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Rona M. Fields, PhD
1618 Myrtle St. NW
Washington DC 20012
USA
phone: 202-882-8833
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Rona M. Fields, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist with specialties in Forensics and Neuropsychology, as well as particular clinical practice experience in pediatrics and geriatrics. Since 1977, her practice in Alexandria has included developing programs of psychological services for the courts, the correctional center, as well as families and individuals in her office.

Dr. Fields has been a member the faculty and a Senior Research Fellow at George Washington University, Howard University, George Mason University, and several universities abroad. Her publications include six books, many book chapters and professional and mainstream publications, and multimedia productions. Dr. Fields is a Past President of the District of Columbia Psychological Association and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the District of Columbia and Virginia and serves on several insurance company panels.

Litigation Support - Dr. Fields' court experience dates from the late 1960s as an expert witness in civil rights and constitutional law cases. The National Spokesperson for the Children’s Rights Council, she currently works with county child welfare and child protective services as a regular contractor. Her work in immigration law has also been extensive, having worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees where she learned a great deal about status determination and related issues.

Dr. Fields' forensic work in criminal and constitutional law includes:
  • Peace-Keeping Operations and Hostage Negotiations
  • Immigration Law - Status Determination, Probable Expectation of Torture or/and Genital Mutilation
  • Juvenile and Domestic Courts - Child Custody, Child Welfare, Foster Care, and Adoption Services
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Rona M. Fields, PhD
This book is a journey through time and across the globe to bring to light the roots of sanctioned violence against women. The author utilizes an interdisciplinary approach combining psychology, sociology, anthropology, and women’s studies to examine cases and causes of gender-based atrocities in Afghanistan, Sudan, China, India, Siberia, and Europe.
Rona M. Fields, PhD
The book is a compendium of Fields’ lectures in Women’s Studies and describes, as of 1985, the progress and aspirations of the women’s movement internationally through the United Nations Decade for Women.
Rona M. Fields, PhD
Other books include: Society Under Siege: A Psychology of Northern Ireland; The Portuguese Revolution and the Armed Forces Movement; Northern Ireland: Society Under Siege; Martyrdom: The Psychology, the Theology, and politics of self-sacrifice; A Society on the Run
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Dr. Palmer Morrel-Samuels
210 Park Street
Chelsea MI 48118
USA
phone: 734-433-0344
fax: 734-433-0346
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Dr. Palmer Morrel-Samuels is a Research Psychologist with extensive training and experience in Statistical Analysis and Assessment Design. He has done a considerable amount of research and applied work on communication, testified to the U.S. congress on employee motivation and its linkage to objective performance metrics, published several articles on survey design in Harvard Business Review, among others, and wrote several patents to assist in the administration and analysis of workplace assessments. Dr. Morrel-Samuels currently teaches graduate courses on survey design and research methodology at the University of Michigan.

Litigation Services: Dr. Morrel-Samuels' education, practical experience, and distinguished authorship have made him a valuable resource for providing expert services in legal cases where workplace surveys or assessments are at issue, including:
  • Statistical analysis of very large datasets, measuring the impact of corporate culture on performance and race discrimination.

  • Analysis of a survey's validity, reliability, objectivity, fairness, accuracy, confidentiality, freedom from response bias, and conformance to The Uniform Guidelines pertaining to all workplace assessments.

  • Statistical analyses of performance-related and survey-related data.

  • Desiging and conducting employee and workplace surveys, including Electronic surveys.

  • Disparate Impact & Disparate Treatment litigation.

  • Careful job analysis using court-approved methodology in FLSA litigation.

  • Performance appraisals, job evaluations, skill assessments.

  • Program evaluations, especially when used in hiring, firing, or other job actions.
Expert Witness Experience, includes: Assisted the NAACP in its amicus brief for the Ricci discrimination case. Was the sole statistician in a successful $100M breach of contract case (Tower Automotive v. UNOVA) that required analyzing 4 million rows of data. Testified for the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Has successfully withstood Daubert challenges - most recently from the City of Indianapolis in a large discrimination case involving the city's fire department.

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This paper outlines a number of innovations that we have recently implemented in the Research Methodology Course at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.

3/29/2013 · Surveys
THERE'S NO DOUBT that companies can benefit from workplace surveys and questionnaires. A GTE survey in the mid-1990s, for example} revealed that the performance of its different billing operations, as measured by the accuracy of bills sent out, was closely tied to the leadership style of the unit managers.

This might come as a shock: Employees in large corporations sometimes mistakenly believe that they have been discriminated against. Admittedly, discrimination does occur, both in society and in the workplace. And as most attorneys know, many discrimination cases concern claims of either adverse treatment or adverse impact.

Effective evidence-based managelnent requires analyzing data from a broad array of sources and conducting carefully designed pretest-posttest comparisons. However, our experience suggests that few businesses take that process to the next level by building merged datasets that can be used for rigorous pretest-posttest comparisons and meaningful statistical analyses.

10/10/2012 · Surveys
Companies are replacing paper surveys with Web-based versions that can dangerously distort the results.

No contemporary guide exists for using statistics to prove causality in court. We outline a new theory explaining comprehension of causal graphs, and claim four hallmarks of causality are critical: Association, Prediction, Exclusion of Alternative Explanations, and Dose Dependence.

4/23/2012 · Social Issues
We distinguish between reverse discrimination and over-correction, arguing that the former should be used only to describe cases where well-qualified non-minority applicants are unjustifiably denied positions in organizations run by and/or staffed by minorities. Similarly, we argue over-correction should be used to describe well-qualified non-minority applicants who are unjustifiably denied positions in organizations run by non-minorities.