Fritz Drasgow

Dean and Professor Emeritus

School of Labor & Employment Relations and Department of Psychology

125 LER Building, 504 E Armory Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820


MA and PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


President, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2004-05
Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2008
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace, 2015
Academy of Management Research Method Division’s Distinguished Career Award, 2016
International Personnel Assessment Council Innovations in Assessment Award, 2020

Drasgow served on the Joint Committee to Revise the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, 2009-2012

Research Interests

Drasgow’s research focuses on psychological measurement, computerized testing, and modeling. His recent work focuses on psychometric theory for personality assessment. Drasgow is exploring the use of ideal point models in which the probability of a positive response is greatest when the item closely describes the person and decreases when the item reflects a trait level that is either lower or higher than the individual’s trait level. Drasgow has developed the “tailored adaptive personality assessment system” (TAPAS), which is based on an ideal point model of the response process. It uses a multidimensional forced choice response format and is adaptive so that items are selected in a very efficient manner.


Drasgow is a former chairperson of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advisory Committee on Military Personnel Testing, the American Psychological Association’s Taskforce on Internet Testing, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Psychometric Oversight Committee. He has also served on the Graduate Record Exam Research Advisory Committee, College Board Advanced Placement Technical Advisory Committee, Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Technical Advisory Board, and the ACT Technical Advisory Committee. Drasgow is a member of the editorial review board of eight journals, including Applied Psychological Measurement, Journal of Management, and Military Psychology.


LER 562 Planning and Staffing
LER 590HDA Data Analytics