College of Natural Sciences Colorado State University Department of Psychology

Funded by CSU Graduate School, The Applied Social and Health Psychology program presents a

Non-Academic Career Panel

Friday, April 22nd, 12-2 pm

Clark A205

The panel will consist of several highly successful professionals (listed below) working in very different non-academic careers. Each panelist will discuss how they have used their doctoral training in psychology to obtain work in their fields, the types of skills they use regularly in their jobs, and what types of projects they work on. This event will be beneficial to any person interested in non-academic careers using their graduate degree in fields such as (but not limited to) psychology, communications, human development and family studies, public health, health and exercise science, and education. Jennifer J. Harman, PhD, will facilitate a discussion with audience and panel members in order to address their questions about working in non-academic settings, and marketing their skills to potential employers.

Afterwards, we also invite you to join us for an

informal networking event

at O’Dell’s Brewery from 4-6 pm at 800 East Lincoln Ave. Sample local beers, chat with the panelists, and learn more about the exciting work that they do in a casual setting. FOCOMx, a local music festival will be there, but you do not need a ticket/bracelet to join us at the brewery, and there will be a food truck on site to satisfy your appetite.

We ask that you RSVP for this event using this link, as we would like an accurate headcount and information to prepare for the event most efficiently. We will also be launching a closed LinkedIn professional group for attendees who are interested in such a resource, and information on this will be provided at the event.

Our non-academic career Panelists (in alphabetical order)

Krista HoffmeisterKrista Hoffmeister

Dr. Krista Hoffmeister received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University in 2014, where she focused on Occupational Health Psychology, Leadership Development, and Organizational Cultures. After working for a year as a Research Analyst for a consulting firm, Krista joined JBS, the world’s leading animal protein producer, as an HR Analytics Project Manager. In her role, Krista uses data and analytics to help the business make informed people decisions. Krista is also part of the compensation team, where she works to execute the organization’s merit-based pay systems such as the annual bonus process and merit cycle.


Elizabeth KeneskiElizabeth Keneski

Dr. Elizabeth (“Liz”) Keneski completed her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University and recently completed her Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Sciences at the University of Texas- Austin this May. Liz served as an intern with Facebook on their Friend Sharing and Engagement Team, and was subsequently hired on as a User Experience Researcher. Elizabeth is also a fellow of the National Science Foundation, having received a $147,000 grant. She has been published extensively in both academic journals and conferences, as well as mainstream media outlets such as, Yahoo Health, Huffington Post, and SPSPotlight.





Martin Lanik

Martin Lanik

Dr. Martin Lanik graduated from Colorado State University with his Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. He is now the President and CEO of Pinsight, a talent-management company. Pinsight uses virtual challenge simulations to assess how well potential employees can perform the functions of the job. In addition to managing his company, Martin is also a professor in the Master of Organizational Leadership program at Regis University.



Nazanin Mohajeri-NelsonNazanin Mohajeri-Nelson

Dr. Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson received her Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Colorado State University in 2006, where her work had an emphasis in lifespan development. She then received a postdoctoral traineeship at the University of Minnesota from 2006-2008 where much of her work centered around designing school-based interventions to reduce relational aggression among adolescent girls as well as designing programs to prevent the development of relational aggression among preschool-aged children. Nazanin is currently the director of data, program evaluation, and reporting at the Colorado Department of Education, where a few of her tasks include supervising the department’s work in meeting federal accountability and reporting requirements, designing and conducting statewide evaluations to ascertain the effectiveness of federally funded education programs, and designing and presenting statewide trainings on data analysis, data quality and security, and program evaluation and methodology.





J. Taylor MooreJ. Taylor Moore

Dr. J. Taylor Moore earned his Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology with a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology from Colorado State University in 2011. After leaving CSU, Taylor completed a fellowship at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health where he developed an evaluation framework that would be used across programs within NIOSH and the CDC. He is now a Program Evaluation Manager for the Mental Health Center of Denver, where he supervises a research team that assesses the effectiveness of services provided by the Center. Taylor also has a strong interest in suicide prevention, which was the focus of his dissertation, and for which he has contributed to numerous other evaluation projects (e.g. Project Safety Net, Means Restriction Education, and Man Therapy.)


Aaron Smith-McLallenAaron Smith-McLallen

Dr. Aaron Smith-McLallen earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a specialization of attitude formation and change in 2005 from the University of Connecticut. Aaron is the manager and lead research scientist of Independence Blue Cross, where his primary responsibilities include managing external research collaborations, designing and conducting evaluations of health services programs and policies, as well as developing, implementing, and evaluating health intervention programs. Aaron also develops predictive models related to health care utilization and cost, and works on design and analysis of member and provider surveys. He regularly publishes in health-related journals.



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