I am currently an associate professor of management at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College (City University of New York). I teach management and HR courses in the school’s MBA, Executive MBA, Executive HR, and doctoral programs, as well as Baruch’s international programs. I am the Academic Director of our Executive Master’s Program in Human Resource Management and serve as Associate Chair for Research and Scholarship of the Department of Management. I have a strong interest in executive education and have developed several non-degree programs for the Zicklin School of Business, which we delivered to corporations in the financial services industry.
My research focuses on the role of personality, intelligence, and other individual differences variables in personnel decisions. I am particularly interested in how these characteristics relate to both creativity and counterproductive behaviors among employees. I also have a research program on environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on the contribution of human resources initiatives to organizational sustainability efforts. Together with Susan Jackson and Deniz Ones, I edited a book in SIOP’s Professional Practice Series on the topic.
I believe that good HR practice must have a solid footing in empirical research and that good scholarship should make such empirical findings accessible to HR practitioners. In addition to a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Minnesota, I hold SHRM-SCP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management as well as SPHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.
Selected Honors and Awards
- Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2017)
- Early Career Award
Eastern Academy of Management (2014)
- Teaching Excellence Award
Zicklin School of Business, CUNY (2013)
- S. Rains Wallace Best Dissertation Award
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2011)
- Best Dissertation Award
University of Minnesota (2009)
- James C. Johnson Paper Award
International Personnel Assessment Council (2009)
- Meredith P. Crawford Fellowship
Human Resources Research Organization (2007)
I completed my secondary education in Germany, England, and France before going on to study at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. There, I first encountered differential psychology, taking courses in psychological assessment from Hans Westmeyer, and human development from Jacqui Smith and Paul Baltes.
I discovered my passion for individual differences and industrial psychology at the University of Minnesota, where I spent a year abroad from which I never returned. I completed my Ph.D. in 2008 under the mentorship of Deniz Ones. During my time in Minnesota, I greatly benefited from the classes and advice of many other outstanding faculty members (John Campbell, Paul Sackett, Joyce Bono, and Nathan Kuncel in I-O psychology; Tom Bouchard, Matt McGue, and Auke Tellegen in individual differences).
In addition to a Ph.D., I hold SHRM-SCP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management as well as SPHR certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute.
SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
Society for Human Resource Management
Certification active 2015 - 2022
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
Human Resources Certification Institute
Certification active 2014 - 2020