Dean & Professor
School of Labor & Employment Relations and Department of Psychology
147 LER Building & 219D Psychology Building
MA and PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
President, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2004-05
Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2008
Co-Director, Center for Human Resource Management, University of Illinois, 1996-04 and 2012-13
Drasgow is one of the top 20 most prolific researchers and authors according to the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Drasgow’s research focuses on psychological measurement, computerized testing, and modeling. His recent work focuses on psychometric theory for personality assessment. Drasgow is exploring the use of ideal point models in which the probability of a positive response is greatest when the item closely describes the person and decreases when the item reflects a trait level that is either lower or higher than the individual’s trait level. Drasgow has developed the “tailored adaptive personality assessment system” (TAPAS), which is based on an ideal point model of the response process. It uses a multidimensional forced choice response format and is adaptive so that items are selected in a very efficient manner.
Drasgow is a former chairperson of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advisory Committee on Military Personnel Testing, the American Psychological Association’s Taskforce on Internet Testing, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Psychometric Oversight Committee. He has also served on the Joint Committee to Revise the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and the Graduate Record Exam Research Advisory Committee. Drasgow is a member of the editorial review board of eight journals, including Applied Psychological Measurement, Journal of Applied Psychology, and the International Journal of Selection and Assessment.