Providing professional development opportunities for current and aspiring Industrial/Organizational Psychologists across North Carolina.

Chia-Lin Ho is an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist at the intersection of talent assessment, organizational development, and measurement and evaluation. She helps organizations factor human behavior into the successful business equation through applying data analytics and cutting edge research. Her work has focused on talent and organizational assessment, organizational and leadership development, and program evaluation. Previously, as a Senior Consultant of Research and Evaluation, she led the evaluation of leadership development and team building programs at the BB&T Leadership Institute. Prior to that, Chia-Lin served as an assistant professor in the Business School at Shih Hsin University in Taiwan. She also worked for Abt Associates to help the U.S. government evaluate their programs and policies for military service members and veterans, including the congressionally mandated National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study and the DoD Behavioral Health Research Gap Analysis. She has published her work in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, and presented at numerous conferences. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and North Carolina State University, respectively.

Treasurer: Chia-Lin Ho [chialinroseho@gmail.com] 

Student Liaison: Paul Jones [pmjones@email.meredith.edu]

Dr. Joseph "Joe" Mazzola is the Director of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology MA program and an Associate Professor at Meredith College. His research focuses on stress measurement and management, promoting healthy behaviors in the workplace such as proper nutrition and exercise habits, and the use of qualitative/mixed methodology. He has been published in several scholarly journals and books, including Work & Stress, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Stress & Health. He is also the current Treasurer for the Society of Occupational Psychology and a member of the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Joe received his Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of South Florida in 2010.

Executive Leadership Committee [2019-2020]


Carson Sells is a first-year masters student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management (IOHRM) program at Appalachian State University. His areas of interest include organizational behavior, organizational communication, work-nonwork identity, and sustainability. He received a B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also minored in creative writing. During his time at UNC, he worked in the Mind Perception and Morality Lab with Dr. Kurt Gray to investigate zero-tolerance policies in the workplace, which piqued his interest in I/O psychology. Outside of school, Carson enjoys basketball, tramping through the woods, and reading science fiction.

Vice Chair: Isaac Thompson [LinkedIn]

Aly Stetyick is a doctoral student of Organizational Science at UNC Charlotte. Aly is particularly interested in issues facing first responders, including police officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel. She is currently managing UNCC’s High-Reliability, Emotions, and Resilience in Organizations (HERO) Lab, supervising organizational development projects for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and collaborating with Drexel University’s Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST).


Aly is planning to receive her MA in I/O Psychology from UNCC in Spring 2020. She earned her BA in Organizational Development from UMBC in 2016. In her spare time, Aly enjoys hiking, rock-climbing, and fostering dogs.

Isaac B. Thompson, Ph.D. is a Principal Data Scientist at Modern Hire where he leads a cross-disciplinary team of AI developers applying good AI to assessment and interviews. His deep learning algorithms and novel approach has been successfully applied in Modern Hire products and rolled out to impact millions of candidates per year who apply to Fortune 500 companies. His creative blend of advanced AI with traditional psychometrics won him and team the IPAC Innovations in Selection award of 2019 and Open Source award by HR Examiner. He was a winner in the 2018 SIOP Machine Learning Competition and then led, designed, and executed the 2019 and 2020 competitions which garnered large participation (over 450 competitors in 2019). He has over 35 pieces of research that have been accepted and presented in the US and abroad on topics of AI, deep learning, machine learning, open source, employee selection and assessment, Bayesian statistics, and other areas. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from North Carolina State University.

Lea Williams [ewilliams22101@gmail.com]

Julia Brandon  [julia.b.brandon@gmail.com]

Dr. Cynthia DeVita-Cochrane is an experienced mediator, business coach, entrepreneur, and I/O psychologist with over 20 years business consulting experience. Dr. DeVita-Cochrane earned her undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University, and completed mediation training through Pepperdine Law School. After several years as the founding director of a start-up mediation center, she began a consulting and training firm to help other not-for- profit and for-profit start-ups. From there her consulting practice expanded to provide business consulting, coaching, and training across the U.S. Ten years ago, she narrowed her consulting and training practice exclusively to commercial nuclear power clients, while she completed a masters and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Her dissertation on personality factors of successful nuclear power license candidates was the first study of its kind in the industry. She currently owns several businesses in the Wilmington NC area, serves as an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and continues to provide psychological and cognitive assessments and consulting to nuclear power utilities nationally and internationally. Cynthia and her husband are raising the last of four boys together and enjoying the coastal life in Wilmington, NC.

