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Student Research Opportunities In Aviation Human Factors, Jamie Barrett, Brett Torrence Jan 2023

Student Research Opportunities In Aviation Human Factors, Jamie Barrett, Brett Torrence

National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS)

When most people think of jobs in aviation or at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), they think of pilots, Air Traffic Controllers, Maintainers, etc., those directly involved in the movement of aircraft, passengers, and cargo. However, to safely move over 26K passengers (avg) daily requires many diverse occupations. Included within the complexity of aviation operations are individuals with backgrounds in Psychology, Human Factors, and Instructional Design. It is important to raise awareness of the diversity of aviation jobs and pathways to achieving those opportunities, to attract a diverse next generation workforce. The Human Factors Research Division at the Civil Aerospace …


Targeting The Workforce Of Tomorrow Today, Chanda S. Sanders Jan 2023

Targeting The Workforce Of Tomorrow Today, Chanda S. Sanders

National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS)

Strategically designed and implemented Aviation STEM (AvSTEM) education programs are essential to the future of aviation. As the retirement of a large portion of the aviation workforce rapidly approaches, the industry will be left with a deficit of seasoned employees with comparable knowledge to meet the ever changing needs of the national airspace system. AvSTEM programs designed for school-aged young people offer an opportunity for educators to target, educate, and plant seeds to recruit an adequate pipeline of diverse talent for tomorrow. A well-developed and strategically executed AvSTEM program also has the potential to impact Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) …


An Aviator Centered Approach To Mental Health: A Preliminary Look At Stressors, Barriers To Care, And Untreated Aviator Mental Health, Aric J. Raus Jan 2023

An Aviator Centered Approach To Mental Health: A Preliminary Look At Stressors, Barriers To Care, And Untreated Aviator Mental Health, Aric J. Raus

National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS)

The purposeful crash of Germanwings 9525 in March 2015 provided a wake-up call to the aviation community on the ramifications of untreated mental health in commercial aviation. While the airline industry and governmental regulating bodies reacted quickly with peer-support networks and attempts to de-stigmatize seeking assistance, few actions or studies have focused on mental health from an Aviators perspective. This presentation explores the possible stressors impacting aviator mental health among three distinct aviator professional categories: Commercial Aviators, Military Aviators, and Aviators in Civilian Training Programs. After providing an overview of stressors, the discussion transitions into what is known about the …


Validation Of Training Satisfaction Survey, Cassandra Domingo, Nicholas Nieves, Robert Thomas Dr Jan 2023

Validation Of Training Satisfaction Survey, Cassandra Domingo, Nicholas Nieves, Robert Thomas Dr

National Training Aircraft Symposium (NTAS)

The Training Satisfaction Survey (TSS) was developed as part of a larger project to examine the features of Virtual Reality software and supporting devices as a training program on visual illusions and spatial disorientation. The TSS is a 13-item, self-report scale which gauges participants’ level of training satisfaction. Participants responded regarding their most recent experience with a Frasca C172 Level 6 Flight Training Device. The TSS was designed to measure overall satisfaction using three subfactors: relevance, enjoyment, and technology satisfaction. These factors can be used to identify impediments to learning (e.g., training was not easy to follow) to create more …


Opioid Use Disorder In The Active Service: Incidence Rates And Behavioral Health Considerations, Brian A. Moore, Sophie Vincent, Michael Schlenk, Anne White Dec 2022

Opioid Use Disorder In The Active Service: Incidence Rates And Behavioral Health Considerations, Brian A. Moore, Sophie Vincent, Michael Schlenk, Anne White

Symposium of Student Scholars

Military service members experience occupational specific injuries that often result in chronic pain, and comorbid behavioral health concerns that may be exacerbated by opioid use. Despite the vast amount of research examining substance use in the military, there is a dearth of literature examining the incidence of opioid use disorder (OUD). The present epidemiological study aims to examine the incident rate trends of OUD diagnoses among active duty service members between 2016 and 2021. The present study utilized data drawn from the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED) to conduct a retrospective cohort study and calculate the incidence rate of OUD …


