Lars U. Johnson

Lars U. Johnson

Assistant Professor




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Lars U. Johnson

Hi, my name is Lars. I earned a MA and Ph.D. in IO psychology at the University of Houston, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration at Lamar University, and a B.A. in psychology at Tougaloo College. Prior to starting my doctoral studies, I worked in the North Texas area as a public school teacher, trainer, and department chair for several years. Currently, I teach the introductory IO course to new doctoral students in IO psychology and management. I also teach personality psychology to undergraduates.

My research primarily focuses on leadership, climate and culture, individual differences (e.g., personality), performance, well-being, safety, decision-making, diversity/EEO issues, and human resources. My "Leadership, Productivity, and Wellbeing" Lab (LPW Lab) is currently focusing on current and developing studies involving the use of 360 degree feedback for leadership development, longitudinal employee performance (and performance predictors), scale development and validation, stressor-strain relationships, diversity/EEO issues, and employee exhaustion. Students interested in working in my lab should contact me directly by email. For general questions about partnerships, please contact me at or (lab email).

I am thrilled to be part of WSU psychology. Not only do I look forward to continually contributing to the campus community, I am excited and intrigued by the (re)growth in Detroit and hope to involve my lab and other students in new research partnerships in the Detroit Metro Area.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Leadership; Diversity, EEO, and EO; Climate; Individual Differences; Employee Well-being; CWB; Personnel Issues


  • Ph.D., I/O Psychology, University of Houston, 2017
  • M.A., I/O Psychology, University of Houston, 2015
  • M.Ed., Educational Administration, Lamar University, 2009
  • B.A., Psychology, Tougaloo College, 2007

Currently teaching

  • Intro. to IO Psychology (7590)

    Personality Psychology (3350)