Applied research Psychology

January 17, 2017

Applied Research/Psychology

The Journal of Applied Psychology® emphasizes the publication of original investigations that contribute new knowledge and understanding to fields of applied psychology (other than clinical and applied experimental or human factors, which are more appropriate for other APA journals).

The journal primarily considers empirical and theoretical investigations that enhance understanding of cognitive, motivational, affective, and behavioral psychological phenomena in work and organizational settings, broadly defined.

Those psychological phenomena can be

  • at one or multiple levels — individuals, groups, organizations, or cultures;
  • in work settings such as business, education, training, health, service, government, or military institutions; and
  • in the public or private sector, for-profit or nonprofit organizations.

The journal publishes several types of articles, including:

  • Theoretically driven and rigorously conducted empirical investigations that extend conceptual understanding (original investigations or meta-analyses);
  • Theory development articles as well as integrative conceptual reviews that synthesize literature and create new theory of psychological phenomena that will stimulate novel research;
  • Rigorously conducted qualitative research on phenomena that are difficult to capture with quantitative methods, or on phenomena that warrant inductive theory building.

The journal accepts work that is conducted in the field or in the laboratory, where the data (quantitative or qualitative) are analyzed with elegant or simple statistics, so long as the data or theoretical synthesis advances understanding of psychological phenomena and human behavior that have practical implications.

A nonexhaustive sampling of topics appropriate for the Journal of Applied Psychology includes

  • individual differences in abilities, personality, and other characteristics;
  • testing and personnel selection;
  • performance measurement and management;
  • training, learning, and skill acquisition;
  • work motivation;
  • job attitudes, affect, and emotions;
  • leadership;
  • team development, processes, and effectiveness;
  • career development;
  • work–family interface;
  • work stress, health, and well-being;
  • positive and negative work behaviors;
  • diversity and cross-cultural differences in work behavior and attitudes;
  • technology and work systems;
  • expertise and knowledge management;
  • creativity, innovation, and adaptation;
  • organizational culture and climate;
  • and organizational design, change, and interventions.

The journal also encourages studies of human behavior in novel situations, and integration of basic psychological principles and theories with applied work and organizational phenomena. Specific topics of interest, however, change as organizations evolve and societal views of work change.

Disclaimer: APA and the Editors of the Journal of Applied Psychology® assume no responsibility for statements and opinions advanced by the authors of its articles.


Gilad Chen
University of Maryland

Associate Editors

Talya N. Bauer
Portland State University

Christopher M. Berry
Indiana University

Paul Bliese
University of South Carolina

Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang
Michigan State University

Michelle K. Duffy
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Lillian T. Eby
University of Georgia

Jill Ellingson
Ohio State University

Vicente Gonzalez-Roma
University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Mark A. Griffin
University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Jeff LePine
Arizona State University

Sabine Sonnentag
University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Michael C. Sturman
Cornell University

Vijaya Venkataramani
University of Maryland

Mo Wang
University of Florida

Contributing Editors

Herman Aguinis
Indiana University

Ramon J. Aldag
University of Wisconsin–Madison

David G. Allen
Rutgers University

Natalie J. Allen
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Tammy D. Allen
University of South Florida

Maureen L. Ambrose
University of Central Florida

Neil Anderson
Brunel University London, Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Winfred Arthur, Jr.
Texas A&M University

Samuel Aryee
King's College London, United Kingdom

Neal M. Ashkanasy
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Bruce Avolio
University of Washington

Daniel Bachrach
University of Alabama

Markus Baer
Washington University in St. Louis

Peter Bamberger
Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel

Christopher M. Barnes
University of Washington

Murray Barrick
Texas A&M University

Kathryn M. Bartol
University of Maryland

Margaret E. Beier
Rice University

Suzanne T. Bell
DePaul University

Mindy Bergman
Texas A&M University

John F. Binning
Illinois State University and DeGarmo Inc, Bloomington, IL

Mark Bolino
University of Oklahoma

John W. Boudreau
University of Southern California

James Breaugh
University of Missouri, St. Louis

Douglas Brown
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kenneth G. Brown
University of Iowa

Marcus M. Butts
University of Texas at Arlington

Nichelle C. Carpenter
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nathan T. Carter
University of Georgia

Wendy J. Casper
University of Texas, Arlington

Georgia T. Chao
Michigan State University

Prithviraj Chattopadhyay
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Jaepil Choi
Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea

Michael Christian
University of North Carolina

Michael S. Cole
Texas Christian University

Adrienne Colella
Tulane University

Jason A. Colquitt
University of Georgia

Donald E. Conlon
Michigan State University

Patrick Converse
Florida Institute of Technology

Jose M. Cortina
George Mason University

Stephen H. Courtright
Texas A&M University

Eean Crawford
University of Iowa

Jeremy F. Dawson
University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

David V. Day
University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Eric Anthony Day
University of Oklahoma

Katherine DeCelles
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Angelo DeNisi
Tulane University

Rellie Derfler-Rozin
University of Maryland

James Diefendorff
University of Akron

Nikolaos Dimotakis
Georgia State University

Brian R. Dineen
Purdue University

Dennis Doverspike
University of Akron

Lisa Dragoni
Wake Forest University

Bryan D. Edwards
Oklahoma State University

Jeffrey R. Edwards
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mark G. Ehrhart
San Diego State University

Aleksander P.J. Ellis
University of Arizona

Berrin Erdogan
Portland State University

Crystal I. C. Farh
University of Washington

Ryan Fehr
University of Washington, Seattle

D. Lance Ferris
Pennsylvania State University

Brady M. Firth
University of Iowa

Cynthia D. Fisher
Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Michael Frese
National University of Singapore, Singapore and Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Lueneburg, Germany

Yitzhak Fried
Texas Tech University

Ingrid S. Fulmer
Rutgers University

Allison S. Gabriel
The University of Arizona

Daniel C. Ganster
Colorado State University

Mark B. Gavin
West Virginia University

Michele Gelfand
University of Maryland

Ian R. Gellatly
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Jennifer M. George
Rice University

Barry Gerhart
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Steffen Giessner
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Stephen Gilliland
University of Arizona

Barry M. Goldman
University of Arizona

Yaping Gong
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Jodi S. Goodman

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