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Jared Weintraub is a People Analytics and Research Manager at Deloitte, where he works on the Program Evaluation and Action Planning workstream. Jared earned his M.A. from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Hofstra University. He is an Adjunct Professor at New York University, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. Jared has also worked with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies and provided coaching to individuals. Jared’s research investigates how workplace nudges and Positive Psychology - specifically Mindfulness and Flow Theory - can be applied to help individuals, teams, and organizations flourish.

Vice President

Lily Blocker is the an Associate Professor of Management at Stony Brook University where her research focuses on leadership failure and the dynamics of team innovation. She has published over 15 peer-reviewed articles which have been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, and Business Insider. She is also the Co-Director of the MBA program , Director of the Leadership and Creativity Lab, and two time recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. She holds a Ph.D in I/O Psychology from Penn State and completed a post-doctoral fellowship studying terrorist deradicalization.



Nicole Rogers received her PhD in Applied Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University.  She is  currently a Human Resources Business Partner at Disney and was previously a Senior Management Consultant at E. Rogers Associates, Inc. In the past few years Dr. Rodgers has supported METRO as director of educational offerings in coordinating workshops, certifications, and hands-on tutorials for members to learn new skills.  



Dr. Allisa Ciccia is an Organizational Effectiveness Strategist at The Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she works throughout the Bank on various organizational effectiveness initiatives. Her role allows her to engage with all parts of the organization to educate and redefine behavioral science; she works on a small team acting as internal consultants who bring IO research into all human capital experiences. She earned her B.A and M.A. from Fairfield University, Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Hofstra University Prior to her current role, she worked for a boutique consulting firm that advised on talent strategy and management for financial services, hedge funds, and fin-tech start-ups. Her research has coalesced around productivity in the workplace, incorporating one microbreak into a workday at a time.

Core Contributors

Logistics and Registration

Jennifer Holland earned an associates in Applied Science in Small Business Entrepreneurship, a Bachelors in Business and Master’s in I/O Psychology at CUNY. Her work experience includes over ten years of experience working in organizational and program assessment, cultural change, program management, project management, supporting strategic planning and driving institutional effectiveness. In her work she utilizes system thinking and change management approaches, along with assessment to foster cultures of continuous improvement and shared values. 

Paulina Wiedmann earned her M.A. in I/O Psychology from Montclair State University. She is currently working in Queens, NY as a Talent Management/Training Specialist. She is responsible for employee development by creating and managing programs that help employees gain impactful experiences like leadership training, mentorship, skill development, and career pathing. Paulina has been an active member of METRO since 2019, and she is excited to continue contributing to the group's success as a volunteer.



Social Media

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 well over a decade of experience in Talent Management & Learning and Development. She 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.

Paige Matuszynski earned her B.A. in Psychology and Art Therapy from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and her M.A. in I/O Psychology from Hofstra University. At Hofstra, she was President of the Industrial Organizational Psychology Students Association (IOPSA). Paige holds experience in applied behavioral analysis, leadership, marketing, human advocacy, and research. Currently, she works in a startup environment for The Evaluations Company family of companies as an Associate and Personnel Development Specialist.



Food and Beverages

Brandon Sulzberg is a Master's student in I/O psychology at the University of Hofstra and is the President of Hofstra's I/O student organization (IOPSA). He is also an Associate Management Consultant at Latchmere Group and works on a variety of projects. Some of these projects include training and development, change management, and performance management. Lastly, Brandon is the cohost of the Brando and Joe I/O podcast, which was created to help students find their way within the field of I/O psychology. He is very excited to assist METRO in trying to shape the future of the field.

Daniel Abramov just finished their I/O psychologist masters degree at NYU. They have worked for the Rockefeller Foundations and the United Nations Population Fund and is helping METRO in order to connect with like minded people to make various organizational functions work in a more ethical, efficient, and effective way. They see the value in all labor, so even with this role, they hope that you enjoy the food and drinks offered at METRO.


Technology and Audio-Visual

Jamie Forman manages all recording, editing, and technological innovations for METRO events.  She is a PhD student in the Applied Organizational Psychology program at Hofstra University with research interests in talent management, job satisfaction, diversity, and occupational health. She is also a certified sign language interpreter specializing in medical, mental health, and deaf blind populations. 

Allisen Casey is an Industrial/Organizational Psychology practitioner who currently works in Training and Development for the legal sector. She graduated from CUNY Baruch in May 2023, where she served as Vice-President of their I/O Psychology student association and Principal Investigator on her group research about Power Distance Orientation and its influence on perceptions of Organizational Toxicity and Leadership Styles.


Md Allama Ikbal Sijan is responsible for the planning and execution of educational events for METRO. He is a Ph.D. student in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at Montclair State University (MSU) with a concentration in Data Science. He also serves as the president of Eagle I.O., a student-led consulting group at MSU. Sijan’s current research focuses on the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in measuring workplace psychological constructs. His research interests include team processes, delay discounting, leadership development, and DEI.

Brian Goldfeder manages educational events and workshops for METRO. He is a fourth-year PhD in the Applied Organizational Psychology program, with research interests including occupational health and workplace aggression, training & development, organizational leadership & culture, and personality & individual differences. As an adjunct faculty member at Hofstra University, Montclair State University, and other NYC-area universities, he teaches undergraduate courses in industrial, organizational, social, and personality psychology as well as research methods and statistics. Brian holds an MBA in management from Hofstra University and is also active in Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to developing leadership and communication skills, since 2006.


Career Day

Paisley Shultz (she/her) is an industrial-organizational psychology doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center and Baruch College. Her research interests surround the topic of resilience in response to change, both anticipated and unexpected. She is an NSF-funded undergraduate research program coordinator, active member of multiple research labs, and teaching assistant. Her prior applied experiences inform her work as well. An active member of METRO since 2021, Paisley now coordinates the annual Career Day event.

Pavel Smirnov is a Change Management Specialist at Northwell Health, where he works on organizational change initiatives big and small. Pavel earned his M.A. in I/O Psychology from Hofstra University.

Past Presidents

  • 2022 - '22: Dan Simonet, Ph.D.
  • 2021 - '22: Roza Jankovic, Ph.D.
  • 2020 - '21: Christina Fleck, Ph.D.
  • 2019 - '20: Comila Shahani-Denning, Ph.D.
  • 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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