Riley Hess

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301F Psychology Building

My current area of research uses personality (the Big-5) and Regulatory Focus Theory to understand and predict workers' performance and job satisfaction. 

Selected Publications:

Atakere, D., Naemi, P., Kuofie, A., & Hess, R. (Accepted). General well-being in adult Black males with chronic illness. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine’s special issue on diverse race and ethnic populations and aging.


University of Kansas - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2017) 

Hope Dodd

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Psychology 301 C

B.S. Psychology, University of Florida

Congratulations IOMP Graduates!

The UGA Psychology Department would like to congratulate this year's graduates from the Professional Industrial-Organizational Psychology Master's Program. This program is designed for working professionals with weekend classes delivered at our Gwinnett Campus. Great work, everyone! 

Shareefa Amari

Veronica Bacigalupi

Britney Cheers

Brittany Frasier

Stacy Samantha Johnson

Melissa Kapnek

Jenny Kent

Becky Lawrence

Dhev Patel

McKenzie Preston

Steven Pugh

Linda Rakowiecki

Stephanie Sadler

Dr. Dorothy Fragaszy Receives Distinguished Primatologist Award

Dr. Dorothy Fragaszy was presented with the Distinguished Primatologist Award on Sunday by the American Society of Primatologists.  The Distinguished Primatologist Award honors a primatologist who has had an outstanding career and made significant contributions to the field. The society presents the award to one individual per year and it is the highest honor the society gives. Congratulations Dr. Fragaszy!!

Val Markos

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As founder of Vmark Consulting, Val Markos works with leaders to be the best they can be. His decades of experience within large companies working in leadership development, coupled with his educational background in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, uniquely qualify him for the work he does. Val consults in leadership development, focusing on leadership assessment and feedback, coaching, succession planning, executive selection, and talent management systems. He has over 25 years of experience in the design and implementation of talent development processes and programs. Over the last decade Val has worked with many hundreds of executives providing individual assessment and coaching. He has worked with varied industries from healthcare to hospitality, from technology to financial services.

Prior to founding Vmark Consulting in 2006, Val led the Leadership Development efforts at BellSouth, now AT&T. In that capacity, he directed the identification and development of current and future leaders for the organization. He was responsible for the succession planning process, high potential development programs, executive education through the BellSouth Leadership Institute, and staffing of the top 1000 positions within the company. Prior to joining BellSouth, he worked as an internal consultant in personnel selection and organizational development in both the private (USX) and public sector (City of Miami, Florida). Val has designed and implemented talent review processes, coaching and mentoring programs, educational offerings, and formal assessment processes.

Val’s education includes an MS and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and BA degree in Psychology from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he grew up.

Val is heavily involved in leadership in his community and church. He is anxiously engaged in the development of others, especially youth. He is an avid exerciser and endurance athlete having completed a full ironman, numerous half ironman events, many marathons, and dozens of century (100 mile) or longer bike rides. Val and his wife, Blanche are the proud parents of 3 children and 10 grandchildren. Their family now touches both the west and east coasts of the United States.