William C. Burns & Associates



Able to design appropriate research and apply the principles and methods of Industrial and Organizational Psychology to the employment process and to the various types of selection and promotion measures, judgments, and/or outcomes.

Able to apply a high level of expertise in the area of psychometrics (test construction, reliability, and validity), including latent trait theory, item response theory, and validity generalization to a wide variety of employment and promotion situations.


I have personally performed many test validation studies, all of which were successful and met the "job relatedness" standard as defined in the Federal Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures. In fact, when the EEOC was challenged in litigation discovery by a defendant to name a testing program which had been validated in accordance with the Uniform Guidelines, the validation program that I conducted was one of five that were given in response.

I was instrumental in establishing the test development and validation program sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute, which is the trade association of investor-owned electric utilities, and in helping to secure the services of some of the most distinguished industrial psychologists in the nation to do the initial studies. The program is still functioning and is now considered to be a landmark in selection research in the history of industrial psychology. Among the researchers that were contracted to do the individual studies were:

Marvin D. Dunnette, editor of the Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Robert M. Guion, author of a classic book, Personnel Testing.

Edwin A. Fleishman, author of the seminal studies on the dimensions of physical performance.

All are past-presidents of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

Appointed by SIOP which is also the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association to the committee which defined and published their professional standards regarding "Personnel Selection Procedures."

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