Wavelet Analysis Of Behavior Inhibition, Makayla Mcginnis, Bryant Giles Dec 2022

Wavelet Analysis Of Behavior Inhibition, Makayla Mcginnis, Bryant Giles

Symposium of Student Scholars

Poor impulse control is a sign of numerous psychological disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and borderline personality disorder (BPD). In contrast, high levels of impulse control are correlated with academic achievement and other positive life outcomes. Because of this, it is important to understand how the brain functions when it is attempting to inhibit behaviors. This study examined impulse control using the stop-signal task while measuring brain activity with EEG. The sample consists of Kennesaw State University undergraduate students (n = 25). The stop-signal task requires the participant to respond to a particular stimulus as fast …


Understanding The Contributions Of Hormonal Contraceptives And Cortisol Levels To Fear Learning In Women, Sahil Bardai Dec 2022

Understanding The Contributions Of Hormonal Contraceptives And Cortisol Levels To Fear Learning In Women, Sahil Bardai

Symposium of Student Scholars

Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than men. Eighty-five percent of women in the US will use hormonal contraceptives at some point in their lifetime. Women who use hormonal contraceptives show heightened startle reactivity to a threatening stimulus. Previous results from our lab showed a significant increase in fear-potentiated startle (FPS) in women who were on hormonal contraceptives compared to women who were naturally cycling. These results stayed consistent throughout three acquisition trials. Others have shown that the use of OCPs (oral contraceptive pills) is related to the dysregulation of the HPA-axis and elevated …


Sentiment Analysis In Application To Behavior Prediction, Anna Singley Nov 2022

Sentiment Analysis In Application To Behavior Prediction, Anna Singley

Annual Symposium on Biomathematics and Ecology Education and Research

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Personality Traits In The Workplace: Examining The Light Triad And Its Relationship With Job Satisfaction, Sarah Overton Nov 2022

Personality Traits In The Workplace: Examining The Light Triad And Its Relationship With Job Satisfaction, Sarah Overton

Scholars Week

The expanding psychological research into several “dark traits” of one’s personality (Moshagen et al., 2018) has presented a void in examining more positive characteristics. In recent years, Kaufman and colleagues (2019) developed the “Light Triad” to provide a more holistic perspective on humankind. The Light Triad is a construct encompassing benevolent personality traits, including humanism, faith in humanity, and Kantianism. Most relevant to the current study, Kaufman and colleagues (2019) found a significant relationship between the Light Triad and life satisfaction. Furthermore, life satisfaction is also positively correlated with job satisfaction (Rice et al., 1980). Given these relationships, it was …


The Future Of Performance Management In A Remote/Hybrid World Of Work, Allen Gorman Oct 2022

The Future Of Performance Management In A Remote/Hybrid World Of Work, Allen Gorman

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

With the many recognized benefits of remote/hybrid work, it is expected that many organizations will never go back to the traditional office model in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, many themes from the traditional performance management literature will need to be revisited with an eye toward the future. These themes include a) the increased importance of job analysis for identifying current and future requirements of remote/hybrid work, b) an integration of work-family dynamics into our models of job performance, c) a better understanding of optimal productivity windows and the timing of when work happens, d) …


Keeping Up With Unprecedented Times: Strategies For Building Resilience Within Your Organization, Meredyth Ring Oct 2022

Keeping Up With Unprecedented Times: Strategies For Building Resilience Within Your Organization, Meredyth Ring

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

In today’s world, we are constantly being inundated with news informing us of the latest local, national, or global crisis. As such, resilience is more important than ever to sustain us in both our personal and work lives. In this session, Meredyth Ring will guide you through the Center for Creative Leadership’s resilience framework for leaders. We will explore how to expand the resilience framework beyond the individual level and apply it to your organization. She will share tangible examples of what her organization is doing to create a more resilient workforce, with few additional resources. This session will offer …


Effects Of Patient Aggression On Pediatric Healthcare Workers, Lisa Kath, John Little, Ryan Lizerbram, Alexandra Nash, Zareena Shefa, K. Rae Haight, Alexis Rivkin, Rebecca Marconi Oct 2022

