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Alan Mead

Alan Mead, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology







Life Sciences Building, Room 248B


Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana (2000)

Research Interests 

Applications of personality theory
Organizational climate
Psychometric and methodological applications
Technology's impact on HR functions


Dr. Mead received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana. Prior to joining the faculty in the Psychology Department, 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.

Selected Publications 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Mead, A. D., & Morris, S. B. (2011). About babies and bathwater: Retaining core principles of the uniform guidelines. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 4, 554–557.

Mead, A. D. (2006). An introduction to multistage testing. Applied Measurement in Education, 19(3), 185-187.

Ellis, B. B. & Mead, A. D., (2000). Assessment of the measurement equivalence of a Spanish translation of the 16PF Questionnaire. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 60(5), 787-807.

Olson-Buchanan, J. B., Drasgow, F., Moberg, P. J., Mead, A. D., Keenan, P. A., & Donovan, M. A. (1998). Interactive video assessment of conflict resolution skills. Personnel Psychology, 51, 1-24.

Erwin, F., W. , & Mead, A. D. (1997). The Law Enforcement Candidate Record (LECR). Security Journal, 8, 113-116.

Drasgow, F., Levine, M., V., Tsien, S., Williams, B., Mead, A. D. (1995). Fitting polychotomous item response theory models to multiple-choice tests. Applied Psychological Measurement, 19, 143-165 Revised: August 29, 2013 Page 2 of 14

Maydeu-Olivares, A., Drasgow, F. & Mead, A. (1994). Distinguishing among parametric item response models for polychotomous ordered data. Applied Psychological Measurement, 18, 245-256.

Mead, A. D., & Drasgow, F. (1993). Equivalence of computerized and paper-and-pencil cognitive ability tests: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 114, 449-458.

Book Chapters

Mead, A. D., Olson-Buchanan, J., & Drasgow, F. (2014). Technology-based selection. In M. D. Coovert & L. F. Thomson (Eds), The Psychology of Workplace Technology (pp. 21-42). SIOP Frontiers Series. New York: Routledge Academic.

Ayman, R. Mead, A. D., Bassari, A., & Huang, J. (2012). Implicit Leadership in Iran: Differences between leader and boss and gender. In S. Turnbull, P. Case, G. Edwards, D. Schedlitzki, & P.Simpson (editors), Worldly Leadership: Alternative Wisdoms for a Complex World (pp. 135-157). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Scott, J., & Mead, A. D. (2011). Foundations for measurement. In N. Tippins & S. Adler (Eds), Technology-Enhanced Assessment of Talent (pp. 23-65). SIOP Professional Practice Series. San Francisco, CA: Wiley & Sons.

Cattell, H. E. P., & Mead, A. D. (2008). The sixteen personality factor questionnaire (16PF). In G.J. Boyle, G. Matthews, & D.H. Saklofske (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Vol 2 Personality Measurement and Testing (pp. 135-159). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Mead, A. D. (2005). Reliability: Definitions and Estimation. In B. Everitt and D. Howell (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Statistics in Behavioral Science, vol. 4. Chichester, UK.: Wiley.

Ellis, B. B. & Mead, A. D., (2002). Item analysis: Theory and practice using classical and modern test theory. In S. G. Rogelberg (Ed.), Handbook of research methods in industrial and organizational psychology. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Drasgow, F., Olson, J. B., Keenan, P., Moberg, P., & Mead, A. (1993). Computerized Assessment. In G. R. Ferris and K. M. Rowland (Eds.), Research in personnel and human resources management, Vol. 11 (pp. 163-206). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.