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Grawitch Gives Presentation at American Psychological Association’s Work & Well-Being Conference

Matt Grawitch, Ph.D. is serving as Interim Dean of the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University

Matt Grawitch, Ph.D.Matt Grawitch, Ph.D. has been invited to present on work engagement and job satisfaction at the 2013 American Psychological Association's Work & Well-Being Conference. This year's event is being held September 12-13 in San Francisco.

Dr. Grawitch's presentation topic is "The Two-Pronged Approach to a Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Understanding Satisfaction and Engagement". Workplaces commonly create various practices that they hope will improve employee engagement. However, many organizations seldom consider that there is a difference between employee satisfaction and employee engagement. Building on a modernized version of Herzberg's Two-Factor Theory, Dr. Grawitch will explain the difference between satisfiers and engagers in the workplace and explore the use of specific interventions to drive employee outcomes. He will also discuss how consulting firms commonly confound the two issues and the implications for their client organizations.

Dr. Grawitch earned his doctoral degree in organization psychology from Saint Louis University and became a faculty member of the School for Professional Studies in 2005. Over the past eight years at SPS, he has been the chair of the organizational studies program, director of the M.A. program in leadership and organizational development, and associate dean of academic development-all prior to serving as interim dean. In addition to his role at SPS, Dr. Grawitch is a recognized expert on work-life balance and the psychologically healthy workplace and currently serves as the primary research consultant to APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program.

About the School for Professional Studies at Saint Louis University
In Saint Louis University's tradition of excellence, the School for Professional Studies caters to nontraditional students so they can pursue Bachelor's and Master's programs from globally-recognized SLU. All classes in the School for Professional Studies are offered in accelerated eight-week sessions and are designed for busy adults with affordable tuition rates as well as convenient, online and evening classes. To learn more, visit busyadults.slu.edu.

About the American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence works to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and communities through the application of psychology to a broad range of workplace issues. The Center houses APA's Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program (PHWP), a public education initiative designed to engage the employer community, raise public awareness about the value psychology brings to the workplace and promote programs and policies that enhance employee well-being and organizational performance. Visit apaexcellence.org to learn more.

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