Bethany Bynum, PhD, has been recognized with the Distinguished Early Career Contributions-Practice Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). The annual award is given to a SIOP member who has made significant contributions to the practice of I-O psychology within ten years of receiving their PhD.
The awards committee evaluates the breadth or depth of the nominee's contributions, the extent to which the nominee's work is grounded in sound psychological research, the status of the nominee in the estimation of other prominent early career practitioners, and the impact of the nominee's work on the broader field.
Dr. Bethany Bynum has made extraordinary contributions in diverse arenas including education, credentialing, industry, and military testing and selection.
She has contributed her deep expertise in psychometric support to high stakes testing programs for professional certification and K-12 Education, where she serves as an excellent ambassador for I-O psychology. She has also advocated for the profession with congressional representatives as part of APA's Stand for Science Initiative.
Beth Bynum's work improving Army Personnel Selection & Classifications systems positively affects many thousands of applicants annually. She also played a key role in developing and validating a rich media role-play simulation to help select sales agents for a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Bynum possesses a degree of quantitative expertise usually found only among academics. She has co-authored 8 journal articles, serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Business Psychology and served on the SIOP Professional Practice Committee.
Bethany Bynum will be presented with the award during the opening plenary of the 34th Annual SIOP Conference, held April 4-6 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington DC/National Harbor. Learn more about the conference here.
The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is an international professional organization with an annual membership of more than 10,000 industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists. SIOP's mission is to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of I-O psychology.