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Courtney R. Dean

Courtney R. Dean

Product Engineering Group

Director of Products 

Courtney Dean specializes in training design and development and the development performance assessment systems for teams and individuals in live and simulated training environments. Courtney leads projects to develop tools that support instructors and observer controllers to assess performing during training exercises (SPOTLITE® and PM Engine™), provide formative performance feedback during after-action reviews and debrief (Performance Dashboard™), and manage team and individual data over time (A-Measure® Server Application). He has worked with representatives DoD wide to develop performance measurement systems using Aptima’s COMPASS methodology (COmpetency-based Measures for Performance ASsessment Systems). Courtney’s training experience includes leading efforts to use sophisticated mathematical models to guide the selection of training items and experiences in order to tailor training to individuals’ and teams’ specific needs. He has worked with the Army’s Human Terrain Systems to design and deliver training for their fielded data collection and analysis toolkit. He has also supported development and administration of a Training Effectiveness Evaluation (TEE) for Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JEIDDO) cognitive training solutions.

Courtney holds an M.S. in Applied Psychology from the University of West Florida and a B.S. in Psychology from Fort Hays State University. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


Notable Publications

Dean, C. R., Freeman, J., & Puglisi, M. (2015). Supporting unit training management through mobile performance assessment tools. In Proceedings of Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC 2015). Orlando, FL.

Dean, C., Puglisi, M., and Freeman, J. (2015). Supporting Unit Training Management Through Mobile Performance Assessment Tools. Proceedings of I/ITSEC 2015, Orlando, FL

Ratwani, K. L., Dean, C. R., Flanagan, S, Knott, C., Diedrich, F., & Tucker, J. S. (2015). Innovative mobile technologies for assessing and enhancing soldier performance. In Proceedings of Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC 2015). Orlando, FL.

Carlin, A. and Dean, C.  (2015). Automated Extraction of POMDP training model from data. Poster to be presented at FLAIRS conference, Special Track on Intelligent Learning Technologies

Knott, C.C., Flanagan, S., Bickley, W.R., Ratwani, K., Dean, C., Diedrich, F. (2014). An Army Learning Model implementation: Challenges, successes, future directions. In Proceedings of Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC 2014). Orlando, FL.

Stewart, J. E., Dean, C.R., Zeidman, T., & Graham, S.E. (2014). Developing and evaluating performance measures for manned-unmanned teaming. In Proceedings of Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC 2014). Orlando, FL.

For more information about Courtney Dean’s publications, please contact aptima_info@aptima.com.


Additional Publications

Bink, M. L., Dean, C., Ayers, J., & Zeidman, T. (2014). Validation and evaluation of army aviation collective performance measures. Research Report 1972. U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. DTIC # ADA596907.

Bink, M., Seibert, M., Dean, C., Stewart, J. & Zeidman, T. (2013). Development and validation of measures for army aviation collective training. In Proceedings of the 17th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, Dayton, OH.

Carlin, A., Dumond, D., Freeman, J., & Dean, C. (2013). Higher automated learning through principle component analysis and Markov models. In K. Yasef, & H. C., Lane (Eds.) Proceedings of the Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) 2013. Memphis, TN.

Stewart, J. E., Leonardis, L., B., Dean, C. (2013). Training aviation manned-unmanned teaming skills at home station. In Proceedings of Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC 2013). Orlando, FL.

Seibert, M., K., Diedrich, F. J., Ayers, J. M., Dean, C., Zeidman, T., Bink, M. L., & Stewart, J. E. (2012). Addressing Army aviation collective training challenges with simulators and simulations capabilities. Research Report 1958. U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. DTIC # ADA565888.

Dean, C. Stacy, W., Keeney, M., Day, E., Terry, R., & Alicia, T. (2011). Item Response Theory Adapts Training to Disparately Skilled Trainees. In Proceedings of Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC 2011). Orlando, FL.

Entin, E., Knott, C, & Dean, C. (2011). Age Related Attributions Biases to Success and Failure at a Technology Task. In Proceedings of the Gerontological Society of America’s 64th Annual Scientific Meeting. Boston, MA.

Dean, C., Diedrich, F. J., Artis, S., Horn, Z. N. J., Jefferson, T. & Riccio, G. E. (2009). Local development of measures of effectiveness. In G. Riccio and F.J. Diedrich (Eds.), An initiative in outcomes-based training and education (pp. 150-160). Technical Report, U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, Ft. Meade, MD.

Dean, C., Jefferson, T., Horn, Z. N. J., Jones, E., Beltz, B. C., Puglisi, M., & Diedrich, F. J. (2009). Impact on Rifle Marksmanship Training. In G. Riccio and F.J. Diedrich (Eds.), An initiative in outcomes-based training and education (pp. 175-192). Technical Report, U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, Ft. Meade, MD.

Horn, Z. N. J., Diedrich, F. J., Dean, C., Artis, S., Jefferson, T., & Marceau, R. (2009). Observations of behavior and communication in rifle marksmanship training. In G. Riccio and F. J. Diedrich (Eds.), An Initiative in Outcomes-Based Training and Education (pp. 161-174). Technical Report, U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, Ft. Meade, MD.

Marceau, R., Jackson, C., Dean, C., Diedrich, F. J., Artis, S., & Wiese, E. (2009). Formative measures for instructors. In G. Riccio and F.J. Diedrich (Eds.), An initiative in outcomes-based training and education (pp. 21-50). Technical Report, U.S. Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, Ft. Meade, MD.

Sidman, J., Riccio, G., Semmens, R., Geyer, A., Dean, C., & Diedrich, F. (2009). Assessment tools for basic Army Noncommissioned Officer Training. Research Report 1899. U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. DTIC #ADA499492.

Bellenger, B. L., & Dean, C. R. (2008) Cheating on Promotional Public Safety Examinations: Strategies for Responding to a Widespread Test Security Compromise. Presented at the 29th Annual IPMAAC Conference on Personnel Assessment. June, 2008. Oakland, CA.

CATC Science Team (2008a). Rifle marksmanship measurement and assessment methods for Basic Combat Training. Technical Report, Aptima, Inc., Woburn, MA.

CATC Science Team (2008b). Combat Applications Training Course: Results from Initial Entry Training Observations. Presentation, Asymmetric Warfare Group, Ft. Meade, MD.

Dean, C.R., Miller, L., & Crenshaw, J.L. (2006). Content Validation Report:  Police/Sheriff’s Sergeant – 06033/06233. