Implicit Bias – What it is, How it Interferes in Assessment Evaluations, and Steps to Manage it in Assessors
Assessors are susceptible to implicit bias just like the rest of us and its impact may be even more so without some constraints. This presentation will address the following questions: What is implicit bias and how does it interfere with assessor activities? How do validity and implicit bias intersect? What are concrete steps to manage implicit bias in assessors? What other processes are susceptible to implicit bias?
Dr. Shane Pittman is a Principal Scientist with HumRRO. Previously she was president and co-owner of The Pittman McLenagan Group (PMG), specializing in custom assessment development and implementation for public and private sector jobs. She has extensive experience in the area of human resource development and assessment to include expertise in job analysis, selection processes, providing expert advice on high stakes testing, training, organizational analysis, barrier analysis, and survey research. She has developed and conducted training programs in such areas as assessor evaluations, implicit bias, performance appraisal, quality management, and customer service. She has extensive experience in public safety assessment development including police, fire, corrections and sheriff. She has developed and implemented a range of assessment types including multiple choice exams, video-based testing, assessment center exercises, simulation assessments. Dr. Pittman currently serves as the expert to the Court Monitor in the long running FDNY entry level firefighter selection process. She was instrumental in the development of a guiding set of principles and a general methodology for test development work conducted for the Jefferson County Personnel Board. Dr. Pittman served on the PTC/MW Board for multiple years culminating in the role of President. She has been consulting for the past 34 years. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University.
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