Maria C. Lytell

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Behavioral Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Maria C. Lytell is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation working primarily in RAND Project AIR FORCE, the National Defense Research Institute, and the Arroyo Center. Her work mostly focuses on military manpower, personnel, and training topics. Her recent research includes: developing methods to improve entry-level screening and selection methods for select Air Force enlisted specialties; evaluating key analytic competencies for select Army specialties; and assessing diversity management in the military. Her past research and consulting experiences have focused on topics such as workplace mistreatment; organizational climate; and personnel selection, classification, development, and retention. Dr. Lytell received her Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Publications

Maria C. Lytell, Kenneth Kuhn, Abigail Haddad, Jefferson P. Marquis, Nelson Lim, Kimberly Curry Hall, Robert Stewart, Jennie W. Wenger, Force Drawdowns and Demographic Diversity: Investigating the Impact of Force Reductions on the Demographic Diversity of the U.S. Military, RAND (RR-1008), 2015

Susan G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley, Maria C. Lytell, James C. Crowley, Sarah H. Bana, Megan Clifford, Kristin J. Leuschner, Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills for Army Leaders Using Blended-Learning Methods, RAND (RR-172), 2013

Chaitra M. Hardison, Michael G. Mattock, Maria C. Lytell, Incentive Pay for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Career Fields, RAND (MG-1174), 2012

Margaret C. Harrell, Harry J. Thie, Roland J. Yardley, Maria C. Lytell, Information Systems Technician Rating Stakeholders: Implications for Effective Performance, RAND (TR-1122), 2011

Honors & Awards

  • Best-in-Track Award (Research) at the 10th Annual Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, Sloan Consortium