PSY 440 - Industrial Psychology

  • 3 credits

The application of psychological theories and principles to understand how people behave in the workplace and to improve workers’ productivity and well-being.

According to the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology is “the scientific study of the workplace.” Industrial psychology, historically what was termed personnel psychology, focuses on the assessment, measurement, and selection of people into jobs and how to evaluate and provide feedback about their performance. This course will cover key topics in industrial psychology, including job analysis, selection, performance measurement/appraisal, and training. We will also discuss organizational development as a process for modifying the work environment to incorporate selection, performance management, and training programs.

This course can be applied toward:


PSY 250 (Research Methods in Psychology); concurrent registration in PSY 441.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Psychology and Work: Perspectives on Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2016)
    Truxillo, Donald M., Bauer, Talya N., and Erdogan, Berrin
    ISBN: 978-1848725089


Alyssa Gibbons

(970) 491-4940 |

Alyssa Mitchell Gibbons received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Illinois in 2007, with a minor in Quantitative Psychology. Her research explores various aspects of the assessment center method, including measurement, consistency of performance, and developmental applications. Dr. Gibbons’ other research interests include safety culture and climate in the workplace and the role of advice in decision making. She currently teaches graduate courses in Measurement and Personality as well as an undergraduate course in Industrial Psychology.

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