STATE OF THE ART LECTURES
Focus of Lecture: Leader's mental health at work
Sponsoring Division/Section: Industrial/Organizational/Work
Affiliation: Queen's University (Ontario, Canada)
Focus of Lecture: Solving the problems of ipsative data: The common framework for proper scaling of comparative response formats
Sponsoring Division/Section: Psychological Assessment and Evaluation
Abstract: To avoid rating biases in personality and similar questionnaires, researchers may use preference response formats. These include the popular forced choice, where respondents rank a number of items, and more complex Q-sorts, where ranking with ties is obtained. Researchers may also collect the extent to which items are preferred to each other, for example by rating items as the “proportion-of-total” (compositional format). Preferences collected with such formats are relative within the person, leading to major psychometric challenges – interpersonally incomparable (ipsative) data. Since measurement of individual differences requires absolute position on the traits of interest, new treatment of ipsative data is required.
The talk will present the Thurstonian scaling approach, which enables proper measurement of individual differences from all types of ipsative data. I will start with the Thurstonian IRT model for forced-choice questionnaires, and extend this IRT model to graded preferences. I will then show how the “proportion-of-total” data can be easily treated in the same Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) framework with continuous outcomes. This unified approach will be demonstrated with empirical data analysis examples, including well-known personality questionnaires. I will conclude with a discussion of best practice in ipsative measurement, including suggestions of good questionnaire designs and considerations for minimizing response biases.
Bio: Anna Brown is a psychometrician with an established reputation and extensive industry experience, currently conducting research and teaching psychological methods at the University of Kent. Anna’s research focuses on modelling response processes to non-cognitive assessments using Multidimensional Item Response Theory (MIRT), including analysis of preference data (e.g. forced-choice questionnaires) and research on response biases.
Anna’s PhD research led to the development of the Thurstonian IRT model, which has been described as a breakthrough in scoring and designing of forced-choice questionnaires, which in the past could not be used for inter-personal comparisons due to the ipsative data they produced. This work received the "Best Dissertation" award from the Psychometric Society in 2011. Applications of this methodology include the development of a new IRT-scored version of the Occupational Personality Questionnaire (OPQ32r).
More recently, the Thurstonian scaling approach has been extended from categorical to continuous preference data to deal with “proportion-of-total” (compositional) data, and graded preferences. As of today, Anna’s work spans all existing types of preference response formats, relies on widely available software and shared syntax code, and thus provides an easy-to-apply solution to the problems of ipsative data for research and assessment practice.
Affiliation: Senior Lecturer in Psychological Methods and Statistics & Chair of Ethics, School of Psychology, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Elected Member of the Council of the International Test Commission
Focus of Lecture: Díaz-Guerrero´s contributions to the internationalization of psychology
Sponsoring Division/Section: Div 3: Psychology & Societal Development
Affiliation: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Focus of Lecture: Key Challenges to Understanding Environmental Decision Making.
Sponsoring Division/Section: Environmental
Affiliation: Michigan State University
Martin S. Hagger
Focus of Lecture: Developing a Way to Describe Psychology Theories Applied in Health Behavior Research: A Process Diagram Approach
Sponsoring Division/Section: Sport and Exercise
Abstract: A multitude of social psychological theories have been applied to predict and understand health behavior. The sheer number of available theories presents a considerable challenge to researchers seeking to identify commonality and redundancy in the constructs and processes that determine health behavior. Just as problems of constructs with similar content named differently or different constructs using the same names hinders theoretical progress (c.f., Block’s (1995) ‘jingle’ and ‘jangle’ fallacies), theory development is similarly impeded by problems in operationalizing how constructs relate to each other within theories (e.g., mediating and moderating relations). One proposed solution is to systematize terminology and descriptions of how constructs relate to each other in theories. A system will provide a common means to operationalize the processes by which theory constructs relate to relevant outcomes (e.g., health intentions and behavior) in the health domain. I propose that such a system already exists in the diagrammatic forms offered in confirmatory analytic techniques of path analysis and structural equation modeling (c.f., Hayes, 2013). Application of such a system to describe relations among theory constructs not only provides a common means to operationalize health behavior theories, but also unifies theory with means to analyse data collected to test the theory.
