Dr. Janice H. Laurence holds a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology from George Mason University. She is currently the AOD program coordinator. She teaches courses in organizational assessment, socio-cultural competence, team development, leadership, research methods, and organizational communication. Dr. Laurence has over 30 years of federally-funded applied organizational research experience, particularly within the U.S. military—the world’s largest education and training institution. Her research has directly contributed to the development of the military organization and the relationship between the military and its personnel. Dr. Laurence’s work with the military has been recognized and supported outside of the military by the U.S. Department of Education, the American Council on Education, the Congress of the U.S., and others. Her scholarship includes over 20 books and chapters, 9 peer-reviewed journal articles, 11 invited monographs, 18 invited lectures/addresses, 29 professional presentations and non-peer reviewed articles, and over 50 technical reports. Since joining the Temple faculty in the fall of 2008, Dr. Laurence’s research has been documented in six major co-edited volumes related to adult and organizational change processes in military contexts. Two of these volumes, The Handbook of Military Psychology and Social Science Goes to War: The Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan were published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Laurence’s studies of employee training, job performance assessment, leadership, and cultural competency within organizations are aimed at enhancing or assessing adult development and employee competencies to support the achievement of critical organizational and task goals. Her studies of employee selection, employee assessment, diversity initiatives, and employee attrition are all aimed at exploring major influences that support or detract from positive changes in organizational growth and development. Much of her work illustrates the practical importance of applied social science research in shaping organizational and adult learning and promoting the achievement of effective organizational change. She is the past editor and current associate editor of Military Psychology, the official journal of the Society of Military Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Additionally, she is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Courses Taught




AOD 2218

Leadership in Organizations


AOD 5404

Organizational Development


AOD 5524

Sociocultural Dynamics


AOD 5535

Organizational Assessment, Design and Strategy


AOD 9231

Proseminar in AOD


Selected Publications


  • McCone, D.R., Thomsen, C.J., & Laurence, J.H. (2018). Introduction to the special issue on sexual harassment and sexual assault in the US military. Military Psychology, 30(3), pp. 175-180. doi: 10.1080/08995605.2018.1479550

  • Laurence, J.H., Milavec, B.L., Rohall, D.E., Ender, M.G., & Matthews, M.D. (2016). Predictors of support for women in military roles: Military status, gender, and political ideology. Military Psychology, 28(6), pp. 488-497. doi: 10.1037/mil0000142

  • Laurence, J.H. (2015). Unveiling the Human Terrain System. In J. Laurence & M. McFate (Eds.), Social Science Goes to War The Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan (pp. 291-316). New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190216726.001.0001

  • Laurence, J.H. (2015). The Human Terrain System: Brief Review, Some Lessons Learned and the Way Forward. In Social Science Goes to War The Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan. Oxford University Press.

  • Laurence, J.H. (2015). Unveiling the Human Terrain System. In J. Laurence & M. McFate (Eds.), Social Science Goes to War The Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan (pp. 291-316). New York: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190216726.001.0001

  • Matthews, M.D. & Laurence, J.H. (2012). Military Psychology: Closing Observations and a Look Forward. In The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399325.013.0138

  • Laurence, J.H. & Matthews, M.D. (2012). The Handbook of Military Psychology: An Introduction. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399325.013.0011

  • Laurence, J.H. & Matthews, M.D. (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Military Psychology. (pp. 1-432). doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399325.001.0001

  • Matthews, M.D. & Laurence, J.H. (2012). Military Psychology. In Encyclopedia of Human Behavior: Second Edition (pp. 608-614). doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-375000-6.00234-2

  • Laurence, J.H. (2011). Military leadership and the complexity of combat and culture. Military Psychology, 23(5), pp. 489-501. doi: 10.1080/08995605.2011.600143

  • Matthews, M.D., Ender, M.G., Laurence, J.H., & Rohall, D.E. (2009). Role of group affiliation and gender on attitudes toward women in the military. Military Psychology, 21(2), pp. 241-251. doi: 10.1080/08995600902768750

  • Estrada, A.X. & Laurence, J.H. (2009). Examining the impact of training on the homosexual conduct policy for military personnel. Military Psychology, 21(1), pp. 62-80. doi: 10.1080/08995600802565751

  • Laurence, J.H. (2007). Behavioral science in the military. In Handbook on Communicating and Disseminating Behavioral Science (pp. 391-406). doi: 10.4135/9781412976930.n24

  • Schwind, D.A. & Laurence, J.H. (2006). Raising the flag: Promotion to admiral in the United States Navy. Military Psychology, 18(SUPPL.). doi: 10.1207/s15327876mp1803s_7

  • Laurence, J.H. (2003). Hello from the new editor. Military Psychology, 15(4), pp. 255-256.

  • Laurence, J.H. (2003). Test Consumers in the Military: Use of the Military Career Exploration Program in Schools. Retrieved from

  • Legree, P.J., Gade, P.A., Martin, D.E., Fischl, M.A., Wilson, M.J., Nieva, V.F., McCloy, R., & Laurence, J. (2000). Military Enlistment and Family Dynamics: Youth and Parental Perspectives. Military Psychology, 12(1), pp. 31-49. doi: 10.1207/S15327876MP1201_2

  • Laurence, J.H., Wall, J.E., Barnes, J.D., & Rosa, M.D. (1998). Recruiting effectiveness of the ASVAB career exploration program. Military Psychology, 10(4), pp. 225-238. doi: 10.1207/s15327876mp1004_1_2

  • Laurence, J.H. & Workforce, P.N.C.o.n.t.E.Q.o.f.t. (1994). The Military: Purveyor of Fine Skills and Comportment for a Few Good Men. EQW Working Papers WP25. Retrieved from


  • Laurence, J.H., Organization, A.H.R.R., & Others, A. (1989). Effects of Military Experience on the Post-Service Lives of Low-Aptitude Recruits: Project 100,000 and the ASVAB Misnorming. Final Report 89-29. Retrieved from

  • Laurence, J.H., Nadon, R., Nogrady, H., & Perry, C. (1986). Duality, dissociation, and memory creation in highly hypnotizable subjects. Int J Clin Exp Hypn, 34(4), pp. 295-310. England. doi: 10.1080/00207148608406995