Personnel Research Division


The Personnel Research Division (PRD) evaluates existing Selection, Job Performance Appraisal, Promotion, and Training systems to ensure they conform to best professional practices, efficiency, and business necessity requirements.  Our evaluation consists of data analyses of reliability, validity, and adverse impact, and provides documentation essential to system litigation defense.  PRD also modifies, designs, and develops new personnel or training systems.

We offer the following services:

  • Personnel Test Development
  • Data Analytics and Operations Research
  • Job Analysis and Design
  • Employee Selection
  • Employee Surveys
  • Training Evaluation
  • Performance Appraisal Systems

Prior Accomplishments

From its inception in 1986, OpTech has conducted projects requiring I/O psychology experience and expertise.

Our work includes:

  • Creating three versions of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) for the Department of Defense
  • Creating two versions of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
  • Revalidating the Air Force airman promotion system
  • Determining and validating the criteria for selection for Air Force pilot training
  • Creating the Air Force Personnel Research 5-Year Plans for 2007-2011 and 2013-2017
  • Optimizing the assignments of applicants to Special Operations jobs (Pararescue, Combat Controller, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal)
  • Determining skill sets required for 20 highly technical Air Force officer occupations
  • Writing “Air Force Personnel Research Issues: A Manager’s Handbook”
  • Validating new ASVAB composites for personnel assignment
  • Creating and evaluating personnel tests in new domains
  • Exploring a procedure to benchmark the occupational learning difficulty across Air Force Specialties
  • Investigating skill decay after initial training of Army collective tasks
  • Determining the reliability and validity of the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Requirements Survey

Key Personnel

Dr. C. Wayne ShorePh.D., psychologist and statistician, leads the Personnel Research Division. After his Air Force career, he co-founded OpTech and has served as a Senior Vice-President. His previous positions include Chief, Air Force Personnel Testing; Chairman, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Working Group; Commander, Occupational Measurement Squadron; Chief, Air Force Training Technology; Member, AETC Research Review Board; and Special Agent, Office of Special Investigations.

Erica Barto is a Master’s level Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who has worked on personnel research projects with the Air Force Personnel Center, Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Army Research Institute and Bureau of Labor Statistics.  She is experienced in item writing, test validation, and client satisfaction surveys and manages a testing center where data is gathered on experimental Air Force items to improve selection and classification processes.

Miguel Gonzalez is a Master’s level Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who has lead the revision of technical content for the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test such as Instrument Comprehension, Block Counting, Aviation Information, and Physical Science.  He is currently drawing items for an experimental test of fluid reasoning for the Air Force.

Daniela Peña is a Master’s level Industrial/Organizational Psychologist who has lead the revision of verbal and math content for the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test.  She currently collects experimental data in collaboration with OpTech’s staffing agency to investigate personality dimensions that lead to attrition in assembly line jobs.

PRD also has a staff of consultants who specialize in Industrial/Organizational Research, Training, Cognition, Personnel Systems, Operations Research, and Air Force Selection and Classification.

Our Clients