Photo Dr. Palmer Morrel-Samuels
Employee Motivation & Performance Assessment, Inc. (EMPA)
210 Park Street
Chelsea, MI 48118
Cellphone: 734-368-3348

  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Chicago, IL (2015 - 2017) - MSc in Law
    Area of Specialization: Workplace Discrimination, the role of statistical evidence in court
  • Columbia University, Department of Psychology
    NYC, NY (1982 - 1989) M.Phil, Ph.D.
    Area of Specialization: experimental social psychology
  • University of Chicago, Division of Social Sciences
    Chicago, IL (1979 - 1980)
    M.A. - Area of Specialization: research methodology in behavioral science
  • Goddard College, Plainfield VT, credits transferred from Dickinson College (1974-1976) B.A. Major: creative arts psychotherapy
  • CEO & Principal Consultant
    Employee Motivation & Performance Assessment, Inc. (EMPA)
    Chelsea, MI - April 1998 to Present)
  • Instructor (teaching classes on survey design, statistics, & research methodology)
    Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Center
    Summer Institute, University of Michigan (July 2009 to Present)
  • Lecturer (teaching classes on survey design, statistics, & research methodology) School of Public Health, University of Michigan (September 2008 to April 2014)
    [intermittent teaching on Recall Status until 2016]
  • Expert Witness
    Employee discrimination, surveys & assessments, contract disputes requiring statistical analysis (September 2003 to Present)
  • Team Director & Senior Consultant
    Hewlett-Packard, formerly EDS-Survey Services - August 1991 to November 1996
  • Assistant Research Scientist Cognitive Science & Machine Intelligence Lab
    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor - March 1993 to December 1999
  • Adjunct Research Scientist
    National Quality Research Center
    University of Michigan Business School - Ann Arbor - June 1997 to June 1998
  • Research Assistant
    Computer Science Department, Watson Research Center, IBM
    Yorktown, NY - August 1986 to April 1987
  • Research Assistant
    Psychology Department, Yale University
    New Haven, CT - December 1981 to September 1982
  • American Psychology - Law Society
  • Society for Empirical Legal Studies
  • Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (SIOP)
  • Society for Public Health Education
  • Association for Psychological Science (Charter Member)
  • American Association for Public Opinion Research
  • Who’s Who in Science & Engineering (second edition, 1994 - 1995)
  • Faculty Fellowship, Department of Psychology, Columbia University (1982 - 1987)
  • Scholarship, French Ministry of Education & Université de la Source
    Orleans, France (1967)
  • Served as consultant (~30 years) designed & analyzed assessments for more than 7 million employees in over 70 countries
  • Held managerial positions (~20 years) in academic, industrial, & research settings
  • Lectured at Columbia University on experimental psychology, social psychology, & statistics
  • Wrote & patented four web-based assessments & surveys for the workplace
  • Provided survey services for corporations (e.g., Disney, FedEx, Mars, Credit Suisse, Coke, GM, UPS, Ford, Duke Energy)
  • Provided survey services for non-profits & government agencies (e.g., US Department of Justice, Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • Provided survey services for healthcare industry (e.g., Harvard Pilgrim HC, Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, Univ. of Michigan HS,)
  • Conducted a statistical analysis of utilization rates among psychiatric patients for Billings Hospital, University of Chicago
  • Interviewed by Forbes Magazine on EMPA’s National Benchmark Study™ & Benchmarks™; Forbes.Com (08/24/09)
  • Testified to Congress on DOJ study examining the relation between working conditions, motivation, & job performance
  1. Burns v. Interstate Brands Corporation (AKA Hostess Bakeries)
    expert witness for D (settled ~ 5/9/04)
    Ran statistical analysis of job assignments for evidence of disparate impact (DI) &/or disparate treatment (DT)
  2. Tower Automotive Products v. Lamb Technicon; expert witness for D (settled ~ 8/31/05) Ran statistical tests of 4 million datapoints tracking assembly-line failures in breach of contract suit.
  3. [Corp. A] v. [Corp. B] expert witness for D testified to ICC’s International Court of Arbitration in The Hague (settled ~ 2/10/12)
    Analyzed psychometric properties of assessment P used to compute monetary damages in breach of contract suit.
  4. Scott v. City of Indianapolis; expert witness on behalf of the Ps (settled ~ 7/19/12)
    Ran statistical analysis of data from Human Resources Information System (HRIS) to evaluate Ps’ claim of DI based on race.
