Suzanne Tsacoumis, Ph.D.
Technology-driven innovations, such as rich-media simulations, will continue to transform the assessment landscape. During this workshop, Suzanne will share practical strategies for developing assessments that capitalize on these innovations which adhering to sound measurement principles. She will discuss best practices, information about the psychometric properties associated with these measures, and the current thinking regarding the different available media options, such as live video, 2-D and 3-D animation. Participants should obtain a better understanding of which assessment contexts are well-suited to a rich-media solution. They should also gain a better understanding of how to create or acquire assessments that leverage this cutting edge technology, yet are built upon a sound measurement foundation. Suzanne will also discuss the constraints and challenges inherent in these types of assessments.
Suzanne Tsacoumis is vice president and a corporate officer at HumRRO. She has built her professional career conducting and managing projects associated with the research, development, and implementation of personnel assessments and human capital systems, often in litigious environments. For the past 5 years, Suzanne has been involved in innovative work associated with the development of valid, rich-media simulations (e.g., virtual role plays and interactive in-baskets) for use in high-stakes situations such as promotion systems and self-assessment processes. Suzanne authored a chapter entitled Assessment Centers in which she describes in detail how to develop live job simulations following a content-oriented approach. More recently her chapter Rich-media interactive simulations: Lessons Learned addresses the nuances associated with incorporating technology to create valid “virtual” simulations. Suzanne has been an active volunteer for the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and she is a fellow of SIOP and the American Psychological Association (APA). She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, specializing in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and her B.A. from Bucknell University.