Juliet Aiken, Ph.D.
Email: jraiken [at] umd.edu
Dr. Aiken, the Program Director of the UMD IO MPS, received her Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a Certificate in Statistics in Measurement at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to her work at UMD, Aiken served as an internal statistical and methodological consultant at Georgetown Law Center, where she conducted research on the legal profession and taught professional skills and how to critique research to JD, LLM, and SJD students. She also consults, coaches, and is an expert witness. Her work focuses on leveraging statistics to promote diversity in organizations, improve talent development, and enable organizational change. Aiken is passionate about opening doors for people, helping people become their best, most authentic selves and for connecting people who can help each other. She is especially enthusiastic about creating opportunities for people from diverse or non-traditional backgrounds.
Ken Yusko, Ph.D.
Assistant Program Director & Faculty
Email: kyusko [at] umd.edu
Dr. Kenneth P. Yusko is an expert in the design of personnel selection, development, and performance management systems and has helped Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and government agencies, as well as professional sports teams and leagues to be more effective. Ken’s current clients include the NFL, the Sacramento Kings, Merck, Morgan Stanley, Lutron, and the Motion Picture Association of America. His research focuses primarily on improving the diversity outcomes, as well as accuracy, of employment testing systems. An example of his current work is the development and validation of league-wide psychological player assessments used by teams to improve their success rate in the NFL draft. Ken regularly publishes in scholarly journals and books and he and his team were recently awarded the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research from the Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology, as well as multiple International Personnel Assessment Council’s Innovations Awards for their work in developing and implementing the Siena Reasoning Test (SRT), a cognitive ability test that enhances both the diversity and quality of new hires.
Nikita Arun, Ph.D.
Email: narun528 [at] gmail.com
Dr. Nikita Arun is an Adjunct Professor in University of Maryland's Psychology Department for the IO MPS program. She received her Ph.D in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Virginia Tech. Her research was focused on motivation, self-regulatory processes, and goal setting. Niki gained experience in applied I/O psychology at the American Institutes for Research, Society for Human Resource Management, and Virginia Tech's Department of Continuing and Professional Education. Her applied work has focused on survey development, assessments, training, data analysis, and making data-driven decisions. She now works in Selection and Assessments for Marriott International and has helped support the development and implementation of talent management initiatives for the global enterprise.
Colin Cooper, Ph.D., CPC, Cht, Rmt, OM
Email: drcooperassoc [at] yahoo.com
Dr. Colin Cooper is an Adjunct Professor in University of Maryland's Psychology Department for the IO MPS program. In addition to her work at UMD, she is the Owner and Lead Consultant at Focus Hu-Energy Consulting in the areas of Transformative and Leadership Coaching, Talent and Personal Development, Employee Resiliency and Well-being. She has over 30 years of combined experience as a University Professor, Talent Development Specialist, Diversity and Inclusion Expert, Organizational Change Consultant, and Wellness Practitioner. Colin holds a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a Certified Professional Coach, Diversity and Inclusion Curriculum Designer, Group Facilitator, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Reiki Master Teacher. She has additional certifications and training in Meditation, Mindfulness, Neuro-Linguistic Principles (NLP), Sound Massage, and various holistic practices based on Eastern, Western, African and South American principles which foster empowerment, resiliency, well-being, and innovation in leaders, employees and individuals. She is a retired-tenured Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Resource Development (Bowie State University, Bowie, MD).
Supplementing her academic experience, Colin has worked as an internal and external consultant/expert for various profit and non-profit organizations, federal and state agencies, and spiritual organizations. Consultations to smaller business included medical, wellness, financial and marketing practices/organizations.
Paul J. Hanges, Ph.D.
Email: phanges [at] umd.edu
Paul J. Hanges, Ph.D. is Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology in the University of Maryland’s Psychology Department. He is also an affiliate of the University of Maryland’s R. H. Smith School of Business and the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch College). He was on the board of directors of OBA Bank from 2011 until it sold in 2014. Originally from New York City, Paul received his Ph.D. from the University of Akron in 1987.
Paul has worked with both public and private organizations (e.g., Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Transportation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Personnel Board of Jefferson County, S. C. Johnson & Son) as well as various consulting firms (e.g., American Management Systems, Emerson Human Capital, Mercer, Inc.) and has been retained as an expert witness for several law firms. His work focuses on developing human resource practices (e.g., competence models, selection/promotion systems, training and development systems) and aligning organizational policies, practices, and procedures to produce desired organizational climate and improve organizational efficiency.