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Debra Major, Ph.D. (I/O Psy)

Debra Major, Ph.D. (I/O Psy)


Professor & Eminent Scholar
Department of Psychology

Contact Information


346J MILLS GODWIN BLDG
NORFOLK, VA 23529

Email: dmajor@odu.edu

Phone: 757-683-4235

Education/Credentials


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  • Expertise

    Psychology
    Career Development, Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion
    Women's Issues
    Career Barriers, Work-Family Conflict, Underrepresentation in STEM
  • 2015: "Rock Star” Award for Student Teaching and Engagement, Old Dominion University
  • 2015: Distinguished Service Contributions Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • 2015: Faculty Research Achievement Award , Old Dominion University
  • 2015: Provost’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor, Old Dominion University
  • 2014: “Shining Star” Award for Teaching Excellence, Old Dominion University
  • 2013: Champion of Diversity Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2013: Fellow, Society for the Psychology of Women
  • 2012: College of Science Distinguished Teaching , Old Dominion University
  • 2012: Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • 2012: Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
  • 2012: Fellow, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • 2010: College of Science Distinguished Research Award, Old Dominion University
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Shryock, K. J.; Major, D. A.; Froyd, J. E.; Hu, X. "Collaborative Research: “I AM an engineer!” Assessing Engineering Identity, Its Development, and Its Contribution to Retention among Engineering College Students" $249,674. Federal. August, 2015 - July, 2017
    Major, D. A. "Research Experience for Undergraduates: GSE/RES- Patching the STEM Pipeline between College and Work: Investigating Gender Issues in Embeddedness" $49,750. Federal. June, 2014 - January, 2016
    Major, D. A.; Morganson, V. J. "GSE/RES- Patching the STEM Pipeline between College and Work: Investigating Gender Issues in Embeddedness" $524,917. Federal. February, 2013 - January, 2016
    Major, D. A.; Landers, R.; Cigularov, K.; Hu, X. "Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program: Industrial/Organizational Psychology" $66,000. Old Dominion University. 2013 - 2015
    Major, D. A.; Orvis, K. A.; DeLoatch, S.; Mori, R. "Research Experience for Undergraduates: GSE/RES-Collaborative Research: Capitalizing on Opportunity: Narrowing the Gender Divide in Engineering and Computer Science through Professional Development" $114,841. Federal. 2010 - 2014
    Major, D. A.; Orvis, K. A.; DeLoatch, S. J.; Morsi, R. "GSE/RES-Collaborative Research - Capitalizing on opportunity: Narrowing the gender divide in engineering and computer science through professional development" $500,000. Federal. 2010 - 2013
    Major, D. A.; Landers, R.; Cigularov, K. "Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program: Industrial/Organizational Psychology. " $22,000. Old Dominion University. August, 2012 - December, 2012
    Wu, H.; Major, D. A.; Watson, S. R.; Ren, Z.; Xu, L. D. "RDE-BPR1: Exploring Factors Affecting the Retention and Persistence of Students with Disabilities in Information Technology and Computer Science Majors" $160,452. Federal. 2012
    Major, D. A.; Landers, R.; Cigularov, K. "Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program: Industrial/Organizational Psychology" $22,000. Old Dominion University. 2012 - 2012
    Rizvi, M. A.; Humphries, T. O.; Major, D. A.; Cooper, D. "Lambert’s Point Community Center Programming and Robotics Club (ProRoC): A Two-Pronged Approach to Attracting and Retaining Students in STEM Majors" $50,000. Local. 2011 - 2011
    Major, D. A.; Orvis, K. A.; Landers, R.; Cigularov, K. "Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program: Industrial/Organizational Psychology" $22,000. Old Dominion University. 2011 - 2011
    Major, D. A. "A scratch-based CSO course for at-risk students" $25,600. Federal. May, 2009 - August, 2010
    Major, D. A.; Orvis, K. A.; Vahala, L. L.; Brunelle, J. "Capitalizing on opportunity: Barriers and supports in the growth and retention of women undergraduates in engineering and computer science" $17,366. Old Dominion University. 2009 - 2009
    Davis, D. D.; Major, D. A.; Sanchez-Hucles, J.; DeLoatch, S. "Creating an inclusive learning environment: Enhancing retention of women and minorities in computer science." $733,520. Federal. August, 2004 - August, 2008
    Morganson, V. J. "The line in the sand: Understanding customer sexual harassment through a psychological contract framework" $1,000. Private. December, 2007 - December, 2007
    Major, D. A.; Sanchez-Hucles, J.; Davis, D. D.; Mann, J. "Climate for Opportunity and Inclusion: Improving the Recruitment, Retention and Advancement of Women and Minorities in IT " $497,257. Federal. June, 2002 - June, 2005
    Isaacman, D.; Major, D. A. "Implementing a pediatric asthma guideline in adult emergency departments" $721,765. Federal. May, 2002 - May, 2005