Alan Mead , PhDAssistant Professor
Dr. Mead received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Prior to joining the faculty at the College for Psychology, Dr. Mead was a practitioner for over a dozen years, working as a Manager, Research Scientist, Psychometrician, and as a Senior Manager for Aon Consulting. As a consultant and technical advisor, Dr. Mead has applied quantitative methods to a rich cross-section of applied problems. He has also implemented systems as diverse as computerized tests, web applications, data mining systems and psychometric estimation utilities; he holds LPIC-1 and Linux+ certifications.
Dr. Mead teaches psychometric theory, compensation, and quantitative topics such as validity generalization, utility theory and synthetic validity. His classes balance rigorous scholarship with practical hands-on experiences.
Dr. Mead, and students working with him, are actively engaged in research on psychometric applications (such as differential item functioning), technology's impact on HR functions (such as computerized testing), and applications of personality theory (such as the relative security of personality assessments). He has been published in journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Personnel Psychology, Applied Psychological Measurement, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and Applied Measurement in Education. He has authored numerous chapters and is a frequent participant at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology annual meeting.
- Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana, 2000