In May of 2015, Keisha Phillips, Ph.D. joined Pearson’s Research and Development (R&D) Team as a Senior Research Director within Pearson TalentLens. In her role as Senior Research Director, she works closely with key stakeholders to define a long-term talent selection and assessment strategy for Pearson. Dr. Phillips collaborates with content experts on the Global Research & Development Team to develop and validate assessments, create/present webinars and training courses, and to provide expertise and support to both our North American Assessment Consultant Team as well as Pearson clients regarding talent assessment products. Within the team she, serves as the content expert for the BMCT-II, the Raven’s assessments, and the DAT™ Next Generation tests (DAT-NG).
Prior to working for Pearson, Dr. Phillips worked in the public sector for eight years where she was accountable for building and leading the recruitment, volunteer services, training, and examination divisions for various counties. She developed, revised and administered selection criteria for selection, promotion and job classifications including the development of assessment centers, written exams, performance exams, structured interviews, training and experience evaluations, etc. to assess skills, abilities, aptitudes, and interests as aids in selection, placement, and promotion for various roles including police, fire and corrections. She also served as an expert witness in adverse impact and discrimination litigation regarding the selection, demotion or promotion process and as an internal consultant to the executive leadership team regarding topics such as change management, employee engagement, succession planning, and employee/leadership development.
Dr. Phillips earned an M.S. in Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga followed by a doctorate in I/O Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Over the past 17 years she has taught several psychology, statistics, and human resources courses and served as an online adjunct professor and dissertation committee member and chair for over 10 years. She has written several academic and technical papers and articles, presented at numerous conferences, led various diversity seminars and co-authored a book chapter on naturalistic decision making.