Bio: Martin Hagger is John Curtin Distinguished Professor in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University and Finland Distiguished Professor (FiDiPro) in the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland funded by TEKES, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. His research applies social cognitive and motivational theories to understand and to intervene and change diverse health behaviours such as physical activity, eating a healthy diet, smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, anti-doping behaviours in sport, and medication adherence. He is also interested in theory development and has made several contributions to advancing social psychological theory including theory integration (e.g., the trans-contextual model and the integrated behaviour change model) and theory relating to ego-depletion. He is Founding Director of the Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Research Group at Curtin University and the Laboratory of Self-Regulation (LaSeR). He is also editor-in-chief of Health Psychology Review and Stress and Health and editorial board member of ten other international peer-reviewed journals.
Affiliation: John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Curtin University
Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro), University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
Editor, Health Psychology Review
Co-Editor, Stress and Health
Health Psychology & Behavioural Medicine Research Group &
Laboratory of Self-Regulation (LaSeR)
School of Psychology and Speech Pathology
Faculty of Health Sciences
Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Focus of Lecture: Bullying and Peer Victimization in Children and Youth
Sponsoring Division/Section: Education, School and Instruction
Affiliation: University of British Columbia
Focus of Lecture: Advancing Psychological Theory by Mining Big Data
Sponsoring Division/Section: Brain & Cognition
Affiliation: Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Indiana
Focus of Lecture: TBC
Sponsoring Division/Section: Teaching Psychology
Affiliation: Emory University (Georgia, USA)
Focus of Lecture: Good practices in development, implementation, and evaluation of health behavior change programs
Sponsoring Division/Section: Health Psychology
Affiliation: Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Focus of Lecture: Early identification and prevention of dyslexia
Abstract: Highlights of the Jyväskylä longitudinal study of Dyslexia (JLD) will be summarized. JLD is our long term-predictive study of dyslexia which collected developmental data from early age to puberty. The JLD-results reveal that the earliest predictions of difficulties associated with reading acquisition can be made already at 3-5 days of age on the basis of brain responses to sound processing. Very accurate identification of children who will face difficulties in learning to read is possible with simple means, years before reading age. A most accurate and helpful identification of the need for support can be made via dynamic assessment of those first training steps that are necessary for the learning of basic reading skill - learning the connections between spoken and written items. Our Graphogame (GG) technology makes the dynamic assessment and helps children at risk to learn reading skill before they can encounter and experience failure. GG training entails repeated exposure to storing connections between spoken and written language in a game like digital environment (see graphogame.info). Its implementation follows the language-specific content including an optimal phonics approach. Related global efficacy studies precede the use of the game outside of the research context. Today, more than 400 000 children with compromised initial learning (from 2007) have benefited from the GG training in Finland. On a single day, more than 20 000 children are playing the game in Finland. Investigations are running in four continents, in more than 20 countries, including attempts to apply the same basic training principles in an environment with non-alphabetic orthographies. Efficacy studies of two English GraphoGame versions in the UK have recently been published in collaboration with our British colleagues, providing evidence of improvement in literacy skills. Studies have been completed in France and Norway where children are getting it to support their acquisition of the basic reading skill. Today’s new efforts are focused on supporting the final step of reading – learning the efficient mediation of meaning from the written word.
Bio: Heikki Juhani Lyytinen is a professor of psychology at the University of Jyväskylä . He became a professor in 1997. In 2015, he was appointed Unesco Chair at the Agora Center at the University of Jyväskylä, with the aim of promoting international literacy. Lyytinen has been the docent of both Jyväskylä and the University of Helsinki. He has studied learning, especially learning disabilities and learning disabilities in the areas of neuropsychological and psychophysical research. He led together with Jari-Erik Nurmenthe Academy of Finland's Learning and Motivation Research Center, founded in 2006, at the University of Jyväskylä. Lyytine has written (some with others) numerous psychology books and scientific articles. Lyytinen retired in summer 2014. In 2012, he was awarded the Allvar Award. He has a wife and two daughters.
