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Industrial and Organizational Psychology, PhD

This program is available in the following Florida campuses:

Flagship Residential Campus, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Graduate School, Lakeland, Melbourne, Miami, Orlando, Port St. Lucie, Tampa, West Palm Beach

Program Objectives

Keiser University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program enables students to contribute to the profession through independent learning, scholarship, and research. Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  • Develop an advanced understanding of general psychological principals and theories to include motivation, learning, emotion, and behavior.
  • Appreciate diversity in individuals and the global community, demonstrated through application of ethical problems solving at the individual, social, and organizational levels in the field of psychology.
  • Apply principles of effective research methods, evaluating problems, developing research strategies, designing and conducting psychological research, interpreting and evaluating research data, and formulating grounded conclusions to add to the body of knowledge.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of Industrial/Organizational Psychology as a science and method for applying psychology to the practical problems faced by people at work in a variety of organizations
  • Prepare graduates whose research, teaching, and applied work is primarily informed by current scientific theory, research, and methods.
  • Develop and publicize new knowledge in the field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology through dissertation work.
  • Demonstrate professional communication skills in writing through organizing, thinking critically, and communicating ideas and information in documents, presentations, and publications.


Prerequisites for Major Courses:

  • Path One: Students may enter the Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Path Two: Students may enter the Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a Baccalaureate degree in psychology or related behavioral science from an accredited institution. Students with a baccalaureate degree complete an additional 18 graduate semester hours of course work, to include a thesis.

Note: Courses in the Ph.D. program are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for one or two courses concurrently. Dissertation courses are eight-weeks in length and students are scheduled for two dissertation courses per semester.

Program Outline

To receive a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology degree, students with a Master’s degree must earn 60 graduate semester credit hours. Students with a Bachelor’s degree must complete an additional 21 graduate semester credit hours and complete a thesis to receive their Master’s degree while enrolled in the Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Fifty-four of the program hours (for students entering with a Master’s degree) must be completed through Keiser University. Seventy-five of the program hours (for students entering with a Baccalaureate degree) must be completed through Keiser University. Program requirements are as follows:

Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology Major Core Courses ( 60.0 – 81.0 credit hours )
Prerequisite Courses ( 18.0 credit hours, for students without a Master’s Degree )
History and Systems of Psychology3.0 credit hours
Health Psychology3.0 credit hours
Psychopathology3.0 credit hours
Evolutionary Psychology3.0 credit hours
Master’s Thesis, Part I
( Prerequisite: PSY701, RSM701, RSM702 )
3.0 credit hours
Master’s Thesis, Part II
( Prerequisite: PSY502, PSY532, PSY542, PSY562, PSY730, PSY760, PSY770, PSY690 ) PSY699 is taken after 33 graduate semester hours have been completed, and must be taken alone.
3.0 credit hours
Foundation Courses ( 15.0 – 18.0 credit hours )
Research, Ethics, and Scholarly Writing3.0 credit hours
Cognitive & Affective Basis of Behavior3.0 credit hours
Human Development ( Baccalaureate entry only )
Theories of Learning and Motivation3.0 credit hours
Sociocultural Basis of Behavior3.0 credit hours
Cross-Cultural Methods of Tests and Measurements3.0 credit hours
Research Courses ( 15.0 credit hours )
Quantitative Research I ( Prerequisite RSM702 )3.0 credit hours
Research Design and Qualitative Methods3.0 credit hours
Quantitative Research II ( Prerequisite RSM700 )3.0 credit hours
Research Theory, Design, and Methods ( Prerequisite: RSM702 )3.0 credit hours
Advanced Research: Pre-Proposal and Literature Review
( Prerequisite RSM701, RSM800 and RSM802 ) RSM821 is scheduled as the last course and is not scheduled with any other course.
3.0 credit hours
Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology Core Courses ( 15.0 credit hours )
Consumer Behavior Theory and Practice3.0 credit hours
Organizational Psychology3.0 credit hours
Personnel Psychology3.0 credit hours
Interventions in Social Systems3.0 credit hours
Organizational Applications3.0 credit hours
Testing and Assessment in Organizations3.0 credit hours
Dissertation Courses ( 12.0 credit hours )
Students must complete six DSS900 courses – Dissertation 12.0 credit hours
Residency Requirement
Doctoral students must complete two residencies, one in the first year of the program; the second prior to taking RSM820.
Doctor of Philosophy Residency
Doctor of Philosophy Residency II