Effects Of Patient Aggression On Pediatric Healthcare Workers, Lisa Kath, John Little, Ryan Lizerbram, Alexandra Nash, Zareena Shefa, K. Rae Haight, Alexis Rivkin, Rebecca Marconi

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Healthcare workers are injured at high rates, even those who work in pediatric settings. The source of these injuries may be overexertion, slips/trips/falls, or needle sticks, but one source of injuries that has not been studied as extensively is patient aggression. Our study looked at possible effects of experiencing “patient behavioral events” (or PBEs), which are defined as physical aggression toward an employee, whether or not there was an intention to harm. Surveys of employees at three children’s hospitals across the U.S. showed that increased frequency of PBEs is associated with decreased well-being and worse job/organization attitudes. One key finding …


What Happened In The Past: How Experience Does Not Mean Squat When It Comes To Adapting To The Changing Nature Of Work, Shawn M. Bergman Oct 2022

What Happened In The Past: How Experience Does Not Mean Squat When It Comes To Adapting To The Changing Nature Of Work, Shawn M. Bergman

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

The magnitude and pace of workplace change mean that individuals also need to adapt and change their approach to solving modern business problems. The fact that analysis, creativity, and adaptability skills are continually listed as some of the most in-demand employee skills indicate that the workforce has not kept up. Instead, people rely on experience and intuition to solve novel problems. This reliance is concerning because neither have ever been listed as in-demand employee attributes and because experience often has a negative relationship with job performance. The session will introduce a decision-making framework and problem-solving approach, which first involves understanding …


Helping Psych Students Understand Their Employable Skill Set, Mark Allen, Abigail Branco, Paige Farmer, Megan Hineline, Jacqui Bergman, Shawn Bergman Oct 2022

Helping Psych Students Understand Their Employable Skill Set, Mark Allen, Abigail Branco, Paige Farmer, Megan Hineline, Jacqui Bergman, Shawn Bergman

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Introduction Psychology students are underemployed after graduation despite being a part of one of the largest majors nationwide (Burning Glass Technologies, 2018; The Ladders, 2019; National Center for Education Statistics, 2019). In order to remedy this, our study will investigate how many and which careers psychology students are minimally qualified for. We hypothesize the knowledge skills and abilities (KSAOs) psychology students obtain during their undergraduate career will ensure they are minimally qualified for a wide range of careers across industries after graduation. Methods and Analyses In the previous stage of our research project (Todd et al., 2021), we compiled and …


How Can Psychology Students Can Solve Top Industry Issues?, Alexandra Mecklenburg, Morgan Mcelhaney, Aiden Powell, Leonardo Negrete-Perez, Taylor Bott, Shawn Bergman, Jacqui Bergman Oct 2022

How Can Psychology Students Can Solve Top Industry Issues?, Alexandra Mecklenburg, Morgan Mcelhaney, Aiden Powell, Leonardo Negrete-Perez, Taylor Bott, Shawn Bergman, Jacqui Bergman

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Abstract Introduction Among one of the most unemployed majors, psychology bachelors degree students tend to find difficulty in finding employment opportunities that match their skills after graduation, despite their mastery of many knowledge, skill, and abilities (KSAOs) (Burning Glass Technologies, 2018; The Ladders, 2019; Halonen & Dunn, 2017). As businesses continue facing critical issues in the workplace, this begs the question: How can students with an undergraduate psychology degree resolve the most pressing issues within the world of business? This study aims to answer this question by understanding how KSAOs gained from a psychology curriculum align with addressing industry problems. …


Are You On The Menu: Sexual Harassment Experiences Of Front-Of-House Restaurant Workers, Kelly Lane, Raiza Barahona, Brian O'Leary Oct 2022

Are You On The Menu: Sexual Harassment Experiences Of Front-Of-House Restaurant Workers, Kelly Lane, Raiza Barahona, Brian O'Leary