Affiliation: UNESCO professor/UNITWIN chair on Inclusive Literacy Learning for All
University of Jyväskylä & Niilo Mäki Institute, Jyväskylä, Finland
Focus of Lecture: Commitment at Work: Looking Back and Moving Forward
Sponsoring Division/Section: Industrial/Organizational/Work
Bio: Dr. John Meyer received his Ph.D. from The University of Western Ontario in 1978 and is currently a professor and chair of the graduate program in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology at Western. He also holds a part-time Professorship at Curtin School of Business in Australia and an adjunct appointment at the Australian Catholic University. His research interests include employee commitment, work motivation, leadership, and organizational change, and his work has been published in leading journals in I/O psychology and management. He is also co-author of Commitment in the Workplace: Theory, Research and Application (Sage Publications, 1997) and Best Practices: Employee Retention (Carswell, 2000), co-editor of Commitment in Organizations: Accumulated Wisdom and New Directions (Routledge, 2009) and editor of the Handbook of Employee Commitment (Elgar, 2016). Dr. Meyer is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and the Association for Psychological Science.
Affiliation: Department of Psychology, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
Focus of Lecture: Understanding toxic leadership
Sponsoring Division/Section: Psychology and Societal Development
Affiliation: St Andrews, UK
Focus of Lecture: Mental health consequences of terrorist attacks
Sponsoring Division/Section: Clinical; Community
Affiliation: Complutense University of Madrid
Focus of Lecture: Epigenetic processes mediating between environments, experiences and mental health; therapeutic and diagnostic implications
Sponsoring Division/Section: Adult Development & Aging
Affiliation: Pharmacology & Therapeutics, McGill University (Quebec, Canada)
Rama Charan Tripathi
Focus of Lecture: Un-Othering the Other: Role of Shared Cultural Spaces and Social Norms
Affiliation: Editor, Psychology and Developing Societies,
Former National Fellow (ICSSR),
Ex Director, G.B. Pant Social Science Institute
Ex-Head and Professor, Dept of Psychology, Univ of Allahabad
37/2 Chatham Lines, Hawa Ghar,
Allahabad 211 002. India
Jennifer A. Veitch
Focus of Lecture: How Psychologists can Contribute to Individual Well-being, Organizational Productivity, and Saving the Planet through Better Buildings
Sponsoring Division/Section: Environmental
Abstract: Sustainability is to meet the needs of the present without impeding the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Among the ways in which societies seek to meet sustainability goals is the improvement of building energy-efficiency. Building energy codes mandate stringent energy-efficiency measures for new buildings, but progress is slower for existing buildings, which make up most of the building stock. This address will explore three ways in which psychologists can contribute. First, by working together with engineers and architects we can add to the evidence that with judicious choices of technology, building design, and operation, better buildings that save energy can improve organizational productivity and individual well-being through reduced absenteeism, improved job satisfaction, and other outcomes. Some argue that these benefits should improve the return-on-investment enough to speed renovation choices. Psychologists know that decisions are not simple financial calculations. Thus, second, we can develop and test advanced decision-making models to explain how organizations choose sustainable technologies – and as importantly, what barriers prevent these choices. Third, we can use our communication and behaviour change skills to transfer this knowledge, removing or overcoming barriers that impede a sustainable future in which we too benefit from better buildings.
Bio: Jennifer Veitch is a Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, where she has led research into the effects of indoor environment effects on health and behaviour since 1992. Her current research focuses on the effects of better buildings on organizational productivity and on the effects of lighting system characteristics on cognitive performance, mood, and health. Jennifer is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. In 2011 she received the Waldram Gold Pin for Applied Illuminating Engineering from the International Commission on Illumination (CIE). In 2012 she received the John C. Service Member of the Year Award from the CPA. She currently serves CIE as Director of its Division 3, Interior Environment and Lighting Design.
Affiliation: National Research Council of Canada
Focus of Lecture: PTSD in physical illness: Physiological, behavioral, and dyadic effects
Sponsoring Division/Section: Div 8: Health Psychology
Bio: Dr. Noa Vilchinsky is a Senior lecturer and the head of the Psycho-cardiology Research Lab Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. She is also a certified rehabilitation psychologist, who worked many years with individuals and families coping with cardiac illnesses. Her main fields of research are psycho-cardiology, dyadic coping with chronic illness, PTSD in illnesses, caregiving in health challenges, attitudes toward people with disabilities, and the importance of being treated with dignity within the medical setting. Her co-authored book: "Caregiving in the Illness Context" was published in 2016 by Palgrave-McMillan.
Affiliation: Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel