Now in its eighth year, the River Cities Industrial Organizational Conference (RCIO), hosted by the UTC Department of Psychology, will center on the theme of “Selecting for High Performance.” With a focus on identifying, developing, and selecting high performing employees, the conference will take place October 26 and 27 at the University Center.

“As psychologists, we’re interested in how companies use principles of good assessment to identify the high-potential talent that’s out there,” Dr. Chris Cunningham, UC Foundation Associate Professor of Psychology, said.

This year’s topics will include traditional areas of Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology such as employee selection, job analysis, training, organizational behavior, compensation, and motivation. Also, included are areas that have been under-represented in I-O, such as occupational health psychology, translational research, sport psychology, forensic psychology, and behavioral finance.

According to Cunningham, UTC students are actively involved in planning and coordinating the conference each year.

“This conference offers a student-centric, constructive environment. Each year, it gives out students the opportunity to interact and network with others in our field, be exposed to professional applications, and build a resume,” he said.

The conference invites practitioners, faculty, and students who are interested in applied psychology to submit proposals for research/tutorial presentations and poster presentations. The submission deadline for this year’s conference is September 21.

This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Frank Schmidt, a leading authority on employee selection, will deliver the keynote address, presenting an update of the seminal article, “The validity and utility of selection methods in personnel psychology: Practical and theoretical implications of 85 years of research findings” published originally in 1998 with Dr. John Hunter in the journal Psychological Bulletin.

For more information about conference registration, click here.


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