Laura Steighner

Principal Researcher

Laura Steighner, a principal research scientist at AIR, has experience contributing to applied research in the fields of industrial/organizational psychology and healthcare workforce research since 1996. Her areas of expertise include test development, program evaluation, training measurement and evaluation, performance measurement, facilitation of multi-disciplinary expert panels and focus groups.

Currently, Dr. Steighner serves as the project director for the development of test items and forms for a nationally administered, high-stakes standardized exam. Additional work in the area of health care and patient safety include conducting a socio-technical probabilistic risk assessment on the occurrence of surgical site infections in ambulatory surgery centers; conducting an environmental scan of patient safety education and training programs to develop a searchable catalog of programs; conducting an impact evaluation of the Patient Safety Improvement Corps (PSIC) training for AHRQ; conducting a national evaluation for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve the retention of workers providing home and community-based care services using surveys, structured interviews, and focus groups for data collection; developing structured guidance to determine the severity of deficient nursing home practices; developing TeamSTEPPSTM, a medical team skills training program for which AIR received the M. Scott Myers Award from the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Steighner developed and managed qualifying exams for the U.S. Postal Service. Dr. Steighner has a research background in performance measurement and professional experience in test development and validation, conducting both quantitative and qualitative research, and designing and conducting training program evaluations.

M.A. and Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of South Florida; B.A., Psychology, Emory University,

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