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Joseph A. Allen, Ph.D.

Dr. Joseph A. Allen is an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Before he completed his doctorate (Ph. D.) in Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) in 2010, he received his Master of Arts degree in I/O Psychology at the UNCC in 2008 and his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Brigham Young University in 2005. Dr. Allen's main areas of research include the study of workplace meetings, emotion management, and volunteer management. Dr. Allen's research has been featured in Human Resource Management Journal, Non-Profit Management and Leadership Journal, and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. He has consulted for more than 200 non-profit/for-profit organizations, many of which reside in the Omaha area. As Director of VPA-UNO (, Dr. Allen enjoys bringing together students, faculty, and community leaders in reaching out and serving. He serves as a reviewer for various journals including Motivation and Emotion, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Group and Organization Management, and Academy of Management Journal. He is also an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Business and Psychology.




Office: 347-I ASH

Phone: (402) 554-2581


Address: Department of Psychology, 347 "I"

University of Nebraska at Omaha

6001 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68182-0274


PSYC 4640/8466 Personnel Psychology: This course provides an overview of I/O Psychology with a focus on the major topics within personnel (industrial) psychology. Topics include methodology, employee selection, performance appraisal, organizational attitudes and behavior, motivation, and leadership.

PSYC 9660 Job Analysis and Performance Appraisal: An in-depth examination of the fundamentals of personnel psychology including job analysis, criterion development and performance measurement and appraisal in organizations. Practical experience in the application of techniques and procedures is emphasized through group and individual projects in organizational settings.

PSYC 3450 Social Psychology: Social interaction is studied in situations of (1) social influences on individuals, (2) dyads or face-to-face groups, and (3) larger social systems. The concepts, theories, data, research methods and applications of varied substantive topics are examined.


Being a teacher in an academic setting is truly a privilege and an honor. I truly believe that a teacher is an adviser, an advocate and a mentor. A teacher not only imparts knowledge, promotes learning, and shapes the expectations and ambitions of their pupils, but he/she also influences their attitudes toward their future and themselves. I recall teachers from grade school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate school that continue to influence the decisions I make both in the classroom and in my home life. What makes these teachers so influential is their devotion to their students, their demanding curriculum that encourages excellence, their focus on continous improvement in the classroom, and their acceptance of intellectual diversity through an emphasis on integrity and ethical behavior. In my efforts to be like these exemplary individuals, I strive to remember that class time is the student's time as well as mine, that the practical importance of the class inspires students, and that integrity, honesty, and ethics are a part of every class.


Center for Meeting Effectiveness


Volunteer Program Assessment


Emotion Management & Stress



If you would like to become a member of the CME, EMS, or VPA labs, please follow the application directions below.

CME Lab:

1. Complete this application.

2. Send it and your résumé in an email to the lab coordinator, John Crowe (

EMS Lab:

1. Complete this application.

2. Send it and your résumé in an email to Dr. Allen (

VPA Lab:

1. Complete this application.

2. Send it and your résumé in an email to VPA-UNO's Assistant Director, Heather Tice (

Once we review your application materials, a follow-up interview will be scheduled with the appropriate lab coordinator and/or Dr. Allen.