2016 HAIOP Schedule

We are planning to meet approximately on the second Tuesday of every other month, with some other dates mixed in.

  • March 8: Banquet
  • May 10: HAIOP 2016 Poster Competition
  • September 13: This event will be networking, cocktails, and appetizers for HAIOP members.
  • November 15: This event will be a talk by Mark Friedman. Details are now shown below.

Keep up with this site, as we will post updates to the schedule regularly.


HAIOP is pleased to welcome Dr. Mark J. Friedman for our next meeting

The topic will be

Alignment, Engagement and Execution: Creating Strong Team Performance and Results –

Or, How to Herd Cats!

Speaker: Dr. Mark J. Friedman

Location: Rice University in Sewall Hall, Room 303

Date / Time: Tuesday, November 15th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Mark is a principal in MJF Associates, a full-service Human Resources Development Consulting firm based in Houston, Texas. The firm specializes in Strategic Alignment (Strategic Planning and Team Building), Executive Coaching, and Leadership Development. Mark received his Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology at the University of Tennessee and has over 25 years of experience. His clients include: LyondellBasel, Exxon/ Mobil, ABB Lummus Global, Air Liquide, National Oilwell Varco, The City of Houston, University of Houston, The Port of Houston Authority, The US Postal Service, The Houston Texans (NFL team), The Hewlett-Packard Company, and St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital System. He can be reached at 281-493-0641 or markf@mjfassociates.com.

Topic description

Today’s technologies provide for very sophisticated solutions to complex global challenges. Yet sometimes attaining high-level outcomes and achieving critical results remains elusive. While challenges in implementing new technology or accelerating commercial deployments can be abundant, the far bigger challenge is that of the human kind – i.e. getting people focused and working together!

In this fast paced presentation, Dr. Friedman will discuss the nuts and bolts of getting a team all on the same page -- with clear roles, goals and responsibilities. And he will provide some practical tips and ideas about how you can get your people focused, engaged and committed, or in short, how to herd cats!

The September 13th Event Will be Networking, Drinks, and Appetizers at Brio Tuscan Grill City Center!

This event is for haiop members, who will be treated to drinks and appetizers at the Brio bar. A room has also been reserved at brio for those who wish to stay for dinner. Please see details below!

  • Date: Tuesday, September 13th 2016
  • Time: 5:30pm to 6:45 pm for drinks and appetizers, 6:45pm to 8:30pm for Dinner
  • Location: Brio Tuscan Grill City Center - 12808 Queensbury Lane, Houston, TX 77024
  • Details: HAIOP will give 2 drink tickets to each member and provide for appetizers both generally and as requested. One drink ticket can be redeemed at the bar for beer or wine, other drinks may require two drink tickets. Members must pay for their own dinner.

Congratulations to the Winners of the First Annual HAIOP Poster Session!

First place and $50 went to: Carlos Moreno

And, second place went to: Jackie Gilberto

Thanks to all who showed up to participate and to all who came to support this event.

Wrap-Up on 2016 HAIOP Banquet

Thanks to all who attended the HAIOP Banquet on March 8!  In spite of the weather, we had a good turnout at the UH Hilton.

Special thanks to Ed Salas, who gave a fantastic talk about research and realities of teamwork.

Some of the highlights from his presentation include:

Four Takeaways about Teamwork

·         Teamwork matters – not just “feel good”

o   But often won’t happen naturally

·         Can’t build a collaborative culture if your teams aren’t working well together

·         Focus on the 7 C’s – science of teamwork

·         Take targeted actions including more/better team debriefs

The Seven “C’s” of Teamwork (Drivers)

·         Capability

·         Cooperation

·         Coordination

·         Communication

·         Cognition

·         Coaching

·         Conditions

Publicly-Available Example of Good Team Training: TeamSTEPPS

TeamSTEPPS® is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient care by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals, including frontline staff. It includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into a variety of settings.

More information on TeamSTEPPS can be found at: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/education/curriculum-tools/teamstepps/instructor/index.html

Congratulations to Fred Oswald of Rice University – 2017 SIOP President!


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Fred Oswald

A member of Rice’s faculty since 2008, Oswald researches a wide range of psychological testing and personnel selection issues in organizational, educational and military settings. He currently serves as associate editor for the Journal of Management, Psychological Methods, Research Synthesis Methods and Journal of Research in Personality and serves on nine editorial boards. He is a current member of the Board of Human Systems Integration of the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

For more information on SIOP, visit www.siop.org/.

Adapted from article by Amy McCaig, a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.

Congratulations to Mikki Hebl of Rice University – Recipient of Nation’s Largest Teaching Award!

Baylor University has awarded the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching to SIOP member Michelle (Mikki) Hebl of Houston’s Rice University, an honor that carries a $250,000 prize.

The Cherry Award is designed to honor great teachers, stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and encourage departments and institutions to recognize their own great teachers. It is the only national teaching award—with the largest single monetary award—presented by a college or university to an individual for exceptional teaching. “Dr. Hebl has a remarkable record of recognized teaching and scholarship awards. The Cherry committee was particularly impressed with her passion and enthusiasm for teaching and her ability to engage with both students and faculty across a variety of disciplines,” said Michael W. Thompson, committee chair and associate dean for undergraduate programs at Baylor, in university news release.

Previously, she received SIOP’s Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award in 2008. During her career, she has received more than a dozen awards for teaching as well as her work on issues of gender and diversity. In addition to her $250,000 award, an additional $25,000 will be given to the department of psychology at Rice University. She will also teach in residence at Baylor during the spring 2017 semester. One of three finalists, Hebl said she was “thrilled and humbled” by the honor. “I just feel lucky to be recognized for something—teaching and mentoring—that I feel so blessed to do as a career.” As part of the selection process, she presented a lecture at Baylor in which she demonstrated how even the most high-intentioned and educated people hold biases, possess skewed beliefs about themselves, and express discrimination toward others. She received her doctorate from Dartmouth University and since 1998 has been teaching at Rice where she is the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Professor of Psychology. 

Adapted from article by SIOP Administrative Office

HAIOP is moving to a calendar year!

All memberships from the 2014/2015 academic year will be considered current until march 1st 2016.

Membership renewals and banquet tickets for the 2016 calendar year can be purchased here!