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Organizational Justice Research Team

2019-2020 Research Team


Craig Fernandez

Alek Cordeiro

Caroln Bringolf

Elisabeth Huntingon

Gemma Santiago Rameriz

Jason Ray

Joel Diaz

Kayla Strand

Nate Spilkin

Olvia Olson

Rachel Mulder

Abigail Decker

Catherine Aldax

Vanessa Martinez-Stith

Ava Frankovsky

Atziry Rodriguez





Thank you to everyone who has participated (in one form or another) in our research! Without your help, we could not complete any of these projects.

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We always can use help, so if the projects below interest you, please participate:

Project 1. Does silence help or hurt teamwork? Problem solving under different communication conditions

We invite you to participate in a research investigation of students’ ability to solve puzzles with a partner under different communication conditions. Volunteers will participate in an hour long study that will include a puzzle task and some questionnaires. They will receive a $4.00 WolfBucks card for showing up for their appointment. Your instructor also might offer you extra credit. More details about the purpose and audience for the study will be shared with participants after they complete the initial tasks. Please do your best to keep your appointment because you will be working with another student partner.

To sign up for a date and time that fits your schedule, please click the following link:

Project 2. Did the T.A. cross the line? Evaluate a student complaint

We are studying gender differences in students' perceptions of undergraduate teaching assistants. This is a particularly important issue because of recent and future changes in the use of upper division undergraduates in these mentoring roles. Our goal is to get a clearer picture of how gender differences influence students' attitudes toward potentially problematic student mentor relationships. We plan to compare male students with female students. The central part of this study requires you to read a brief description of a student complaint and then answer a set of questions about your reactions. 


If you identify as a female CSU student, please go to the internet address below:

If you identify as a male CSU student, please go to the internet address below:


Thank you for volunteering your time to further our research.

(2017-2018 Research Team, American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California)

(2016-2017 Research Team, Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA)


To learn more about current projects, please click on the relevant title.


Heather Smith, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology

Organizational Justice Lab:

3089 Stevenson Hall
3052c Stevenson Hall