Prof. Joel Lefkowitz

Joel Lefkowitz

Phone: (646) 312- 3789

Location: VC 8-222


Professor Lefkowitz received his undergraduate (BBA) degree at Baruch College, where he returned to teach full time after receiving the PhD in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1965.  He retired from full-time teaching and became Emeritus Professor in 2009, although he retains his association with the psychology department and the I-O doctoral program by teaching the required doctoral course in Ethics and serving on student First Examination and Dissertation committees.

His teaching and research interests have reflected the generalist tradition in I-O psychology, including work in both the “I” aspects of the field (human resources research and administration such as employee selection, test validation, performance appraisal and equal-employment opportunity issues) as well as the “O” (organizational social psychology such as the interpersonal aspects of supervision, the motivations of “non-traditional” or contingent workers, gender bias in the assessment and interpretation of employee job attitudes, and the antecedents of unethical behavior in organizations).

His interest in equal employment opportunity issues led to his being retained as an expert in eeo litigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as private attorneys, in more than 50 cases of alleged employment discrimination against minorities, pay discrimination against women, and age discrimination.

In 2003 Dr. Lefkowitz published the first full-fledged text on ethics in the field, Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.  The book was very favorably reviewed and won the Abraham J. Briloff Prize in Ethics for 2003-04.  Dr. Lefkowitz has begun preparation for a revised edition of Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Recently, Dr. Lefkowitz’s interests have focused mostly on professional, ethical and values issues in I-O psychology, as reflected in his recent publications.


Lefkowitz, J. (2015).  “The maturation of a profession: A work psychology for the new millennium.” Ch. 18 in I. McWha, D.C. Maynard &  M. ONeill Berry (Eds.), Humanitarian work psychology and the global development agenda: Case studies and interventions.  Routledge Psychology Press.

Lefkowitz, J. (2013).  “Values and ethics of a changing I-O psychology: A call to (further) action.” Ch. 1 in J.B. Olson-Buchanan, L.L. Koppes Bryan & L.F.  Thompson (Eds.).  Using I-O psychology for the greater good: Helping those who help others.  Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Frontier Series, 13-42.

Lefkowitz, J. (2012).  “The morality of business: From humanitarian to humanistic work psychology.” Ch. 5 in S.C. Carr, M. MacLachlan & A. Furnham (Eds.), Humanitarian work psychology: Alignment, harmonization and cultural competence.  London, UK: MacMillan, 103-125.

Lefkowitz, J. & Lowman, R.L. (2010).  “Ethics of Employee Selection.” Ch. 27 in J.L. Farr & N.T. Tippins, (Eds.).  Handbook of Employee Selection.  New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 572-591. (2nd Ed. in press.)

Lefkowitz, J.  (2003).  Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum

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