Organizational Psychology

Organizational psychology uses scientific methods and psychological theory to understand the workplace. Organizational psychologists research ways to make teams more productive, employee selection methods more effective and unbiased, and workplaces safer. The MSU program has world-class faculty members who have impacted the field in terms of generating new research areas for the whole field to follow, graduating outstanding Ph.D. students who succeed in both academia and practitioner roles, and shaping workplace-related public policies.


The MSU Organizational Psychology Faculty endorse the SIOP statement against racism (

The senseless killings of Black citizens have sadly shown that racism continues to plague our society. George Floyd died after a police officer had his knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor were unarmed when they were shot to death. As this country struggles to deal with these tragic events, it is important to state that SIOP stands against racism and all forms of hate crimes. This statement is relevant for SIOP because police brutality is based on officer behaviors while they are on duty, allegedly performing their jobs. Also, as our science has shown, racism is a major impediment for a healthy and diverse workforce. 

SIOP supports the efforts of our members to research racism in organizations, to promote fair employment practices, and to create safe environments for all people. It is important to have a shared understanding of how racism affects people at work, and what we can do about it. Furthermore, it is important to communicate that SIOP is committed to strengthen our field as a community that welcomes and respects members of all races. Moving forward, I-O psychology has the potential to champion further contributions to our understanding and treatment of racism at work.  Let us not merely witness the problem, but tackle it head on. We are psychologists. We care about people.