Dr. Philip Ferrara is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with experience working with both private and public sector organizations on complex organizational staffing and change programs. His career has involved a broad array of accomplishments in the areas of employee selection and organizational improvement programs. His expertise includes job analysis and job redesign, employee assessment, as well as, the design of large-scale diagnostic surveys to assess employee engagement and organizational effectiveness. He has provided expert witness testimony in state and federal court proceedings on employee hiring and staffing issues and has published in a number of professional journals on topics such as job analysis, job applicant reactions and legal issues in employment.
His most recent position was at the New York State Unified Court System where he managed the Examination Development and Staffing Research Group that had primary responsibility for the Court System’s statewide employment testing program. The Group was also involved with the design and conduct of several large-scale organizational surveys on workplace issues designed to improve organizational and worker effectiveness. Earlier in his career he was at the Professional Examination Service (PES) where he directed the development of several nationwide competency tests for professional licensing and certification in various occupational fields.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Applied Research and Evaluation in 1977 from Hofstra University and is a Licensed Psychologist in New York State. He is a Past President of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology (METRO) and a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Currently an Adjunct Professor of Management at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in the Department of Management Technology and Innovation where he instructs on the topics of Job and Workplace Design and Employee/Work Engagement.