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Industrial/Organizational Psychology









Dr. Theodore RosenTheodore Rosen, Ph.D.
Associate Program Director, Department of Psychology

Director, Master in Professional Studies: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Dr. Ted Rosen serves as the UMBC Psychology Department’s Associate Program Director, and is the Director of the MPS: Industrial/Organizational Psychology program. He joined UMBC-Shady Grove in 2008. Previous experience includes serving on the faculty of the Management Department and as Director of the Program in Organizational Behavior and Development at The George Washington University School of Business. Dr. Rosen instructed graduate level courses in the MBA, Project Management (distance and classroom formats), Management Information Systems, and the Executive Management Information Systems programs.

Dr. Rosen holds a doctorate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and has over 30 years management consulting, contracting and research experience, including service at US Postal Service Headquarters and the US Office of Personnel Management Headquarters. He completed international executive development assignments in Romania, Egypt and Albania and has presented management workshops for visiting international executives in Washington, DC. Dr. Rosen also presents lectures and shares research at professional conferences, both in the US and abroad.

Ted is a longtime baseball fan and participant. He has been on the field every season since the original Senators played in Griffith Stadium. His field time now is as an umpire in high school, adult, and little leagues. Ted has two daughters out of college and his wife, Linda, is a consultant in mathematics education.

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Rana Balci-Sinha, Ph.D.Rana Balci-Sinha, Ph.D.

Rana Balci-Sinha began teaching at UMBC at Shady Grove in 2011. She is currently an Engineering Psychologist for the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission, where she has conducted safety assessments for over 120 products, works with federal agencies and testing laboratories on industry standards, and performs surveys and evaluations to analyze her products. Previously, she has worked as a human factors engineer for Delphi Corporation.

Dr. Balci-Sinha has a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Louisiana State University, a M.S. in Management from Istanbul University, a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Marmara University, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Yildiz Technical University. She was the chair of the Human Factors Committee for the SAE World Congress from 2002-2009. Dr. Balci-Sinha also holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.

Dr. Balci-Sinha has been published frequently and has presented on a variety of matters at domestic and international conferences. She is certified by The Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics and received the Society of Automotive Engineers Forest R. McFarland Award in 2003.


Sharrón Dean, CCP, MOM, PHR

Sharrón Dean is a human resources professional with proven experience in human resources leadership development, diversity and inclusion training, developing and leading high performance teams, succession planning, and coaching in the areas of strategy implementation, and leadership. Currently as the Director of Human Resources at Communities in Schools, Ms. Dean directs all aspects of human resource generalist activities, programs and office administration. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Human Resources at a variety of organizations, including Wal*Mart, SuperValu, and HMSHost.

Ms. Dean possesses a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Antioch University and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Illinois State University. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Certified Coaching Program, and is a Certified Birkman Consultant, Certified MBTI facilitator, as well as holds the national certification of Professional in Human Resources. Ms. Dean is also an adjunct instructor for Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

You can view Ms. Dean’s public LinkedIn profile here.


I/O Psychology Instructor Melissa Fein

Melissa Fein, Ph.D.

Dr. Melissa Fein started consulting on industrial psychology issues 18 years ago when she convinced her client that his organization would benefit from an evaluation monitoring software package that she offered to design and produce.  Since then, the bulk of her evaluation work has focused on activities related to test development, including job analysis, for internal and external proficiency certificates as well as training design.  Her public sector consulting clients have included the Food and Drug Administration, Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Education professional development grantees.  Other client work has been in the fields of transportation, food manufacturing, medicine, private higher and professional educational institutions, computer security and international banking.  In 2012, the American Society for Training and Development Press published her book, Test Development: Fundamentals for Certification and Evaluation.

Dr. Fein holds a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from the University of Maryland, College Park.   She also earned an M.P.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from UMBC and is thrilled to be able to return here to teach. She has additional degrees in Economics (M.A.) and Languages (B.A.).  Her professional development activities in recent years have included coach training, and training in the creative use of assessments for the development of emotional intelligence, career and personal development. 

Melissa is involved in empowerment coaching to support teens in meeting their graduation, job readiness, higher education, and other personal aspirations.  



Elliot D. Lasson, Ph.D.Elliot D. Lasson, Ph.D.

Elliot Lasson has been teaching at UMBC-Shady Grove since 2009.  He is a human resource executive with considerable experience in designing, validating, and implementing recruitment and staffing solutions. Elliot has led various organizational development, training, and change management initiatives and combines solution-oriented approach with a strategic “big picture” approach. His main “day job” is serving as Executive Director of Joblink of Maryland, a nonprofit organization which supports the employment objectives of members of the Baltimore Jewish community.  His blog on workplace and career topics has a wide readership nationally and he has been invited locally on WBAL radio and Fox 45 to chat about the job market.

 Dr. Lasson’s specialties and interests include talent management, staffing, assessment workforce planning, measurement, training, assessment, coaching, leadership development, performance management, organizational development, employment law, and interviewing.

Dr. Lasson received his B.A. from UMBC in Psychology with a certificate in Personnel Administration and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Wayne State University in Michigan.  He also has a Bachelor in Talmudic Law from Ner Israel College in Baltimore.  Elliot is a past President of the Mid-Atlantic Personnel Assessment Consortium.  In 2009, he was appointed to the by Governo Martin O’Malley to Maryland’s Workforce Investment Board.

 You can view Dr. Lasson's public LinkedIn profile here.


MilatzoJohn Milatzo, Ph.D.

Dr. John Milatzo has been teaching in the I/O Psychology program since 2008. Currently, he is a Human Capital Analyst and Statistician at NASA where he conducts research and analysis in support of human capital programs. Previously, he has worked at Monster Government Solutions, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Security Agency.

Dr. Milatzo holds a Ph. D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from Virginia Tech, his M.A. in I/O Psychology from GWU, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. He has held teaching positions at numerous institutions including American University School of Public Affairs, GWU’s MBA program, Johns Hopkins University, and the National Cryptologic School. Dr. Milatzo is a member of several professional associations including APA, SIOP, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Recent specializations and interests include candidate assessment via automated recruiting and applicant tracking systems. Interests include recruitment, assessment, selection; change management; program evaluation and survey research.

You can view Dr. Milatzo's public LinkedIn profile here.


Lorin Mueller, Ph.D.Lesley Perkins, Ph.D.

Dr. Lesley A. Perkins is a human capital consultant with more than 12 years of advising, consulting and coaching experience with organizations. She is currently the Founder of Perkins Consulting which provides strategic and programmatic advice to human resource and business leaders in identifying, selecting and developing employees. Her interest in studying and understanding patterns of human behavior and motivation in the workplace led her to focus on talent management, training design and evaluation, assessment and selection, diversity and inclusion and strategic human capital measurement.

Dr. Perkins’ consulting experience has been with private, federal and non-profit sector organizations. Her clients have included: Toyota, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, McGraw-Hill, Family Matters of Greater Washington, Arlington Temple United Methodist Church, Department of Commerce, United States Air Force and Alabama Department of Transportation.

She received a Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Georgia, and a B.S. in psychology from Howard University. She has additional training from The Coaches Institute and in the Skilled Facilitator technique. She is SPHR (Senior Professional Human Resource) certified. Dr. Perkins is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Human Resource Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Also, she is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated.


Edward H. Rudow, Ph.D.

Dr. Rudow is the President of BTR inc. a behavioral sciences management consulting and training firm that has been in business since 1987. Spending the majority of his professional time teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in psychology and business at UMBC and Washington Adventist University, Dr. Rudow still is active in consulting and public speaking.

While his consulting experience has spanned many industries, he has extensive involvement in the financial and travel industries having consulted to clients in both, was director of organizational development for two financial institutions and was a principle in a local travel management company. He is an accomplished public speaker having presented at numerous organization and company meetings to audiences as large as two to three thousand. The topics are generally related to business and people management, but often on individual growth, stress management, and successful living.

