Friday, April 1, 2011

New I/O psychology professor joins the Department's faculty

I’m Jackie Deuling, an Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychologist. I came from Auburn University to RU to help build the I/O PhD program. As an I/O Psychologist, I am interested in helping employees and organizations work together effectively. To this end, my research focuses on three general areas – work-family conflict, leadership and organizational culture, and individual differences. An overarching theme in my research is attention to both the situation and individual differences that influence behavior in organizations. For example, research that has captured my attention since I was an undergraduate student is the area of work-family conflict. I am most interested in understanding how individual differences influence perceptions of work-family conflict. For example, I have considered the relationship between perfectionism and perceptions of work-family conflict; does the desire to excel or be perfect cause undue distress or conflict in the work and family domains? This seemingly simple question has lead me down an interesting path where I have learned that actually, perfectionists have LOWER work and family conflict than non-perfectionists. Now, I’m trying to figure out why! If you would like to help me understand the many questions my research has revealed, please feel free to contact me.

I also teach a variety of courses that overlap with my research interests. I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level (both Master’s and Doctoral). If you have any questions, comments, or if you would like to contact me, my email address is