The Doctoral Program includes a stimulating and instructional residency requirement. Residency is a time for students to gather to strengthen and continue building community.

Quality distance learning programs present both benefits and challenges for students. A key challenge faced by students and faculty within the doctoral program is to find alternative ways to create the personal interaction and connectivity that develops more naturally in the traditional face-to-face classroom course. Residency offers an incredible opportunity for cohort members to meet and build relationships with one another, faculty and staff that may last an eternity. In addition, residencies provide enriching in-person networking and mentoring opportunities for students with faculty and peers. It is during residency that the faculty and students truly become colleagues; engaging in both personal and professional dialogue, establishing friendships as well becoming professional equals.

What should students expect residency to look like? The overall experience is slightly different for each cohort. The specific focus for each cohort varies:

First Residency – Residency is a time of orientation. This is when the cohort comes together for the first time as enrolled students. During this first residency, students are oriented to how the online program functions, and are given time with the faculty and other students to develop mentoring and professional relationships. Students gather together daily for workshops and presentations on important concepts for their doctoral studies.  Students are also expected to begin seriously considering their dissertation topic and committee. They will have opportunities to engage in face-to-face discussions with faculty.

Second Residency –This is the final residency required of doctoral students. Focus during this year includes continuing discussion of the student’s research interests and mentoring the student.  Students will have greater access to the faculty, including individual appointments and to fully discuss these topics.

Students should budget for the following residency costs: 1) transportation, 2) hotel accommodations and 4) some food costs. The residency fee will cover the cost of most breakfasts, lunches and some dinners, as well as classroom break snacks when courses are in session. Students are responsible for making their own travel, lodging and other meal arrangements. The school assists with information on these, and helps facilitate students’ connecting to share rooms and rental cars to minimize expenses.

Students’ daily schedules during residency are occupied with many activities that they are required to attend. The coursework is intensive and requires a considerable amount of study and preparation time.

The program is committed to the historical foundations of the doctoral degree in which a community of scholars is created among faculty-mentors and student-scholars. Keiser University mirrors this historical tradition by the utilization of student cohorts, intensive on-campus residencies and a variety of interactive discussion modes that extend beyond topical course discourse. In view of this goal, the waiving of residency requirements will not be considered.


A dissertation serves two important functions. First, it is a demonstration of research, analytical and writing skill at the highest level of scholarly endeavor. The individual who plans, conducts, writes and defends a dissertation has shown that she or he is capable of pursuing a line of inquiry that requires the mastery of a large knowledge base, proficiency in analytical tools including statistics and narrative analysis, and the ability to articulate the meaning and application of that knowledge to both mentors and peers.

Secondly, the dissertation advances knowledge. Scholarship is advanced by the creative pursuit of answers to complicated questions. Dissertations are not just “really big class projects,” but serve to advance the method of addressing significant social concerns and problems. In that regard, dissertations are public documents designed to advance the culture.

The dissertation process begins early in the Ph.D. experience. Students are encouraged to pursue lines of inquiry, develop research agendas with faculty and participate in research groups. Papers and projects required in the core courses can facilitate the formation of dissertation projects, along with consultation and discussion of emerging ideas with the faculty.

During the second residency, students focus on the requirements and details of the dissertation process. During this time, students will seek three scholars to form the dissertation committee and guide them through their project. Students will draft a comprehensive literature review, research questions and method of inquiry to answer the questions in their second year. Following completion of comprehensive exams, students will defend their dissertation. Students must submit an application to the Human Subjects Review Committee and receive approval to complete their research prior to beginning their study.

