Gateway Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 

The GIOP Executive Team

John Meriac, Ph.D., President 

John Meriac is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He earned his PhD in I-O Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2008. John works as a core faculty member of the I-O Psychology doctoral program and serves as Associate Chair for the department. John teaches courses in advanced quantitative methods, performance management, leadership, dysfunctional organizational behavior, and psychological testing and assessment. His research interests are primarily in the areas of personnel selection and performance management.

Some of his recent studies have focused on work ethic, organizational citizenship behavior, organizational politics, counterproductive work behavior, and assessment centers. His research has appeared in several top journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. 

He currently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Business and Psychology, Human Performance, and Personnel Assessment and Decisions. John also brings several years of applied experience working with organizations, including conducting assessments for selection, promotion, and leadership development. John has previously served as Treasurer. 

Lynn Bartels, Ph.D., Membership Director

Lynn Bartels is a Professor of Psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She teaches Masters-level courses in Employee Selection and Employee Development where students consult on field projects such as creating structured employment interviews, performance management systems, and conducting training evaluations.  Her research interests include all forms of employment discrimination as well as using assessment centers for selection and development. In addition to her faculty position, she also serves as SIUE’s Director of Faculty Development which involves helping faculty members succeed in academia through various programs including workshops, book clubs, writing groups,  new faculty programs, etc.

She earned her  Masters and doctorate from the University of Akron.  She has previously served as GIOP Treasurer and Newsletter Editor. 

Rob Patterson, Ph.D., Communications Director

Rob is a consultant at CMA, a management consulting firm that assists in the development of organizations and their employees. He conducts assessments, helps manage organizational change and development, and develops and administers training programs on a variety of psychology and business-related topics. Prior to his work at CMA, Rob worked for six years in the employee education and development arm of the Veteran’s Administration. He focused on creating training and development programs and evaluating their effectiveness.

Rob received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia and went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from SLU.

In his free time, Rob serves on the Young Zoo Friends Board and volunteers with the Cancer Support Community, a local nonprofit. He also enjoys hiking, biking, comedy writing, and attending an abnormal number of trivia nights.

Jamie Madigan, Ph.D., Events Director

Jamie Madigan is an industrial-organizational psychologist with 20 years of experience consulting and working for the private and public sectors. His background includes work in selection, survey design, pre-employment testing, competency modeling, statistical analysis, program management, structured interviews, organizational research, surveys, job analysis, test validation, recruiting, and HR metrics.

Jamie earned his degree from the University of Missouri in St. Louis and for several years co-authored the "Good Science, Good Practice" column for The Industrial Psychologist (TIP) magazine. 

Rob Synovec, M.A., Treasurer

Rob Synovec works for BJC HealthCare. He supports employee engagement and retention initiatives, performance management, onboarding, employee surveys, and HR analytics. Rob also teaches classes through the BJC Institute for Learning and Development. Prior to joining BJC, Rob worked for IBM Talent Management Solutions, where he supported survey, assessment, and analytics projects for external clients.

Rob earned his M.A. degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. His research focuses on effects of narcissism on social judgments including trust and hirability. Rob has also taught courses on Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Rob has presented at annual conferences for the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and has co-authored work featured in Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. In addition to GIOP, Rob is also a member of the St. Louis Organization Development Network, and the Human Resource Management Association of Greater St. Louis.

Clair Kueny, Ph.D., Secretary/Historian

Clair (Reynolds) Kueny, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Psychological Science Department at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She teaches graduate courses in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development, and Employee Affect and Behavior. At the undergraduate level, she teaches on personality theory and undergraduate Industrial/Organizational psychology. Her research interests focus on reactions and interactions surrounding employee discretionary workplace behaviors, employee stress and well-being, and employee fit. Additionally, she has a special interest in working with healthcare professionals and applying I/O principals to the healthcare realm. As part of this interest, Clair works closely with healthcare organizations in rural Missouri, specifically looking at inter-professional team dynamics among healthcare professionals and conducting organizational assessments with a variety of out-patient clinics.

While not originally from Missouri, Clair has benefited much from higher education in the state. She earned BS degrees in Psychology and Political Science at Truman State University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Saint Louis University. In her free time, Clair likes to spend time with her husband, Steve, and their two dogs: Hurley and Mack.  

Emily Ingalls, Ph.D., Webmaster

Emily is a Director, Organizational Consulting at Psychological Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in the selection, development, and retention of top talent. Emily focuses primarily on executive assessment, coaching, and learning and development, and is certified to facilitate PA's proprietary leadership workshop Leadership Through People Skills. Prior to her work at Psychological Associates, Emily worked for a large manufacturing company in St. Louis as well as for a non-profit organization providing service to those with developmental disabilities. 

Emily earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, and went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. 

Scott M. Reithel, Ph.D., Past President

Scott M. Reithel, Ph.D., is an associate director at APTMetrics. He provides consulting solutions in areas such as employee assessment and selection, job analysis, statistical analysis, competency modeling, and litigation support for FortuneĀ® 100 clients across a broad range of industries. Prior to joining APTMetrics, Scott provided consulting services in the areas of employee climate surveys, compensation analysis, and job analysis for Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. and Computer Sciences Corporation.

Scott earned his Ph.D. in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology from Wayne State University, where he also held positions in teaching and research. Scott also taught undergraduate courses in I-O psychology and perception of psychology and conducted research in the departments of Psychology and Business.

Scott has presented his research at the annual conference for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and has authored articles for a variety of professional publications, such as the International Journal of Cross Cultural Management and Chief Learning Officer. Scott is a member of SIOP and the American Psychological Association. Scott is also a member and current President of the Gateway I-O Psychologists in St. Louis, MO, and previously served as Secretary.

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