Dr. Nikki Blacksmith is both a scientist and practitioner of industrial-organizational psychology. She helps organizations attract and select high-quality employees, entrepreneurs, and leaders through research and consulting focused on understanding and assessing the way individual differences (e.g., personality, general mental ability) predict decision-making and job performance in organizations. She also studies the relationships between individual differences and employment preferences to inform effective recruitment strategies. She has published over 60 different conference papers, journal articles, and book chapters. She has published her scientific research in the Journal of Business and Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Personality Assessment, and Intelligence among other top-tier journals. Her research has also been featured in many media outlets including New York Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, and Bustle.
Dr. Blacksmith has over 12 years of experience in consulting and human resources across various industries including healthcare, medical devices, manufacturing, and government. In her former leadership role at Gallup, Inc., she was responsible for developing and implementing the research and development vision for the recruitment, selection, and leadership development practice. She also managed quantitative analytics for Gallup’s largest employee selection account including the development and validation of pre-employment tests. Dr. Blacksmith has also served on scientific advisory boards for consulting firms and more recently for a venture capital firm focusing on technology start-ups.
Dr. Blacksmith is committed to providing her professional service in a variety of capacities to support and advance the field of industrial-organizational psychology. She is a member of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington, and the Academy of Management. She also serves a reviewer for several academic journals.
Dr. Blacksmith is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences and an adjunct faculty member at American University. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the George Washington University, an M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.A. in Psychology and English from the University of Iowa.