Gerald V. Barrett, Ph.D., J.D. As President of Barrett and Associates, Inc., since 1973 Dr. Barrett has been involved in a variety of human resource programs. These include programs for selection, promotion, performance appraisal, assessment centers, training, management development, organizational development, job evaluation, compensation and attitude surveys. Dr. Barrett has been involved in the development and validation of employment tests for numerous jobs, including, but not limited to: firefighter (e.g., entry level firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion/District Chief, Assistant Chief, Chief); police officer (e.g., entry level police officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, Chief); administrative managers; clerical/administrative (e.g., data entry operator, keyer, clerk-typist, administrative assistant), technical positions (e.g., machine adjustor, machine operator, utility operator), and sales and marketing from Vice President down. Dr. Barrett directed the largest pay equity study ever conducted in the federal government, which involved a random sample of employees nationwide.
During the course of his career, Dr. Barrett has consulted with over 150 public and private organizations and has been engaged as an expert witness in over 160 court cases usually dealing with issues of alleged age, race or sex discrimination in selection, promotion, termination or compensation. Specific issues have varied from disparate impact to stereotyping. In four recent decisions his testimony and expert witness reports formed the basis of decisions upholding the validity of written and assessment center tests.
Dr. Barrett received his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and his J.D. from the University of Akron’s School of Law. He is both a licensed psychologist and a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio. Dr. Barrett was the Director of the Human Factors Laboratory for an aerospace company, an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Management and Psychology and Associate Director of the Management Research Center at the University of Rochester for six years. He then became a Professor at the University of Akron and served as chair of the Department of Psychology for 22 years. During that time the Graduate Ph.D. program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology became ranked as one of the top seven in the United States. His research has been supported by a number of organizations including the Office of Naval Research, Andrus Foundation, Ford Foundation, Administration on Aging, United States Office of Personnel Management, Department of Transportation, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Air Force, Army, Navy, Public Health Service, NASA and General Accounting Office.
Dr. Barrett is the author or co-author of over 150 professional publications and four books in the area of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. His recent research has been concerned with the interface between personnel psychology and employment law. One of Dr. Barrett’s publications has been recognized by 100 human resource experts, as one of the twelve core papers in selection and staffing. Another paper was selected as one of the best articles in Industrial/Organizational Psychology based on nominations from leading international Industrial/Organizational Psychologists on the major critical writing in the field and the Social Science Citation Index count. A third article was reprinted as representing one of the major debates in gender studies. His chapter in the Handbook of Industrial/Organizational Psychology was the first to review cross-national managerial psychology. He has presented over 130 papers and workshops in North America, Europe and Asia.
Dr. Barrett is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He is one of the few Industrial Psychologists who has been recognized both for research, by election as a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and for professional practice, by the award of a Diplomate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He has been awarded the Distinguished Faculty award from the Academy of Management. The Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology presented him with the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award in 1992 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the practice of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. In 2005, he received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Industrial Organizational Behavior Group.