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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Human System Integration
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Workshop on Personnel Selection in Forensic Science:
Using Measurement to Hire Pattern Evidence Examiners

Project Scope

An ad-hoc steering committee, under the oversight of BOHSI, planned and conducted a two-day workshop to better understand how the pattern evidence domain in the field of forensic science can advance personnel selection and competency testing based on the research and practice activities of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychologists. The workshop brought together I-O psychologists who are experts on personnel selection and testing, forensic scientists, legal experts, as well as other researchers whose work has a nexus with needs in the forensic science field. Attendees learned about the current status of selection and training of forensic scientists who specialize in pattern evidence, tools used in industrial and organizational psychology to understand elements of a task, and ways aptitude and performance can be measured. Attendees also had the opportunity to discuss how these approaches could address challenges in the pattern evidence domain of the forensic sciences. Discussion on the first day will be followed by a reception for participants.

The workshop will be webcast live, and the recording will be made available on the Academies website for access after the conclusion of the workshop. A summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be published this fall.


National Institute of Standards and Technology


The workshop was held on July 14-15, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Agenda and Attendees

Archived Webcast 

Committee Members

Frederick Oswald (Chair), Rice University
Andrew Imada, A.S. Imada & Associates
Winfred Arthur, Jr., Texas A&M University
D. Zachary Hambrick, Michigan State University
Randall Murch, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Jay Siegel, Michigan State University
Nancy Tippins, CEB
Ann Marie Ryan, Michigan State University


Julie Schuck, Associate Program Officer
Dixie Gordon, Information Officer

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