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UMD IO Community Events

The UMD IO MPS program hosts a number of events for prospective applicants, current students, alumni, and the broader community. In addition to the events we host, representatives of our program attend a variety of pipeline lectures in undergraduate courses at UMD, at HBCU's and HSI's, and events such at Welcome to PSYC Day, the Idealist Grad Fair, and Everything IO. A calendar of the upcoming events hosted through the IO MPS is presented below, with information sessions for prospective applicants listed at the bottom of the page.


***UMD Virtual Graduate Fair Event***

Please join us at the UMD Virtual Grad Fair on 9/22/21 at 4pm ET. 

We will be presenting more about - IO Psychology: Apply your Psychology Degree to the Workplace - where we'll discuss how psychology can be applied to improve employee wellbeing and organizations, as well as provide information about our IO Master's program, and have a Q&A session with all faculty members. 

Link to join:


Information Sessions:

Please note: You will need to RSVP to online information sessions. Please RSVP at iomps [at] . 

Summer/ Fall 2021-

  • Tuesday, September 7th, 2021, 3:30pm - 4:30 pm, Online
  • Monday, October 4th, 2021, 3:30pm - 4:30 pm, Online
  • Monday, November 8th, 2021, 3:30pm - 4:30 pm, Online
  • Monday, December 6th, 2021, 3:30pm - 4:30 pm, Online

Please note: You will not need to RSVP for the face-to-face information sessions. Please be in attendance at the set start time.)




Leadership Series

The Leadership Challenge Workshop Series- 2020
The UMD IO MPS is hosting a leadership workshop series virtually this fall.
Every other Friday from 12 - 1pm starting July 31
  • 7/31 from 12 - 1pm: Introduction to the Leadership Challenge
  • 8/14 from 12 - 1pm: Model the Way
  • 8/28 from 12 - 1pm: Inspire a Shared Vision
  • 9/11 from 12 - 1pm: Challenge the Process
  • 9/25 from 12 - 1pm: Enable Others to Act
  • 10/9 from 12 - 1pm: Encourage the Heart


January 12th, 2020, Trauma Informed Facilitation

Our second community-led workshop will be on trauma informed facilitation. Please join us as Amanda Lindamood ('20) shares techniques for creating trauma informed learning environments. In the last several years, the terms trauma and trauma informed have proliferated in use within educational, social and professional spaces. And yet, our models and examples of how to apply these concepts within our specific contexts remains a gap. This two hour workshop will provide a conversational framework for how to think about trauma informed practices within the workplace, and specifically as a facilitator--of meetings, of workshops, of orientations, retreats, and training of diverse professionals. Emphasis will be placed on shared vocabulary, in the moment resources and responses, use of space considerations, and transferable skills that you can combine into your practice with your environmental needs in mind.  Some time will also be given for considerations for participants and employees navigating their own mental health and trauma histories within school work and their places of work.

Our facilitator, Amanda Lindamood graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 with a BS in Psychology and a BA in Religion. During her undergraduate years, she provided leadership to a student group that sponsored and facilitated community education on sexual and gender-based issues for the University and wider community. She founded a peer dialogue forum that explores the intersections of sexuality, violence, racial equity, identity and healthy relationships. She was trained as a sexual health educator through a public health lens. She served as the Director of Training and Community Engagement at the DC Rape Crisis Center for over six years, departing last year. She is currently getting her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology at the University of Maryland. She has an expertise in crisis response, complex trauma, child and youth development and experiential learning, using a diverse set of skills to apply advocacy broadly and across disciplines. Her strengths bridge instructional design with subject matter expertise to create and strengthen program responses, skill development, and infrastructure support that incorporate multi age, multi ability learning environments. She currently provides consulting, doula services, curriculum design, writing and facilitation as an independent contractor. You can follow her at to keep up with her blogging.  


January 13th - January 17th, 2020, Alphabet Soup Event

We have a one-of-a-kind partnership with two local Government organizations in Alabama: The Jefferson County Commission and the Personnel Board of Jefferson County. Each year, I/O professionals from these organizations visit us in DC with a bunch of candidate responses to interviews and/or work samples and an amazing opportunity. 

During the Alphabet Soup Event (JCC-PBJC-UMD), students, alumni, and friends of our MPS program have the unique opportunity to receive general assessor and job specific training on how to assess structured interview responses, AND the unique opportunity to actually assess interview responses, leading to hires being made into these organizations at all levels. This is an amazing resume building experience, and we also offer workshops and opportunities to network with the I/O’s in these organizations.

Every student/alumnus who has spent the time in the event has raved about it. Any student in an IO or IO-related graduate program in the surrounding area is welcome to attend. IF you are interested in attending, please note that it does require a time commitment in person and is best treated as a conference. To fully participate, you would need to be able to devote at least 8 hours to training and 8 to assessing during the week. Training will occur on Monday 1/13, 8-5, and some training Tuesday 1/14, 8-12. No other training will be offered. If you think you might be interested in attending, please put a hold on those days in case you need to ask off of work or other commitments.

October 21st 2019, Advisory Board Panel

On Monday, October 21st, our four advisory board members (, Dr. Marc Sokol, Dr. Mina Sipe, Dr. Kathryn Niles-Jolly, and Dr. Eric Braverman, will join us to provide insight on IO as a field, on their careers, and on moving forward in your career as an IO.


November 12th 2019, Beyond Holistic Admissions

Beyond holistic admissions: Diversifying pipelines into and after graduate study
Building a graduate culture that supports inclusive recruitment, retention and job placement

In her talk, Aiken will discuss how to think about diversity and inclusion more broadly in graduate programs, including building diverse pipelines and creating a culture of inclusion that fosters genuine connection among graduate students and alumni. 


December 11th 2019, From Boss To Leader

Our very first special lecture will be offered by one of our current students, Miraie Ishak. Miraie is an Egyptian-American and has lived in the U.S. for 16 years. She received her B.A. in Psychology, minor in Entrepreneurship, and certificate in Industrial Organizational Psychology from UMBC, 2017. She is currently the HR Training Coordinator at Edwards Performance Solution, a private consulting company. She has been working in Human Resource since 2015 and has a real passion for employee engagement and making the workplace a better place to be.

Presentation Overview

Our society demands a work/life balance! We are no longer living to work but working to live. This change in mindset has pushed organizations to adopt a work/life balance value to stay competitive and retain employees. However, this value does not just appear, it has to be fostered and practiced. How does that happen? Through management but are they equipped to do so? We need to train our managers to be leaders. This presentation focuses on Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Leadership Styles based on Daniel Goleman’s theories. Leadership is something that can be practiced in your daily and professional life. The purpose of this presentation is to define leadership and emotional intelligence to identify their importance in the workplace. This presentation will also serve as an opportunity to understand the necessity of EI for effective leadership and the impact it has on you, peers, employees, and organizational success. Some takeaways will include skills and strategies to foster EI and leadership growth.