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About Richard

It's me!

You look at this picture, and you think, “What a scholar! And so trustworthy too!”

My name is Richard N. Landers, and I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, USA.

I use this blog to provide live coverage of academic conferences that I am attending, report on current research in technology applied to work, and promote my lab’s research.

My home area is Industrial/Organizational Psychology, the application of psychological principles to the working world.  In particular, I’m interested in how the Internet has and will change the way work is conducted. Social media, games/gamification, and virtual reality are at the frontiers of both research and practice, and they are my focus.

My expertise is a peculiar one for an I/O psychologist.  I trained for my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota under the brilliant Paul Sackett, but I also have a long history with computer science.  I’m a psychologist who knows how to write computer programs in Python, C#, R, PHP, JavaScript, etc.  That puts you in the minority.

I have long been a fan of the academic comic Piled Higher and Deeper, and I strongly recommend it.  It helped me get through graduate school (I even have a signed copy of one of Jorge’s books!); maybe it’ll do the same for you.

You can find my regular professional website at, my laboratory at, and my social media at

You can most easily follow this blog through my Twitter account, my lab’s Facebook page, my LinkedIn profile, or this blog’s RSS feed. If you don’t know what RSS is, read about it here.

And finally, in accordance with the Commonwealth’s Department of Human Resource Management Policy 1.75, I am compelled to ask you to note that the views expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Old Dominion University or of the Commonwealth of Virginia.