David  P. Costanza

David P. Costanza

Director, I/O Psychology Doctoral Program
Address: 600 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20052
Phone: 202-994-1875

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Sciences and Psychology


Dr. David Costanza is an Associate Professor of Organizational Sciences and of Psychology and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the George Washington University. He has also worked for the past 10 years as a Senior Consortium Fellow for the U.S. Army Research Institute. An Industrial/Organizational Psychologist by training, he has done research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of high-level leadership, organizational performance, culture, and decline, as well as in selection, job/needs analysis, performance appraisal development, statistics, and research methodology. His work has been published in journals including the Journal of Business and Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Creativity Research Journal, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Monthly Labor Review, and Human Performance, as well as several book chapters and numerous conference presentations and technical reports. He is a member of The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Academy of Management and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business and Psychology. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and his masters and doctoral degrees from George Mason University.

Current Research

Dr. Costanza's current research interests can be categorized into two broad areas: complex, multilevel, organizational phenomena and generational differences in the workplace. Projects in the first area include research on leadership and organizational culture, high potential leadership, organizational decline, and most recently organizational career flow. Research in the second includes work on several projects including a meta-analysis of the research in generational differences in workplace outcomes and an investigation of methodological approaches for studying such generational differences.


Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Virginia

Master's and Doctoral degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University


Articles and Book Chapters:

Costanza D. P., Fraser, R. L., Badger, J. M., Severt, J. B., & Gade, P. A. (2012). "Generational differences in work-related variables: A meta-analysis". Journal of Business Psychology, 27(4), 375-394. DOI 10.1007/s10869-012-9259-4
Costanza, D. P., & Jensen, J. M. (2010). "The Fifth Scenario: Identity Expansion in Organizational Psychology". Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 3, 281-285.
Costanza, D. P., & Fraser, R. L. (2007). "Organizational Life Cycles". International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies (S. Clegg & J Bailey, Eds.) Sage.
Costanza, D. P., & Kissamore, J. L. (2007). "SIOP Presidents on Education and Training in I-O". The Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, 44(4), 73-78.
Costanza, D. P. (2006). "Whither I/O psychology: Get thee from the nunnery?"The Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, 44(2), 75-82.
Steinheider, B., Costanza D. P., Kisamore, J. L.,& Reiter-Palmon, R. (2006). "Finding the Middle Ground: Non-traditional Programs in I/O Psychology". The Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. 43(4), 83-89.
Gade, P. A., Costanza, D. P., & Kaplan, J. D. (2005). "Reviewing contract and grant proposals". In R. Sternberg (Ed.).
Drago, R., Costanza, D. P., Caplan, R. D., Brubaker, T., Harris, N. C., Cloud, D., Kashian, R. & Riggs, T. L. (2001). "The willingness to pay for work-family policies: A study of teachers". Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 55, 22-41.

Recent Invited Addresses, Interviews, Papers, and Presentations:

Costanza, D. P. (2013, October). Interviewed by the Washington Post for a story of federal furloughs. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-leadership/wp/2013/10/18/managing-a-victimized-federal-workforce-after-the-shutdown/
Costanza, D.P. (2013, October). Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for a story on federal furloughs. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304500404579129810090504206
Costanza, D. P. (2013, August). Interviewed by Yahoo!Finance for a story on personal relationships in the work place and Google executive Sergey Brin. http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/alleged-affair-google-co-founder-brin-raises-ethical-201333813.html
Costanza, D.P. (2013, February). Leadership. Invited address at Rotary Youth Leadership Conference, Chevy Chase, MD.
Costanza, D. P., Baard, S. K., & Yost, A. B. (2013, May). Organizational career flow: Like the sands of time. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Houston, TX.
Costanza, D. P. (2012, December). Invited presentation to the U.S. Army Chief of Staff Strategic Studies Group. Generational Differences or the Lack Thereof.
Costanza, D. P. (2012, June). Choruses and change: Culture counts. The Voice, Summer 2012, pgs. 33-38.
Severt, J. B., Badger, J. M., Brown, A. R., & Costanza, D. P. (2012, August). A comparison of analytical methods used to partition age-period-cohort effects. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
Severt, J. & Costanza, D. P. (2012, April). "The influence of ownership on professional sports team performance. The case against over-involved owners". Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA.
Costanza, D.P. (2012, February). Leadership. Invited address at Rotary Youth Leadership Conference, Chevy Chase, MD.
Severt, J. M., Badger, J. M., Fraser, R. L., Costanza, D. P., & Gade, P. A. (2011, May). "Lack of Generational Differences in Work-related Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis". Poster presented at the 23rd annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Classes Taught

Introduction to Organizational Sciences; Introduction to I/O Psychology; Organizational Evolution; Organizational Theory; Organizational Processes and Life Cycles; Organizational Development; Personnel Testing and Selection; Personnel Evaluation; Training and Performance Appraisal; Human Performance and Productivity; Strategic Human Resource Management; Statistics; Organizational Research Methods; Dissertation Proposal Writing; Freshman Advising Workshop.