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President President

Comila Shahani-Denning is Professor and Director of the Industrial/Organizational Master’s Program at Hofstra University. She received her B.A. degree from St. Xavier’s College and M.A. and Ph.D. from Rice University. She supervises both MA and PhD students, and teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research focuses on how recruitment and selection are impacted by social media. Her recent projects aim at understanding how applicant and recruiters portray and perceive one another on on LinkedIn, along with evaluating differences across industries and applicant gender. Dr. Shahani-Denning has provided varied consulting services on test development for certification programs, assessment and evaluation of sales professionals, implementation of self-managed teams, facilitation of leadership development programs, and conducting both needs assessments and evaluations for training programs. 

Vice President

Christina Fleck earned her M.A. in I/O Psychology from Xavier University and her Ph.D. in I/O from Hofstra University. She  currently works in Leadership Development as part of the Interventions Research and Analytics unit at Deloitte.  Previously, she worked on both the Global Culture and Engagement Team as well as Global Talent Assessment and Development team at PepsiCo. Within the field of I/O, she leads the Research Committee for the Mayflower Consortium and serves as a reviewer for the journal Mentoring and Tutoring. 


Roza Jankovic received her M.S. in I/O Psychology from CUNY Baruch, and a Ph.D. in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University, where she studied teams and taught research methods.  She currently works in PepsiCo's Culture and Engagement, Global Talent Management and Organization Development Team where she drives PepsiCo’s Organizational Health and Global Surveys strategy. Roza held previous PepsiCo OD roles supporting the North America Beverages sector and Global R&D function. Within her roles, she leads talent analytics for strategic talent management and managed core people processes including assessment and development, performance management, succession planning, careers, and leader feedback surveys. 


Daniel Simonet received his M.A. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from the University of Tulsa. He is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial/Organizational Program at Montclair State University. His research emphasizes applying integrative and dyadic personality models to work, including the unique nature of dark-side tendencies, interpersonal effects of personality in work relationships, and the self-determined process of human empowerment. He teaches quantitative courses, including Data Science in R, Psychometrics, Personnel Selection, and Multivariate Statistics. Previously Dan was a research associate at Hogan Assessment Systems where he supported the development, validation, and consultation on existing and new products, including personality-oriented job analyses.

Core Contributors

Logistics and Events 


Ashley Busing has been an active METRO member for 10 years and supports operational management of all member events. She received her Psychology BA from the University of South Florida and M.A. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Baruch College where she taught Intro to Psychology, I/O Psychology, and Theories of Personality.  She currently works as a Senior Analyst for the New York State Unified Court System in the Office of Court Research.  She aspires to apply her analytic skills in people operations and, in her spare time, puts on three classical ballet performances a year. 

Johanna Seppalainen works to develop and expand METRO's sponsorship relationships. She received her M.S. in I/O Psychology from San Francisco State and has over a decade of experience in Learning and Development. She has specializes in integrating assessment results into developmental goals, which she has applied to projects in talent management, executive development, group facilitation, and the delivery of organizational development initiatives. In addition to consulting, Johanna is an adjunct in the business schools for both Baruch and NYU. 

Web Management

Social and Dining Coordinator

Ethan Rothstein is METRO's web manager. He has a degree in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and is currently a doctoral student in industrial and organizational psychology at Baruch College and The Graduate Center, CUNY.  His research focus is on work-family, leadership,  and motivation. Ethan currently works at Aon in the Assessment & Selection team, and previously interned with the United Nations in the Talent Development Unit. 

Julia Leone  serves as METRO's dining and drinks coordinator. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Arizona and is currently a doctoral student and social chair of industrial and organizational psychology at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.  She has research interests in linguistic ostracism and unethical decision making.

Past Presidents

  • 2018 - '19: Anthony S. Boyce, Ph.D.
  • 2017 - '18: Rania Vasilatos. Ph.D.
  • 2016 - '17: Katherine Bittner, Ph.D.
  • 2015 - '16: Wendy Becker, Ph.D.
  • 2014 - '15: Terri Shapiro, Ph.D.
  • 2013 - '14: Michel Buffet, Ph.D.
  • 2012 - '13: Christine S. Fernandez, Ph.D.
  • 2011 - '12: Pete Rutigliano, Ph.D.
  • 2010 - '11: Charles Scherbaum, Ph.D.
  • 2009 - '10: Dan Fisher, Ph.D.
  • 2008 - '09: Erika D’Egidio, Ph.D.
  • 2007 - '08: Warren Klein, Ph.D.
  • 2006 - '07: LeAnne Bennett , Ph.D.
  • 2005 - '06: Christopher Rotolo , Ph.D.


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