Meet the VPA-UNO Leadership Team
Dr. Joe Allen, VPA-UNO Director
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. He more than 45 publications in academic outlets, another 10 under review, and many works in progress for a number of journals. He has presented over 75 papers/posters at regional and national conferences and given more than 20 invited presentations on his research. He serves as a reviewer for various journals includingMotivation and Emotion, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Academy of Management Journal. He is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Business and Psychology and is currently the managing editor for a Handbook on Meeting Science for Cambridge University Press.
Dr. Allen's research has been featured in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management Journal, Non-Profit Management and Leadership Journal, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Group and Organization Management Journal, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and so on. He has consulted for more than 200 non-profit/for-profit organizations, many of which reside in the Omaha area. As Director of the Volunteer Program Assessment at UNO, Director of the Center for Applied Psychological Services, and a Fellow in the Center for Collaboration Science, Dr. Allen enjoys bringing together students, faculty, and community leaders in reaching out, serving, and collaborating.
Kaitlin Fosler, Assistant Director of Operations
Kaitlin Fosler is a graduate student in the MS program in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at UNO. Her research interests include employee volunteering, motivation, and community engagement. She earned Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration, Psychology, and Organizational Science at Coe College in 2017. Contact Kaitlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheridan Trent, Assistant-Director of Research
Sheridan is a doctoral student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UNO in 2014. She began working with VPA as an undergraduate student and has continued her work with the organization into her graduate education. Her research interests include volunteer turnover, nonprofit administration, work-family conflict, and gender differences in volunteerism. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Contact Sheridan at email@example.com.
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