Ishbel McWha

Ishbel McWha Cornell University

Ishbel joined the Employment and Disability Institute (EDI) at Cornell University, USA, in June 2011, where she undertakes research in collaboration with the Northeast ADA Center, and is faculty coordinator of EDI's global service-learning initiatives. Her previous work has focused on the application of Industrial and Organisational Psychology to the international development arena. In particular, she has studied the importance of relationships between local and foreign aid workers, and the impact of disparate salaries on those relationships, ultimately informing the success of capacity development and aid initiatives. Ishbel has lived and worked in numerous different countries, including India, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, and now the USA.

Ishbel's research interests include identity, intergroup relations, workplace discrimination and stereotyping, ‘decent’ work, and the social marketing of social issues such as poverty, particularly within international and multicultural contexts. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals within both the international development and psychology arenas. 

In 2010 Ishbel was awarded a SIOP Presidential Celebration Coin for Science and Practice for her work on Project ADDUP, a multidisciplinary and international research project which examined the impact of local-expatriate salary disparities on the performance and motivation of workers across six lower-income countries. Ishbel was a founding member of the Global Task Force for Humanitarian Work Psychology, and is currently the Chair of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology (GOHWP). In July 2012 Ishbel was appointed as an inaugural SIOP Representative to the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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