Our Team

Dr. Cynthia Hedricks has diverse experience collecting, analyzing, and presenting behavioral and biological data gathered in the applied setting. In her role as chief analytics officer at SkillSurvey, Dr. Hedricks integrates market demands and OD client consulting with technological HR innovations and psychometric research principles. She has both national and international consulting experience, helping to improve quality-of-hire at organizations such as Poudre Valley Health Systems, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Quest Diagnostics, Kohl’s, CH2M HILL, GlaxoSmithKline (U.S., U.K.), Reebok, Johnson-Diversey and Wal-Mart (Canada, Mexico, U.S.). Before joining SkillSurvey in June of 2007, Cynthia was senior vice president of research and development for nine years at Caliper, in Princeton, NJ, a firm that provides an assessment for employee selection to companies in 31 different countries. Cynthia’s most recent projects have included: building talent communities in healthcare; combining ‘high tech’ with ‘high touch’ in healthcare talent management; and the psychometric integrity of online reference-checking. She serves as an expert advisor on Measuring Quality-of-Hire, a learning track offered by the Human Capital Institute. Her affiliations include the Human Resource Planning Society (HRPS), Society for Human Resources (SHRM), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Prior to her corporate experiences, she published research in the fields of nursing (College of Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago) and occupational therapy/occupational science (University of Southern California). Cynthia has a Ph.D. in biopsychology from The University of Chicago.

Dr. Disha D. Rupayana is a research scientist at SkillSurvey, Inc. Prior to joining SkillSurvey, her research experience was in the development and validation of selection instruments, organizational change surveys, and employee engagement surveys in the applied setting. Her scale for Student Academic Engagement (SAENS) has been used by K-State First and other academic programs to assess student involvement in work. She has presented her work at national and regional conferences focused on research and practice in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In her role at SkillSurvey, Dr. Rupayana creates survey content and conducts statistical analyses related to product development and validity outcome studies in the applied setting. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University, where she received the “Best Student Research” award from the Kansas State University Research Forum in 2006 and in 2009 for her research in the area of work engagement.

SkillSurvey Advisory Board

Dr. Peter Cappelli is the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources. Dr. Cappelli is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA, has served as senior advisor to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Employment Policy from 2005-2005, and is a 2007 Distinguished Scholar of the Ministry of Manpower for Singapore. Professor Cappelli’s more recent research examines changes in employment relations in the U.S. and their implications. These publications include Change at Work (Oxford University Press 1997), a major study for the National Planning Association, which found that employees paid a considerable price for the restructuring of U.S. industry, and The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce (Harvard Business School Press 1999), which examines the challenges associated with the decline in lifetime employment relationships. His recent work on managing retention, electronic recruiting, and changing career paths appears in the Harvard Business Review. Talent Management (Harvard Business School Press, forthcoming), considers the strategies that employers should consider in developing and managing talent. He was a staff member on the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency from 1988-1990, Co-Director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce, and a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on Post-Secondary Improvement at Stanford University. He has served on three committees of the National Academy of Sciences and three panels of the National Goals for Education. He was recently named by Vault.com as one the 25 most important people working in the area of human capital, one of the top 100 people in the field of recruiting and staffing by Recruit.com, and was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He serves on the advisory boards of several companies, and is the founding editor of the Academy of Management Perspectives. Peter has degrees in industrial relations from Cornell University and in labor economics from Oxford, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. Fred Oswald is a professor in industrial/organizational psychology at Rice University. His research, statistical, consulting and legal expertise and experience focus on personnel selection systems and psychological measurement in organizational, military and educational settings (e.g., the US Navy, College Board, American Association of Medical Schools), as reflected in his large-scale grants in addition to 50 peer-reviewed papers, 15 book chapters, and 100+ presentations.  His recent research has addressed multitasking performance, computerized adaptive personality testing, meta-analysis methods, the statistical equivalence of measures between gender and racial/ethnic groups, and the strategies and implications for shortening the length of tests.  Dr. Oswald currently serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Management, Psychological Methods, and Research Synthesis Methods. He serves on the editorial boards for several major organizational research journals, including Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Military Psychology, and Organizational Research Methods. He is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and a member of the international Society for Research Synthesis Methods (SRSM).  Fred received his Ph.D. in psychology in 1999 from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Robert E. Ployhart is the Bank of America Professor of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University. He has published over 90 scholarly articles and chapters, and presented over 100 peer-reviewed conference presentations. He holds two copyrights, has written two books (Staffing Organizations; Situational Judgment Tests), and has a third book under contract (Global Talent). He is an internationally-known expert in Human Resources, with specific expertise relating to the acquisition, development, and maintenance of human capital. This includes traditional topics such as recruitment and personnel selection, but merged with organizational strategy. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, has served as guest Associate Editor or Co-Editor for two other journals, and has been on the editorial boards of six journals. His research has won several scholarly awards and received funding from national organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Dr. Ployhart has worked with private and public organizations ranging in size from a few employees to several hundred thousand. With these organizations, Dr. Ployhart has developed selection and psychological assessments, recruiting strategies, culture and climate surveys, leadership programs, performance management processes, training programs, and statistical/legal support.

Dr. Chet Robie is a professor in organizational behavior/human resource management in the School of Business at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. His previous academic posts include an assistant professorship in the I/O psychology program at the University of Houston and an assistant professorship in the College of Business Administration at Niagara University. Dr. Robie has consulted for international firms, such as Personnel Decisions International, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, and Caliper, Inc., addressing issues related to multi-source feedback, applicant faking, test development and validation, and global norms. Dr. Robie worked as a personnel management specialist for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where he was involved in large-scale survey initiatives and policy evaluation. Chet is also interested in collective bargaining and negotiation issues, having served as an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, the Better Business Bureau, and as a grievance officer for his faculty union. His current research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and addresses non-cognitive testing and cross-cultural measurement issues. He has published in such peer-reviewed journals as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, and the International Journal of Selection and Assessment. Chet’s undergraduate and master’s degrees in experimental psychology were received from Towson University. Chet received his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University. He currently resides in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


Our team also includes ten subject matter experts (SMEs) who conduct research in academic and corporate settings. They have achieved either Ph.D. degrees or Master’s degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology or a related discipline, from institutions such as Princeton University, Rutgers University, Michigan State University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Akron and the University of Massachusetts.


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