Ian Smith

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Ian Smith

PhD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Ian Smith is pursuing his Ph.D. in The University of Tulsa's Industrial/Organizational program. He completed his bachelor of arts in psychology at Morehead State University.

Research Interests

My primary area of interest is executive coaching as this a large and growing market and as an increasing number of organizations turn to executive coaches to improve performance, it is essential that we learn more and better understand what successful coaches do. Specifically, I am interested in the different strategies that executive coaches employ and the impact they may have on the coaching relationship as well as coaching time frame. I am also focused on determining what specific competencies executive coaches focus on and the methodology used to improve such competencies. I am also fascinated with leadership development, and personality.


Smith, I. M., Borneman, M.J., Brummel, B.J., & Connelly, B.S. (In press). The Executive Coaching Criterion Problem. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Special Awards/Positions

Awarded a Masters teaching assistantship for 2006/20007.
Awarder a Masters teaching assistantship for 2007/2008.
Awarded a teaching assistantship for 2008/2009.
Awarded a teaching assistantship for 2009/2010.
The University of Tulsa Chapman Graduate Scholar Presentation Award recipient 2008.
The University of Tulsa Chapman Graduate Scholar Presentation Award recipient 2009.
Scientist/Practitioner award recipient 2009

Research Presentations

Smith, I.M., & Brummel, B. (2009). Does Item Ordering Affect the Factor Structure of Job Attitudes? Poster presented at Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Smith, I.M., Heldenbrand, K., Hopper, J., & Salvaggio, A.N. (2007). A twenty year analysis of the workplace romance literature. Poster presented at Industrial Organizational/ Organizational Behavior Conference, Denver, CO.
Hopper, J, Heldenbrand, K, Smith, I.M., & Salvaggio, A.N. (2007). Workplace Romance: A comparison between current popular press and organizational research. Poster presented at Industrial Organizational/ Organizational Behavior Conference, Denver, CO.
Smith, I .M., Hundley, M., Cates, R., Blair, C. M., Roy, S. L., Patton, D., & White, W. (February, 2005). Behavioral measures provide further evidence for an amphetamine-induced acute withdrawal state. Poster presented at Posters at the Capitol, Frankfort, KY.

Why did you choose TU for your graduate studies?

I choose TU for my graduate studies for several reasons. The faculty are extremely helpful and knowledgeable as well as being great teachers, mentors, and researchers. There are numerous opportunities to get involved in research at any level, and faculty are more than willing to help on a project of your own. The program offers courses in a number of different areas of I/O psychology and allows students the opportunity to expand to other departments such as the business school if desired. Finally, the students in the program are very collegial, hard working, and help provide a great atmosphere for learning.

Future Career Plans

I am hoping to prepare myself for a successful career as an I/O psychologist through the first-class PhD program a TU. I would like to work as a consultant for one of the top I/O psychology firms when I finish graduate school with the intention of gaining valuable experience, which will help me improve both personally and professionally. I hope to open my own consulting firm specializing in executive coaching and leadership development. Specifically, I would like to help leaders at the individual and organizational level by changing their current behavior s and the way they approach certain situations from a variety of behavioral techniques.