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I/O Psychologist Carter Gibson, PhD, Joins Shaker’s Insights Team

by Rosemary Sirna

Shaker, the market leader in custom simulations for pre-employment testing, today announced the addition of Carter Gibson, PhD, as an analyst in the innovative company’s Insights team and selection science practice. Gibson’s responsibilities will include using predictive modeling to document the ROI and business impact from Virtual Job Tryout and client hiring data.

“In this year alone, we have welcomed three PhD-level individuals, including Carter, from a terrific industrial-organizational psychology program at the University of Oklahoma,” said Scott A. Goodman, PhD, Shaker's vice president, Client Solutions. “Our client work demands sophisticated predictive modeling and talent analytics, and we are thrilled that University of Oklahoma continues to produce graduates well-versed in the foundations of selection science. We look forward to Carter’s contributions to our growing organization.”

One of the goals of Shaker’s Insights team is to design methods to collect highly relevant performance metrics that create meaningful data sets. They then use a range of sophisticated analytic methods to translate the data into a compelling, straightforward story that describes the positive impact the assessments are having on a business. In order to tell this story effectively, however, Shaker must be able to convert big data into big insights. Gibson’s advanced statistical training – he earned a minor in quantitative psychology from University of Oklahoma – will be beneficial to the Insights team’s efforts.

Gibson added, “The two things that attracted me to Shaker were the culture and the work. I really wanted to find a place where I believed in the work they are doing, and I think the Virtual Job Tryout technology is really something special. Shaker’s client list also demonstrates that brand-conscious firms agree with me – Shaker creates an exceptional candidate experience.”

Gibson’s extensive experience includes serving as the project lead for a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research study aimed at developing theoretical models of leadership and followership. He also has provided his analytical expertise on projects for the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Aviation Administration, among others. In addition to serving as a graduate school instructor at the University of Oklahoma, Gibson has published numerous manuscripts related to I/O psychology in some of the industry’s top publications. A graduate of Grove City College in Pennsylvania, Gibson earned his MS and PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.