Faculty Director

Faculty Director

Larissa K. Barber, Assistant Professor

Social and Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program

Department Web Page: http://www.niu.edu/psyc/faculty/barber.shtml


Dr. Barber received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She graduated with a major in Psychology, a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and an Honors certificate from the Pierre Laclede Honors College. She received her Master of Science (Research) degree in Psychology from Saint Louis University working on research related to self-regulation and complex decision making and emotional labor. Her Ph.D. is from Saint Louis University, with a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, a minor in Research Methodology, and a certificate in University Teaching Skills. Her dissertation was a multi-study approach to examining the role of sleep in predicting stress and self-regulatory outcomes.

Dr. Barber’s research program are under the broad themes of self-regulation and occupational health, and include personality, stress and sleep, the work-life interface, and counterproductive work behaviors. She has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal publications and presents regularly across several professional conference forums (particularly SIOP and WSH). She joined the Social and Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program faculty in Fall 2011, and enjoys working on research collaborations with students specializing in both Social and I/O areas.
Before coming to NIU, Dr. Barber taught both general psychology and research methods courses at Fontbonne University (St. Louis, MO) and statistics at Smith College (Northampton, MA). At NIU, she teaches undergraduate courses in industrial-organizational psychology and graduate courses in personnel psychology and occupational health psychology. In addition to graduate awards for teaching and research excellence, she has received two Instructional Resource Awards from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology for projects related to ethics training for participants and internship resources.

In terms of applied experiences, she has worked as a research consultant for the American Psychological Association‘s Healthy Workplace Program and the Center for Applied Behavior Science at Saint Louis University. She has provided consultation for numerous organizations in the areas of occupational health, selection and training, quantitative data analysis, and organizational assessment.