Georgia T. Chao

Georgia T. Chao

Professor and Area Director, Industrial-Organizational Program


Office: PCD 4123
Phone: 813/974-8015


Curriculum Vitae


Georgia T. Chao is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida and also serves as the Area Director of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program. Her research interests are in the areas of teams, work adjustment, and work design with new technologies. Her research has won awards, including the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior award presented by the Academy of Management’s OB Division (1995), the Best Paper Award by the Editorial Board of Organizational Research Methods (2014), and the William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award in recognition of the best journal publication in 2013 by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2015).

She was elected to several positions in the American Psychological Association, Academy of Management, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and served as SIOP’s President in 2020-2021. She is a Fellow of APA and SIOP and currently serves on three editorial boards. In 2017, Dr. Chao received SIOP’s Distinguished Service Award.

She recently completed a two-year detail at the National Science Foundation (2018-2020). In addition to her primary duties as the Science of Organizations Program Officer, she also served as a Program Officer for two foundation-wide programs: NSF’s Research Traineeship and the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier.

Dr. Chao received her B.S. degree in psychology with honors from the University of Maryland and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.


Industrial - Organizational Psychology


Current research projects include examination of process dynamics in teams, socialization of individuals into teams, and work adjustments with new technologies. One project is focused on deploying exoskeleton technologies at work to improve productivity, worker safety, and enable diverse populations of people to work in physically demanding jobs. Other projects include examinations of how characteristics and interactions of newcomers and team members contribute to emerging team outcomes such as team cohesion. Please contact me if you are interested in this research.


Industrial - Organizational Psychology