Dr. Rudow holds a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, Consumer Psychology and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University. In his early career, he published in professional journals and co-authored and edited the book Crisis Centers a Guide to Beginning and Operating.


Kayo Sady, Ph.D.Kayo Sady, Ph.D.

Dr. Kayo Sady is a Consultant at DCI Consulting Group, a risk management human resources consulting firm, and has been teaching for UMBC-Shady Grove since 2012. Dr. Sady’s primary areas of expertise are job analysis, employee selection system validation, quantitative analysis, and research methods. He has managed projects devoted to the development and validation of human resource tools ranging from résumé reviews to competency models and has successfully designed, validated, and implemented various multiple-hurdle selection systems using combinations of criterion, content, and synthetic validation strategies. Dr. Sady has also served central roles in projects focused on evaluating the litigation risk of human resource selection and promotion systems through computation, documentation, and summarization of relevant quantitative adverse impact analyses.

Dr. Sady received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston. His dissertation research on the development of conditional reasoning tests for Conscientiousness and Emotional Stability required extensive use of statistical techniques such as confirmatory and exploratory factor analyses, item-responses theory analyses, hierarchical multiple regression, relative-weights analyses, and structural equation modeling.

Dr. Sady is published in various journals and has been an adjunct professor at multiple educational institutions.

You can view Dr. Sady's public LinkedIn profile here.


Maegan Sady, Ph.D.Maegan Sady, Ph.D.

Dr. Maegan Sady, an adjunct professor at UMBC-Shady Grove since 2012, is a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Children’s National Medical Center where she specializes in neuropsychological assessment, concussion management & community education, and clinical research on concussion outcomes & management. Previously, she was a Predoctoral Intern at Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Dr. Sady received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, M.A. in Psychology from the University of  Houston, and her B.S. in Psychology from Denison University. She is a licensed psychologist in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland and is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society. Dr. Sady is a published scholar and has served on various research projects.

You can view Dr. Sady's LinkedIn profile here.



Ethan Sanders, M.S.

Mr. Ethan S. Sanders, an adjunct professor here at UMBC-Shady Grove since 2011, is a Fellow in ICF’s Human Capital Services group. In this role, he serves as a thought-leader in the practice of Human Performance Improvement. He has provided human performance consulting services to clients in the public, non-profit, military, and private sectors for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining ICF Mr. Sanders was president and CEO of Sundial Learning Systems and Director of Organizational Development for the US Navy’s Human Performance Center. Prior to these positions, Mr. Sanders was manager of instructional design for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). While at ASTD, he led the research and writing of two major competency studies, and redesigned several of ASTD’s courses.

He is the co-author of Handbook for Workplace Learning, Models for Learning Technologies, Models for Workplace Learning and Performance, Performance Intervention Maps: 36 Strategies for Solving Your Organization’s Problems, HPI Essential, ASTD Distance Learning Yearbook, and the ASTD course “Human Performance Improvement in the Workplace.” Mr. Sanders teaches several of ASTD’s courses offered through public and corporate seminars. He holds a master’s degree in applied behavior science from Johns Hopkins University.

You can view Mr. Sander's public LinkedIn profile here.


Richard Tonowski, Ph.D.

Richard Tonowski_IOPsychology InstructorRichard Tonowski has been working as graduate instructor at UMBC since 2014, teaching “Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.” Starting in 2006, he became the Chief Psychologist of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington, DC.  Richard is an in-house expert witness in support of the EEO enforcement litigations. His areas of expertise in that regard are personnel assessment and statistical analysis.

Previously, Dr. Tonowski held various psychology-related positions for the United States Post Office, D.C Office of Personal, and the New Jersey Department of Civil Services with increasing rank. He also is awaiting the publication of his article entitled “Test Validation Pitfalls” and has given several presentations to professional organizations, including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Association of Test Publishers, and International Personnel Assessment Council.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Manhattan College and went on to obtain his Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. 


Ashley Waters

Program Coordinator