    Withstood Daubert challenge: 3-25-2010 US District Court, S.D. IN, Indianapolis Division
  5. American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO v. United States Postal Service;
    expert witness for P (settled ~ 3/7/13)
    Ran statistical analysis of 111 postal workers who did or did not receive letter of intent regarding job relocation, for DI analysis
  6. EEOC v. Bass Pro Inc.; expert witness for P & the EEOC (settled ~ 3/4/2014) Designed a cross-validated assessment for verifying race of several hundred job applicants to remediate exclusion of P’s expert
  7. Sweeney v. Washington Board of Pilotage; expert witness for P (settled ~ 10/1/14) Ran statistical tests of 1.03 million datapoints from pilot’s licensing test for evidence of sex discrimination
  8. Cardelle et al. v. Miami Fraternal Order of Police; expert witness for P (settled ~ 11/25/2015) Ran statistical tests of 221K datapoints from pension payments & HRIS for evidence of age discrimination
  9. Grevera v. Microsoft Inc.; expert witness for P (settled ~ 8/29/14) Ran statistical tests of 4.9 million datapoints from job evaluations & HRIS for evidence of sex discrimination Withstood Daubert Challenge (details sealed)
  10. EEOC v. FAPS; expert witness for P & the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (still in litigation)
    Designed & implemented a cross-validated assessment for determining race of 900 job applicants by mail, for DI analysis
    Withstood Daubert challenge: 9-26-14 US District Court, District of NJ
  11. US v. City of Jacksonville [FL]; expert witness for D (still in litigation)
    Ran statistical tests of 179 million datapoints from promotion exams & HRIS for evidence of disparate impact Withstood 3 Daubert challenges (one written by Asst. AG of US)
    6-9-15 US District Court, M.D. FL, Jacksonville Div
  1. Morrel-Samuels, P. (1990). John Bulwer's 1644 treatise on gesture
    Semiotica, 79, 341-353
  2. Morrel-Samuels, P., & Krauss, R. (1992). Word familiarity predicts temporal asynchrony between gesture & speech
    Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition, 18, (3) 615-622
  3. Morrel-Samuels, P., (4/1/96) U.S. Patent No. 5,743,742
    “System for Measuring Leadership Effectiveness.”
  4. Morrel-Samuels, P., (8/18/98) U.S. Patent No. 5,795,155
    “Leadership Assessment Tool & Method.”
  5. Morrel-Samuels, P., (12/28/99) U.S. Patent No. 6,007,340
    “Method & System for Measuring Leadership Effectiveness.”
  6. Morrel-Samuels, P., (10/24/01) U.S. Patent No. 60/346,249 & 7,593,861
    “Employee Assessment Tool”
  7. Morrel-Samuels, P. An objective measure of performance linked to employee motivation
    In M. Cronin (Chair) Intex: A system for evaluating performance at INS. Briefing to staff & elected officials of US Congress, Wash. DC (6/30/98).
  8. Morrel-Samuels, P. (2002) Getting the truth into workplace surveys
    Harvard Business Review, 80 (2) 111-118
  9. Morrel-Samuels, P. (2003) Web surveys’ hidden hazards
    Harvard Business Review, 81 (7) 16-17
  10. Morrel-Samuels, P. & Goldman, E., (2007) Who, what, & where:
    Guidelines for the statistical analysis of disparate impact in EEO litigation, Docket, 25, (2), pp. 54-74.
  11. Morrel-Samuels, P., & Jacobson, P. J. (2008, March). Using statistical evidence to prove causality to non-statisticians.
    Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychology-Law Society, Jacksonville, FL
  12. Morrel-Samuels, P., Francis, E., & Shucard, S. (2009) Merged datasets:
    An analytic tool for evidence-based management, California Management Review, 52 (1), pp.120-139.
  13. Morrel-Samuels, P., (2010, March) Distinguishing reverse discrimination from overcorrection:
    Statistical methods for clarifying this neglected distinction & why it matters
    Paper for American Psychology-Law Society, Vancouver, Canada
  14. Fritz, C., Curtin, J., Poitevineau, J., Tao, F., & Morrel-Samuels, P. (2012)
    Player preferences among new & old violins
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (3) 760-763
  15. Morrel-Samuels, P. & Goldman, E., (2014) Workplace assessments: Thirteen ways to invite litigation & thirteen ways to avoid it
    Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
  16. Morrel-Samuels, P. (2014) Using graphs in business, law, & public health to facilitate analysis of trends, impacts, & linkages
    Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
  17. Morrel-Samuels, P (2015) True or False: The Ricci Decision was Illogical & Problematic
    Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the European Association of Psychology & Law, Nuremburg, 8/4/15.
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