Chaitra M. Hardison

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


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

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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. For example, her work for the U.S. Air Force includes defining strength requirements in physically demanding jobs, cross-cultural performance requirements in deployed settings, and common battlefield training requirements for non-combat personnel working outside the wire; studying the feasibility of establishing a second language proficiency requirement for all entering officers; examining the role of job analysis and personnel research in the Air Force; reviewing the validity, fairness, and bias of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test; and defining the manpower and compensation requirements for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) career fields. Her current work for the Department of Defense includes evaluating the education credential tiering policy for predicting enlisted attrition and defining best-practice methods for establishing physical requirements for physically demanding occupations. 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. Hardison holds 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