We are a co-laboratory jointly managed by Dr. Ruth Kanfer and Dr. Phillip L. Ackerman.


Phillip L. Ackerman Professor of Psychology

Phillip L. Ackerman
Ph.D. (1984) Quantitative/Measurement Psychology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

My research spans several related research areas of differential, educational, cognitive, applied experimental, and industrial and organizational psychology.

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Ruth Kanfer Professor of Psychology

Ruth Kanfer
Ph.D. (1981) Psychology
Arizona State University

My research examines the role of motivation, personality, emotion, and self-regulation in training, performance, and work transitions across the lifespan.

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Graduate Students

Ben Perrodin Ben Perrodin Full profile
Chelsea Vance Chelsea Vance Full profile
Gina Bufton Gina Bufton Full profile
Ilya Gokhman Ilya Gokhman Full profile
Matthew Betts Matthew Betts Full profile
Victor Ellingsen Victor Ellingsen Full profile


Lab Coordinator

Megan Houlihan Megan Houlihan Full profile

Research Assistants

Ankita Gupta Ankita Gupta Full profile
James Shaffer James Shaffer Full profile
Jen Chandler-Adesegun Jen Chandler-Adesegun Full profile
Kathrina Robotham Kathrina Robotham Full profile
Maddy Wartan Maddy Wartan Full profile
Megen Wittling Megen Wittling Full profile
Micah Bray Micah Bray Full profile
Sarah Philpott Sarah Philpott Full profile


Graduate Alumni

Samuel Posnock

Ph.D., 2015
SRA International

Sunni Newton

Ph.D., 2013

Erin Marie Conklin

Ph.D., 2013
Russell Reynolds Associates

Charles Calderwood

Ph.D., 2012
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Katie (McNulty) Fowler

M.S., 2011

Yonka Toker

Ph.D., 2010
Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Middle East Technical University

Mark Wolf

Ph.D., 2009
Market Research Analyst at Helix Education

Erin Page

Ph.D., 2007
Russell Reynolds Associates

Stacey (Wolman) Shapiro

Ph.D., 2005
Russell Reynolds Associates

Tracy M. Kantrowitz

Ph.D., 2005

Margaret E. Beier

Ph.D., 2003
Associate Professor of Psychology,
Rice University

Mary O. Boyle

M.S., 2003
Pontus Consulting

Kristy R. Bowen

M.S., 2001

Anna T. Cianciolo

Ph.D., 2001
Assistant Professor of Medical Education,
Southern Illinois University

Eric L. Rolfhus

Ph.D., 1999

Kevin A. Field

Ph.D., 1998

Eric D. Heggestad

Ph.D., 1997
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Todd C. Murtha

M.A., 1994

Robert J. Schneider

Undergraduate Alumni

Mike Morrison
Ph.D. student in I-O Psychology
Michigan State
Vicki Shaw
Sushma Sudhi
D.O. student at Nova Southeastern University college of Osteopathic Medicine
Kristin Horan
Ph.D. student in I-O Psychology, Bowling Green State University
Chen Zuo
I-O Psychology Graduate Student at Rice University
Lauren Danish
M.Ed. student in School Counseling,
University of Georgia
Aurora Dixon
Ph.D. student in I-O Psychology,
Michigan State University
Richelle Reinhart
Danielle King
Ph.D. student in I-O Psychology,
Michigan State University
Trishna Patel
Ph.D. student in I-O Psychology,
Auburn University
Ethan Craig
MD, MPH candidate at the University of Iowa
Joni Lakin
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2010
Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Kathryn Daniel
Tracy Saloka
Connie L. Vogt
Piper Vornholt
Jill Ellingson
Associate Professor,
Ohio State University