Meet the VPA Team
Dr. Lisa Scherer received her PhD. from the Ohio State University in 1989 and has since served as a faculty member in the industrial-organizational psychology program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
She has taught 17 different courses for the psychology department at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She has served as a research mentor for more than 100 graduate students in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and over 300 undergraduate psychology students, with her students winning numerous scholarships and awards. She has been awarded both the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Excellence in Teaching Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award.
As the former director of the UNO Industrial-Organizational Psychology graduate program, she developed programs and criteria for evaluating graduate student success and retention across a three-year period. As the evaluator for a grant awarded to the Ohio State College of Medicine, she examined medical climate and experiences for female medical students and their rate of retention versus males. Also as an evaluator for a grant team for the Women in Medicine Group at Creighton College of Medicine, she evaluated the work-life stress and coping of female physicians and their subsequent rate of promotion versus male physicians.
Together with teams of graduate students, Dr. Scherer has provided consulting services to over 50 organizations attempting to improve employee selection, performance evaluation, literacy, training, leadership, motivation, and wellness programs. Additionally, she is a certified ACT Workkeys Evaluator and evaluated literacy-to-work success of all high school students in Omaha, NE across a three-year period.
In June of 2013, Dr. Scherer became the Co-Director with Dr. Joseph Allen of the Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) at UNO (www.unomaha.edu/unopsychvpa). VPA-UNO applies principles and best practices from industrial-organizational psychology to improve volunteer performance, satisfaction and retention and thus contribute to nonprofit effectiveness. In their first year, she and Dr. Allen have recruited and trained 30 graduate and undergraduate students who have helped provide free assessment and consulting services to over 50 non-profit organizations, representing over 1.5 million of in-kind donations.
She has also volunteered extensively in the community, most recently serving CASA Omaha, Creighton Preparatory High School, Lakeside Hospital, Midwest Dog Rescue, the Omaha Symphony Guild, and St. Wenceslaus. Dr. Scherer was elected to serve as the President of the UNO Faculty Senate for the 2014-2015 and currently chairs the Psychology Undergraduate Program Committee.