The UTC Department of Psychology will be hosting the 7th Annual River Cities Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference (RCIO) on October 14 - 15 in the University Center. This conference is open to the public. Advanced registration is required for the October 15th sessions.

This year’s conference on the application and benefit of applied psychology in difficult economic times. Topics of interest include traditional areas of Industrial-Organizational Psychology such as employee selection, job analysis, training, organizational behavior, compensation, and motivation, as well as areas that have been under-represented in I-O, such as occupational health psychology, translational research, sport psychology, forensic psychology, and behavioral finance.

“Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology is the overlap between psychology and business. As such, we are interested in how economy-related changes such as higher unemployment rates and layoffs influence not only businesses but also people in general. From applicant recruitment to executive coaching, the applied side of I-O has been influenced by the downturn in the economy over the past few years,” Dr. Bart Weathington, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Psychology, said.

Two special free sessions on Friday October 15th are targeted specifically for students on getting a job with a psychology degree and getting into graduate school. The sessions begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. No registration is required.

“Psychology is a very broad degree. While actually working in the field of psychology often requires a graduate education, people are involved in all aspects of employment. One key for finding a job as a psychology major is to sell the skill set that comes from an interest in understanding the behavior and thoughts of people,” Weathington said.

More details and registration information can be found at the conference website: http://www.utc.edu/Academic/Industrial-OrganizationalPsychology/RCIO2011.htm.

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