Class of 2017

 

Keith Chisholm

Keith earned a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Chemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. After undergrad, he worked as a laboratory chemist in pharmaceutical research and production for several years in Europe, eventually making his way to San Francisco. There he jumped on the high-tech bandwagon as a software test engineer validating chemistry-related software systems for many years. Eventually Keith was driven to find a career more suited to his interests and values. Part of that search included some exploratory college classes in psychology. This led him to the field of I/O Psychology which he found as the ideal bridge between his science-mind and people-mind. Keith is working in Dr. Eschleman’s Health and Organizational Psychology Lab as well as Dr. Wright’s Selection & Retention Lab. He has many interests in the field including leadership development, training, selection, and employee wellness. Keith is an avid urban cyclist who loves traveling, world cuisine, uplifting music, and nature.

Second Year Internship: 3D Group

 

Emma Curran

Emma earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business from the University of Arizona. As an undergraduate she worked in two social psychology labs researching social interaction and personality through social networking sites, and Terror Management Theory. Following her undergrad, Emma worked as a project manager for a healthcare consulting company based out of Phoenix. Currently, Emma is working in Dr. Wright’s lab and is also a student assistant for the Emerging Leaders Program at SF State. In Emma’s free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

Second Year Internship: Genentech

 

Eric Fethe

Eric earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Go Gators! He realized he was most interested in workplace psychology and worked in HR for a couple of years before moving overseas to Singapore, where he taught critical thinking skills to students of all ages via experiential learning techniques. After returning to a career in HR in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eric realized that his calling was in higher education. He found I/O Psychology to be the ideal field to apply his academic interests to the workplace. He is interested in studying the impact that our personalities have on our professional decisions and careers. Eric enjoys exploring all that the Bay Area has to offer.

Second Year Internship: San Francisco State University

 

Darryl Hunter Jr.

Darryl earned his Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology from San Diego State University in December 2014. During that time, he was able to earn a spot on the San Diego State University football team playing outside linebacker. He was also able to gain research experience in I-O Psychology under Dr. Jeff Conte during his undergrad. As a research assistant, he was able to review research regarding job performance and personality. He also analyzed various data collected by Dr. Conte and develop a research paper during his time in the lab regarding predictors of job performance (e.g., cognitive ability, age, etc.). Following his time at SDSU, Darryl was able to work as a recruiting coordinator for a financial firm in San Diego. Currently, Darryl is doing research in both Dr. Wright's and Dr. Eschleman's research lab with an interest in employee selection. In Darryl's free time, he enjoys going to the gym, exploring the city and keeping up with sports.

Second Year Internship: U.S. Office of Personnel Management

 

Michael King

Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a Minor in Education, at Stanford University. During his time at Stanford, Michael contributed to research on human episodic memory under Dr. Wagner, qualitative work regarding educational interventions with Dr. Walton, and projects studying race, identity, and achievement within Stanford’s School of Education. After graduating, Michael gained some perspective around the applications of I/O Psychology by working in operations roles at a couple of tech companies in Silicon Valley. At SFSU, Michael is active in Dr. Wright’s Employee Selection and Retention Lab, along with Dr. Eschleman’s Health and Organizational Psychology Lab. Michael's interests include employee learning and development, employee retention, organizational culture, and applications of data science in the workplace. In his free time, Michael enjoys long-distance running, tutoring high school students, and discovering new board games.

Second Year Internship: Nutanix

 

Rebecca Ornellas

Rebecca earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Economics from University of the Pacific. As an undergraduate, she served as the Psychology Club president, Psychology department representative, and as a campus tour guide. Rebecca also received an Undergraduate Research Fellowship to design and implement her own study. After graduating in May of 2012, Rebecca worked as a loan officer for a mortgage company and as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities. Currently, Rebecca is working in Dr. Wright’s and Dr. Eschleman’s lab. In Rebecca’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and exploring new places in the bay area.

Second Year Internship: U.S. Office of Personnel Management & SF Public Utilities Commission

 

David Mast

David is a Bay Area native, and graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While attending, he was the President of the Re-entry and Transfer Student Association for Recruitment and Retention. He provided realistic previews of UC Berkeley and campus life to prospective students as part of his organization’s outreach program to local community colleges. In addition, he helped with the on-boarding of students transferring into the university, and hosted community events to encourage integration of these students with the campus and Berkeley city culture. He was also active in the Social Psychology lab where he analyzed non-verbal conciliatory behaviors.

At SFSU, he is active in the Applied Psychology Laboratory with Dr. Kathleen Mosier, where they are analyzing the human factors inherent in interactions with automated systems, in order to help determine recommendations for best-practice protocols for long-duration missions for NASA astronauts. He is also active in the Health & Organizational Psychology Laboratory with Dr. Kevin Eschleman, where he is assisting in the creation of a study researching how to increase the attractiveness of job descriptions for potential applicants with high resilience. David enjoys cooperating with others and creating positive energy, and hopes to assist companies in increasing their employees' satisfaction, collaboration, engagement, and work-life balance.

Second Year Internship: U.S. Office of Personnel Management

 

Eric Nestingen

Eric Nestingen earned his bachelors degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University in May 2015. During his undergraduate education he was fortunate enough to work in multiple research labs under Dr. David Matsumoto, Dr. Ryan Howell, and Dr. Kevin Eschleman. The majority of his undergraduate research focused on how positive psychological interventions (e.g. gratitude journaling) effect consumer and workplace behavior. As part of his undergraduate honors thesis he explored how writing three things for which you are grateful for influences prosocial behavior in the workplace. His research has been presented at several academic conferences such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology as well as at the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology annual conferences. Since starting his degree, Eric has continued working with Dr. Kevin Eschleman as part of the Health and Organizational Psychology Laboratory with an interest in improving the lives of working employees. In his spare time Eric enjoys being in the outdoors, staying active, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Second Year Internship: Sentenium

 

Laura Wayne

Laura Wayne graduated from the Honors College of West Chester University of Pennsylvania in August 2014 with a BA in English Literature and minors in International Business, Technical Writing, and Spanish. As an undergrad, Laura served as the president of the English Club for two consecutive years, nearly quadrupling the club’s membership in her first semester. Her time serving as the English Club president and studying International Business sparked an interest in creating a successful and functional organization, particularly in how they communicate. The summer after finishing her degree, Laura studied abroad in Argentina to complete her minor in Spanish. When she returned from her trip abroad, she began working part time as an Administrative Assistant for a nursing home while attending additional psychology classes to prepare for her graduate studies. Around the time she completed these courses, Laura began working full time as an Editor for a company that produces patents. She continued working both jobs until moving across the country from Philadelphia to San Francisco to begin her graduate degree at SF State. Since starting her degree, Laura has worked closely with Dr. Kathleen Mosier in her Applied Psychology Lab, studying human interaction with automated aids. In the spring of 2015 Laura will begin working part time as an intern for the Public Utilities Commission of San Francisco in their Enterprise Workforce Planning department. She is interested in competition in the workplace and organizational culture. In her spare time, Laura enjoys being amongst friends, going on adventures (big and small), and getting lost in a good book.

Second Year Internship: SF Public Utilities Commission

 

Megan Winston

Megan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.  As an undergrad, she completed coursework in sociology and anthropology before discovering an interest in I/O psychology. Prior to graduating in May 2014, Megan completed an internship at Bolsa Chica Land Trust, an environmental organization in Huntington Beach.  Currently at SFSU, Megan is active in Dr. Kathleen Mosier’s Applied Psychology Lab.  In her free time she enjoys baking, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Second Year Internship: 3D Group