Working with an active research group gives students the opportunity to put book knowledge to work in a more 'real world' research setting. While textbooks often present science as a series of topics and facts, in a research group you participate in the activity of science, where answers to questions are not known, you build on the work of others, collaborate with others, gather and interpret data, and present the results for peer review and feedback.
Because Psychology is such a broad area covering multiple areas of daily life, the undergraduate research group is varied in nature. Each semester, various subjects are covered, depending on the issues of the time.
To give you an idea, the following have been areas of research for the group over the years:
Employee and College Student Wellness
The overarching purpose of this area of research is to understand the major drivers and consequences of employee, college student, and volunteer wellness. We adopt the 8-dimension model of wellness which includes: physical, social, emotional, environmental, occupational/career, intellectual, financial, and spiritual wellness. This domain has been the most recent research focus
Work-Life Conflict, Stress and Burnout
We have examined various issues relevant to the traditional areas of work-family and work-school conflict and balance among employees, volunteers, and working college students. Most recently we have expanded the non-work domains of interest to include volunteer/extracurricular and friendship/personal relationship roles. We are exploring individual and situational variables that buffer the negative influence of work-life conflict on stress and burnout.
Workplace Mistreatment and Violence
This research prong has focused on incivility, sexual harassment, bullying, workplace politics, ostracism, physical aggression and homicide in the workplace. Current efforts are focused on workplace violence prevention at universities, health care facilities, and court rooms.
Problem Solving and Decision Making and the Role of Mood & Emotion
Studies in this domain have included basic research on problem solving and decision making with particular emphasis on solution generation, alternative evaluation, and post-decisional regret. In addition, other decision making studies have examined the role of mood, emotion, and emotional regulation of the decision making and behavior of college students, employees, and volunteers.
This research has investigated numerous antecedents of volunteer engagement and burnout, with a focus on volunteer retention and well-being.
Dr. Lisa Scherer
|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. She has been awarded both the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Excellence in Teaching Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring Award. Through VPA Dr. Scherer has provided consulting services to over 50 non-profit organizations, representing over 1.5 million of in-kind donations.
For more information about undergraduate research in Psychology, contact Dr. Lisa Scherer.
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