Research Department

Research Department staff

Goals of the Research Department

  1. The isolation of aptitudes and the study of their role in various occupations.
  2. The development of accurate measures of aptitudes.
  3. The investigation of the role of aptitudes in education.
  4. The evaluation of age and sex differences and the effect of practice on test performance.
  5. The study of the processes involved in the acquisition of knowledge.
  6. The development of accurate measures of knowledge.
  7. The communication of research findings to the public.


David H. Schroeder, Research Manager

David H. Schroeder joined the Research Department in August 1984. He has a B. S. from the University of Illinois and an M. S. from Colorado State University, as well as an M. A. and Ph. D. in personality psychology from The Johns Hopkins University.

Linda Houser-Marko, Researcher

Linda Houser-Marko joined the Research Department in October 2010. She has a B. A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, and a Ph. D. in social and personality psychology from the University of Missouri. She has published research on the self, identity, and motivation. At the Foundation, she is working on test development, validation, and follow-up studies.

Russell E. Burke, Chair, Research Advisory Committee

Russell E. Burke began working for the Foundation in New Orleans in 1983, and has directed the Houston and Washington, D.C., offices. His relationship with the Research Department began in 1985, and in 2010 he was named Chairman of the Research Advisory Committee.