Team Members

Faculty Advisors

Shawn Bergman

Shawn Bergman, Ph.D

Faculty Co-Director & Founder | | Website

Shawn received his Ph.D. from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville in I-O Psychology. His teaching focuses on the application of quantitative methods and analytics to solve practical problems. Shawn's students are heavily involved in his research and he has over 60 publications and conference presentations with student co-authors. He is a member of Appalachian State's Faculty Hall of Fame, received the Department of Psychology's Psi Chi Excellence in Teaching Award, and has been awarded the Board of Governors' Excellence in Teaching College Award. 


Yalcin AcikgozYalcin Acikgoz, Ph.D

Faculty Co-Director | | Website

Yalcin received his Ph.D from Middle East Technical University in I-O Psychology. His teaching interests include both introductory and advanced courses in the areas of Strategic HRM, Job Analysis, Performance Appraisal, Staffing, Research Methods, and Statistics. His research interests focus on employee recruitment and job search, and applications of social media in human resources. He is currently working on developing a comprehensive model of employee recruitment and job search which combines employer and employee behaviors in the pursuit of filling a position.


Timothy LudwigTimothy Ludwig, Ph.D

Project Consultant - Safety | 

Tim earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech researching the benefits of employee-driven behavioral safety programs. Dr. Ludwig is the author of dozens of scholarly articles that empirically document the successes of methods to improve safety and quality in industry through behavior-based solutions. Dr. Ludwig has over 30 years experience in research and practice in behavioral safety where he integrates empirical findings into his safety consulting.


 Jim WestermanJim Westerman, Ph.D

Project Consultant - Sustainability | 

Jim's research and consulting focus on sustainability, ethics, organizational behavior, and human resource management. He has over 40 peer-reviewed articles, authored the books Organizational Communication (Oxford University Press, 2019) and Person-Organization Fit: Effects on Employee Attitudes and Behavior. Jim also currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Review.


Executive Committee


Shamin Jamadar

 Shamin Jamadar

Assistant Director |

Shamin is a graduate student in the IOHRM and MBA program and currently serves as the Assistant Director of the HR Science Research team. As Assistant Director, she manages our team of 35 students to ensure efficient and effective research processes, leads deadline expectations, professional development, and acts as a liason of support between our various projects. Shamin completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at East Carolina University.


Ana MateusAna Mateus

Orientation & Staffing Coordinator |

Ana is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Business and minoring in Human Resource Management and Leadership Studies. She is the Staffing and Onboarding Coordinator of the HR Science team and supports the Assistant Director, Shamin Jamadar, with team administrations to meet and exceed team expectations.


Madison Sexton

Madison Sexton

Logistics Coordinator |

Madison is a junior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Business and minoring in Anthropology. She is the Logistics Coordinator (soon to be Orientation Coordinator) and supports the Assistant Director, Shamin Jamadar, while also contributing to the Sustainability Team..


Royale NicholsonRoyale Nicholson

Project Lead - Safety |

Royale Nicholson is a second-year graduate student in the IOHRM program. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business and Marketing at New York University Shanghai '17. On the Safety Team, she primarily collaborates with NIOSH (reporting all DART, Eastman and Elevate results and progress to NIOSH, and assisting with safety literature reviews) and leads team meetings and the Safety Team Onboarding Taskforce.


Sam BiggsSam Biggs

Project Lead - Safety |

Samuel Biggs, is a second year graduate student in both the IOHRM and MBA program here at Appalachian State. Before he arrived in Boone he completed his undergraduate degree at East Carolina University where he majored in Psychology and minored in Business Administration. On the Safety Team he is the project lead for Eastman Chemical Company project while also working on some various data analytic projects.


Catherine MeyeCatherine Meyer

Project Lead - Safety |

Catherine Meyer is a second-year graduate student in the IOHRM and MBA programs and serves as a researcher under the graduate research assistant mentoring program. On the Safety Team, Catherine is a project lead for the Costain Group project and also assists with the Eastman Chemical Company project. Prior to attending Appalachian State University, Catherine completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, majoring in psychology and minoring in business.


Connor LindenConnor Linden

Project Lead - Safety |

Connor Linden is a second-year graduate student in both the IOHRM and MBA programs. He completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communication Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. On the Safety Team, he helps lead the analytics projects, including the App vs. COVID initiative.



Ava YoungAva Young

Project Lead - Safety |

Ava Young is a senior Psychology major with a Business concentration and Human Resource Management minor. On the Safety Team, she is the lead for Elevate Textiles and works mainly on the DART (Data Analytics Readiness Tool) initiative and the Measurement Culture Survey. Both of these were developed by IOHRM alumnus.



John LangJohn Lang

Project Lead - Evidence-Based Practices |

John Lang is a second year graduate student in the IOHRM program. He received his BA in Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a minor in Spanish. As part of the Evidence Based Practices team, he leads the Student Research project and co-leads team meetings with Andrea Montoya. 



Andrea MontoyaAndrea Montoya

Project Lead - Evidence-Based Practices |

Andrea Montoya is a second year graduate student in both the IOHRM and MBA Programs. She completed her bachelors of Psychology at Florida State University. On the Evidence Based Practices team she leads the Professor Research project and co-leads team meetings with John Lang. 



Nicolas SimardNicolas Simard

Project Lead - Sustainability |

Nick is a second year graduate student in the IOHRM program. He completed his BS in Psychology at Appalachian State University. Currently, he serves as team lead on the Sustainability Team. He is interested in looking at how sustainable HR can be implemented to better business, the people in those businesses, and the environment.



Research Associates

Julie Brooks

Cori Ferguson

Samantha Daniels

Nick Granowsky

Jacob Hege

Haley Henderson

Jenna Hochstetler

Mackenzie Law

Jacob Ledford

Braxton Lee

Mulan Lee

Isabella Lopez

Riggs Matthews

Donovan Mattox

Erik Medeiros

Lucy Newsom

Catherine Parks

David Ruiz

Alexa Sterling

Teague Vreeland

Andrew Webb

Logan Wellersdick