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Debra Major, Ph.D.

  • Debra Major, Ph.D.
  • Professor
  • Department of Psychology
  • 346j Mills Godwin Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4235
  • dmajor@odu.edu
  • Education

    Michigan State University, 1992
    Major: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Michigan State University, 1990
    Major: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Degree: M.A.
    Michigan State University, 1987
    Major: Communication and Psychology
    Degree: B.A.
  • Expertise

    Stress
    *Job and family stress *Good supervisors/leaders *Career development of women and ethnic minorities *Managing work-family conflict *Challenges for working parents of ill children *Business costs of poor child health *Effective development of new hires
    Women's Issues
  • 2012: ODU College of Science Distinguished Teaching , ODU
  • 2012: Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • 2012: Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • 2012: Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • 2010: ODU College of Science Distinguished Research Award, ODU
  • 2010: ODU Graduate Student Mentor Award Finalist, ODU
  • 2010: Best Paper Award, Consortium of Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Eastern Conference 2010
  • 2008: ODU Graduate Student Mentor Award Finalist, ODU
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    GSE/RES-Collaborative Research - Capitalizing on opportunity: Narrowing the gender divide in engineering and computer science through professional development
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2010 - 2013
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Major, D. A.; Orvis, K. A.; DeLoatch, S. J.; Morsi, R.
    Research Experience for Undergraduates: GSE/RES-Collaborative Research: Capitalizing on Opportunity: Narrowing the Gender Divide in Engineering and Computer Science through Professional Development
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2010 - 2013
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Major, D. A.; Orvis, K. A.; DeLoatch, S.; Mori, R.
    Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program: Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
    Sponsoring Organization: ODU Honors College
    Date: August, 2012 - December, 2012
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Major, D. A.; Landers, R.; Cigularov, K.
    RDE-BPR1: Exploring Factors Affecting the Retention and Persistence of Students with Disabilities in Information Technology and Computer Science Majors
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: 2012
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Wu, H.; Major, D. A.; Watson, S. R.; Ren, Z.; Xu, L. D.
    A scratch-based CSO course for at-risk students
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: May, 2009 - August, 2010
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Major, D. A.
    Capitalizing on opportunity: Barriers and supports in the growth and retention of women undergraduates in engineering and computer science
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Office of Research Multidisciplinary Seed Funding Program
    Date: 2009 - 2009
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Major, D. A.; Orvis, K. A.; Vahala, L. L.; Brunelle, J.
    Creating an inclusive learning environment: Enhancing retention of women and minorities in computer science.
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: August, 2004 - August, 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Davis, D. D.; Major, D. A.; Sanchez-Hucles, J.; DeLoatch, S.
    The line in the sand: Understanding customer sexual harassment through a psychological contract framework
    Sponsoring Organization: Clara Mayo
    Date: December, 2007 - December, 2007
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Morganson, V. J.
    Climate for Opportunity and Inclusion: Improving the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Women and Minorities in IT
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: June, 2002 - June, 2005
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Major, D. A.; Sanchez-Hucles, J.; Davis, D. D.; Mann, J.
    Implementing a pediatric asthma guideline in adult emergency departments
    Sponsoring Organization: Emergency Medical Services for Children, HRSA
    Date: May, 2002 - May, 2005
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Isaacman, D.; Major, D. A.