Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Elizabeth Shoenfelt (Director), Reagan Brown, Cindy Ehresman

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


In recent times, situational judgment tests (SJTs) have emerged as an instrument of choice in organizations. This emergence is partly due to the high costs associated with developing and conducting high fidelity simulations such as assessment centers, coupled with the recent economic downturn affecting many organizations. The current study sought to validate an SJT as a low cost, alternate form of assessing leadership within an organizational context. A content validation study was carried out by retranslating items into eight dimensions and calibrating item responses. This study resulted in a content valid measure of leadership knowledge. Future studies should focus on further evaluating the psychometric properties of this new leadership assessment. Alternate forms reliability, convergent validity, and divergent validity studies, in particular, should be conducted to evaluate the new test.


Applied Behavior Analysis | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Psychology