Team Members

Yalcin AcikgozYalcin Acikgoz – Founder & Director

Dr. Yalcin Acikgoz is an assistant professor of I/O Psychology in the Department of Psychology. He is a Turkish national, who began his professional career in the Turkish Army as a second lieutenant after graduating from Turkish Military Academy with a BS degree in Systems Engineering. After serving in various positions in the Army, including a Fires Team at a mechanized brigade, a deployment in Afghanistan, and as a Cadet Team Leader in the Turkish Military Academy; he decided to take on a different type of challenge and pursue an academic career in the field of I/O psychology. This led him to his second trip to the USA (the first one was for Basic Officers Leaders Course in Fort Sill, OK), where he pursued an MA degree in I/O Psychology in Appalachian State University. After graduating in 2013, he went back to Turkey and was assigned a Manpower Analyst position in the Turkish General Staff HQ. Simultaneously, he began his Ph.D. education in 2013 on I/O psychology in Middle East Technical University. In 2016, he earned his Ph.D. and quit his job in the Turkish Military to join Appalachian State University.

2017-18 Team

 Applicant Decision Making Lab

From Left: Daniel Sumner, Elise Haylett, Connor Treyball, Yalcin Acikgoz, Jarod Fyler, Caitlyn Nearhood

Connor Treyball, Assistant Director

I grew up in Westchester County, New York and moved to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2008. I began my studies at Appalachian State University in 2014 and developed a particular interest in I-O psychology during my junior year. My other areas of academic interests include personality and social psychology. I am currently employed as a recruiter at Core Search Group in Boone, North Carolina where I help build development teams. My goal current goals include continuing my research and education through attending a graduate program in the near future.

Daniel Sumner, Lab Member

I am a senior at Appalachian State University who originally came from Burlington, NC. My interests include skateboarding, snowboarding, hip-hop music, and DJ-ing. My future goals are to attend graduate school and to obtain a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. From there, I plan on becoming an organizational consultant in the western coast of the United States.

Elise Hylet, Lab Member

My name is Elise Haylett and I was born and raised in NYC, but I currently reside in Charlotte, NC. One
thing I love to do is read; I enjoy reading and learning about new things. I believe that learning is
essential to moving forward in life. I began my studies at ASU in 2016. I work as an office assistant in the
Multicultural Student Development office. I became interested in I-O Psychology when I became
involved with the Applicant Decision Making research team in Fall of 2017. My goals are to graduate
Appalachian State University with a Psychology degree and to attend a graduate school with an I-O
Psych or Human Resource development grad program in a major city like New York or Chicago.

Jarod Fyler, Lab Member

Caitlyn Nearhood, Lab Member