Gene Alarcon



Name: Gene Alarcon
Agency: 711th Human Performance Wing/Human Effectiveness Directorate
Division: Anticipate & Influence Behavior Division, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
School: Wright State University
Program of Study: Ph.D., Psychology (Industrial/Organizational), 2009
Synopsis:Dr. Alarcon served as a Consortium Research Fellow for one and a half years, and, upon earning his doctorate, was appointed a Consortium Post-Doctoral Fellow in November of 2009.

My program of research with AFRL focuses on psychometrics and stress in the workplace. My dissertation will focus on creating a work engagement scale using nonlinear scale construction methods, specifically item response theory. My intent is to create a psychometrically sound scale for future use in the AFRL labs.

Beyond my dissertation work, I have assisted in the development of the survey and scales in a study of engagement in the ASCC. In addition, I have used data from previous and current collections to do further research on engagement in a military setting. The research has explored differences in the job demand-control model between officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel. Organizational antecedents and outcomes of engagement have also been explored in military personnel. I am using structural equation modeling to examine the role leadership, peer group, role clarity, and "Wingman culture" play in predicting engagement, and whether engagement fully mediates the relationship of these variables with job satisfaction, turnover intentions, and work-family conflict.

Furthermore, I have been trained on the Org-Sim modeling program in preparation for my role in the Fusion Center Project. The project goal is to validate work analysis approach through a holistic framework for understanding the domain using Cognitive Work Analysis.

Lastly, I have researched and informed my mentors about measurement equivalence and invariance (MEl) procedures. MEl is a statistical method for determining if a construct is configurally, conceptually, and metrically functioning similarly across groups. This method may be used in future research to determine if enlisted, officers, and civilians differ in how they perceive a given question or variable.

Publications:

Alarcon, G., Eschleman, K. J., Stokes, C., Lyons, J. B., & Schneider, T. (2010). Primary and Secondary Appraisals in Virtual Teams: Assessment using Latent Growth Modeling. Poster accepted for presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Society, Boston, MA.

Alarcon, G., Lyons, J.B., Swindler, S., & Tartaglia, F.L. (2009, April). Stress and engagement in the military: An exploration of the demands/control model. Poster presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, New Orleans, LA.

Alarcon, G., Lyons, J.B., Swindler, S., & Tartaglia, F.L. (2009). Engagement: A path model. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

Alarcon, G., Lyons, J. B., & Tartaglia, F. (in press). Organizational antecedents and outcomes of engagement. Military Psychology.

Alarcon, G., Stokes, C., Lyons, J. B., & Schneider, T. (2010). Predictors of Collective Efficacy in Virtual Teams. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Eschleman, K. J., Alarcon, G., Stokes, C., Lyons, J. B., & Schneider, T. (2010). Individual and Team Differences as Predictors of Change in State Affect. Poster accepted for presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Society, Boston, MA.

Lyons, J.B., Alarcon, G., Tartaglia, F., & Nelson, A. (2009). Employee retentions: A business case for engagement. Poster presented at the 9th Biennial EO, Diversity, and Culture Research Symposium, Patrick Air Force Base, FL.
Dates: Start: 03/2008 End: 07/2011