Professor Emeritus  Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Joel Lefkowitz

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P.O. Box 2332, East Hampton, NY 11937


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Joel Lefkowitz received the Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) psychology in 1965 from Case Western Reserve University.  From that time until 2009 he taught at the Bernard M. Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he was head of the doctoral program in I-O psychology from its inception in 1982.  He is currently Professor Emeritus.  Dr. Lefkowitz is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP); the American Psychological Association (APA)—Div. 14 (I-O) and Div. 9 (SPSSI); and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).  He was awarded the diplomate in I-O psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).  He is the author of Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Erlbaum, 2003; 2nd Ed., Taylor & Francis, 2017).  His research has been within both the “I” and “O” aspects of the field; he was retained as an expert, including testifying in court, in more than 50 employment discrimination cases.  In recent years he has written extensively about professional, ethical and values issues in I-O psychology. The SIOP Foundation has recently approved The Joel Lefkowitz Early Career Award for Humanistic Industrial-Organizational Psychology, endowed by Joel and some former students.

Representative Publications:

Lefkowitz, J. (2017).  Ethics and Values in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, 2nd Ed.  New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 603 pp. 

Lefkowitz, J. (2017).  The role of values in professional licensing: The resistance to regulationIndustrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 10(2), 223-233.

Lefkowitz, J. & Lowman, R.L. (2017).  “Ethics of Employee Selection.”  Chap. 26 in J.L. Farr & N.T. Tippins, (Eds.).  Handbook of Employee Selection, 2nd Ed. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, pp. 575-598.

Lefkowitz, J. (2015).  “The maturation of a profession: A work psychology for the new millennium.”  Chapter 18 in I. McWha, D.C. Maynard &  M. ONeill Berry (Eds.), Humanitarian work psychology and the global development agenda: Case studies and interventions. Routledge Psychology Press.

Lefkowitz, J. (2013).  “Values and ethics of a changing I-O psychology: A call to (further) action.”  Chap. 1 in J.B. Olson-Buchanan, L.L. Koppes Bryan & L.F. Thompson (Eds.), Using I-O psychology for the greater good: Helping those who help others.  Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Frontier Series, 13-42.

Lefkowitz, J. (2012).  “The morality of business: From humanitarian to humanistic work psychology.”  Chap. 5 in S.C. Carr, M. MacLachlan & A. Furnham (Eds.), Humanitarian work psychology: Alignment, harmonization and cultural competence.  London, UK: MacMillan, 103-125.