Lab Members

Faculty Leadership


Dr. Mindy Shoss
Mindy Shoss is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCF, and an Honorary Fellow of Australian Catholic University. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston, as well as a B.A. from Washington University in Saint Louis with majors in psychology and economics, and a minor in applied statistics and computation. Dr. Shoss previously served on the faculty of Saint Louis University. Her work has appeared in top outlets, such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Management Review. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Stress and Health, and Occupational Health Science.

Current PhD Students

Katherine Ciarlante
Katherine received her B.A. in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College in 2014.  Her current research interests include counterproductive work behaviors (CWBs), work-related coping and resilience, and emotional intelligence.  Katherine’s master thesis focuses on conceptualizing severity in CWBs and identifying the antecedents and outcomes associated with engaging in more of these behaviors.


Nicole Carusone
Nikki is currently a fourth year student in the I/O Psychology Ph.D. program at UCF. She got her B.A. in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies from Muhlenberg College. Her research interests include workplace diversity, cultural differences, and training & development. 


Jimmy Zheng

Jimmy is a fourth year graduate student in UCF’s I/O Psychology PhD program. He received his BA in psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). His current research involves examining differences in the psychological experience of part-time and full-time workers.



Jamie Striler
After migrating south from Missouri, Jamie joined the I/O Ph.D program in 2016. She earned her BA at Westminster College, a small liberal arts school in the Midwest, and her current research interests include CWB, job insecurity, and workplace stressors in the context of nonstandard workers.


Xinyue “Elaine” Zhao

Elaine received her B.S in Economics and Psychology from Tulane University. She has broad interests in Occupational Health Psychology, Organizational Behavior and seeks to combine various fields of social science (e.g., Economics and Political Science) with I/O Psychology. She hopes to improve the health and well-being of employees by implementing best
practices and interventions in organizations.


Juseob Lee

Before coming to UCF, Juseob completed the master’s program in Human Resources and Employment Relations at Pennsylvania State University (MS HRER; University Park, PA) and undergraduate program in Business Administration at University of Texas at Dallas with minor in Psychology (BS; Richardson, TX). His academic background in business and interests in understanding the human mind have guided him to the field of industrial/organizational psychology and human resource management. He hopes to contribute to making a better workplace for both employees and employers. Upon completion of his research training, where he gains a deeper knowledge in the field and refines research skills, he hopes to make a difference by serving as an educator and researcher.

 Michael DiStaso

Michael received his B.A. in Psychology and International Relations from The College of New Jersey. He is interested in event-based approaches to studying discretionary behavior and mistreatment. He is also interested in the influence that anticipation of future stressors has on individuals’ affect, cognition, and behavior in the present.


Alissa Gebben

Alissa graduated from UCF with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Statistics.  She is broadly interested in Occupational Health Psychology and Organizational Psychology, with specific interests in job insecurity, economic stress, and social class, especially in vulnerable or marginalized populations.


 Anthony Naranjo

 Anthony received his B.A. in Psychology from University of South Florida, and his M.S in I/O Psychology from Carlos Albizu University. His research focus up to this point includes work on social exchange relationships within the workplace as well as job insecurity. Upon completion of the Ph.D program, Anthony hopes to enter the consulting space while retaining on emphasis on applied research.