Xiaoyuan (Susan) Zhu

Program Industrial Organizational Psychology
Advisor Dr. Dev Dalal
Anticipated Graduation Spring of 2018
  • MA in IO Psychology: University of Connecticut
  • BA in Psychology & Biology: Wake Forest University
Research Interests
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Judgment and Decision Making in Organizations
  • Individual Differences
Referred Publications
  • Zhu, X., Dalal, D. K., Hwang, T. (2017). Is maximizing a bad thing? Linking maximizing tendency to positive outcomes through future-oriented thinking. Journal of Individual Differences, 38, 94-101.
    • ***Article featured in New York Magazine (2017, June). Some good news for people who have a hard time making decisions.
    • ***Article featured in UConn Today (2017, July). In making decisions, are you an ant or a grasshopper?
  • Zhu, X., Barnes-Farrell, J. L., Dalal, D. K. (2015). Stop apologizing for your samples, start embracing them. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 8, 228-232.
  • Dalal, D. K., Diab, D. L., Zhu, X., Hwang, T. (2015). Understanding the construct of maximizing tendency: A theoretical and empirical evaluation. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 28, 437-450.
Manuscripts Under Review
  • Zhu, X., Wolfson, M.A., Dalal, D.K, & Mathieu, J.E. [Examining team decision-making processes]  Journal of Applied Psychology.
Courses Taught
  • MGMT 3101: Introduction to Organizational Behavior
  • PSYC 2600: Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 2100: Research Methods Lab
Awards & Honors
  • OHP Fellowship: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (2017)
  • George C. Thornton, III Graduate Scholarship for Scientist-Practitioner: Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Foundation (2017)
  • Recognition for Excellence in Teaching: Office of the Provost, University of Connecticut (2016)
  • Outstanding Industrial/Organizational Graduate Student Award: Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut (2016)
  • Finalist for the John Flanagan Award for Outstanding Student Contribution: Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology (2015)
  • Entrepreneurial Fellows Internship Scholarship: Wake Forest University (2011)
Consulting & Applied Research Experience
  • IBM Kenexa: Consultant Intern (Sept ’15 – Sept ’16)
  • American Institutes for Research: Researcher Summer Intern (June – Aug ’15)
  • Aon Hewitt: Project Assistant (June – Aug ’14)
  • Center for Nursing Scholarship: Quantitative Consultant (July ’14 – June ’15; July ’16 – June ’17)
  • Industrial Psychology Applications Center (IPAC): Research Assistant (May – Aug ’13 & ’14)
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