Program Director for Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational PsychologyAssistant Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology
I believe that every good academic should understand the basic research that is the foundation for their field and know the applied research that has tangible, real-world implications. I encourage my students to always be thinking about the potential real-world impact of their work at all times. In my classes, I train students in five core areas of being a research scientist. These five areas are: Being a Subject Matter Expert, Research Methods, Data Analysis, Data Visualization, and Written/Oral Data Communication. I do this through: promoting a psychologically safe learning environment that allows for open knowledge-sharing, creating a feedback-seeking environment (teacher to student, student to student, and student to teacher), encourage creativity by exploring alternative hypotheses for relationships between variables, making the material relevant to students in order to foster engagement/buy-in, and by training students in critical thinking skills through the rigorous study of different types of mental and statistical models that can be used to understand and solve problems.
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Dr. Ligato is an Assistant Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and serves as Program Director for the Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational that was started in his first year at Florida Southern College (2021).
Dr. Ligato's dissertation was on "Personality Style Clusters Using Unsupervised Machine Learning" and his thesis was on "The Importance of Contextualized, Facet-Level Personality Measures". Dr. Ligato's primary research interests are related to personality, statistics, and research methods. His ultimate research goal is to create a personality theory of everything. Tying together the entire gamut of personality from clinical personality disorders, to subclinical but maladaptive traits such as the Dark Triad, to normal personality traits such as Big Five and HEXACO, all the way to positive psychological traits such as the Values in Action by Peterson and Seligman.
Dr. Ligato's teaching interests span many fields of study because of his high levels of intellectual curiosity. Aside from teaching the core curriculum in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology master's program, he is looking forward to teaching the following courses at the undergraduate level: Psychology and the Social World, Psychology and the Natural World, Psychological Investigations of the Social World, Psychological Investigations of the Natural World, Critical Thinking in Psychology 1 & 2, Social Psychology, Tests & Measurements, Research Design and Statistics, Interpersonal Relationships, Moral Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Cognitive Psychology, Psychologist’s Search for Meaning & Value, Positive Psychology, Political Psychology, Introduction to Industrial Psychology, Introduction to Organizational Psychology, Psychology of Leadership, Psychology of Motivation, Advanced Research Design & Analysis, as well as many other courses in psychology and related fields.
Ph.D., in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Clemson University, 2021
M.S., in Applied Psychology, Clemson University, 2018
M.A., in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Slippery Rock University, 2016
B.S., in Psychology, Slippery Rock University, 2014