- Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, The George Washington University | M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte | B.A. in Psychology and English, University of Iowa
Dr. Blacksmith has expertise in employee recruitment and selection, testing and assessment, job performance, and decision-making in the workplace. Her research focuses on understanding and assessing individual differences (e.g., personality, general mental ability) that predict decision-making and high performance in organizations. She also studies the relationships between individual differences and employment preferences in order to develop effective recruitment strategies. Dr. Blacksmith’s work has been published in academic journals such as Journal of Business and Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Personality Assessment, and Intelligence and has been presented at many conferences. Dr. Blacksmith has over 11 years of experience in human capital consulting across various industries including healthcare, medical devices, manufacturing, and government. She has also served on the scientific advisory board for a venture capitalist firm focused on technology start-ups. Dr. Blacksmith is currently a research fellow at the U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences.