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Dr. Palmer Morrel-Samuels
210 Park Street
Chelsea MI 48118
USA
phone: (734) 368-3348
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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.

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51 Long Ln., 2nd Floor, Office 4
Upper Darby PA 19082
USA
phone: 215-631-3230
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Andre Watson Psychological Disabilities Expert Photo

Andre S. Watson, PsyD, is a Child, Adolescent, Family, and Couples Psychologist in active clinical practice. Legally blind since age 9, he specializes in adjustment to Blindness and other sensory and physical disabilities.

Dr. Watson conducts individual short and long-term therapy with patients dealing with various DSM diagnoses, chronic mental health issues, adjustment disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and relationship problems. He delivers child, family, and couples’ psychotherapy with diverse and underserved populations. Dr. Watson also facilitates adjustment to blindness groups for blind adolescence with the Overbrook School for the Blind. For this, and his dedication to his field, he was honored with the “Excellence in Empathy” award from Widener University.

Dr. Watson has significant teaching and public speaking experience. He delivers speeches to audiences, patients, colleagues, and readers about adjustment issues and the social and emotional changes that individuals and families may expect with a disability. Dr. Watson is the author of the book, Vision in the Dark: How Living in the Dark taught me to see the light. An accomplished athlete, he participated in the 2008 Para Olympics in Beijing, China for Judo.


Dr. Watson on Vision in the Dark

Litigation Support - Dr. Watson provides expert witness services for cases involving the social and emotional adjustment of disabilities. His services include medical record review, thorough reporting, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Children and Family Psychology
  • Aggressive Child
  • Depression
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Psychotherapy
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Adjustment To Blindness
  • Psychological Disabilities
  • Custody Issues
  • Competency Issues
  • Suicide
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Special Education
  • Blind Athletics


Andre Watson, PsyD
In seeing in the Dark, Andre Watson discusses his journey as a blind visionary. Even though he has no eye sight, he has used his life experiences to develop a new way of seeing himself, others, and the world. Overcoming the misconceptions of blindness proves to be fortuitous as Andre has strived to become a clinical psychologist, an accomplished athlete, husband, and father. The readers will get a glimpse into how he sees and how that way of seeing has helped inspire audiences, guide patients, and redefine what it means to “see” even if one is physically in the dark.