Bo Zhang

Biography

I am originally from Chongqing, a city well-known for its mountainous landscape, hot pot, and inclusiveness. I obtained my Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in Psychological Measurement from Beijing Normal University under the supervision of Professor Houcan Zhang and Professor Jian Li. I am currently an I/O PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and primarily work with Professor Fritz Drasgow. I expect to receive my doctoral degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Applied Statistics in May, 2020. 

Research Interests

Personnel selection (e.g., personality faking, forced-choice, predictive validity of hierarchical constructs)

Personality (e.g., relationships of Big 5 with stress, health outcomes, and CWB)

Research methods (e.g., IRT, SEM, bifactor models, multilevel models, longitudinal analysis, meta-analysis)

 

Research Description

My research primarily addresses two issues concerning personality assessments for personnel selection: (1) applicant faking, and (2) predictive validity of hierarchical predictors. Specifically, the first line of research focuses on understanding the response strategies of faking, faking detection, faking correction, and faking prevention. The second line of research is devoted to devising a simple but robust augmented bifactor model to enhance the predictive validity hierarchical constructs. In addition, I also collaborate with researchers from quantitative psychology, personality psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and health psychology on topics including mixture IRT models to differentiate dominance responding and ideal point responding, latent structure and measurement of conscientiousness and stress, cross-cultural assessment of personality, and the longitudinal relationship between stress and personality. 

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, IL

    PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology                   Expected May, 2020

    Minor in Quantitative Psychology     

    M.S. in Applied Statistics                                                              Expected May, 2020   

    M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology                         December, 2018 

Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China,

    M.S. in Psychology (Concentration: Psychological measurement)         July, 2015                                      

    B.A. in English                                                                                                  July, 2012  

    BS. in Psychology (cum laude)                                                                      July, 2012

Awards and Honors

Meredith P. Crawford Fellowship, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), 2019

Research Methods Division Best Student Paper, Academy of Management, 2019

Psychology Alumni Board Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018

Graduate Student Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016/2017/2018

Graduate with Distinction, Beijing Municipal Commission of Education, Beijing, 2015

Graduate with Distinction, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 2015

National Scholarship, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Finance, China, 2014

Tong Ding Scholarship, Tong Ding Group, Beijing, 2014

Bei Sen Scholarship, Bei Sen Assessment Co. Ltd., Beijing, 2014

Graduate with Distinction, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 2012

National Encouragement Scholarship, Ministry of Education, China, 2009/2010

Courses Taught

Fall 2019                          Instructor for PSYC 475: Personnel Psychology  (full responsibility for upper-level undergraduate course)

Fall 2015-Spring 2016   Teaching assistant for PSYC 353 (Social Cognition)

Fall 2014                          Teaching assistant for Psychological Research Methods

Fall 2013 / 2014              Teaching assistant for Psychological Measurement

Spring 2012 / 2013         Teaching assistant for Introduction to Educational Psychology

 

Highlighted Publications

 

Zhang, B., Cao, M., Tay, L., Luo, J., & Drasgow, F. (in press). Examining the item response process to personality measures in high-stakes situations: Issues of measurement validity and predictive validity. Personnel Psychology. doi.org/10.1111/peps.12353

Zhang, B., Sun, T., Drasgow, F., Chernyshenko, O.S., Nye, C., Stark, S., & White, L.A (in press). Though forced, still valid: Psychometric equivalence of forced choice and single statement measures. Organizational Research Methods. doi.org/10.1177/1094428119836486

 

Recent Publications

 

Zhang, B., Cao, M., Tay, L., Luo, J., & Drasgow, F. (in press). Examining the item response process to personality measures in high-stakes situations: Issues of measurement validity and predictive validity. Personnel Psychology. doi.org/10.1111/peps.12353

Zhang, B., Sun, T., Drasgow, F., Chernyshenko, O.S., Nye, C., Stark, S., & White, L.A (in press). Though forced, still valid: Psychometric equivalence of forced choice and single statement measures. Organizational Research Methods. doi.org/10.1177/1094428119836486

Nye, C., Joo, S., Zhang, B., & Stark, S. (in press). Advancing and evaluating IRT model data fit indices in organizational research. Organizational Research Methods. doi.org/10.1177/1094428119833158

Sun, T., Zhang. B., Phan, J. W. M., Roberts, B., & Drasgow, F. (2019). “Meh!”: Examining Midpoint Endorsement Habitude (MEH) in survey research. Academy of Management Proceedings.  

    *Paper won the 2019 Sage Publications/Research Methods Division Best Student Paper Award  

Zhu, Z., Li, J., Zhang, B., & Zhang, X. (2017). The effect of positive affect and extrinsic motivation on ego depletion: The same results but different mechanisms. International Journal of Psychology, 52(6), 445-452.

Li, Y., Li, J., Chan, D.K.S., Zhang, B. (2016). When love meets money: Priming the possession of money influences mating strategies. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1664-1078.

Zhang, B., Li, Y.M., Li, J., Li, Y., & Zhang, H. (2015). The revision and validation of Academic Motivation Scale in China. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 34(1), 15-27.

Li, J., Zhang, B., Du, H., Zhu, Z., & Li, Y. (2015). Metacognitive planning: Development and validation of an on-line measure. Psychological Assessment, 27(1), 260-271.

Zeng, X., Li, M., Zhang, B., & Liu, X. (2015). Revision of the Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale for measuring awareness and equanimity in Goenka's Vipassana meditation with Chinese buddhists. Journal of Religion and Health, 54(2), 623-637.

Zhang, B., Li, J., Xu, C., & Li, Y. (2014). The developmental differences of problem solving ability between gifted and normative children aged from 11 to 14 years old. Acta Psychologica Sinica, 46(12), 1823-1834.