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Juliet Aiken, Ph.D.

Program Director

Email: jraiken@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, Dr. 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 is also the owner and sole proprietor of Statistics in Practice, LLC. Through Statistics in Practice, Dr. Aiken has consulted for companies and researchers on statistical analysis, promotion, networks, mentoring, and adverse impact, among other topics. In addition to providing statistical training and conducting analyses, Dr. Aiken also collaborates with her clients to design, launch, and evaluate workplace initiatives such as mentoring groups. Her work focuses on leveraging statistics to promote diversity in organizations, improve talent development, and enable organizational change.


Ken Yusko, Ph.D.

Assistant Program Director & Faculty

Email: kyusko@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.


Paul J. Hanges, Ph.D.

Academic Director

Phone: 301.405.5930

Email: phanges@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.