In the Career Development Lab, we conduct research on educational and career pathways focused on preventing and overcoming barriers. Our research helps ensure access to satisfying and rewarding careers for all who desire them.
The Career Development Lab is accepting graduate students for Fall 2022!
2021-2022 Lab Photo
Dr. Debra A. Major
Recently, Dr. Major was interviewed as an expert on STEM to answer questions about why STEM majors don't get jobs in STEM fields, how to increase the number of women and people of color in STEM, and how the pandemic has impacted the STEM community. You can read her interview here:
Debra A. Major, Professor & Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University (ODU), earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University. Her research broadly focuses on how people successfully enact their careers and overcome barriers to career success. She is especially interested in the experiences of women and ethnic minorities along educational and career pathways in science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM). Her work has received continuous funding from the National Science Foundation for over 15 years, and she has led numerous multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research teams. Editorial board service includes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Journal for Occupational Health Psychology. Dr. Major was appointed ODU's inaugural Provost's Fellow for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion and has served as Associate Dean for the College of Sciences. She leads ODU's strategic initiative in broadening participation in STEM-H.