Assistant Professor Alan Mead's unique background combines two areas of interest: the application of psychology to real-world, organizational problems (industrial psychology) and the art and science of measuring constructs such as knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and personality traits (psychometrics). He is a recognized psychometric expert in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.
Mead enjoys teaching classes on topics such as psychometric theory, statistical data analysis, research methods, and individual differences. Mead involves his students with his active research projects, such as studying dissimulation, statistical modeling of personality items, personality job analysis, and improving the validity of personality scales in selection.
Mead actively researches the application of measurement models to practical problems such as translation of surveys and tests across cultural, demographic, or language boundaries to ensure that everyone is assessed fairly.He has authored or co-authored publications in journals such as Psychological Bulletin, Personnel Psychology, and Applied Measurement in Education and has three chapters in edited volumes. Mead is also a technophile and proficient software developer. He holds LPIC-1 and Linux+ certifications in Linux system administration and maintains several LAMP-based websites.
Before joining the faculty of IIT, Mead worked as a manager, research scientist, and psychometrician for Aon Consulting, and has implemented systems as diverse as computerized tests, web applications, data mining systems, and psychometric estimation utilities.