Oswald vita

Applied Research and Consulting Experience – full list


July 2010-present

Legal and Social Sciences Consulting (LASSC), LLC – Principal Consultant

Serve as lead expert on legal projects involving test validation and job analysis.


Nov 2007-present

SkillSurvey, Berwyn PA

Advise on a range of web-based testing products, including reference-checking and 360-feedback instruments.


Jan 2007, Jan-Aug 2011

Center for Advanced Study of Language

Advise on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery II (DLAB) research project, concerning the array of cognitive and non-cognitive predictors that predict second-language learning; technical advisor for DLAB-A+, predicting language-learning success in Afghan samples.


Jun-Dec 2010

Helmreich & Payne, Inc.

Provided technical advice on a computerized content-knowledge assessment system, focusing on aspects of content sampling and statistical weighting that integrates with other components and considerations of the system.


Oct 2006-June 2009

Navy Personnel Research, Studies, & Technology, Millington TN

PI on a project (SYRUS) involved with understanding Sailor multitasking performance in a changing and time-pressured work environment.  Project efforts modeled and measured multitasking performance and predictors of performance in a multitasking environment.


Jul 2007-Mar 2008

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Constructed and validated measures for the Global Mindset Inventory, a measure used for developmental purposes for international MBA students.Work included refining and generating item content, sorting item content into global mindset dimensions, refining the items based on reliability and validity information.Scoring and feedback reports were also generated.


Jun 2000-Jun 2008

The College Board, Princeton, NJ

Developed an expanded model of college student performance. Helped in creating a situational judgment test and biodata instrument measuring dimensions of the model.


Feb 2005-Dec 2005

DTE Energy, Detroit MI

Project investigates the prediction of the performance of System Supervisors who manage electrical power grids.Determine the reliability, validity and incremental validity of new measures over existing measures currently implemented.


Sep 2002-Feb 2006

Caliper Corporation, Princeton NJ

Coordinated four projects in investigating, developing, and extending the battery of tests used in their assessment systems for selection and training/development. These projects address test development, social desirability, situational judgment, and person-job fit.


Apr 2002-Jun 2007

Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), Alexandria, VA

Scientific Review Panel (SRP) member for Select21, a selection and classification project for the U.S. Army, contracted out by the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.


Nov 2000-2004

The Ball Foundation, Glen Ellyn, IL

Developed methods for matching aptitude profiles of individuals to the aptitude requirements of jobs. Linked their aptitude measure to aptitudes measured by the Department of Laborís Occupational Information Network (O*NET).


Apr-May 2000

Leaetta Hough, The Dunnette Group, Ltd.

Reviewed a meta-analysis on personality predictors of police performance, and conducted supplementary analyses on relationships between Big Five personality measures and performance for police officers. Work was contracted by the U.S. Dept. of Justice.


Jul 1999-present

Biostat, Englewood, NJ

Yearly consulting for their Comprehensive Meta-Analysis software program.


Sep 1993-Aug 1998

Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN;

Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), Alexandria VA

Analysis of training and job performance data from the U.S. Army Selection and Classification Project (Project A), and Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) and O*NET data from the U.S. Department of Labor. Gained experience in confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis, multiple linear regression, profile analysis, multidimensional scaling, and other multivariate statistical techniques. Additional experience in developing and managing large data sets.


Jan 1997-May 1998

Department of Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN

Developed biodata items for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of an improved system for selecting astronauts for both long-term and short-term space flight missions. Items were linked to and validated against a critical proficiency model for astronaut performance.


Aug 1997

Handan Sinangil, Ph.D., Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey

Deniz Ones, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN

Developed technical report for a measure of organizational culture. Reported psychometric properties, item analyses, differential reliabilities within rater perspectives, and confirmatory and exploratory factor analytic results that refined the measure and tested alternative theoretical models.


Dec 1996

Questar Data Systems, Inc., Eagan MN

Analyzed questionnaire data and prepared reports for Gateway 2000. Questionnaires measured computer brand preference and satisfaction over time for both home and business consumers.


Jun 1996-Aug 2002

Asset Allocation Consulting, Minneapolis MN

Developed computer programs that employ various decision rules for trading commodities and assessed their effects on outcomes and future rules. Condensed vast amounts of computer output into concise reports.


Mar 1996

Questar Data Systems, Inc., Eagan MN

Analyzed data and prepared reports for an internal pilot-test of a multiple-perspective (360-degree) feedback instrument.


Feb 1995

Minnesota Private College Research Foundation, St. Paul MN

Coordinated large-scale data collection, performed data analyses, and prepared written reports for two interstate regional teacher conferences.