Doctoral candidates work closely with their dissertation chair and committee to complete their research, analyze its meaning and significance, and present it in cogent and succinct written form.

The dissertation defense is the final and culminating experience of Ph.D. studies. It will consist of a public meeting in which the doctoral candidate formally presents the dissertation project, explains findings of the study and articulates its relevance to significant social problems. Dissertations are a reflection of the student’s comprehension of and capacity to address complex issues.


Craig D. Marker, Ph.D.

Craig D. Marker, Ph.D., Chair – Dr. Marker graduated from the Chicago Medical School with a degree in clinical psychology and received a respecialization in quantitative methods from the University of Virginia. His research has been in anxiety disorders, as well as advanced longitudinal methods. His current research investigates how people with anxiety process information including an investigation of psychophysiology and eye tracking.

Selected publications:

  • Marker, C. D., & Aylward, A. (2011). Generalized Anxiety Disorder (1st ed.). Hogrefe & Huber Publishing. ). ISBN-10: 0889373353
  • Teachman, B. A., Marker, C. D., & Clerkin, E. M. (2010). Catastrophic misinterpretations as a predictor of symptom change during treatment for panic disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(6), 964-975
  • Shearer-Underhill, C., & Marker, C. D. (2010). The Use of the Number Needed to Treat (NNT) in Randomized Clinical Trials in Psychological Treatment. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17(1), 41-47. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01191.x
  • Kendall, P.C., Comer, J.S., Marker, C.D., Creed, T.A., Puliafico, A.C., Hughes, A.A., Martin, E.D., Suveg, C., & Hudson, J.L. (2009). In-session exposure tasks and therapeutic alliance across the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 77(3), 517-525.
  • Teachman, B. A., Marker, C. D., & Smith, S. (2008). Automatic associations and panic disorder: Trajectories of change over the course of treatment, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76(6), 988-1002. doi:10.1037/a0013113

Cheri Hansen, Ph.D.

Dr. Hansen completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University. Her clinical experience has involved children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health centers, substance abuse treatment centers, and psychiatric hospitals. Her research experience has included coordinating NIDA- and NIMH-funded clinical trials that examined treatments for substance abuse and mental health disorders, examining sequelae of sexual abuse and psychological abuse, and providing program evaluation services for nonprofit organizations. Her education experience includes teaching psychology courses in traditional and online classrooms as well as community agencies, and she has conducted research and assessment training and provided statistical consultation for community agency staff and graduate students.

Selected publications:

  • Hien, D. A., Campbell, A. N. C., Killeen, T., Hu, M-C., Hansen, C., Jiang, H., Hatch-Maillette, M., Miele, G. M., Cohen, L. R., Gan, W., Resko, S. M., DiBono, M., Wells, E. A., & Nunes, E. V. (2010). The impact of trauma- focused group therapy upon HIV sexual risk behaviors in the NIDA Clinical Trials Network ‘‘Women and Trauma’’ multi-site study. AIDS and Behavior, 14(2), 421-430.
  • Hien, D., Wells, E. A., Jiang, H., Suarez-Morales, L., Campbell, A., Cohen, L., Miele, G., Killeen, T., Brigham, G., Zhang, Y., Hansen, C., Hodgkins, C., Hatch-Maillette, M., Brown, C., Kulaga, A., Kristman-Valente, A., Chu, M., Sage, R., Robinson, J., Liu, D., & Nunes, E. V. (2009). Multi-site randomized trial of behavioral interventions for women with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(4), 607-619.
  • Killeen, T., Hien, D., Campbell, A., Brown, C., Hansen, C., Jiang, H., et al. (2008). Adverse events in an integrated trauma-focused intervention for women in community substance abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35, 304–311.
  • Hansen, C., Weiss, D., & Last, C.G. (1999). ADHD boys in young adulthood: Psychosocial adjustment. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38, 165-171.
  • Hansen, C., Sanders, S.L., Massaro, S., & Last, C.G. (1998). Predictors of severity of absenteeism in children with anxiety-based school refusal. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 27, 246-254.

