Frank L. Schmidt is an American psychology professor known for his work in personnel selection and employment testing. Schmidt is a researcher in the area of industrial and organizational psychology with the most number of publications in the two major journals in the 1980s. [1] In the 1990's he was the 4th most published researcher. [1]

He is well known for his research on the development and application of validity generalization methods. These methods estimate the predictive validity of employment tests. This research has demonstrated that these validities generalize across organizations and job settings. Schmidt also developed psychometric meta-analysis methods used in a wide variety of research areas. He also testifies as an expert witness specializing in employment selection.


Schmidt earned his BA in Psychology from Bellarmine College in 1966, then attended Purdue University to study industrial psychology, earning an M.S. in 1968 and a Ph.D. in 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he was Assistant Professor of Industrial Psychology, Michigan State University, fall 1970 to spring 1973, earning tenure and serving as an Associate Professor until 1974. He was Research Professor of Industrial Psychology at George Washington University from spring 1976 to fall 1985. During that time he was Visiting Professor, Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney, Australia, in 1982. Schmidt is currently the Ralph L. Sheets Professor of Human Resources, Department of Management and Organizations, at the University of Iowa, where he has taught since 1985.

He authored an important and widely-cited textbook on Meta-Analysis with John E. Hunter titled Methods of Meta-Analysis: Correcting Error and Bias in Research Findings.

In 1994 he was one of 52 signatories on "Mainstream Science on Intelligence," an editorial written by Linda Gottfredson and published in the Wall Street Journal. [2]

Awards and recognitionEdit

He has served on the editorial boards of

Students have included Deniz Ones (UMN), Vish Viswesvaran (FIU), Mike McDaniel (VCU), Ken Pearlman, and Huy Le (UCF), In-Sue Oh (Iowa), Jonathan Shaffer (Iowa).

Selected bibliographyEdit

He (co)authored about 170 research papers in journals and presented at the academic conferences about 300 times. His work has been cited more than 8,000 times as of 2006. He is still active in teaching and research.


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