Elaine Pulakos, President of PDRI, is an internationally recognized contributor to the field of industrial and organizational psychology. In 2010, she received the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Distinguished Professional Contributions Award. Her work in selecting and developing an adaptive workforce received the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace and the William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award for Best Professional Publication.
Pulakos has published numerous articles in performance management, staffing, and human resources best practices, including three books: Performance Management: A New Approach for Driving Business Results; Implementing Organizational Interventions: Steps, Processes, and Best Practices; and The Changing Nature of Performance: Implications for Staffing, Personnel Actions, and Employee Development . She also authored two best-practice volumes on performance management and staffing for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Pulakos is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and SIOP, where she also served as president. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University.