Sean Robson

Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology, University of Tulsa; M.S. in industrial-organizational psychology, University of Tulsa; B.S. in psychology, James Madison University


Sean Robson is a senior behavioral and policy scientist who works on manpower, personnel, and training issues. As an expert on issues related to the scientific validation of tests and standards, he has been leading efforts to establish the scientific basis for occupationally relevant physical fitness tests, which may be used to ensure the physical readiness of military personnel. Specifically, he has led research projects to identify physical fitness requirements in Air Force Battlefield Airmen as well as entry level physical strength requirements and tests for physically demanding occupational specialities in the Air Force. He has also had significant roles on projects examining stress inoculation training, resilience, diversity, leadership, competency modeling, and workforce development. Robson has a B.S. from James Madison University, and a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa.

Honors & Awards

  • Research Excellence Award - 2016, RAND Project Air Force