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Barrett & Associates, Inc.
1060 Graham Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224

Phone: (330) 928-2323
Fax: (330) 928-2768

Corporate Staff Experience


     Barrett & Associates, Inc. is a culturally diverse human resource consulting firm, employing approximately 30 full and part-time professional staff members.  All work activities are supervised by Dr. Gerald V. Barrett,  President. Our Project Managers have all completed the Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, and have numerous years of human resource consulting experience, including extensive job analysis, job evaluation, litigation support and test development experience.  The Project Manager assumes responsibility for the coordination, completion, and quality assurance of day-to-day project activities.   

Dr. Gerald V. Barrett
Dr. Gary Roos
Dr. Dennis Doverspike
Dr. Jera Barrett
Dr. Corey Miller
Dr. Nancy Gussett
Dr. Patrick McKay

     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 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抯 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.

     Gary Roos, Ph.D., has been active in Human Resources consulting at Barrett and Associates, Inc. on a full time or part time basis since 1984. Dr. Roos is a senior Associate who serves as the project manager on selected projects. In addition to his Ph.D., Dr. Roos has also completed an additional undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing management. Dr. Roos recently completed the 2002 Feel the Heat certificate program conducted by the State Fire Marshall of the State of Ohio. Dr. Roos has taught a number of undergraduate statistics courses along with Introduction to Psychology, Human Relations, Group Dynamics, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Dr. Roos has published two articles concerning the internal consistency reliability of personality tests.


     Dr. Roos has conducted over 200 job analysis interviews for a variety of jobs ranging from clerical type jobs such as Administrative Assistant, Administrative Secretary, Secretary, Stenographer, and Storekeeper to municipal Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain, State Police Officer (Sergeant), Firefighter (various ranks from Firefighter to Fire Chief), Customs Inspector, Production Worker (various types of factory jobs), Engineer (electrical, structural, HVAC, Plumbing & Drainage), etc. As part of the job analysis process, Dr. Roos has written job analysis questionnaires, job descriptions, job specifications, minimum qualifications, KSA documentation, and job postings and has combined jobs into job families. 


     Dr. Roos has been actively involved in the development, pretesting, and administration of selection and promotional systems such as job knowledge tests, in-basket exercises, oral presentation exercises, oral boards, simulations, structured interviews, role play exercises, physical abilities examinations, personality tests, construct tests, etc., for a number of jobs including Administrative Assistant, Administrative Associate, Administrative Services Technician, Documents Control Technician, Senior Staff Support, Staff Support, Secretary, Customer Service Center Manager, Production Technician, municipal Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Police Lieutenant, Police Captain, Police Major, Police Inspector, Police Chief, State Police Sergeant, State Police Lieutenant, State Police Captain, Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, Chief Fire Officer, District Fire Chief, Battalion Fire Chief, Fire Captain, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Engineer, Fire Fighter, Firefighter/Paramedic and EMT, Firefighter/Prevention, Inspector, Customs Inspector, Engineers, and various types of managerial and Production Worker jobs. Dr. Roos is very knowledgeable of the firefighter profession and has written literally thousands of job knowledge questions from many different sources. Dr. Roos also served as an assessor and rater on an oral board tactical exercise for the rank of Fire Captain. Dr. Roos is particularly adept at developing highly defensible content valid job knowledge promotional tests for safety forces jobs. These tests are specific to the jobs in question and utilize equipment, terminology, and procedures and directives that are indigenous to each department. Dr. Roos also defends content valid job knowledge tests and other promotional instruments as part of the civil service appeals process. Dr. Roos has also been involved in writing consultant technical reports and appeals reports. Dr. Roos has also been involved in the development and administration of training seminars on job analysis, structured interviews, oral board assessor training, and test-taking skills.


     Dr. Roos has also been involved in a large scale job evaluation process that examined the pay structure of a public institution for race and sex discrimination. 


     Dr. Roos has also done litigation support and program/test review for compliance with legal and professional guidelines. As part of litigation support and program/test review, Dr. Roos conducts data analysis and writes reports.

     Dennis Doverspike, Ph.D., ABPP, provides consulting services in the areas of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management. Dr. Doverspike holds a Diplomate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio. He has over twenty years of experience working with consulting firms and with public and private organizations. Areas of specialization include job analysis, testing, and compensation.


