Fit, Interests, and Thriving (FIT) Lab
Research on Individual Differences, Person-Environment Fit, Workforce Diversity & Success

Meet the Principal Investigator



Dr. Rong Su is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012), where she also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2012-2013). Prior to joining Tippie, Dr. Su served on the faculty at Purdue University (2014-2017) and previously worked at Educational Testing Service (ETS) as an Associate Research Scientist (2013-2014). Her research centers on individual differences in interests and personality, person-environment fit, gender and diversity in organizations, and their effects on career development and success. Dr. Su's research has appeared in top-tier journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Management, and has been featured in major media outlets including Time and The New York Times.

Outside of her academic appointment, Dr. Su is actively involved in the dissemination and application of research to make a broader impact. She has served in investigator and research consultant roles for multiple sponsored projects. Dr. Su helped develop part of the O*NET database and assessments sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, contributed to the non-cognitive assessment in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) sponsored by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union (EU), and led the development of a widely used assessment for psychological well-being in health settings, the Comprehensive Inventory of Thriving, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Meet the TEAM



Qi Zhang

Qi Zhang is a doctoral student in Management and Organizations at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. She graduated from Peking University, China with an M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and received a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biotechnology from Nankai University, China. Her current research interests include person-environment (P-E) fit, work relationships, and quantitative methods in organizational research.


Lusi Wu

Lusi Wu is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. She received her B.A. and M.S in Public Administration from Renmin University of China. Her current research interests include women in leadership roles, work-life balance, leadership, recruitment, and creativity. She is currently working with Dr. Rong Su to examine organizational change strategies to promote women's career advancement.


Nicole Schulz

Nicole Schulz graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign May 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Purdue University’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program. Her research interests are at the intersection between gender and vocational interests, career development, and personnel selection.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Laura Fukushima Long