Organizational Psychology in Today’s Virtual Workplace

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What will the future of our work look like post-pandemic? Join us as we take a deeper dive into this topic and learn how organizational psychology can help the workforce stay well in our current virtual climate.

USC’s Master of Science in Applied Psychology Online program gives students a leg up in the professional world with an enhanced understanding of how psychology impacts business and influences consumers. Hear from program lecturer Dr. Patricia Grabarek, Ph.D and program director, Dr. Ellen Leggett Ed.D for a LIVE interactive webinar to learn more on organizational psychology in today’s business settings and a closer look at the mission and core values of the M.S. in Applied Psychology online program at USC.

The online Master of Science in Applied Psychology is project-based and real-world focused so you can immediately transfer what you learn in the online classroom to challenging workplace scenarios. The program blends content in consumer psychology and organizational psychology to create a universally relevant academic experience. The curriculum is broken down into four semesters and can be completed in as few as 16 months.

Webinar Speaker Bios:

Dr. Patricia Grabarek, Ph.D

USC USC Master of Science in Applied Psychology Lecturer

Dr. Grabarek works as a behavioral scientist for Infor, a business software organization. In her role at Infor, she consults with over 30 clients in the implementation and analysis of human capital management and predictive analytic software solutions. She also works closely with clients to test new products and ideas.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Grabarek worked as an internal Industrial/Organizational Psychologist for Molina Healthcare, working closely with executives and other internal customers to implement a variety of talent management tools. Additionally, Dr. Grabarek has experience working as an independent consultant and as a consultant in the federal sector, working with many federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Throughout her career, Dr. Grabarek has worked with over 50 different client organizations from a variety of industries, including government, healthcare, retail, property management, food services, and technology.

Dr. Grabarek has also taught courses at Penn State University prior to joining USC. Dr. Grabarek earned her MS and PhD degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Grabarek teaches Organizational Psychology in our program.

Dr. Ellen Legget, Ed.D Director and Professor of the Practice of Psychology

Dr. Ellen Leggett, the Director of this Master’s program, is a seasoned trial consultant and expert in jury decision –making with more than twenty years of experience applying psychology in the legal field. Dr. Leggett is nationally known for her expertise in assisting civil trial lawyers and witnesses in high stakes corporate cases. She has published and spoken widely on jury psychology and has been interviewed on ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN. She founded her own consulting firm Leggett Jury Research, LLC.

Prior to trial consulting, Dr. Leggett was Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside, and Associate Dean of Students at Scripps College in Claremont. She also held administrative positions in residence life and admissions at Cornell University. Her academic area of interest and research is motivation and personality.

Jessica Singer, Program Administrator M.S. Applied Psychology, University of Southern California

Jessica Singer is a MAPP graduate with experience in market research, consulting, and entertainment. Prior to joining the MAPP staff, she served as Student Director of the Skidmore-Saratoga Consulting Partnership and has also worked at Creative Artists Agency, IMPACTS Research and Development, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In addition to her role at USC,  Jessica is a lifelong equestrian and enjoys attending competitions all over the west coast.

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