Great Careers in Testing

Great Careers in Testing

Who are the people that have helped others advance based on their merit?

Who are the men and women that have worked for decades to help people have better lives through a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them?

Who has served people and organizations by creating the most reliable and efficient path for analyzing data and making intelligent decisions? 


Who are these psychometric leaders?  How and why did they get to a position where they have had such a profound influence on our world?

Great Careers in Testing is an interview series featuring many of the most distinguished and influential leaders from the world of assessment.  

Dr. Robert Brennan Dr. Robert Brennan is E. F. Lindquist Chair in Measurement and Testing, and Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Measurement and Assessment (CASMA), in the College of Education of The University of Iowa. Dr. Brennan received his doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1970. He has held various positions at ACT, including Distinguished Research Scientist. In 2002 Dr. Brennan founded CASMA.  

MariĆ© De Beer Marié De Beer is a Research Psychologist who earned her PhD (D.Litt etPhil) in Psychology from the University of South Africa in 2000, and for which she developed and validated a dynamic, computerised adaptive test for the measurement of learning potential (LPCAT). De Beer has been teaching psychological assessment and research methods at the University Of South Africa for the past 18 years and was awarded the "Women in Research" award of the College of Economic and Management Sciences in August 2011.

Noelle Hammerbacher Noelle Hammerbacher is the Managing Editor for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Noelle manages the production schedules for all seven of NCCPA's examinations, recruits and trains item writers, edits and finalizes examination items, and builds and publishes the examinations.  She has over 20 years experience in the field of medical testing and has edited and published exams for several other specialties including orthopedics, anesthesiology, and echocardiography.

Ray Kelly Ray Kelly is President and CEO of Certiport, the largest certification network in the world comprised of over 12,000 active Authorized Testing Centers and 120 distribution partners operating in 152 countries. Mr. Kelly has been instrumental in driving the resurgence in professional certification. Prior to joining Certiport, Ray was a senior vice president at Prometric, where he was hired to lead global sales and marketing, and was later promoted to lead all industry-oriented business functions within ETS Prometric.

Dr. Thomas Oakland Dr. Thomas Oakland is a professor emeritus at University of Florida who has worked in more than 50 countries and has served as presidents of the International Test Commission and the International Association of Applied Psychology's Division of Assessment and Evaluation. He authored or co-authored 10 tests and assisted in the adaptation or development of 17 tests. He received the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.

Dr. John Rust Dr. John Rust is Director of The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge. His exceptional academic and intellectual reputation in the field of testing and assessment stem from his work ranging from the investigation of advanced statistical and computational techniques for use in test development, to the UK standardizations of widely used psychometric tests. Professor Rust is the author of several tests including GRIMS, GRISS, RISC, Orpheus, Giotto and RANRA.

Professor Peter Saville Professor Peter Saville is one of the world's foremost authorities in industrial psychology and occupational psychometric test publishing. He currently serves as the International Chairman of Saville Consulting, where he remains heavily involved in new product development and training. In 1977, he received a Doctorate from Brunel University and co-founded SHL, an innovative and highly successful international developer and publisher of psychometric tests.

Alina A. von Davier Alina A. Von Davier, PhD is a Strategic Advisor in the Research & Development Division at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University. Her Ph.D. in mathematics was earned at the Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg, Germany, and her M.S. in mathematics is from the University of Bucharest, Romania. During her tenure at ETS, Dr. von Davier was the Research Center Director of the Global Psychometric Services (GPS) Center.

Dr. JJ Zhu Dr. JJ Zhu manages the clinical psychometric department responsible for providing psychometric services to Pearson Clinical Assessment Division worldwide. His responsibilities include capacity planning, annual budget development, project-based psychometric budget estimation, providing technical training to psychometricians and research directors, developing and enforcing standard psychometric procedures, and conducting performance evaluation.


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Dorothy Christina Adkins
Test Development...
Anne Anastasi
Psychological Testing...
Lauretta Bender, M.D.
Bender-Gestalt Test...
Alfred Binet
Intelligence Test...
Luella Gubrud Buros
Buros Institute...
Raymond Cattell
Personality, Temperment...
Sir Francis Galton
Starke Rosecrans Hathaway, Ph.D.
Gertrude Howell Hildreth
Metropolitan Achievement Tests...
Maud Amanda Merrill
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale...
Isabel Briggs Myers
Hermann Rorschach, M.D.
Rorschach Inkblots...
E. Paul Torrance, Ph.D.
Tests of Creativity...
Charles Edward Spearman
Factor Analysis...
David Wechsler, Ph.D.
Intelligence Scales...
Robert S. Woodworth
This growing list is being compiled from informal surveys and our Great Careers in Testing interviews.  References also include:
Famous Women in TestingTest Developer Profiles and Women's Intellectual Contributions to the Study of Mind and Society.
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