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Jinyan Fan

Jinyan Fan


Psychological Sciences

Jinyan Fan

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PhD, Ohio State University

M.Ed, East China Normal University, Shanghai

BA, East China Normal University, Shanghai

About Me

Jinyan Fan earned a PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from Ohio State University in 2004. Prior to joining Auburn’s faculty, Fan taught for six years at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York. His research interests are in the domains of newcomer orientation and socialization, cross-cultural adjustment and training, personnel selection, and adult social self-efficacy. His work has appeared in Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Vocational Behavior, The Counseling Psychologist, Psychometrika, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Human Performance, and Personality and Individual Differences.  

Research Interests

newcomer orientation and socialization, cross-cultural adjustment and training, personnel selection, adult social self-efficacy


  • Fan, J., Sun, T., Liu, J., Zhao, T., Zhang, B., Chen, Z., Glorioso, M., & Hack, E. (2023). How well can an AI chatbot infer personality? Examining psychometric properties of machine-inferred personality scores. Journal of Applied Psychology. Advance online publication. 
  • Li, H., Fan, J., Zhao, G., Wang, M., Zheng, L., Meng, H., Weng, Q., Liu, Y., & Lievens, F. (2022). The role of emotions as mechanisms of mid-test warning messages during personality testing: A field experiment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 107, 40-59.
  • Fan, J., & Lai, L. (2014). Pre-training perceived social self-efficacy accentuates the effects of a cross-cultural coping orientation program: Evidence from a longitudinal field experiment. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 831-850.  [Recipient of the Best Paper in OB/HRM/OT Award, International Management Division, Academy of Management, 2012]  
  • Fan, J., Buckley, R. M., & Litchfield, R. C. (2012). Orientation programs that may facilitate newcomer adjustment: A literature review and future research agenda. Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management (Vol 31, pp. 53-101). Emerald.
  • Fan, J., Gao, D., Carroll, S. A., Lopez, F. J., Tian, T. S., & Meng, H. (2012). Testing a new procedure for reducing faking on personality tests within selection contexts. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 866-880. [Co-recipient of the Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2013.]  
  • Fan, J., & Wanous, J. P. (2008). Organizational and cultural entry: A new type of orientation program for multiple boundary crossings. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 1390-1400. [Recipient of the Ralph Alexander Best Dissertation Award, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management, 2005]  
  • Gong, Y., & Fan, J. (2006). A longitudinal examination of the role of goal orientation in cross-cultural adjustment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 176-184.

Courses Taught

  • STAT 2010: Stats for Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • PSYC 8970: Special Topics (Newcomer Orientation and Socialization, Training and Development, Factor Analysis, Attachment Theory)
  • PSYC 8920: Personnel Selection