Patrick Rosopa, Ph.D.

Dr. Rosopa joined Clemson University in 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. In Fall 2013, he was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Rosopa earned his Ph.D. and M.S. at the University of Central Florida and his B.S. at Tulane University. His research has been published in such outlets as Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Personality and Individual Differences, Psychological Methods, and Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management. In addition, he has coauthored a book titled Statistical Reasoning in the Behavioral Sciences (6th ed., 2010, Wiley).

Dr. Rosopa’s research interests are in two broad areas—quantitative analysis and topics germane to organizational psychology. He blends statistics and organizational research. Generally, his quantitative interests can be classified into applied statistical modeling and computer-intensive methods. Within linear models, for instance, his generalization of a weighted least squares approach to detect regression slope differences under conditions of heteroscedasticity across groups has been shown to control Type I error rates and provide increased statistical power compared to some extant procedures. In addition, his approach is computationally simple compared to the statistical approximations. This has implications for human resource selection, research on aptitude by treatment interactions, and other areas.

Dr. Rosopa’s substantive research interests include personality and cognitive ability, mentoring and citizenship performance, stereotypes and fairness in the workplace, and cross-cultural issues in organizational research. As an example, he is currently working on a set of studies where the preliminary analyses suggest that certain gender-based and ethnicity-based minority groups are “stereotypically expected” to engage in helping behaviors in the workplace. When they do not engage in these behaviors when they “ought to,” they may experience more negative outcomes (e.g., lower performance evaluations) compared to their counterparts in the majority group.

Dr. Rosopa has applied experience in the public and private sector. Some previous work involves workforce development at Workforce Central Florida, mentoring and training research while a Research Fellow at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (Navair-Orlando), test equating and human performance modeling for RSK Assessment, and experience as a data analyst for Talent Keepers, a human resources consulting firm. Dr. Rosopa provides research design and statistical analysis consulting services for various organizations (e.g., public/private, profit/nonprofit). Some specific organizations, for example, include CHI Systems, Inc. and the Institute for Simulation & Training.