About the Authors

Paul M. Muchinsky was born and raised in Connecticut. He received his B.A. degree in psychology from Gettysburg College, his M.S. degree in psychology from Kansas State University, and his Ph.D. degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Purdue University. He was a faculty member of Iowa State University for twenty years. In 1993 he was appointed the Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Professor of Business at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2004 Dr. Muchinsky was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Contribution Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for his outstanding educational contributions to the field. In 2008 Dr. Muchinsky was awarded the honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree from Gettysburg College. He was a Fellow of four divisions of the American Psychological Association: the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology; the Society for the Teaching of Psychology; the Society of Consulting Psychology; and the Society of Counseling Psychology. He was a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (in industrial/organizational psychology). Many of the cases and examples of concepts presented in this book came directly from his professional experiences.

Dr. Muchinsky passed away in 2015 but he would be proud that his life’s work continues with the updating of Psychology Applied to Work® by the professor and author that he respected and admired, Satoris (Tori) Howes.


Satoris “Tori” Howes was born and raised in the Midwest, the proud daughter of two enlisted members of the United States Air Force. She earned her B.S. degree in psychology and public relations from the University of Central Missouri, her M.S. degree in industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology from Missouri State University, and her Ph.D. in I/O psychology from Texas A&M University. At the end of her graduate studies, she worked as a consultant in the Chicago branch of a global leadership solutions consulting firm. She then transitioned back into academia, working for a year at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls before joining the faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University. There she received the College of Arts and Sciences William L. Stamey Teaching Award in 2012. She later transitioned to the Department of Management in the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University, where she was awarded the Ralph E. Reitz Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015 and the Outstanding Contributions in Research Award in 2015. Dr. Howes is currently the business program lead at Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Her main research interests include the employment interview, performance appraisal and feedback, work-family issues, and judgment and decision making, areas in which she has authored and coauthored numerous journal articles and chapters in edited volumes. Dr. Howes is an active member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. She was the 2016 recipient of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s prestigious Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award. When not engaged in I/O psychology, Dr. Howes enjoys running, golfing, playing board games, and spending time with her family. She can be reached at satoris.howes@gmail.com.