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Dr. Adriane M.F. Sanders

Dr. Adriane M.F. Sanders
Program Director, MSIO Psychology Program
Associate Chair, Psychological Science & Counseling Department
Advisor, Occupational Health Psychology Interdisciplinary Minor
Associate Professor
Industrial-Organizational Psychology 

Austin Peay State University
(931) 221 - 7946 
Clement 217 B
I-O Psychology at APSU

I received my PhD in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The University of Memphis. I primarily enjoy teaching students in the fully online MSIO program, although I also enjoy teaching “on ground” and undergraduate students. In addition to teaching, I have served on various applied projects related to higher education, highway safety, healthcare, local business, and the U.S. Navy, and was previously affiliated with the Center for Research on Women at The University of Memphis.

My research and professional interests include work-life interaction (particularly in academia), graduate training and pedagogy in the psychological discipline, faculty development, and quality of (work) life. She promotes the use of empirical research to empower folx to make informed decisions about their work life, well-being, health, and safety.

More candidly, I love finding unique ways to apply my I-O training to my varied research and professional interests. Below are research and service projects that demonstrate this endeavor. 


I currently teach:

Recent Research

Current projects:


Sanders, A. M. F., Henning, J. B., MacCarty, T., & Grossman, R. (2020). Challenges of educating and training I-O graduate students online: Not another COVID story. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, 58(2), https://www.siop.org/Research-Publications/Items-of-Interest/ArticleID/4757/ArtMID/19366/preview/true.

Stone, N. J., & Sanders, A. M. F. (2020). Applying to graduate school: Preparation, processes, and looking beyond the master’s degree. In E. L. Shoenfelt’s (Ed.) Mastering industrial-organizational psychology: Training issues for master’s level I-O psychologists. New York: Oxford University Press US.


Sanders, A. M. F., & Pica, E. (submitted). Wrongful conviction and selection: Perceptions of exoneree reintegration. In E. D. Jenkins, t. Hernandez, & Bergman, M. E. (Chairs), Imprisoned by stigma: The selection of previously incarcerated individuals. Symposium presentation submitted to the 2021 annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Sanders, A. M. F. (Chair), Whinghter, J., R., Sanchez, Mendelson, R., Grossman, D., & Henning, J. (submitted). How SIOP can support online I-O programs: A conversation with the community. Alternative session presentation submitted to the 2021 annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Bliss, K., Kates, M., Sanders, A. M. F., Hurtado, I., & Iyer, U. (2020, September). Using National College Health Assessment (NCHA) to better support vulnerable student populations. Poster presentation presented at the annual conference of the Tennessee Public Health Association (TPHA; virtual conference).

Sanders, A. M. F., & Keim, A. C. (Chairs). (2020, April). Giving away I-O Psychology: How to volunteer your time and talent. Panel discussion accepted to the annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Austin, TX.

Invited Presentations & Workshops

Sanders. A.M.F. (2020, November). A pedagogy of care. Invited faculty workshop for APSU’s AP Academy spring orientation for new adjunct, part-time, and temporary instructors. 

Sanders, A.M.F., Butterfield, J., Knickmeyer, N., Lewis, L., Murphy, C., & Patrick, A. (2020, August). Teaching in the COVID-19 era: A pedagogy of care. Invited faculty workshop for APSU’s pre-semester training for Fall 2020. 

Sanders, A. M. F., Coggins, K., & Fripp, J. A. (2020, May). Working in a “new normal.” Invited workshop for APSU’s Human Resources Development Workshop series.

Sanders, A. M. F., Mendelson, R. A., Whinghter, J., Salter, N. P., & Bracken, D. W. (2020, March). #OnlineInAHurry: A crash course with Q&A. An open-attendance workshop presented by members of SIOP’s Education and Training Committee’s COVID-19 Ad Hoc Taskforce.


Current projects:

  • DEI in I-O Psyc: To envision the future of the field of I-O psychology without a stronger emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion would not only be out of touch with what is needed in today’s organizations, but also out of touch with what is happening in our society right now. I realize that some may interpret such a vision as an attempt to steer the field into a political agenda. However, adequately representing the full-range of humans for whom we, as a discipline, work to support with science is simply best practice. To better shape the field of I-O psychology, we must also focus on DEI in the recruitment and retention of individuals into the pipeline, namely graduate training. To be clear, I promote DEI in the broadest sense—certainly in terms of racial/ethnic, gender identity, and sexual orientation, but also for greater levels of I-O program stakeholders (e.g., faculty, including adjunct/support faculty; students; and alumni), program types (e.g., Master’s level, non-traditional, including online and hybrid; international; and I-O adjacent programs), and our practitioners in the field.
    • You can also get involved! Start by learning about the I-O Coffeehouse on Instagram or LinkedIn

Additional Active Service Roles:

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