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Still managing in the wake of the COVID pandemic and the”Great Resignation” restaurants and the hospitality industry have seen particularly high rates of turnover and increased difficulty maintaining sufficient staffing numbers. This industry sees the highest rates of sexual harassment claims at work in the U.S.. The reliance on tipping facilitates this form of harassment, leaving organizations responsible for protecting their workers from mistreatment. Experiences of sexual harassment relate to decreased job satisfaction and increased intentions to turnover. This study aims to establish the relationship between sexual harassment experiences at work, existence and enforcement of a sexual harassment policy to …


Signal Cost And Value Alignment In Organizational Sustainability Messaging To New Hires, Mackenzie Law, Ellise Vangilder, Kaitlyn Miller, Mariana Solanilla, Luke Vavricka, Amanda Lillie, Jack Carson, Jim Westerman Oct 2022

Signal Cost And Value Alignment In Organizational Sustainability Messaging To New Hires, Mackenzie Law, Ellise Vangilder, Kaitlyn Miller, Mariana Solanilla, Luke Vavricka, Amanda Lillie, Jack Carson, Jim Westerman

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Introduction As companies continue to integrate sustainable initiatives as a strategic focus, their communications to new hires must adapt accordingly. Orientation programs represent an opportunity to inform new hires about the company’s sustainability values, but factors influencing the impact of sustainability messaging on new-hire perceptions remain unexplored. It is important for organizations to send signals to their new hires which are perceived as credible, meaningful, and genuine. However, the framing of sustainability orientation messages may combine with new-hire individual differences to influence these perceptions. We draw from signaling theory and value congruence research in HR to consider the potential impact …


Perceived Engagement In Flexible Work Arrangements, Emma Vosika Oct 2022

Perceived Engagement In Flexible Work Arrangements, Emma Vosika

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Early in the pandemic, employees transitioned to remote work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Though social distancing and other coronavirus related mandates have begun to subside, some employers are continuing to allow their employees flexibility in their work arrangements. This continued flexibility appears to be the “new normal” of how we work (Weideman & Hofmeyr, 2020). As a result, the question arises as to whether flexible workers feel engaged and connected to their organizations. To illustrate perceived engagement in flexible work arrangements, a sample of 258 participants was recruited through social media and student participation system SONA. Examples of …


Does Safety Make A Difference? The Impact Of Safety Observations On Injury Likelihoods, Rylie Sant, Shawn Bergman, Timothy Ludwig, Yalcin Acikgoz, Tanner Landolt, Sunny Barboj, Jacob Leslie, Nick Granowsky Oct 2022

Does Safety Make A Difference? The Impact Of Safety Observations On Injury Likelihoods, Rylie Sant, Shawn Bergman, Timothy Ludwig, Yalcin Acikgoz, Tanner Landolt, Sunny Barboj, Jacob Leslie, Nick Granowsky

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

According to Liberty Mutual’s 2021 Workplace Safety Index, it was estimated that employers paid more than $1 billion per week in direct workers’ compensation costs for disabling, non-fatal workplace injuries in 2018 (2021 workplace, 2021). Accordingly, organizations frequently engage in safety practices in the hopes of reducing these financial and human costs. The aim of this study was to examine whether performing safety observations reduced the likelihood of adverse outcomes. A safety observation refers to a checklist of behaviors deemed “safe” that should be conducted to help decrease or completely eliminate a safety incident. A safety incident is an event …


Through The Looking Glass: Investigating Incivility And Depletion Through A Cognitive Process Lens, Melissa Sorensen, Katrina Burch Oct 2022

Through The Looking Glass: Investigating Incivility And Depletion Through A Cognitive Process Lens, Melissa Sorensen, Katrina Burch

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Background Experiencing incivility at work is a common phenomenon that has increased in recent years (Porath & Pearson, 2014). In addition, the effects of experiencing incivility are not bound to the workplace and can continue to negatively impact individuals after they leave work (e.g., Fritz et al., 2019). However, little is known about the mechanisms which transmit the experience of incivility at work to one’s non-work domain. One such mechanism that may be associated with detrimental outcomes of incivility at work in the non-work domain is depletion (Christian & Ellis, 2011), which represents a reduced state of cognitive capacity. However, …


