David Costanza

David Costanza

Director of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Doctoral Program; Associate Professor of Psychology and of Organizational Sciences
Room 201
Address: 600 21st Street NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-1875
Fax: 202-994-1881
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Organizational Sciences and Psychology

Dr. Costanza earned his Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Virginia. After working for Contel Corporation and then GTE for four years as a telecommunications manager, he returned to school at George Mason University where he earned his Master's and Doctoral degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He started at The George Washington University in 1995, with a joint appointment in both the Organizational Sciences Program and the Department of Psychology. He served as first Chair of the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication from 2005-2010 and then Program Director of the I/O PhD Program from 2010. Since 1999, he has worked with the Army Research Institute as Senior Consortium Research Fellow.

Dr. Costanza has done research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of leadership, culture, organizational performance, decline, and generational differences 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; Work, Aging and Retirement; Creativity Research Journal; Industrial and Labor Relations Review; Monthly Labor Review; and Human Performance, as well as book chapters and numerous conference presentations. He was on the project team that developed the prototype for the Department of Labor's initiative to update the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), creating the Knowledges content domain. 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 Boards of the Journal of Business and PsychologyWork, Aging and Retirement; and Group and Organization Management.

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 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


Finkelstein, L. M., Costanza, D. P., & Goodwin, G. F. (2017). Do your high potentials have potential? The impact of individual differences and designation on leader success.  Personnel Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/peps.12225.

Costanza D. P., Badger, J. M., Brown, A. R., & Severt, J. B. (2017).  A review of analytical methods used to study generational differences: Strengths and limitations. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3(2), 149-165. DOI: 10.1093/workar/wax002.

Costanza, D. P., & Finkelstein, L. M. (2017). Generations, Age, and the Space Between: Introduction to the special issue. Work, Aging and Retirement, 3(2), 109-112. DOI: 10.1093/workar/wax003.

Costanza, D. P. (2016). Funding sources for Industrial Organizational Psychology research. The Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2nd edition (S. Rogelberg, Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. DOI 10.4135/9781483386874.n177.

Costanza, D. P., Blacksmith, N. Coats, M. R., Severt, J. B., & DeCostanza, A. H. (2015). The effect of adaptive organizational culture on long-term survival. Journal of Business and Psychology, 31(3), 361-381. DOI 10.1007/s10869-015-9420-y

Costanza, D. P., & Finkelstein, L. M. (2015). Generationally-based differences in the workplace: Is there a there there? Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Sciences and Practice, 8(3), 308-323. DOI 10.1017/iop.2015.15.

Costanza, D. P., Blacksmith, N., & Coats, M. (2015). Convenience samples and teaching organizational research methods. The Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, 53, 137-140.

Costanza D. P., Badger, J. M., Fraser, R. L., Severt, J. B., & Gade, P. A. (2012). Generational differences in work-related variables: A meta-analysis. Journal of Business and Psychology, 27(4), 375-394. DOI 10.1007/s10869-012-9259-4

Classes Taught

Introduction to Organizational Sciences
Introduction to I/O Psychology
Organizational Theory
Organizational Development
HR and the Global Organization
Leadership & Organizational Culture
Personnel Testing and Selection
Training and Performance Appraisal
Human Performance and Productivity
Strategic Human Resource Management
Organizational Research Methods