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Aug 2009Present

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Pennsylvania State University


  • Attend course lectures and take notes on course material.
  • Answer student questions regarding assignments, exams, and study habits.
  • Evaluate and grade exams, assignments, and papers.
  • Maintain an accurate record of student grades.

Courses Assigned

  • Interpersonal/Intergroup Relations (Dr. Janet Swim)
  • Psychology of Language and Thought (Dr. Janet van Hell)
  • Selection and Assessment in Organizations (Dr. Rick Jacobs)
  • Work Motivation (Dr. Jim Farr, Dr. Alicia Grandey)
  • Senior Seminar - Assessment Centers (Dr. Rick Jacobs)

Notable Accomplishments

  • Guest lectured on Statistics and the Social Sciences.
  • Guest lectured on Applied Motivation Theories at Work.
  • Guest lectured on Exercise Design and Assessors.
Aug 2009Present


Pennsylvania State University

[AUGUST 2010 - MAY 2011]

Client: PNC Bank - Pittsburgh

Project: Assessment Center 

Role: Co-Lead


  • Organize focus groups with job incumbents to gather information for assessment exercises.
  • Create assessment center exercises.
  • Develop assessor training materials, rating materials, and feedback reports.
  • Delegate tasks to team members for more efficient progress.

Client: Pennsylvania State University - Development Office

Project: Redesigning the Current Selection Process 

Role: Support Member


  • Contribute to the development of a competency model for the job of Major Gifts Officer.
  • Contribute to the development of various project materials (e.g. agendas, memos).

[AUGUST 2009 - MAY 2010]

Client: Pennsylvania State Education Association 

Project: Distribution and Analysis of Teacher Satisfaction Survey 

Role: Support Member


  • Contributed to organization-wide survey review and development.
  • Conducted literature reviews on relevant topics, resulting in the generation ofsurvey questions.

Client: Pennsylvania State University - University Police 

Project: Organizational Diagnosis

Role: Primary Member


  • Participated in meetings with key personnel to evaluate the current strengths and weaknesses of the department.
  • Contributed to report and presentation of findings.
  • Reviewed documents related to Field Training Officer (FTO) program.

Client: Pennsylvania State University - Human Resources

Project: Redesigning the Current Performance Appraisal System

Role: Support Member


  • Conducted focus groups to generate behavioral exemplars of various jobs.

  • Edited surveys for retranslation of behavioral exemplars.

  • Formatted technical report materials to present to client.

Nov 2009Present

Staff Writer



  • Summarize current academic work-related articles to facilitate a broader readership.
May 2010Aug 2010

Sales Associate

Ann Taylor Loft


  • Greet customers and ascertain what each customer wants or needs.
  • Describe and explain care of merchandise to customers.
  • Recommend, select, and help locate merchandise based on customer needs.
  • Compute sales prices, total purchases and receive and process payment.
  • Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise.
  • Maintain knowledge of current promotions, payment and exchange policies, and security practices.
Aug 2007Jun 2009

Consultant Intern



  • Conducted literature reviews and composed summary reports on a variety of personnel topics.
  • Formatted brief surveys regarding specific organizational workshops for web distribution.
Jan 2007May 2009

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Auburn University

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Co-authored a chapter on negative customer service interactions.
  • Reviewed literature on the impact of emotional expressions on performance.
  • Reviewed current literature on perfectionism and work-family conflict.
  • Prepared IRB protocol for perfectionism in work-family conflict study.
  • Planned and executed study on faking behavior on personality tests.
  • Contributed to a manuscript on faking behavior on personality tests 
  • Completed Undergraduate Honors Thesis.
  • Formatted and edited a manuscript on the validation of the Desirability of Control Scale.
  • Formatted and edited a manuscript on behavioral checklists.
  • Presented research at local, regional, and national conferences
  • Collected and entered data on change blindness in specific phobias.
  • Contributed to a study on effects of specific phobia on attention bias.
May 2007May 2009

Resident Assistant

Auburn University


  • Assessed and responded to the needs of 35-100 residents per year.
  • Created, planned, and implemented educational, social, and recreational programs.
  • Counseled peers on personal, academic, and career concerns.
  • Managed various administrative duties including incident reports and room transfers.
May 2004May 2008


Rave Motion Pictures - Lee Branch 15


  • Managed others' work tasks to ensure smooth daily functioning.
  • Greeted and interacted with customers to foster quality service experience.
  • Sold tickets and concessions; totaling orders and tendering payment.
  • Maintained stock and counted inventory.

Notable Accompishments

  • Promoted to Supervisor after less than 3 months on the job (July 2004)
  • Employee of the Month (July 2007)


Aug 2009Present

Master of Sciences

Pennsylvania State University

Relevant Coursework

*Research Methods

*Data Analysis

*Assessment Centers

*Performance Appraisal

*Micro-Organizational Behavior

*Work Motivation

*Personnel Selection

*Customer Service

*Advanced Social Psychology

Aug 2006May 2009

Bachelor of Arts

Auburn University

Major: Psychology ... Minor: Statistics

Summa Cum Laude

GRE Total = 1400 (V-650, Q-750)

Psychology Coursework:

*Research Methods in Psychology

*I/O Psychology

*Social Psychology

*Training and Supervision in Industry

*Theories of Personality

*Cognitive Psychology

*Psychology of Learning

*History of Ideas in Psychology

*Abnormal Psychology

*Developmental Psychology

Statistics Coursework:

*Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences

*Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

*SAS Programming

*Applied Regression Analysis

*Advanced Regression Methods: Logistical Regression


Survey Monkey
SAS Statistical Software
Java Programming Language
SPSS Statistical Software
Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Powerpoint
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word

Select Presentations and Reports

Select Article Reviews


*Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

*Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

*Association for Psychological Sciences (APS)

*Psi Chi International Honor Society

*Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

*Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

*Golden Key National Honor Society

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Psychology Teaching Assistant (Spring 2010)
  • Graduate Award – Incoming PSU Graduate Student (2009)
  • Georgia G. Vallery Award – Outstanding Psychology Senior (2009)
  • Edgar C. Gentle III Award – Outstanding Graduating Honors Student (Spring 2009)
  • College of Liberal Arts Commencement Marshal (Spring 2009)
  • Outstanding Research Presentation – Undergraduate Research Fellowship (April 2008, 2009)
  • Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship (07-09)
  • Sam Long Hutchison Scholarship – Psychology Department (08-09)
  • Drummond Company Honors College Scholarship (07-09)
  • Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship (07-08)
  • Robert M. and Diana G. Hagler Scholarship (06-09)
  • Freshmen Presidential Scholarship (06-09)
  • Freshmen Academic Scholarship (06-09)
  • Valedictorian/Achievement Scholarship (06-09)
  • College of Liberal Arts Dean’s List (all semesters enrolled)