Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology is the study of how people think, feel and behave at work. More specifically, I-O psychologists are interested in such topics as: recruitment and selection systems, employee skill development, performance management and reward systems, fair workplace practices/procedures, employee motivation, team work, leadership, and employee well-being. The I-O Psychology program at the University of Guelph was developed based on the graduate training recommendations of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Canadian equivalent (CSIOP). The program is unique in Canada because of our balanced approach to graduate education - we highly value both the research and practice in our field and recognize their interrelated role in the profession. On the research side, graduate students develop the skills they need to conduct top quality research by working closely with faculty, who have a variety of active research programs, and by completing an integrated series of courses. On the practice side, graduate students benefit from skills-based course work and the opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in real consulting assignments. This balanced approach to education provides graduates with the skills needed to make meaningful contributions to the science and practice of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Our PhD graduates are able to obtain careers as academics in a university setting or as consultants in a wide range of private and public sector organizations.
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