Risk and Decision Making Lab

Louisiana State University

Lab PI

Don Zhang, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Louisiana State University, and the director of the Risk and Decision Making Lab. Don received his PhD from Bowling Green State University. His research interests are in risk taking at work, decision making, and employee selection. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals in psychology, decision making, and organizational behavior. His work has also been covered by The Guardian, New York Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and other outlets. He is an Associate Editor for Applied Psychology: An International Review and serves on the editorial board for Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, and Journal of Business and Psychology. He has received over $2.9 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation, and is the recipient of the CAREER Award. During his free time, Don enjoys tennis, chess, traveling, cooking, gaming, his dog, and photography.

Graduate Students

2nd year doctoral student

Katelyn Reeves is a second year in the I/O Psychology Ph.D. Program. She graduated with her undergraduate degree from California State University - Fresno. Her research interests include employee interviews, selection tests, work-life balance, and mental health at work. She loves walking in nature, gaming, watching shows, and spending time with her family and friends.

4th year doctoral student

Tyler Cowley is a fourth year Industrial/Organizational Psychology student working. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University. His research interests include Loss aversion/risk-taking at work, mental health in work/burnout, and employment interviews. He enjoys playing golf in his spare time, hiking, exploring the city, and watching sporting events.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Gabrielle Mellor

Colette Mouton

Maria Gordon

David Cannon

Keylan Stone




Undergraduate Alum

  • Sarah Graff, B.A. (2017 – 2018) –Masters student at I/O Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, Now HR Specialist at Ochsner Health
  • Paige Resnick, B.A. (2017 – 2018) – Masters student in I/O Psychology at University of Texas Arlington, Now HR Program Manager at Hilltop Holdings
  • Sidney Thomas, B.A. (2017 – 2019) – PhD student in I/O Psychology at Louisiana Tech University, Now at AllState
  • Gabi Danna, B.A. (2017 – 2019) – PhD student in I/O Psychology at University at Albany, SUNY, Now at Google
  • Elizabeth Joseph, B.A. (2018 – 2019) – PhD student in Experimental Psychology at Texas Christian University
  • Kevin Sullivan, B.A. (2019) – PhD student in I/O Psychology at Louisiana Tech University
  • Olivia Kjellsten, B.A. (2019-2020) – Masters student in I/O Psychology at Vrije University, now Deloitte
  • Gaurangi Das, B.A. (2018-2021) – PhD student in I/O Psychology at Bowling Green State University
  • Brynne Babin, B.A. (2020-2021) – Masters student in Social Work at Louisiana State University

Graduate Alum

  • John-Luke McCord, Ph.D. (2016 – 2022) – Associate Consultant at Xecutive Metrix
  • Gino Howard, Ph.D. (2020 - 2023) - Assistant Professor, UC San Bernardino

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