Applied Research for Organizational Solutions

Who We Are

AROS is a consulting group within Louisiana Tech’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology doctoral program and is an essential element in developing students as practitioners as well as scientists. Doctoral students learn psychological theories, sound research methods, and how to apply those fundamentals to real-world organizations. The group is managed by faculty and leverages the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity of its graduate students.

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Dr. Mitzi Desselles holds a PhD in I‑O Psychology from Louisiana State University and currently serves as Director of AROS Consulting. She has recently returned to academia and is an assistant professor in the graduate program. Dr. Desselles’ research area is the application of reversal theory to leadership, team effectiveness, and the management of change.
Dr. Tilman Sheets received his PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in I‑O Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently an associate professor and the Director of the I‑O doctoral program at LA Tech. Dr. Sheets specializes in the areas of employee selection and organizational metrics.
Dr. Frank Igou is the Coordinator of the I‑O Psychology Master’s Program and associate Professor of Psychology at Louisiana Tech. He holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and an M.S. and Ph.D. in I‑O Psychology from Auburn University. Dr. Igou has over 20 years of experience assisting organizations in areas relating to recruitment, selection, diversity issues, E.E.O.C. compliance and litigation support.
Dr. Steven Toaddy earned a PhD in I‑O Psychology from North Carolina State University and currently serves as an assistant professor specializing in organizational side and psychometric topics. His primary research and practice interests predominantly relate to the concept of justice and include new conceptions of organizational justice, the use of technology in organizations, survey design methodology, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Third-Year Students

Lauren Mouton earned a B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University as well as teaching certificates from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is working on AROS projects that focus on organizational development. Her research interests include organizational justice, voice behavior, work analyses, and organizational commitment.
Ellen Lovell earned a Bachelors of Science in both Animal Science and in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and is from Gallatin, Tennessee. She is an associate on AROS projects that focus on organizational development, and interviewing skills. Her current research focuses on biases within the selection process.
Olivia Reinecke is a Baton Rouge native and first-year doctoral student in the I‑O program at Louisiana Tech University. She earned her B.A. in psychology at Millsaps College with minors in anthropology and political science. While at Millsaps, Olivia worked as an intern at Morris & McDaniel, Inc., a management consulting firm that specializes in selection. Her current research interests include employee selection and technology in the workplace.
Jose J. Valadez is originally from Laredo, TX, and earned his BA in Biology from Texas A&M University (College Station, TX) and MS in Psychology from Texas A&M International University (Laredo, TX). Jose has previously worked as a career advisor and adjunct faculty member. His current research interests are in psychometrics, selection, and social media use for employment-related decisions.
Nita Prabhu is originally from Houston, Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Baylor University and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Houston Baptist University. Her research interests include bridging the gap between I‑O psychology and Organizational Behavior Management.