Current Graduate Students - Hausdorf Lab

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Grace Ewles is a PhD Candidate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Peter Hausdorf. Grace is passionate about conducting practical research, with a particular focus on occupational health and well-being. Her dissertation focuses on the experience of traumatic stress within policing populations. In particular, she is examining the role of personal support networks in individual psychological adjustment to the experience of a work-related traumatic event. In addition to her dissertation, Grace is currently conducting a theoretical exploration of personal resource investment, resource mobilization, and resource gain in partnership with Dr. M. Gloria González-Morales, and is also currently exploring how professional women navigate their romantic relationships to support their career goals in partnership with Rebecca Lee. For her master’s thesis, Grace examined the role of received social support in the experience of work-family guilt under the supervision of Dr. Karen Korabik and Dr. Peter Hausdorf. 

In addition to her research, Grace has one year of experience as a research analyst for Human Resource Systems Group, three years of experience as consultant with Organization and Management Solutions, and completed an internship with McLean & Company in Toronto, ON. Grace is also an editorial columnist for The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Quarterly, and is an active member of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Research Lab at the University of Guelph.


Jessica Garant has a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Guelph, a B.A. in Psychology from the Université Laval, and a Certificate in Communication Process from the University of Guelph. Jessica is currently completing an PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph and is also a senior consultant for Organization & Management Solutions. Jessica has research experience on post-traumatic stress at work and the effectiveness of prevention methods. Her current research focuses on observer’s reaction to incivility in the workplace and reducing the adverse impact of cognitive ability tests in selection. Her Master’s thesis assessed the impact of social sharing on how people react to witnessing incivility and found that reframing the situation in terms of situational factors reduced the negative affect toward the instigator and reduced the tendency to punish the instigator. Her future projects involve looking at the impact of social networks on how observers react to witnessing incivility and how the social context could affect the probability of an incivility spiral that could result in more aggressive behaviours.




Jessica Sorenson is pursuing PhD in Industrial/Organizational psychology at the University of Guelph. Under the supervision of Dr. Peter Hausdorf, her dissertation focuses on the perceptions of selecting applicants using banding methods. Her previous research has examined the impact of high potential identification communication on leadership behaviours and performance, the differential societal and financial impact of fixed-banding, the impact of leader’s behaviours on objective task performance, as well as student and professor perspective of classroom incivility, and the positive impact of improv practice on well-being. Jess completed her Honours BA in psychology at Carleton University under the supervision of Dr. Bernadette Campbell. Jess has also been a TIP-Topics for Students columnist, along with fellow students, Grace Ewles and Thomas Sasso from October of 2015 until July of 2017. In this role, the group has written about topics ranging from the science-practice gap in graduate education to the well-being of graduate students, and various developmental topics geared toward graduate students (the first of eight can be found at this link: Tip-topics Column). In addition to research and writing, Jess has 2 years of experience as a consultant with Organization and Management Solutions doing small group facilitation, structured interviews, and the design and delivery of training and various selection measures.



Alyssa Payne is a Master’s student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on the development and assessment of soft skills (e.g.,interpersonal skills) in post-secondary graduates, and its relation to job search and career outcomes. Outside of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Alyssa has four years of experience conducting research on selective social learning (i.e., how we selectively learn from others) at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. In addition to conducting research, Alyssa is a consultant at Organization and Management Solutions (OMS). In this role, she has had the pleasure of helping large public sector organizations on a variety of projects including, work sample administration and structured interview training.


Marian Pitel is an MA student in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph. Her research is focused on training and performance of employees in specialized occupations. She completed her Honours BSc at the University of Toronto. During her undergraduate studies, she studied the impact of different training methods on stress and performance of Finnish and Canadian front-line and special operations officers with Dr. Judith Andersen. 

Passionate about knowledge dissemination, Marian has written about her research and co-authored journal articles and book chapters. She has also presented her work at several international conferences (e.g., APA, CPA, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences). In addition to research, Marian is a consultant at Organization and Management Solutions where she works in tandem with other consultants to evaluate and improve the selection process of various public sector organizations.


Janie Vu is a Master's student in the Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology program at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on the role that person-organization fit plays in the early recruitment phase of hiring. Janie completed her BA in Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, where she spent time working and volunteering in several labs spanning different research areas such as cognitive neuropsychology and applied behaviour analysis. Her experience in these labs helped to develop her profound interest in applied psychological research. 

In addition to her research, Janie is gaining practical experience as a consultant for Organization and Management Solutions. She has worked as part of several teams to help develop evidence-based selection tools (e.g., structured interviews and work samples) for organizations in the public sector. Janie also regularly participates as a mentor for Etsy start-up programs such as Etsy Resolution, where she guides new Etsy sellers in creating an online shop using the Etsy platform and answers any questions they may have about Etsy based on her own experience and expertise.