Studying Industrial Organizational Psychology? Check out these 3 organizations.

by Argosy University 19 September 2014

Learn more about the following 3 leading industrial-organizational psychology organizations:

1. The Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Mission Statement: The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology is a division within APA that is also an organizational affiliate of the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS). The Society's mission is to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology. Towards this end, SIOP:

• Supports SIOP members in their efforts to study, apply, and teach the principles, findings, and methods of industrial-organizational psychology.
• Provides forums for industrial-organizational psychologists to exchange research, insights, and information related to the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology.
• Identifies opportunities for expanding and developing the science and practice of industrial-organizational psychology.
• Monitors and addresses challenges to the understanding and practice of industrial-organizational psychology in organizational and work settings.
• Promotes the education of current and future industrial-organizational psychologists.
• Promotes public awareness of the field of industrial-organizational psychology.

Division 14 of the American Psychological Association (APA) usually hosts an annual spring conference.

2. Society for Human Resource Management(SHRM)

Mission Statement: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a global human resources professional organization that exists to:

• Build and sustain partnerships with human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions to address people management challenges that influence the effectiveness and sustainability of their organizations and communities.
• Provide a community for human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions to share expertise and create innovative solutions on people management issues.
• Proactively provide thought leadership, education and research to human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions.
• Serve as an advocate to ensure that policy makers, law makers and regulators are aware of key people concerns facing organizations and the human resource profession.

SHRM usually hosts an annual conference during the summer months. For information about our SHRM Student Chapter, visit our site on Connections or contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Catherine Gillies at

3. The Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP)

SCP Goals and Objectives: Society of Consulting Psychology members are contributing to the definition of consulting psychology and the methods used by consultants. Former CE Chair DeWayne Kurpius explained that consultation helps individuals and organizations "become more efficient and effective.” Consultants develop a climate for interdependent problem-solving, or they share their expertise in solving a specific problem. Later, Edgar Schein elaborated the process and systemic approach: "As the relationship between the consultant and organization evolves, the concept of who is the client comes gradually to be broadened so that the consultant may be working with individuals, groups, and organizational units at different times."

• Stimulating the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and consulting experience among psychologists.
• Encouraging high standards of consultation.
• Promoting psychological research and professional development in the area of consulting.
• Fostering cooperative relations with allied associations and with all APA divisions.
• Supporting the advancement of consulting psychology as a science and profession.
• Advancing multiculturalism, internationalism and diversity (e.g., ethnicity, race, disability status, age, sexual orientation, students, career stage, gender and international affiliates) in all matters within the Society, particularly as they relate to practice, training, and research in consulting psychology.

Division 13 of the APA has a variety of events and summit meetings, and usually hosts a mid-winter conference.

Professional Organizations for Students Studying Substance Abuse

by Argosy University 16 September 2014

Interested in a student membership in a substance abuse professional organization? Learn about membership for two of the major professional organizations in the field, NAADAC and RSA, below.Group meeting

1.) The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

About NAADAC: Founded in 1974, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) has 8,000 members, including addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals who support individuals, families, and communities through prevention, research, intervention, treatment, and recovery support. NAADAC provides education, clinical training, and national certification programs.

Student Membership: Membership is open to individuals currently enrolled in a college/university or state government approved training facility with a minimum of three credit hours in addiction studies and not currently practicing as an addiction professional. Students involved in a full- or part-time internship are also eligible for student membership. Student members must not be currently licensed or certified as an addiction professional. 

Cost: $32.50

Get additional information on NAADAC student memberships here.

2.) Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)

About RSA: The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) strives to promote research related to preventing and treating alcoholism. Currently, RSA includes members from countries across the globe, although most of their 1,800 members reside in the United States. RSA's annual conference brings together scientists and clinicians and serves as a venue for them to interact and share their latest research. In addition to a monthly scientific journal, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, RSA publishes a book series, Recent Advances in Alcoholism.

Student Membership: Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs and engaged in alcohol-related research are eligible to join RSA. Student dues are half that of regular members and students may also choose to receive the RSA journal at a discounted student rate.

Cost: $20 | Optional subscription to monthly journal: $60

Get additional information on RSA student memberships here.

Assistant Professor Michelle Green Honored by Vitae

by Argosy University 12 September 2014

Dr. GreenThe Chronicle of Higher Education recently rolled out the new site Vitae, which provides career-related news, advice, and networking opportunities for faculty and administrators in higher education. Vitae held a promotion to celebrate its roll-out, granting $1000 to five winners of their Conference Grant Giveaway to attend a professional conference.