Shoshana Dayanim, Ph.D.

Dr. Shoshana Dayanim earned a MA degree in Creative Arts Therapy, and practiced as a psychotherapist for several years before returning to school to earn her PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University and completing a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. Her research interests focus on the affects of television and technology on children. She has served as a researcher for various educational television programs including Sesame Street (her favorite). She enjoys helping students get excited about psychology and research and supporting them in reaching their goals!

Selected publications:

  • Dayanim, S. & Namy, L.L. (Under Review). Infants learn baby signs from video.
  • Dayanim, S., Levy, S. R. & Namy, L.L. (2011, March). Parents Report Infants Learn Best from Video With Parent Co-Viewing. Presented at the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, Florida. [Winner of the SEPA Outstanding Professional Paper Award] Dayanim, S. (2009). The acute effects of a specialized movement program on the verbal abilities of patients with late-stage Dementia. Alzheimer’s Care Today, 10(2): 93-98.
  • Schmitt, K., Dayanim, S. & Matthias, S. (2008). Personal homepage construction as an expression of social development. Developmental Psychology, 44(2):496-506.
  • Dayanim, S. Goodill, S. & Lewis, C. (2006). The moving story effort assessment as a means for the movement assessment of preadolescent children, American Journal of Dance Therapy, 28 (2): 87-106.

Faculty Research Spotlight


  • Dr. Craig D. Marker (Psychology) published a book on Generalized Anxiety Disorder. The book is primarily for therapists in training, but it highlights the latest information on the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (or Excessive Worry): Marker, C. D., & Aylward, A. (2012). Generalized Anxiety Disorder (1st ed.). Hogrefe & Huber Publishing. ). ISBN-10: 0889373353
  • Drs. John Fitzgerald, Gerald Sullivan, and Boris Djokic (Business) published an article in the European Journal of Business Research: Fitzgerald, J., Sullivan, G. & Djokic, B. (2012). Customer Orientation and business performance in community banks: a five-year comparison. . European Journal of Business Research, 12(1), 148-152.
  • Drs. John Fitzgerald and Armando Salas-Amaro published an article in the European Journal of Business Research: Fitzgerald, J.. & Salas-Amaro, A. (2012). Graduate students percerption of online learning: a 10 year comparison . European Journal of Business Research, 12(1), 148-152.


  • Dr. Shoshana Dayanim (Psychology) was the winner of the Southeastern Psychological Association Outstanding Professional Paper Award: Dayanim, S., Levy, S. R. & Namy, L.L. (2011, March). Parents Report Infants Learn Best from Video With Parent Co-Viewing. Presented at the meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, Florida. [] Dayanim, S. (2009). The acute effects of a specialized movement program on the verbal abilities of patients with late-stage Dementia. Alzheimer’s Care Today, 10(2): 93-98.
  • Dr. Craig Marker (Psychology) published an article comparing cognitive therapy with acceptance and commitment therapy: Marker, C. D., & Abramova, V. (2011). Cognitive therapy versus acceptance and commitment therapy: Conflict over maladaptive thoughts. PsycCRITIQUES, 56(42). doi:10.1037/a0024145.
  • Dr. Craig Marker (Psychology) presented at multiple conferences in 2011:Marker, C.D., Abramova, V., Comer, J.S., Kendall, P.K. (November, 2011). Dynamic interaction of alliance and symptoms in anxiety treatment for Youths. Paper presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Fieldstone, S., Marker, C. D. (November, 2011). Approach-Avoidance Tendencies and Gaze Direction in Angry, Disgusted, and Contemptuous Faces. Poster presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Gallo, K., Cooper-Vince, C.E., Marker, C.D., Pincus, D.B., Comer, J.S. (November, 2011). Shape of Change in an Intensive Treatment for Adolescent Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Paper presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Cek, D., Marker, C. D. (November, 2011). Fear of Positive Evaluation and Positivity Bias in Social Anxiety. Poster presented at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Marker, C. D. & Abramova, V. (2011, May). What do we notice first: an eyetracking study of faces? Poster presented at the 23nd Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Washington, DC.
  • Cruz, I., Quittner, A.L., Snell, C., Barker, D.H., Marker, C.D., & Niparko, J. (2011, July). Symbolic play in hearing and deaf children with cochlear implants: relationship to language outcomes. Paper presented at the 13th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children, Chicago, IL.
  • Cruz, I., Quittner, A.L., Marker, C.D., & DesJardin, J. (2011, July). Promoting oral language in children with cochlear implants: identification of language techniques. Poster presented at the 13th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children, Chicago, IL.
  • Cruz, I., Quittner, A.L., Marker, C.D., & DesJardin, D. (2011, April). Identification of Effective Strategies to Promote Language Development in Young Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants. Poster presented at National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology, PhD program links:

