BGSU’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program Remains One of the Best in the Nation | Community

Bowling Green State University’s industrial and organizational psychology program has maintained its position for decades as one of the best in the nation, ranked No. 3 in this year’s U.S. News & World Report Best Grad Schools ranking.

Established in 1965, the program was among the first of its kind and has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation since the mid-1990s and in the top five for several years.

Dr. Scott Highhouse, Ohio professor and distinguished researcher in BGSU’s Department of Psychology, attributes the program’s success to those who were instrumental in its creation, the late Drs. Robert Guion and Patricia Cain Smith – two historical figures in the field.

“Our program’s strong reputation dates back to the beginning,” Highhouse said. “We just tried to maintain that reputation going forward.”

The program is known for its groundbreaking research, distinguished faculty, partnerships, and success among graduates, who work at some of the nation’s largest and best-known universities, private corporations, consulting firms, and government agencies.

“We’ve always had professors in this department who are doing groundbreaking research in the field, which has built our reputation over time,” said department head Dr. Carolyn Tompsett. “We maintain that reputation by continuing to do really solid research that becomes well known and drives the field forward.”

Another differentiator is the University Institute of Psychological Research and Application. Students provide local, regional and national organizations with professional services such as selection and recruitment systems, job performance evaluations and job analyses. The research institute served as a model for other universities.

“These companies make important decisions based on the work of our students, which is a real testament to the strength and reputation of our program,” said Tompsett.

According to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, there are approximately 70 doctoral programs in industrial and organizational psychology nationwide, excluding online programs, and only four in Ohio.

Aubrey L. Morgan