Creating Competency Based Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scales Using An Online Sample, Isabelle Couvillion, Lilah Donnelly, Jonah Richardson, Faith A. Shannon, Kyle Benbow Oct 2022

Creating Competency Based Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scales Using An Online Sample, Isabelle Couvillion, Lilah Donnelly, Jonah Richardson, Faith A. Shannon, Kyle Benbow

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

The current project takes action on Kell et al.’s (2017) call for research on non-traditional methods for developing behaviorally anchored rating scales (BARS). Typically, BARS are used when conducting structured interviews to ensure high predictive validity and reliability while minimizing biases. The traditional method of constructing BARS requires time and resources which may deter organizations from adopting such scales. Our proposed methodology will assuage these deterrents. We have designed a survey to collect critical incidents from subject matter experts (SMEs) online using ProLific, a crowdsourcing software. For the purpose of this study, participants will be filtered based on their age, …


Exploring The Factor Model Of The Work Locus Of Control Scale, Yendi Neil, Dr. Michael Hein, Judith Van Hein Oct 2022

Exploring The Factor Model Of The Work Locus Of Control Scale, Yendi Neil, Dr. Michael Hein, Judith Van Hein

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

In a meta-analysis, Spector (1982) examined the relationship between locus of control and other organizational variables and made suggests for the Rotter 29-item Locus of Control scale to be more domain specific for organizations. Having created these suggestions on how to change Rotter’s scale, Spector (1988) developed a new locus of control scale that was organization/work domain specific and made up of 16-items. Studies have used this scale when looking at work-related locus of control, however, many studies have not fully analyzed the scale and its items. As more studies investigate the scale, more factors are being discovered within the …


Stress And Coping Strategies; A Cross-Cultural Study, Oluwatomisin A. Phillips, Alexander T. Jackson Ph.D., Patrick Mccarthy Ph.D., J.D., Michael Hein Ph.D. Oct 2022

Stress And Coping Strategies; A Cross-Cultural Study, Oluwatomisin A. Phillips, Alexander T. Jackson Ph.D., Patrick Mccarthy Ph.D., J.D., Michael Hein Ph.D.

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

This research study aims at examining the cross-cultural differences or similarities in the stress coping process between countries, with a focus on the United States and Nigeria. More specifically, the study examines whether culture influences the relationship between situational control and coping strategies. Participation in this survey will be restricted to people with either Nigerian or United States nationality who have also lived in their country of nationality for a minimum of 18 years. Participants will be required to respond to items from the Locus of Control scale, brief-COPE scale, and the Values Survey Module. The outcome of this study …


Exploring Psychological Detachment, Work-Related Rumination And Role-Centrality In Working From Home, Cora Hurt, Molly Simmons, Katrina Burch Oct 2022

Exploring Psychological Detachment, Work-Related Rumination And Role-Centrality In Working From Home, Cora Hurt, Molly Simmons, Katrina Burch

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Background The change in environment and commute from work to home help to signal psychological detachment, defined by physically and mentally disengaging from work-related thoughts (Smit, 2016). The combination of modern communication technology and a global pandemic has pushed many employees into working from home regularly, eliminating these signals for psychological detachment. Using effort-recovery theory (Meijman & Mulder, 1998), which suggests that investment of mental resources to deal with work-related demands leads to depletion, we hypothesize that work-related rumination will be associated with the inability to psychologically detach from work (Martin & Tesser, 1996). In addition, role centrality is hypothesized …


Remote Or In-Person Work: How Does Personality And Qualifications Relate To Performance, Aspen Wood, Madison Culver, Mary Elizabeth Covington, Yalcin Acikgoz Oct 2022

Remote Or In-Person Work: How Does Personality And Qualifications Relate To Performance, Aspen Wood, Madison Culver, Mary Elizabeth Covington, Yalcin Acikgoz

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

After the COVID 19 pandemic forced many office workers to work remotely, many employers are now trying to bring their employees back to the office. However, many employees are resisting these calls, with claims that they can be equally, if not more productive while working remotely. Anecdotal evidence suggests that work performance can fluctuate in remote or in-person environments and from person to person. However, which environment generates better performance on average has not been well understood. In addition, whether there are differences in predictors of performance in remote vs. in-person settings is another under-researched area. Accordingly, acknowledging that this …


