David Earnest

Associate Professor, I/O Psychology


Contact Information

LA 2143


Ph.D. in Industrial &
Organizational Psychology,
University of Memphis

M.S. in General Psychology, University of Memphis

B.S. in Psychology, University of Tennessee at Martin

Areas of Expertise


Realistic Job Previews

Intercultural Competencies


Creative Activities

Dr. Earnest is actively involved in several research groups focusing on I/O, HFE, Gaming, and Study Abroad topic areas. Dr. Earnest is also the advisor for Psi Chi / Psychology Club and a repeat faculty director of study abroad courses in psychology.


Research Interests

Dr. Earnest's research interests include recruitment, relatistic job previews, intercultural competencies, and the teaching of psychology.


Selected Publications

Stansbury, J. A., & Earnest, D. R. (2017). Meaningful Gamification in an Industrial Organizational Psychology Course. Teaching of Psychology, 44(1), 38-45. doi: 10.1177/0098628316677645

Earnest, D. R., Rosenbusch, K., Wallace-Williams, D., Keim, A. C. (2016). Study Abroad in Psychology: Increasing cultural competencies through experiential learning. Teaching of Psychology, 43(1), 75-79. doi: 10.1177/0098628315620889

Rosenbusch, K., Cerny, L., & Earnest, D. R. (2015). The impact of stressors during international assignments. Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, 22(3), 405-430. doi: 10.1108/CCM-09-2013-0134

Keim, A. C., Landis, R. S., Pierce, C. A, & Earnest, D. R. (2014). Why do employees worry about their jobs? A meta-analytic review of predictors of job insecurity. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 19(3), 269-290. doi: 10.1037/a0036743

Earnest, D. R., Allen, D. G., & Landis, R. S. (2011). Mechanisms linking realistic job previews with turnover: A meta-analytic path analysis. Personnel Psychology, 64, 865-897. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.2011.01230.x

Earnest, D. R., & Dwyer, W. O. (2010). In their own words: An online strategy for increasing stress-coping skills among college freshmen. College Student Journal, 44(4), 888-900.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 212: Behavioral Statistics
  • PSYC 314: Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC 327: Industrial Psychology
  • PSYC 494 or PSYC 594: Culture and Psychology (Study Abroad)