other industrial/organizational (I/O) psychologists study human behavior within organizations. Her research focuses primarily on meeting behaviors such as lateness, recovery time from meetings, and how different cultural beliefs (such as perceptions of power and hierarchy) contribute to conflict in meetings.

“In a world where teams are increasingly called upon by organizations to solve complex problems, I/O psychology and the work I do is here to help optimize those teams for the best results, most innovative and most creative,” says Allen, who is also affiliated with U of U Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health.

He plans to create the U of U Center for Meeting Effectiveness (CME), a research services lab that will partner with other researchers and students to examine meetings through a critical, interdisciplinary lens.

Allen also studies how team behavior in high-stress occupations like first responders affects well-being. A better understanding of how first responders come together to assess and discuss violent or distressing calls, he says, could help establish a safer culture within this profession. He is currently collaborating with Drexel University and the University of Nebraska Omaha on several National Science Foundation (NSF) and Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) grants focused on first responders.

Allen recently joined the University of Utah from the University of Nebraska Omaha. He has published over 130 articles, book chapters and books and has consulted and served over 350 for-profit, non-profit and government organizations.

He joins more than 500 other I/O psychologists who have been recognized as SIOP Fellows since the mid-1960s. Selection is based on outstanding research, service, instruction, collaboration, and overall dedication to I/O psychology. O.

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