Updated: Sep 30, 2022
Here at Mattingly Solutions, we’re not just diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practitioners, but scientist-practitioners. It’s no coincidence that most of our team has a strong research background and academic training—it’s by design. According to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Industrial and Organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. If you’ve ever explored I-O psychology, you may have heard people mention taking the scientific or academic path vs the practitioner path. Here at Mattingly Solutions, we combine the two. As external consultants we deal in the practice side every day working directly with our clients, while also incorporating evidence-based strategies and interventions (science!) through the services we provide. But that’s not all!
We also pride ourselves in growing the scientific knowledge base through submitting academic, peer-reviewed publications and research. As 2021 comes to a close, I wanted to reflect on the publications our Mattingly Solutions team contributed to this year:
I was first author on a White Paper prepared for SIOP titled: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategies: Using Measurement to Support Your Black Employees. In this paper my co-authors and I discussed the importance of a well-structured DEI strategy and how it can lead to an inclusive culture with a focus on Black employees.
Our Consultant, Kelsie Collie, co-authored a journal article for Journal of Intelligence titled: Examining the Use of Game-Based Assessments for Hiring Autistic Job Seekers. Their study examined if game-based assessments could offer a way of assessing job candidates without disadvantaging any autistic candidates. Their article is also a finalist for The Association for business Psychology (ABP) Awards! The purpose of the ABP Awards is to celebrate excellence in business psychology.
Lastly, Victoria, Kelsie, and myself, along with our partner Dr. Nicholas Salter from Hofstra University (gotta love a good academic-consultant collaboration), submitted a research proposal to SIOP’s Visionary Circle Grant. The proposal is titled: Inclusion is What We Do: Validating A Behavioral Measure To Build An Employee-Personalized Inclusive Conversation Tool (EPIC) and Advance DEI Science and Practice. This research project would start by first operationalizing inclusion as a behavioral construct via scientific validation, and then applying findings to build a free, easy-to-use tool to facilitate more employee-personalized inclusive conversations (EPIC). The SIOP Visionary Grant is a crowd-funded grant made available to I-O psychologist to complete research to advance the field. Our project has made it to the final round and the winner will be announced in Spring 2022!
I am so proud of all we have been able to accomplish this year in addition to supporting our clients directly. It’s a great reminder that I-O psychologist do not need to choose between being a scientist or practitioner, each and every one of us has the ability to be both. After all, that’s how we’ll best serve the world when it comes to improving the human experience at work.
Sertrice Grice, M.S. is both CCO and co-founder of Mattingly Solutions and is an invaluable asset to the Mattingly team. Learn more about and connect with Sertrice here.