About Us!


The Training and Workforce Development Laboratory conducts basic and applied research designed to understand how individuals and teams learn. We develop, test, and implement strategies for simulation-based training, mentoring, and continuous learning on-the-job using military personnel, healthcare professionals, unemployed job seekers, and most recently astronauts. Our research has resulted in numerous scientific publications as well as applied tools and strategies currently in use to support training and development efforts. Kimberly Smith-Jentsch, Ph.D., the lab’s director,¬†joined the faculty at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in the fall of 2003 and is currently the director of UCF’s I/O Psychology doctoral program. Dr. Smith-Jentsch is a recipient of the M. Scott Meyers award for applied research (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) for the years 2001 and 2013 and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Psychology. Additionally, she¬†has been honored as a Fellow of Division 14 of the American Psychological Association (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, SIOP).