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Selecting and Hiring Psychologically Fit Probation Officers: A Focused Examination of the PEPQ / PSR Plus

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Don Scott Herrmann ,

Superior Court of Arizona Northern Arizona University, US
About Don

D. Scott Herrmann, Ph.D., ABPP, is licensed psychologist and board certified diplomate in police and public safety psychology.  He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from Arizona State University.  He is the director of the Superior Court of Arizona’s Personnel Psychological Services Unit, and an adjunct professor of psychology at Northern Arizona University.  Dr. Herrmann is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

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Scott Bedwell

PDRI, a CEB company, US
About Scott

Scott Bedwell, Ph.D. is a senior human capital consultant at PDRI.  He provides consultation services regarding employee selection and training for government clients. Prior to PDRI, he was a senior consulting psychologist at IPAT where he conducted research in applied organizational settings. He earned his master’s degree in psychology from Illinois State University, and his doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

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Abstract

Selecting and hiring the most psychologically fit probation officers is of utmost importance to the judiciary, court administration and the public good.  This study examined the predictive validity of the PsychEval Personality Questionnaire / Protective Service Report Plus (PEPQ / PSR Plus) in its ability to predict job performance in a combined cohort of preemployment and incumbent probation officer candidates.  Analyses revealed a statistically significant ability to predict performance problems, demonstrating that the PEPQ / PRS Plus is a valid and clinically useful psychological screening tool for the assessment and selection of probation officer candidates.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ijca.117
How to Cite: Herrmann, D.S. & Bedwell, S., (2014). Selecting and Hiring Psychologically Fit Probation Officers: A Focused Examination of the PEPQ / PSR Plus. International Journal for Court Administration. 6(1), pp.54–62. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/ijca.117
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Published on 19 Jun 2014.
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