Predicting Vocational Interests Through An Ai-Based Chatbot, Jingyi Li, Jinyan Fan Oct 2022

Predicting Vocational Interests Through An Ai-Based Chatbot, Jingyi Li, Jinyan Fan

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Vocational interests did not receive much attention in I/O research though recent research has shown that they are strong predictors for both life and job-related outcomes. Measures of vocational interests still rely heavily on traditional self-report method which is subject to several weaknesses. The present research explores the plausibility of measuring vocational interests through an Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot. We intend to examine the psychometric properties of the AI chatbot in measuring vocational interests, namely its (1) internal consistency, (2) split-half reliability, (3) generalizability across samples, (4) factorial validity, (5) convergent validity and discriminant validity, (6) generalizability of convergent and …


Identifying Personal Energy And Recovery Patterns And Their Impact On Well-Being, Emma Vosika, Chris Cunningham Oct 2022

Identifying Personal Energy And Recovery Patterns And Their Impact On Well-Being, Emma Vosika, Chris Cunningham

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

The study is designed to examine patterns of personal energy expenditure and recovery, and how these patterns are associated with health and well-being. Data will be collected via longitudinal, mixed method survey of a diverse sample of 200 student and non-student adult workers. Measures will include multiple existing tools, including: the Utrecht Work Engagement scale (UWES), Profile of Mood States (POMS), Recovery Experience Questionnaire (REQ), and items from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (WellBQ). A variety of analyses are proposed including latent growth curve modeling and time series analysis. Proposed results include identifying …


Exploring The Role Of Emotional Stability And Remote Work As Resources In Detaching From Work, Brittany N. Ikner, Kristen Jennings Black Oct 2022

Exploring The Role Of Emotional Stability And Remote Work As Resources In Detaching From Work, Brittany N. Ikner, Kristen Jennings Black

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

The sizable increase in remote jobs within the last two years has led researchers to question how remote and in-person workers recover differently and what organizations can do to best facilitate their recovery from work. Yet, few empirical studies identify which individual and situational characteristics assist or inhibit recovery from work. Using Sonnentag and Fritz’s (2015) stressor-detachment model as theoretical framework, the proposed study investigates attentional resources (i.e., work location) and personal resources (i.e., emotional stability) that moderate the relationship of job stressors and well-being which is mediated by psychological detachment from work during non-work hours. Specifically, one’s levels of …


Exploring The Effects Of Financial Strain On Organizational Commitment And Occupational Commitment, Paris Jade Wright, Kristen J. Black Oct 2022

Exploring The Effects Of Financial Strain On Organizational Commitment And Occupational Commitment, Paris Jade Wright, Kristen J. Black

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

Financial strain is defined as an individual’s perception of economic stress and/or lack of resources (Adams et al., 2016). Although it has been linked to a multitude of negative well-being outcomes (Son & Wilson, 2015), there is little research regarding its impact on work-related attitudes, including organizational and occupational commitment. Several studies have found that financially-related variables, such as income, pay satisfaction, and extrinsic organizational rewards are positively related to organizational commitment (Cohen and Lowenberg, 1990; Mathieu and Zajac, 1990; Malhotra et al., 2007). Though occupational commitment and organizational commitment tend to be positively related (Lee et al., 2000), less …


Investigating The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program's Impact On Public Service Employees, Karli Guice, Skylar Oney, Malissa Clark Oct 2022

Investigating The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program's Impact On Public Service Employees, Karli Guice, Skylar Oney, Malissa Clark

River Cities Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program has garnered attention in the media in recent months, primarily in reaction to recent program reforms. Public service employees have struggled to navigate the PSLF program since its formation in 2007, which is complex, tedious, and time consuming. While some relief has been granted, many more face uncertainty as to whether or when their loans will be forgiven. Coupled with the fact that many individuals feel shame and stigma for having loans in the first place and for seeking loan forgiveness, the PSLF process can take a negative toll on individuals and in …