The Department of Psychology
Jennifer Ferreter entered Baruch's doctoral program in the fall of 2003. Her current research projects include measuring divergent thinking in managerial decision-making with Dr. Harold Goldstein and studying differential item functioning on biodata items with Drs. Goldstein and Charles Scherbaum. Ms. Ferreter's thesis, supervised by Dr. Scherbaum, examines the measurement equivalence of ratings on the importance of workplace rewards using Item Response Theory. A multinational corporation with established human resource practices (e.g., standard benefits) may overlook that rewards that are desirable to employees in one country may not hold the same value for employees in a different country. Using Hofstede's (1980) cultural dimension rankings, respondents from 20 countries (N > 28,000) were compared on importance ratings of intrinsic and extrinsic rewards while controlling for the respondent's level of motivation.
Ms. Ferreter received a BA in psychology from the University of St. Thomas ( St. Paul , MN ) in 2001. After graduation she worked at ePredix, a Minneapolis-based organization that develops, validates, and implements pre-employment selection tools. She worked on a variety of tasks including item development, validation studies, quality assurance tasks, and was largely responsible for conducting job analyses for new clients. In the summer of 2004, she worked in the civil engineer's office at McChord Air Force Base ( Tacoma , WA ) and surveyed the efficiency of its on-base recycling program.
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