Dennis Doverspike

Dennis Doverspike

Dennis Doverspike

Adjunct Faculty

Main areas of research include testing and psychometrics, personnel selection, legal issues in the workplace, and the psychology of emerging technologies.

Dennis Doverspike, Ph.D., ABPP, is the President of Doverspike Consulting, LLC, also doing business as HR Litehouse. He formerly held the title of Full Professor of Psychology at the University of Akron, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology, and Director of the Center for Organizational Research. Licensed as a psychologist in the State of Ohio, he is also certified as a specialist in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and in Organizational and Business Consulting by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). He has over forty years of experience working with consulting firms and with public and private sector organizations. Services provided include individual assessments, statistical analysis, development of large-scale assessment systems, job evaluation and job analysis, and expert witness services. He is the author of 4 books and over 200 other professional publications. He has served as an expert witness in 17 court cases and assisted with the preparation of expert testimony in over 75 additional cases.

Current Research

1. Psychometrics and Testing, including effects of Emerging Technologies; 2. Recruitment, Organizational Image, and Branding; 3. Certification Testing, with Emergency Medical Services; 4. Nonprofit and Public Sector Motivation, Including Social Entrepreneurship; 5. Legal Issues; 6. Job Analysis and Job Evaluation, Compensation, Pay Equity; 7. Public Sector Issues; 8. Generational Issues – Including Aging; 9. STEM Education; 10. Affirmative Action

Selected Publications

Doverspike, D. & Flores, C. (2019). Becoming an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist. Oxford, England: Taylor & Francis.

Highhouse, S., Doverspike, D., & Guion, R. M. (2016). Essentials of personnel assessment and selection (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Cubrich, M., Sodhi, K., Petruzzelli, A., & Doverspike, D. (in press, 2020). Who rescues the rescuers? Multilevel challenges facing first responder organizations. Forthcoming in Svyantek, D. (Ed), Chaos and Organizations: The Coronavirus and Lessons for Organizational Theory.

Doverspike, D., Flores, C., & VanderLeest, J. (2019).  Lifespan perspectives on personnel selection and recruitment. In B. Baltes, C. Rudolph, & H. Zacher (Eds.), Work across the lifespan. (pp. 343-368). London: Academic Press/Elsevier.

Doverspike, Dennis; Petruzzelli, Alexandra; and Cubrich, Marc (2019). "SPECIAL ISSUE - CALL FOR PAPERS: Rethinking the Future Police Department: Examining the Role of Testing and Assessment," Personnel Assessment and Decisions: Vol. 5 : Iss. 5 , Article 1. Available at:

Doverspike, D. & Lawton, G. (2019). Paramedic and EMT staffing crisis prompts new organizational disciplines. JEMS. Journal of Emergency Medical Services. Published online at

Gullette, E. C. D., Fennig, J., Reynolds, T., Humphrey, C., Kinser, M., & Doverspike, D. (2019). Guidelines for education and training at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels in Consulting Psychology/Organizational Consulting Psychology: Executive summary of the 2017 revision. American Psychologist, 74, 608-614.

Courses Taught

603 Research Methods


Ph.D., Psychology, The University of Akron, 1983

M.S., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1979

B.S., Psychology, John Carroll University, 1976

Recent Presentations

Doverspike, D. (2021, June). I’ve fallen and I can’t get up: The case of Emergency Medical Service Providers. Speech: Gateway Industrial Organizational Psychology Group.

Cubrich, M. & Doverspike, D. (2019, May). The dark side of personality: Predicting high-risk behaviors in organizations. Poster presented at the 2019 Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Doverspike, D. (2019, March). Pay equity and the market. Paper presented at the 2019 PHRRG Conference, Gainesville, FL.