Graduate Study in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Application Contact Information

We will begin accepting applications to the I/O PhD program on September 15, 2019 for admission in Fall 2020. Application deadline is December 15. Those interested in applying to the I/O PhD program for Fall 2020 should directly contact the faculty member with whom they would like to work. (Check individual faculty web pages for faculty research interests.)

Area description and Program goals

Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology concerns the application of psychological theories, research methods, and intervention strategies to workplace issues. I/O psychologists are interested in helping organizations to be highly productive while ensuring that their workers are able to lead physically and psychologically healthy work lives. Topics focused on at Portland State University include Personnel Psychology, Employee Motivation and Leadership, Employee Training and Development, Organization Development and Guided Change, Organizational Behavior, and Work and Family.




Industrial/Organizational Program newsletters


Core Faculty


Affiliated Faculty

Sherwin Davidson, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Portland State University
Talya Bauer, Ph.D., School of Business, Portland State University

Berrin Erdogan, Ph.D., School of Business, Portland State University
Ryan Olson, Ph.D., OHSU

Occupational Health Psychology

Portland State University offers specialized training in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP). Occupational Health Psychology focuses on the science and practice of psychology in the promotion of safety, health, and well being in the workplace. OHP training is available to students in all areas of psychology as well as students from other fields. Ph.D. students may complete a specialization in OHP which is described in detail on our PSU-OHP web site.

Recent Graduate Seminars

PSY 5/610 Work and Well Being
PSY 5/610 Occupational Health and Safety
PSY 5/616 Advanced Applied Organizational Psychology
PSY 5/616 Advanced Applied Industrial Psychology
PSY 536 Performance Appraisal and Feedback
PSY 544 Job Analysis
PSY 545 Employee Development (Training)
PSY 548 Psychology of Work Motivation
PSY 567 Work and Family
PSY 578 Leadership and Group Effectiveness
PSY 579 Women and Organizational Psychology
PSY 610 Occupational Health Psychology
PSY 635 Psychological Consulting in Organizations
PSY 646 Personnel Selection
SySc 610 Organizational Theory and Dynamics

Other seminars that may be added to the curriculum

PSY 6XX Research in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Employment settings of recent graduates

Sequent Systems, Medical Consultants Northwest, Northwest Natural Gas, Tektronix, Anderson Consulting, Intel, Washington County (OR) Sheriff's Dept., Kaiser Permanente Veterans Administration, Sun Micro Systems, SAP, Mentor Graphics, Pacific Learning Systems, University of California-Fresno, Liberty Mutual, SC Johnson.

Web sites with more information about Industrial/Organizational Psychology

APA Division 14: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Academy of Management Home Page
Academy of Management: Human Resource Management Division
Academy of Management: Organizational Behavior Division
Academy of Management: Management Consulting Division
American Society for Training and Development
Society for Human Resource Management
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Work And Family Resource Page
Portland State Occupational Health Psychology Page
APA Division 13: Consulting Psychology
Professional Industrial Organizational Psychologist Network
Paul Spector’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology Page