     In addition to working as a consultant, Dr. Doverspike is a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Akron and a Fellow of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology. From 1982 till 1984, he was a member of the psychology and graduate faculties at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and was the director of the Center for Applied Psychological Services. Since 1984, he has been a member of the psychology faculty at the University of Akron.


     Dr. Doverspike has over 20 years of consulting experience. In addition to serving as Executive Vice President of Barrett & Associates, an international, human resource management consulting firm, he has served as a consultant for Hallcrest & Craver and Select, Inc. Past clients have included state and local governments, the federal government, and major private employers including Sony, General Electric and Ford Motor. He is the author of 2 books and over 95 journal publications. His research has appeared in journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology and Public Personnel Management.


     Dennis Doverspike received his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1983 from the University of Akron.  His M.S. in Psychology is from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his B.S. is from John Carroll University. From 1982 till 1984, he was a member of the psychology and graduate faculties at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Since 1984, he has been a member of the psychology faculty at the University of Akron. He has taught courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and directed dissertations, thesis and practica. He is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Society, the International Personnel Management Association, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the American Statistical Society.  At the University of Akron, he serves as the faculty advisor to Psi Chi and the Psychology Club.

     Dr. Jera A. Barrett, J.D., M.D., holds a law degree from The University of Cincinnati College of Law and a medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Her work at Barrett & Associates has involved reviews of current litigation trends for all aspects of employment testing, including test development, adverse impact, and discrimination.


     Dr. Jera Barrett is also active in all aspects of testing done by Barrett & Associates, including test development, item writing, scoring and administration.

     Corey Miller, Ph.D., is an expert in the areas of Personnel Psychology, Diversity Management, and Psychology and the Law. Dr. Miller has completed dozens of selection test validation projects (both content and criterion-related validation), done Equal Employment Opportunity reviews for both public and private organizations, and served in litigation support for employment discrimination lawsuits. Dr. Miller has consulted with both public and private organizations from local municipalities to Fortune 50 companies.

     Dr. Miller has presented research at conferences such as the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Association and published in such journals as the American Psychologist, Journal of Applied Psychology, and the International Personnel Management Association抯 (IPMA) Applied HRM Research and Public Personnel Management. Dr. Miller teaches doctoral level courses in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Personnel Selection, and Psychometrics. Dr. Miller is a tenured Associate Professor at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio and is the I/O Area Leader for Wright State抯 Ph.D. graduate program in Industrial/Organizational and Human Factors Psychology.

     Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron in 2000. Dr. Miller was an Associate at Barrett & Associates from 1997 2000, and has worked with Barrett & Associates from June 2006 to present.

     Nancy Gussett holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has been active in Human Resources consulting at Barrett and Associates on a full time and part time basis since 1987. Dr. Gussett is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and is the former department head of a local, private, four year college. She is currently working with Barrett & Associates on a part time basis. 


     Dr. Gussett has conducted job analysis for a variety of jobs including Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Firefighter, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, and Fire Assistant Chief. Dr. Gussett has also conducted job analysis for a variety of clerical positions and manufacturing positions.


     Dr. Gussett has been involved in the development of a variety of selection and promotional batteries. These include structured interviews, job knowledge tests, in-basket tests, and oral exercises.


     Dr. Gussett developed training programs and workshops for a variety of topics including interview workshops, job evaluation training programs and workshops, and assessor training exercises.


     Dr. Gussett has also co-authored a number of technical proposals and has assisted with litigation support. She has conducted research and statistical analyses to support expert witness testimony in employment litigation and administrative proceedings and has assisted with the critique promotional examinations for a Title VII case.

     Patrick F. McKay, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University. Professor McKay received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 1999 from the University of Akron. His primary research interests are the interactive effects of race-ethnicity and organizations diversity climates on recruitment outcomes, employee job performance, work attitudes, and retention, as well as organizational-level performance. Related interests include racial-ethnic differences in performance on personnel selection devices and the influence of location characteristics on job choice and turnover decisions. Professor McKay抯 research has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Public Personnel Management. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Management, and as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of outlets including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Group & Organization Management, and Human Relations. Prior to embarking on an academic career, Professor McKay worked as a human resource consultant responsible for test development and validation, test administration, performance appraisal system development, training program implementation, job applicant rating, and litigation support. As a human resource consultant, he developed employment tests for nationally known organizations such as Lucent Technologies, Michelin, Sony Magnetic Products, and General Electric.



NOTE: Resumes for all key project personnel are available upon request.