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:
From its inception in 1986, OpTech has conducted projects requiring I/O psychology experience and expertise.
Our work includes:
Dr. C. Wayne Shore, Ph.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.