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Joel Lefkowitz
Position: Professor Emeritus
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph. D., Case Western Reserve University
Training Area: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Research Interests: Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Professional Ethics and Values

Professor Lefkowitz received his undergraduate (BBA) degree at Baruch College, where he returned to teach full time after receiving the PhD in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1965.  He retired from full-time teaching and became Emeritus Professor in 2009, although he retains his association with the psychology department and the I-O doctoral program by teaching the required doctoral course in Ethics and serving on student First Examination and Dissertation committees.

His teaching and research interests have reflected the generalist tradition in I-O psychology, including work in both the “I” aspects of the field (human resources research and administration such as employee selection, test validation, performance appraisal and equal-employment opportunity issues) as well as the “O” (organizational social psychology such as the interpersonal aspects of supervision, the motivations of “non-traditional” or contingent workers, gender bias in the assessment and interpretation of employee job attitudes, and the antecedents of unethical behavior in organizations).

His interest in equal employment opportunity issues led to his being retained as an expert in eeo litigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as private attorneys, in more than 50 cases of alleged employment discrimination against minorities, pay discrimination against women, and age discrimination.

In 2003 Dr. Lefkowitz published the first full-fledged text on ethics in the field, Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.  The book was very favorably reviewed and won the Abraham J. Briloff Prize in Ethics for 2003-04.  Since then Dr. Lefkowitz’s interests have focused mostly on professional, ethical and values issues in I-O psychology, as reflected in his recent publications.