Chaitra M. Hardison

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Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Minnesota; B.A. in psychology, University of California, Berkeley

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Overview

Chaitra M. Hardison is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Much of her research has focused on defining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required in the workplace and identifying how best to select, train, and educate personnel to be successful on the job. Work for the Air Force includes defining manpower and compensation requirements for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) career fields; identifying sources of stress and dissatisfaction in the ICBM and RPA communities; defining cross-cultural performance and battlefield training requirements; studying the feasibility of establishing a second language proficiency requirement for officers; examining the role of job analysis and personnel research in the Air Force; and reviewing the validity, fairness, and bias of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test. Recent work for the Department of Defense includes evaluating the education credential tiering policy for predicting enlisted attrition, reviewing the services efforts to establish gender-neutral standards in ground combat occupations, identifying ways to increase recruitment of women, exploring the pros and cons of 360-degree feedback assessments in the military, and using personality tests to predict enlisted attrition. Other past work includes designing and validating critical thinking value-added assessments for use in higher-education institutions and the evaluation of fairness, diversity and illegal discrimination in educational and workplace settings. Dr. Hardison holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Recent Projects

  • Workplace Stressors
  • Establishing Physical Job Requirements
  • The Feasibility of Developing Language Proficiency in College
  • Examining Measures for Assessing Officer Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Assessment of Critical Thinking Value-Added in Higher-Education Institutions

Selected Publications

Hardison, C. M., Hong, E., Chun, M., Kugelmass, H. & Nemeth, A. "The Architecture of the CLA.," in Benjamin, R. & Chun, M.,, Returning to Learning in an Age of Assessment: Introducing the Rationale of the Collegiate Learning Assessment, Council for Aid to Education, 2009

Hardison, C. M., & Sackett, P. R. "Kriterienbezogene validität des assessment centers: Lebendig und wohlauf? [Assessment center criterion related validity: Alive and well?]," in H. Schuler (Ed.), Assessment Center zur Potenzialanalyse [Assessment center for the analysis of potential], Göttingen, Germany: Hogrefe., 2007

Hardison, C. M. "Work samples.," in Steven G. Rogelberg, Editor., Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology., Sage Publications., 2007

Sackett, P. R., Hardison, C. M. & Cullen, M. J., "On interpreting stereotype threat as accounting for black-white differences on cognitive tests," American Psychologist, 59:7-13, 2004

Cullen, M. J., Hardison, C. M. & Sackett, P. R., "Using SAT-grade and ability-job performance relationships to test predictions derived from stereotype threat theory," Journal of Applied Psychology, 89:220-230, 2004

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Corporation - Silver Merit Bonus Award, 2014
  • RAND Corporation - Silver Merit Bonus Award, 2009

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