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David R. Palmer PhD

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Dr. Palmer graduated with a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Auburn University in 1990 and joined the federal workforce as a Personnel Psychologist for the United States Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (USARI) at Fort Benning, Georgia. While at USARI, Dr. Palmer developed and conducted research studies involving mechanized target recognition and identification training performed at Ft. Benning’s Infantry School and elite Rangers School.

At USARI headquarters in Washington, D.C., Dr. Palmer developed and conducted research on the validity of the U.S. Army’s Project A cognitive and psychological tests for selection of quality soldiers. In 1995, Dr. Palmer conducted evaluation research on the selection and training of U.S. Army soldiers as Middle East Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) peacekeepers in the Sinai Desert of Egypt, and has co-written several book chapters on the topic of international security and peacekeeping efforts.

During his time at USARI, Dr. Palmer was awarded the United States Department of Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and nominated for the U.S. Department of Army Behavioral Science Research and Development Award.

In 1997, Dr. Palmer joined the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to develop promotion tests for the city of Washington, D.C. Fire and Rescue Department.

In 1998, Dr. Palmer helped the U.S. Customs Service (USCS) develop and implement a recruitment and selection program designed to hire quality Customs Inspectors and Canine Enforcement Officers. In addition, Dr. Palmer worked on validating Customs’ basic law enforcement training courses conducted at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA and the Canine Enforcement Training Center (CETC) at Front Royal, VA.

Dr. Palmer also designed and implemented the National Training Evaluation Program (NTEP) for the USCS Office of Training and Development.

Dr. Palmer joined the Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security in May of 2002 and shortly after accepted the Director of Training position at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Dr. Palmer is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and teaches a class on “Terrorism, Security and Intelligence.”


PhD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Auburn University, 1990