School of Science at IUPUI Adds Workplace/Cognitive Behavior Experts to Psychology Faculty

Release Date: 
Aug 23 2012
(INDIANAPOLIS) The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) proudly announces the hiring of four new faculty members in the Department of Psychology, including a new faculty chairperson.

Margaret “Peggy” Stockdale, Ph.D., joins the department as chair and professor of psychology. She most recently served as a psychology professor, program director of applied psychology and chair of the Department of Linguistics at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill., where she worked for 22 years.

Stockdale is a leading expert in employment justice and gender issues in the workplace, primarily sex discrimination and sexual harassment. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has authored or edited five books and more than three dozen, peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. 

“Situated on the life-health sciences campus, the Department of Psychology at IUPUI has taken advantage of the unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research,” Stockdale said. “The health science focus and collaborative efforts with organizations such as the IU School of Medicine, the Stark Neuroscience Research Institute and the Roudebush VA Medical Center speak to national priorities and position the department to attract significant resources, funding and high quality faculty and students.”

Stockdale is among four new faculty members to join the Department of Psychology this fall.

Cristine Czachowski, Ph.D

Cristine CzachowskiCristine Czachowski joins the department as an associate professor of psychology and leader of the psychobiology of addictions graduate program.

"My research uses an animal model to better understand the processes by which humans regulate alcohol consumption," Czachowski explained. "Currently, I am working with a model that closely approximates human alcohol drinking: from the onset of 'drinking episode' to the termination of that particular drinking binge."

Her work seeks to assess better the drug treatments and basic neuoranatomically active agents to characterize the pharmacology and neural circuitry of alcohol reinforcement.

Czachowski earned her Ph.D. from the University of California-Santa Barbara. The also an M.A. from UC and a B.S. from Rutgers.

Michael Sliter, Ph.D.

Michael Sliter, whose past research efforts have centered on workplace behavior and emotional labor, joins the department as an assistant professor. He recently earned his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

“My interest areas lay broadly in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP)—a specialty area in which researchers focus on characteristics of the workplace that impact the health and well-being of workers,” Sliter explained. He said he hopes to expand his research to the topic of “cyber-loafing,” the practice of using the Internet to waste time at work.

Michael SliterSliter has studied counter-productive workplace behavior, the emotions and stressors experienced by service and professional workers and incivility in a variety of workplace environments.

He has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and Personality and Individual Differences. He currently has several manuscripts under review for publication, including those on topics such as the relationship between the social environment of the workplace and employee mistreatment as well as how emotional intelligence affects age and emotional labor strategies.

Sliter earned his M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University and his B.A. in psychology from Hiram College in Ohio, where he graduated with honors.

Milena Petrovic, Ph.D.

Milena Petrovic joins the department as a lecturer in psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology/human factors from Miami University in Ohio, where she taught several courses in research processes and statistics as a graduate teaching assistant.

“My research draws on principles from ecological psychology, which allow me to conceptualize a range of phenomena including cognitive aspects of how humans interact with technology and other man-made items in their environment,” Petrovic said.

Milena PetrovicShe specializes in cognitive psychology and her work has been published in several scholarly journals, including Behavior Research Methods and Studies in Perception and Action. She also has presented at the International Conference of Perception and Action and the annual meeting of the Society of Computers in Psychology in Chicago.

She earned an M.A. in psychology from Miami University and her B.A. in psychology from Berea College in Kentucky. 

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