Previous NCIOP Chairs
Thank you to David Gilmore, CarolAnn Paradise Tornow, Michelle Joyce, Bob Pond, Valerie Sessa, Mark Wilson, Pierce Howard, Chris Ernst, John Cope, David Gilmore, Lori Foster Thompson, John Kello, Tim Huelsman, Cindy McCauley, Chris Miller, Scott Tonidandel, Bill Gentry, Chris Leupold, Bill Gentry, Heather Burnett, John Bennett, Heather Gordon, Jennifer Cline, Julia Brandon, and Brooke Allison

Jody Bishop-Pompili [jbpompili@gmail.com]

Secretary: Carson Sells [sellsc@appstate.edu]

Paul Jones is a second-year masters student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at Meredith College. His areas of interest include organizational development, change management and employer branding. In his current role with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Paul oversees numerous marketing and advertising campaigns to promote the state’s $91.8 billion agriculture industry. He holds degrees in communication and visual communication from North Carolina State University and Winthrop University respectively. In his free time, Paul enjoys exploring parks and greenway trails with his wife and two children.  

Jody Bishop-Pompili is a Senior Manager of Organizational Effectiveness at the North Carolina Department of Revenue. With over ten years of business consulting, Jody strives to be the “go-to” strategic business partner. At NCDOR, she partners with the Executive Leadership Team to manage leadership and management development programs, manage various organizational development and change programs, along with managing strategic performance management programs. She has two master’s degrees; Organizational Leadership and Management from Lewis University and Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University. 

Want to Get Involved? 

Executive committee members are selected and voted in during NCIOP's annual Fall meetings.

For more information, click here to download descriptions of our executive membership roles and responsibilities, or contact Aly Stetyick [astetyic@uncc.edu].

Julia Brandon, PhD, Associate Certified Coach, is currently an Organizational Development and Learning Director at RTI International. Dr. Brandon provides organizational development expertise, execution for  leadership development and learning initiatives, team coaching, and facilitation across four business units. She co-leads Strategic Talent Analytics, a cross-functional team that builds models linking people, processes, and organizational outcomes to further enable actions based on insight.

Previously, as a Senior Director at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Dr. Brandon led the global delivery of the competency framework for the Environment, Health, and Safety groups and developed the early talent program. In addition, she was responsible at the enterprise level for leading the GSK Capability assessment work and developing analytic insights to enhance engagement.

Website Director: Aly Stetyick [astetyic@uncc.edu.edu]

Cynthia DeVita-Cochrane [cdevita1@me.com]

Beatrice DeMott is a second year Industrial-Organizational Psychology Master’s student at East Carolina University. Her research interests include work-life balance, work stress and interventions, workaholism, and motivational factors. Beatrice completed her undergraduate degree at Temple University, where she received a B.A in psychology, with a minor in cognitive neuroscience. Beatrice currently assists Dr. Shahnaz Aziz with her research on workaholism. In her free time, Beatrice enjoys yoga, reading, and hiking with her dog.

Members at Large

Eleanor "Lea" Williams is a fifth year doctoral student in the Organizational Science program at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Her research interests include workplace meetings (multitasking during workplace meetings is actually the topic of her dissertation), self-leadership and leadership more broadly, occupational safety, and data quality issues. Lea is currently the co-director of the Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA) at UNC-Charlotte, alongside Dr. Steven Rogelberg; VPA is a nonprofit consulting group that helps nonprofit leaders understand the strengths and weaknesses of their volunteer program through an online survey administered to volunteers.  In addition to VPA, during her time at UNC-Charlotte, Lea has interned at Ingersoll Rand, Duke Energy, Jacobsen and TIAA-CREF, where she has specialized in talent management and organizational development. 

Lea has been attending NCIOP meetings since she was a psychology major at Davidson College; she has served as a student representative and is thrilled to still hold a position on the executive board as a member at-large.

Chair: Joe Mazzola [jjmazzola@meredith.edu]

Beatrice "Bea" Demott  [demottb18@students.ecu.edu]