Professor Kevin Williams, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Psychology is undertaking sponsored research to assist a local startup company develop an on-line, competency-based reference and assessment instrument for employers to use in screening job candidates. The University is partnering with local entrepreneur Greg Moran, founder of Chequed.com, for this project. Dr. Williams and his research team will be responsible for the development and validation of the assessment system, which will provide real-time delivery of job candidate evaluations and highly actionable information for employers and job candidates.
Dr. Williams has also been awarded $87,498 from Skidmore College and the National Institute of Drug Abuse to investigate the use of steroid use among adolescent males. He is collaborating with Dr. Tonya Dodge (PI) on this project. Dr. Dodge received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University at Albany and is now Assistant Professor of Psychology at Skidmore. This project will test the hypothesis that legal performance enhancing substances (e.g., whey protein, nutritional supplements, creatine) serve as a gateway to anabolic steroids. The use of anabolic steroids among adolescent males has become an issue of pressing concern over the past several years and the researchers hope that their findings will identify factors critical for interventions targeting steroid use.