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 Lytell is a senior behavioral scientist and an associate director of the RAND Arroyo Center Personnel, Training, and Health Program. Her work focuses on military personnel topics with recent examples including diversity in the military, physical ability requirements for Air Force personnel, and proficiency of Army enlisted intelligence analysts. Before coming to RAND, her research and consulting experiences focused on topics such as sexual harassment, workplace mistreatment, organizational climate, and personnel selection. Lytell received her master's degree and Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Selected Publications

Maria C. Lytell, Sean Robson, David Schulker, Tracy C. McCausland, Miriam Matthews, Louis T. Mariano, and Albert A. Robbert, Training Success for U.S. Air Force Special Operations and Combat Support Specialties: An Analysis of Recruiting, Screening, and Development Processes, RAND (RR-2002), 2018

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