Shaker, the market leader in custom simulations for pre-employment testing, today announced the addition of industrial-organizational psychologist Jensen Mecca, Ph.D., to complement the company’s growing Virtual Job Tryout technology Design-Build team, which collaborates with clients to define job demands, establish assessment content criteria, and develop custom assessment experiences that will deliver improvements in the quality of hire.
“When we first met Jensen, we saw a competent individual with great team skills and a friendly, professional demeanor,” said Brian M. Stern, Ph.D., president of Shaker. “We do not doubt that she will quickly build credibility with our clients.”
Shaker has added several selection scientists to the organization recently to address the ongoing growth of new clients, as well as to meet the needs of project expansions with many existing clients. In her new role with Shaker, Mecca will utilize her experience in talent analytics and predictive modeling to inform and enhance the design of clients’ assessments.
“Jensen possesses an impressive combination of technical skills, an unflappable presence, and an ability to quickly connect with the people around her. Because of this, we’re confident that she’ll do great things at Shaker, and we look forward to helping her realize her potential,” Shaker vice president of selection science, Michael J. Hudy, Ph.D., stated.
“I’m thrilled to join the Shaker team. Here, I can pursue the goal that first drew me to industrial-organizational psychology: to use great selection science to improve people’s lives. I’m so excited to be able to pursue this goal each day with such an outstanding team and within such an amazing organizational culture,” Mecca added.
Before joining Shaker, Mecca worked for Oklahoma Gas & Electric, where she conducted analyses that explored leadership development and employee engagement within the organization. An experienced lecturer and published author, her experience also includes developing and conducting organizational research studies on behalf of the National Institutes of Health and the United States Army. Mecca is an active member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and currently serves on the Visibility and Communication Committee for the organization.
A native of Wylie, Texas, Mecca holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She also earned a double major in psychology and anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.