“Psychology is by definition political.”
-Michael Gold, Psy.D.
Michael Gold, Psy.D.
Program Director, M.A. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology
Whether they work with individuals, groups, organizations, communities or systems, I/O professionals exercise tremendous influence by contributing to the decision-making process. Those decisions shape the written and unwritten policy of organizations, communities, societies and systems. Each day we choose whose rights we defend and promote, whose voice we ensure will be heard. Whether we help a company create a fair employee selection process or work-life balance initiative, help a political party brand a candidate and make their message heard, assist a CEO and her family move to a foreign culture to head a new company division, or create a training program that helps people be successful in their jobs, we always make decisions that carry consequences for people, for America, for the larger world. That is why psychology is by definition political.
I work really hard to create dissent; the story of education is one of dissent, of not being satisfied with the status quo, of wanting more and better. I think the best students are the ones uncomfortable with what they are presented with, those who have the wisdom to appreciate the intellectual heritage of the field, but also see its flaws, and are vocal about it. My job is to get people uncomfortable with the status quo and empowered to speak up, and get them to be agents of change and social justice in their communities and in the larger world.
Please e-mail me or call me (312) 662-4321 if you have more questions about the M.A. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology Program.
- Psy.D. Business Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2011
- M.A. Industrial & Organizational Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2008
- M.A. Social Work, University of Chicago, 2005
- Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology
- American Psychological Association