Is it weird to wax philosophical about industrial-organizational psychology while making cucumber guac? Or natter on about stress and leadership while feeding tortoises? I don’t think so. (Or rather, I hope not – because I do it pretty regularly.)
I graduated with my PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (with a specialty in Occupational Health Psychology ) from Clemson in 2011. If you haven’t heard of it, I-O is the scientific study of all aspects of work – I want work to be better for everyone.
These days, I’m an Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Organizational Leadership program at the University of Arizona South, my program can be completed fully online. I’m constantly working to make sure our courses are a positive experience where our students gain knowledge they can apply in the workplace immediately. Communicating! Systems Thinking! Understanding Org. Behavior! I teach my students how to be great at these things.
- Hello from Dr. Brown – Feel free to watch this intro. video I made for my students!
I spend an inordinate amount of time on my pets (dogs, cats, fish AND desert tortoises) and exploring my admittedly minimal domestic abilities. Who knew staying in one place for a while and planting green things could be so gratifying?! (I did not.) I’m a recovering early adopter to nearly every type of technology so I’ll happily spend hours exploring any new app/platform/program and then talking my friends’ collective ears off about how they should be using it, too.
I have a deep and abiding love for dabbling and trying new methods. I’ll try just about anything once (or three times) and tweaking tiny aspects of my life brings me great joy. I’ve experimented with nearly every digital to-do-list platform out there – and I can tell what works and what doesn’t. (Constantly experimenting with new to-do-list-tools doesn’t. Not. at. all. Levenger Circa all the way my friends, it’s a game changer.) In the same vein, I also love automating things. That’s probably why I’ll go without eating for weeks if it means I can have my beloved Neato, my Perfect Petfeeder + shru, etc. The latest addition to my automating family is Amy, who schedules all my meetings, and I think she’s a keeper.
What this space is for
This online home will be a space for me to explore ideas and share things I just don’t have another platform for. It will also host any external posts from my lab, since one of our goals is to share the things we do and to make more of our work accessible. While I will talk about psychology or workplace logistics, it will probably not be in my academic or professional voice. Because that would be boring.
Photo is courtesy of the brilliant creatives at Purple Nickel Studio.