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Chelsea Song

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Diversity in HR (enhancing race & gender diversity via hiring; adverse impact reduction)
  • Person-Environment Fit and Vocational Interests
  • Machine Learning and Multi-Objective Optimization

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Sustainable Organizations and Thriving Communities

Department of Psychological Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Industrial - Organizational Psychology


Dr. Chelsea Song is an Assistant Professor in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Purdue University. Her research aims to improve the fairness and effectiveness of recruitment and personnel selection practices. Specifically, her lab focuses on enhancing diversity in the workplace, person-environment fit and vocational interests, and big data, machine learning, and multi-objective optimization methods. These research works have been published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, among others, and has been featured in popular outlets such as Forbes. Dr. Song currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology and Organizational Research Methods.


  • Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, 2018, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Applied Statistics, 2016, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Member, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, Fall 2021 - present
  • Member, Diversity Council, College of Health and Human Sciences, Fall 2018 - Spring 2020

Current Courses

  • PSY473 - Personnel Selection and Performance Appraisal
  • PSY610 - Multivariate Analysis in the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY680 - Survey of Industrial Psychology

Selected Honors/Awards

  • William Hendrix Industrial Psychology Faculty Excellence Award, Purdue University - 2021
  • SIOP Graduate Student Scholarship, Society for Industrial and Organization Psychology - 2018
  • Meredith P. Crawford Fellowship in I-O Psychology, Human Resource Research Organization (HumRRO) - 2017
  • James C. Johnson Student Paper Award, The International Personnel Assessment Council - 2017
  • Diversity Research Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 2017

Selected Grants

  • Co-Investigator, Assessment of eating disorder and comorbidity risk and resilience in a nationally representative sample of recent military enlistees. Department of Defense, Kelsie Forbush (PI). Period: 2023 - 2027. Total: $4,230,958.
  • Co-Investigator, Post-acute interventions for the treatment of anorexia nervosa. National Institute of Health. Kelsie Forbush (PI). Period: 2021 - 2023. Total: $340,000.
  • Co-Investigator, Development of a military-specific transdiagnostic eating-disorder survey and screening tool in a nationally representative sample of veterans. Department of Defense, Kelsie Forbush (PI). Period: 2019 - 2022. Total: $1,721,698.
  • Principal Investigator. Development of a vocational interests computer adaptive test. Robert P. Larson Grant, University of Illinois. Period: 2013 - 2014. Total: $1,500.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Academy of Management

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