Gateway Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 

The GIOP Executive Team

Jamie Madigan, Ph.D., President 

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 is the Director of Products for, which uses artificial intelligence to provide scalable leadership coaching via mobile technology.

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. Jamie has previously served as Events Director. 

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. 

Jenny Morton, Ph.D., Communications Director

Jenny serves as Program Manager in Talent Management at Ascension, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit and faith-based health systems.
In her 
role, Jenny designs  and implements national talent programs to ensure talent assessment and development align workforce needs with strategic goals, reporting on related analytics to demonstrate impact and ROI. Prior to joining Ascension, Jenny gained experience as an Associate Consultant at CMA, supporting the assessment and development of talent and organizations, the measurement and facilitation of employee engagement, as well as the creation and facilitation of various training programs.

Jenny earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from University of Missouri-St. Louis, completing her M.A. and B.A. degrees at the same institution. Jenny’s research reflects her passion for cultivating a global work community, including work supporting the Global Talent Hiring Program under the St. Louis Mosaic Project at the World Trade Center-St. Louis. She has had the privilege of presenting her research on National Public Radio (NPR) as well as at international conferences in the U.S. and in China.   

In her free time, Jenny serves on the Leadership Board for Friends of Casa and as a peer mentor in St. Louis’ International Mentoring Program. She enjoys spending time with her husband, weight lifting, and attempting to build her culinary skills.

Garett Foster, Ph.D., Program Chair 

Dr. Garett Foster is a Behavioral Science Consultant at Maritz. His work leverages I/O psychology, data science, and other fields to improve the design of organizational programs. He serves as an internal consultant to Maritz teams, helping them develop new product offerings such as selection systems that adhere to best practices from many behavioral science fields. He also serves as an external consultant, working directly with clients to assess how they design incentive and customer experience programs and analyzing data with machine learning. He also collaborates with a team of data scientists, providing translation between organizational science and statistical practice.

A former professor, Dr. Foster's academic passion lies in teaching and researching applied psychometrics and data analytics.

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 services 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. 

John Meriac, Ph.D., Past President

John Meriac is an Associate Professor of Global Leadership and Management in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
He earned his PhD in I-O Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2008. John teaches courses in advanced quantitative methods and leadership. His research interests are primarily in the areas of performance management, individual differences, measurement issues, and personnel selection.

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 as an associate editor of the journal Human Performance and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 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.

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