Maria C. Lytell

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Associate Director, Personnel, Training, and Health Program, RAND Arroyo Center
Washington Office


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


Maria C. Lytell is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation working primarily on military manpower and personnel topics in RAND Project AIR FORCE, the National Defense Research Institute, and the Arroyo Center. Her recent work includes: assessment of medical screening processes for entry into the U.S. military; developing methods to improve entry-level recruiting, screening and development methods for select Air Force enlisted specialties; evaluating key analytic competencies for select Army specialties; and examining barriers to diversity in the U.S. military civilian workforce. Her past research and consulting experiences have focused on topics such as workplace mistreatment; organizational climate; and personnel selection, classification, development, and retention. 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

Maria C. Lytell, Kirsten M. Keller, Beth Katz, Jefferson P. Marquis, Jerry Sollinger, Diversity Leadership in DoD: Analysis of the Key Roles, Responsibilities, and Attributes of Diversity Leaders, RAND (RR-1148), 2016

Honors & Awards

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