DBA Dissertation Topics

  • Global Business Politics
  • Information Technology Integration
  • Business Accountability
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Social Entrepreneurship

If you choose to become a Doctor in Business Administration, you can count on more career opportunities to move yourself ahead in the business place. While there are many reasons to consider a DBA, such degrees do require a great deal of time and effort.

Resource: 10 Most Affordable Online DBA Programs – Online Ph.D. Business

As part of your pursuit, you will be expected to complete a dissertation, which should explore one of the most pressing issues in the field. Here are five hot topics to consider for a DBA dissertation.

1. Global Business Politics

The world is becoming increasingly interconnected. As more businesses explore international opportunities, the need to adapt to a global marketplace is pressing. It is not merely a question of understanding different markets, but it is necessary to look at the legal and political ramifications of globalization as well. Globalization topics can range from an analysis of emerging economies to the way businesses and governments work together in international contexts. Dissertations about globalization can be enriched with detailed case studies and comparative data.

2. Information Technology Integration

Technology is essential to modern business. Almost every business relies on technology in manufacturing, software development, bookkeeping and more. Therefore, a dissertation on information technology is always a good choice. It is especially useful to look at the way technology can be successfully incorporated into the business structure, analyzing its benefits and the complications. Since technology is always evolving, there are plenty of examples to explore during your research. Examining technology from a managerial point of view can be a particularly useful way to go since it looks at the topic from a higher level. Ecommerce and security are also relevant considerations.

3. Business Accountability

After the turmoil in 2008, the idea of accountability is huge in business. Business leaders are always trying to make more money and reach new consumers, but these goals must be adequately balanced by ethical practices. The world saw too clearly what can happen when businesses let ethical standards slide, and many people are still trying to recover professionally and personally. This is why there is ample space to explore new accountability practices, assessing the best ways to maintain ethical business practices while still pushing ahead with profits.

4. Finance and Accounting

Many businesses also suffered financially after the crash of 2008. For this reason, issues of finance and accounting are worthy of more study. To really push the envelope, consider more advanced types of accounting that look at total assets and not just money. These less tangible assets are increasingly important to modern business models, which is why a method of accounting for them is so useful. Finance and accounting are topics that can be paired with other issues. For example, accountability is often tied to financial issues, and there are plenty of issues surrounding the global pressures on accounting practices. The way these topics intersect can make for a more dynamic dissertation.

5. Social Entrepreneurship

One of the most interesting business trends is social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurship uses business to solve social problems. In these business models, success is not merely measured by conventional profits. Instead, success is marked by social gains. There is more interest than ever in giving back to communities, which is why social entrepreneurship might be an inspired topic. An exploration of hybrid businesses that seek to earn money and give back can be especially noteworthy for DBA students.

These topics are modern and relevant, which make them ripe for further exploration. Whatever you choose, your DBA dissertation can be an important building block for your career goals.

Additional Resources:

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