Management Team

Thought leaders in industrial and organizational psychology, training and technology

Dr. Elaine Pulakos – President

Dr. Pulakos, President, is a globally recognized thought leader who has worked with many organizations in the public and private sectors to implement improved talent management systems and practices. She is well known for her work in driving performance management transformation and has written extensively in this area, including several books Transforming Performance Management to Drive Performance: An Evidence-Based Roadmap; Performance Management: A New Approach for Driving Business Results; Implementing Organizational Interventions: Steps, Processes, and Best Practices; and The Changing Nature of Performance: Implications for Staffing, Personnel Actions, and Employee Development. Dr. Pulakos has published numerous articles in performance management, staffing, and human resources best practices, including three books: She also authored four best-practice volumes on performance management and staffing for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Dr. Pulakos is also well-known for award-winning work on individual, team, and organizational adaptability, resilience, and agility (ARA), which has been recognized by M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace and the William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award for Best Professional Publication.

Dr. Pulakos is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and SIOP, where she also served as President. She received the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Distinguished Professional Contributions Award in 2010 and the International Personnel Assessment Council's (IPAC) Stephen E. Bemis Memorial Award in 2017.

Dr. Pulakos joined PDRI in 1996. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University.

Dr. Gary Carter – Vice President/Director

Dr. Carter, Vice President of Human Capital Consulting, works with other members of PDRI’s executive team to provide strategic and tactical direction for the organization. Dr. Carter brings more than 30 years of experience working with federal government and commercial clients to design, validate and implement integrated, competency-based human capital and talent management systems and processes. Dr. Carter's areas of expertise include selection, career path development, performance management, competency modeling, job analysis, and training needs assessment and evaluation.

Dr. Carter is the lead author of the book Career Paths: Charting Courses to Success for Organizations and their Employees (Carter, Cook & Dorsey, 2009, Wiley-Blackwell). He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington.

Dr. Carter joined PDRI in 1986. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Psychology from The Catholic University of America.

Mr. Mike Meyrowitz – Vice President

Mr. Meyrowitz, Vice President of Systems and Technology Services, is responsible for operation oversight of the company’s Information Technology (IT) Services division. In addition, he oversees all corporate infrastructure initiatives and provides business, technical and administrative leadership to PDRI. The IT Services division provides integrated information technology solutions, systems and services in human capital management. Mr. Meyrowitz joined PDRI in 2008 from Lockheed Martin where he directed the Internet Applications Division. He brings more than 16 years of experience in managing, designing and developing information systems supporting the missions of agencies and organizations in the federal and commercial marketplaces. Federal government customers included civilian and Department of Defense agencies, as well as the Intelligence Community.

Mr. Meyrowitz has presented at professional conferences on topics including Automated Job Analysis and Performance Management. He is a member of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) and the NDIA Human Systems Division, and he currently serves on the PDRI Board of Directors.

Mr. Meyrowitz holds an M.S. in Information Technology and a B.S. in Business from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Ryan O’Leary – Director

Dr. O’Leary, Director, Talent Management Solutions, brings over 15 years of experience overseeing and advising on the development and implementation of integrated talent management systems for a variety of federal government and commercial clients. His areas of expertise include job analysis and competency modeling; assessment for selection, promotion, and development; psychometric analysis; performance management; survey design, implementation, and analysis; and workforce planning and skill gap analysis.

Dr. O’Leary publishes and presents regularly on assessment best practices, performance management, and legal issues. His work has been recognized by the International Personnel Assessment Council, and he was named a “2011 Game Changer” by Workforce magazine. Dr. O’Leary has provided litigation support for multiple Title VII and Fair Labor Standards Act cases. He is currently the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington’s Legal and Legislative Committee Chair. As the International Personnel Assessment Council’s Legal and Legislative Editor, he keeps the membership up-to-date on legal issues as they relate to employee selection and promotion and provides members with accompanying advice and guidance. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Dr. O’Leary joined PDRI in 2004. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Auburn University and a B.A. in Psychology from Emory University.

Dr. Tracy Kantrowitz - Director, Talent Solutions

Dr. Kantrowitz has over 15 years of proven results in developing innovative and award-winning talent management solutions, leading teams of industrial/organizational psychology experts and multidisciplinary product development teams, designing selection programs for organizations, and conducting market and scientific research related to assessment and talent management trends.

Prior to her role at PDRI, Dr. Kantrowitz served as Research Director at SHL for 13 years. Talent management products developed under her leadership have earned awards from leading industry associations and publications. Dr. Kantrowitz has received multiple distinctions from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), including the M. Scott Myers Award for applied research in the workplace, the Distinguished Early Career Contributions – Practice Award, and Fellow status. She has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals and presented at national scientific conferences, workshops, and educational webinars on topics such as computer adaptive testing, unproctored internet testing, and mobile assessment. Dr. Kantrowitz served as Program Chair for the SIOP 2018 conference, was Chair of the Professional Practice Committee for SIOP, and is currently an editorial board member for Industrial-Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. Dr. Kantrowitz holds a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.