Michelle Green, Ph.D., Argosy University, Online Programs Assistant Professor for the College of Behavioral Sciences, was selected as one of the winners and attended the 2014 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in Washington, DC, this August.

Dr. Green will be reviewing the highlights of the 2014 Convention at the September Psychology Club meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, following Dr. Ashley Hampton's talk on recidivism and re-entry.

Congratulations Dr. Green!

5 Things You Should Know about the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

by Argosy University 10 September 2014

Enrolled in our Master of Arts in Sport-Exercise Psychology degree program? Interested in joining the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)? Here are 5 things you should know about the governing body of the field.

1. The AASP website,, contains information about publications, webinars, upcoming conferences and much more!

2. The next annual conference is taking place October 15-18, 2014 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

3. Two types of affiliation fees are available.

• Student Membership is $90 per year. It is available to any student currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to the field of sport psychology in an accredited institution.

• Affiliate membership is $100 per year. This is open to any individual interested in the sport psychology field but does not meet the requirements for Professional, Early Professional, or Student Membership. Those qualifying for this type of membership are typically athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, personal trainers, youth sport parents, and fitness/health clubs.

4. ASPP offers Certified Consultant status for those who meet certain educational requirements and have a specific level of experience in the field. Standard Certification is available for those who hold a completed doctoral degree, while provisional is available for those who have who hold a master's degree.*

5. Joining ASPP could be a great opportunity for students to network, attend a conference, and even find job postings on the site!

*Argosy University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to Argosy University.

My First Time Presenting at a Conference

by Argosy University 5 September 2014

Douglas HayesBy Douglas Mays
Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology, 2014 Graduate
Argosy University, Online Programs

In January of 2014, I was contacted and told I had been nominated to present at the 2014 Spring Argosy University, Online Programs Virtual Conference. My first reaction was one of flattery, which was quickly followed by that old familiar anxiety. I remember attending Residency I with fellow doctorate student Jim Seward and interacting with students in Residency II. They seemed so far ahead of us. Some could talk about their dissertation in great detail. Most espoused their relief at having successfully completed their comprehensive examination. Jim and I looked at one another and voiced in unison that we obviously were not worthy.

To present or not to present?

During one particular workshop, we were introduced to the concept of imposter anxiety, which resonated considerably with both of us. Surely it would soon be revealed that we were sorely lacking in the ability, knowledge, and intellect to complete this program.

As I briefly contemplated whether or not to accept this nomination, I was reminded of something the College of Behavioral Sciences Assistant Dean, Dr. Teresa Collin-Jones, explained during Residency regarding dissertations. She reminded all of us that once we completed our study, our committee would be our advocates and we would be the expert in our particular areas of study. I took a deep breath and agreed to present at the virtual conference.

Thankfully, I had an opportunity to gain some exposure to the conference platform before the virtual conference, and Dr. Aragon and others were incredibly helpful. On the day of the conference, I listened with patience and apprehension for my turn to present. As the various presenters preceded me, I realized I was in the company of some talented colleagues. I also realized I had something of benefit to contribute.

An opportunity to share knowledge with others

When I was introduced, I realized this was an opportunity to share with others the story not only of my research, but also of what I believed to be an important piece of the larger body of research with respect to by topic. It is always hard to self-assess your own presentation. In the end, I felt it was of interest to the attendees. I hope it precipitated some thought regarding my topic related to empathy amongst the several hundred attendees. For myself, it was a very new and valuable professional experience. It seemed a bit of a rite of passage between being a student and becoming a doctor.

Argosy provides so many opportunities. This possibility of presenting research to colleagues was among the experiences I value most. For those out there who are extended such an opportunity, I encourage you to take it. It will help you further distill your own understanding of your area of expertise. For those attending virtual conferences, the experience will provide insights which may have not been as easily obtained. In the end, the purpose of research is to add to the existing body of knowledge. When called upon, presenting research is as much of a responsibility as it is an honor. I hope that those who have this opportunity will embrace it. It was, for me, one of the most fulfilling moments of my professional life to date.

Final thoughts

Presenting at the 2014 Spring Psychology Virtual Conference cemented my goal of developing an article of my research for submission to a professional journal. It seems the natural next step with respect to sharing my research with the broader professional community.

I suspect without my experience during the conference, my enthusiasm likely would have remained somewhat diminished. I suspect other doctoral students will find the support and encouragement of their dissertation committees and will also seed such a goal in their minds. If you are given the opportunity to present, I believe your zeal for pursuing publication will likely increase. And so, I again encourage those offered to seize the opportunity.