Chaitra M. Hardison

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Senior Behavioral Scientist; Faculty, 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 member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Her research focuses on 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; exploring a second language proficiency requirement for officers; examining the role of job analysis and personnel research in the Air Force; and reviewing validity, fairness, and bias of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test. 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. 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.

Previous Positions

Associate Director of Arroyo's Personnel Training and Health Program, 2018 - 2020

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. "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, 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, 2004

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Corporation - Silver and Bronze Merit Bonus Award, 2018
  • RAND Corporation - Silver Merit Bonus Award, 2014
  • RAND Corporation - Silver Merit Bonus Award, 2009