Prof. Loren J. Naidoo

Loren J. Naidoo

Phone: (646) 312-3834

Location: VC 8-287

Website: Social Cognitive I/O Lab


Dr. Naidoo received his MA and PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The University of Akron in 2005. In 1998 he received his BSc from McGill University where his research training was in Social Psychology and Social Cognition. Dr. Naidoo is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Baruch College and doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Dr. Naidoo's approach to research in I/O Psychology flows from his training in experimental social cognition. In general, he is interested in understanding human behavior in work contexts by making use of social psychological and social cognitive theories. His research targets a variety of organizational phenomena including leadership, motivation, burnout, employee engagement, organizational justice, performance appraisal, self-regulation, decision making, and attitude measurement.

Much of Dr. Naidoo's recent research has focused on leadership processes. He conceptualizes leadership as a form of social influence that involves characteristics of the leader, of the follower, of the leader-follower dyad, and of the broader social context in which leadership takes place. One specific research interest is the emotional and motivational aspects of leader-follower relationships, an exciting and burgeoning area of research in I/O Psychology.

Current lines of research include: 1) The impact of leader verbal and nonverbal communications on followers' motivational orientations and performance, 2) The effect of dyadic leader-follower relationship quality within work teams on team performance and development, 3) The effects of individual motivational dispositions on workplace health, learning, and engagement.

Visit Dr. Naidoo's lab: Leadership and Motivation Lab

Dr. Naidoo has taught courses in I/O Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Organizational Survey Design, Research Methods, Motivation, Social Psychology, and Psychometrics, varyingly at undergraduate, MS/MBA, international executive MS (Singapore, Taiwan), and PhD levels. He has also taught advanced statistical workshops to practitioners, doctoral students, and faculty on topics including mediation analysis, hierarchical linear modeling, and structural equation modeling in statistical packages including SPSS, MPLUS, and HLM.

Dr. Naidoo's consulting experience includes work in the areas of training and assessment, performance management, and survey design, in organizations in both the US and Canada. He specializes in the application of advanced psychometric and statistical methods to measurement issues in organizations.

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Representative Publications

Naidoo, L. J. (2016). Leader opportunity versus threat verbal framing and nonverbal emotional expressions impact followers' creative performance. The Leadership Quarterly, in press.

Naidoo, L. J., DeCriscio, A. A., Brandman, H. R., Manipella, A., Ryan, M., & Youdim, J. (2012). The 2 X 2 model of goal orientation and burnout: The role of approach/avoidance dimensions of goal orientation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, 2541-2563.

Naidoo, L. J., Scherbaum, C. A., Goldstein, H. A., & Graen, G. B. (2011). A longitudinal examination of the effects of LMX, ability, and differentiation on team performance. Journal of Business and Psychology, 26, 347-357.

Naidoo, L. J., Kohari, N. E., Lord, R. G., & DuBois, D. (2010). “Seeing” is retrieving: Recovering emotional content in leadership ratings. The Leadership Quarterly, 21, 886-900.

Naidoo, L. J. & Lord, R. G. (2008). Speech imagery and perceptions of charisma: The mediating role of positive affect. The Leadership Quarterly, 19, 283-296.

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