Soner Dumani is an I/O researcher at AIR. Dr. Dumani's current work primarily focuses on test development and psychometrics for nationally administered, high-stakes assessments and content-specific qualifying exams. His main responsibilities include reviewing test items, providing quality control reviews, conducting item-level and test-level analyses using both classical test theory and item response theory, and assessing the impact of assessments for different stakeholders. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Dumani provided research-based consulting for over seven years for public and private sector clients and his projects included developing and evaluating workplace mentorship programs, assessing career awareness as part of non-cognitive selection methods, conducting needs assessment and job analysis for medical school faculty members, and developing and administrating a nationwide job satisfaction and engagement survey for a banking sector client.
Dr. Dumani has contributed to the field of Industrial-Organizational Psychology since 2005. His work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals in the research areas of career development, mentoring, diversity & inclusion, overqualification, and work-nonwork interface. Dr. Dumani currently serves as a Professional Practice Committee member for the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP), where he is responsible for needs analysis, career trajectory, and group mentoring studies.
Dr. Dumani has received the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-funded Pilot Research Award for his work on overqualification and work-nonwork interface (2014) and best LGBT-research poster award from SIOP for his work on LGBT-supportive organizational policies (2012).