Seth Kaplan

George Mason University

Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology



Our lab investigates two main topics . . .

  • Examining and improving employee well-being
  • Team dynamics in extreme environments and crisis-like scenarios

We also investigate other topics including flexible work arrangements (e.g., telework), metaperceptions (our perceptions of how others view us), and methodological and statistical issues


Graduate Students

I am fortunate enough to advise four wonderful students!

Martin Biskup

Amber Hargrove

Carolyn Winslow

Ronald Vega

and to have advised two wonderful students in the past!

Xiaoxiao Hu completed her doctoral dissertation in 2012 and now is an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University.

Alicia Stachowski completed her doctoral dissertation in 2011 and now is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout.


Publications from the last Few Years

Anderson, A., Kaplan, S., & Vega, R. The impact of telework on emotional experience: When, and for whom, does telework improve daily affective well-being? Paper in- press at European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.

Hu, X. & Kaplan, S. Is “feeling good” good enough? Differentiating discrete positive emotions at work. Paper in press at Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Hu, X. & Kaplan, S. The effects of unconsciously derived affect on task satisfaction and performance. Paper in press at Journal of Business and Psychology.

Hu, X., Kaplan, S., Wei, F. & Vega, R. Employees’ metaperceptions of supervisor ratings on job performance. Paper in press at Psychologist-Manager Journal.

Kaplan, S.A., Cortina, J., & Ruark, G. A., LaPort, K., & Nicolaides, V.C. (2014). The role of organizational leaders in employee emotion management: A theoretical model. The Leadership Quarterly, 25, 563-580.

Kaplan, S. Bradley-Geist, J., Ahmad, A., Anderson, A., Hargrove, A., & Lindsay, A. (2014). A test of two positive psychology interventions to increase employee well-being. Journal of Business and Psychology, 29, 367-380.

Hersch, R., Cook, R.F., Billings, D.W., Kaplan, S., Murray D., Safren S., Goforth J.,& Spencer J. (2013). Test of a web-based program to improve adherence to HIV/AIDS medications. AIDS and Behavior, 17, 2963-2976.

Kaplan, S.1, Luchman, J.N., & Mock, L. (2013). General and specific question sequence effects in satisfaction surveys: Integrating directional and correlational effects. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 1443-1458.

Kaplan, S.A., LaPort, K., & Waller, M.J. (2013). The role of positive affect in team performance during crises. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 473-491.

Kaplan, S.A. & Stachowski, A., & Bradley-Geist, J. (2012). A classroom activity to demonstrate self-other (dis)agreement in personality judgments. Teaching of Psychology, 39, 213-216.

Luchman, J.N., Kaplan, S. & Dalal, R.(2012). Getting older and getting happier with work: An information-processing explanation. Social Indicators Research, 108, 535-552.

Barsky, A.P., Kaplan, S.A., & Beal, D. (2011). Just feelings?: The role of affect in the formation of organizational fairness judgments. Journal of Management, 37,248-279.

Hu, X., Kaplan, S., & Dalal, R. (2010). An examination of blue- versus white-collar workers' conceptualizations of job satisfaction facets. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 317-325.

Kaplan, S.A., Cortina, J., & Ruark, G. A. (2010). Ooops. . . . We did it again: IO’s focus on EI instead of on its relationships to work outcomes. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 3, 171-177.

Kaplan, S., & Tetrick, L.E. (2010). Accidents: An industrial organizational psychology perspective. In S. Zedeck (Ed.), APA handbook of industrial and organizational psychology (pp. 455-472). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Kaplan, S., Stahowski, A., Hawkins, L., Kurtessis, J. (2010). Canaries in the coalmine: On the measurement and correlates of organizational threat recognition. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 19, 587-614.

Wheeler Poms, L., Bostford, W., Kaplan, S.A., Buffardi, L.C., & O’Brien, A.S. (2009). The economic impact of work and family issues: Childcare satisfaction and financial considerations of employed mothers. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14, 402-413.

Kaplan, S.A., Santuzzi, A., & Ruscher, J.B. (2009). Elaborative metaperceptions in outcome-dependent situations: The diluted relationship between default self-perceptions and metaperceptions. Social Cognition, 27, 601-614.

Kaplan, S.A., Warren, C.R., Thoresen, C.J., & Barsky, A.P. (2009). A note on the relationship between affect(ivity) and job satisfaction: Some unexpected meta-analytic findings. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 18, 29-54.

Kaplan, S., Bradley, J.C., Luchman, J.N., & Haynes, D. (2009). On the role of positive and negative affectivity in job performance: A meta-analytic investigation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 162-162-176.

Stachowski, A., Kaplan, S.A., & Waller, M.J. (2009). The benefits of flexible team interaction during crises. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 1536-1543.



Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Academy of Management

American Psychological Association

George Mason Univerity

George Mason Univeristy I/O

Tulane University