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Upcoming Orals

Orals meetings are open to Psychology Department’s faculty and current master’s students

Preliminary Orals

None scheduled at this time


Final Orals


Sanaz Eslamian

Thursday, May 31, 2012


3:00 pm, Room PSY 316

Using Social Media to Increase Employment Chances among College Students

Employers are increasingly using social networking websites (SNWs) to screen applicants.  SNW users are inadvertently hurting their employment chances due to the information on SNWs, and not optimizing employment chances.  The present study tested SNW behavioral changes after a training program based on the Theory of Reasoned Action. The program focused on training participants on using SNWs to optimize their job-seeking prospects.  The moderating effect of job-seeking motivation on training effectiveness was also studied.

Partial evidence was found that those who attended the training were more likely to report changing their SNW than the control group.  Participants’ intentions to change SNW profile was significantly predicted by their attitudes toward SNW use. There were partial significant findings for the hypothesis that attitudes predicted SNW behavior changes.  Intentions to change were not found to mediate the relationship between attitudes and behavior changes.  Trainees who were most motivated to search for a job and had most favorable attitudes toward SNW us, reported strongest intention to make change to their SNW profile

Hannah-Hanh Nguyen, Ph.D. (Chair)                                             
Dave Whitney, Ph.D.                                                                     
Young-Hee Cho, Ph.D.


Michelle Jurica

Thursday, June 7, 2012


2:00 PM Room 101

Napping in the Workplace as an Invisible Stigma:
The Moderating Roles of Raters’ Nap Habit, Work Ethic, and Organizational Policy

The present study aimed to examine napping in the workplace as an invisible stigma by exploring possible moderators and consequences to napping in the workplace. The sample consisted of 140 psychology students from a large, public Southern California university. In the study, participants responded to two online surveys spaced three days apart. In the pre-test survey, the researcher assessed participants’ nap habit and work ethic. In the post-test survey, participants read a scenario of a fictitious worker who either napped or read a magazine during his lunch break. Organizational policy (pro-nap vs. control) was also manipulated in the scenario. Participants were asked to rate the worker’s employment-related outcomes (i.e., opportunities for promotion, performance evaluation and projected career progress) as well as personality. There was no difference found between the napping and non-napping condition on various work outcomes, contrary to predictions. No moderating effect was found for organizational policy, and the moderating effect of nap habit approached significance on two outcomes, however contrary to predictions. Work ethic moderated some outcomes but not as hypothesized. Three way interactions between nap status, organizational policy, and work ethic were explored. Implications and potential future research is discussed.

Hannah-Hanh Nguyen, PhD (Chair)
Dave Whitney, Ph.D.
Bailey Weinberg, M.A. (Taco Bell Corp.)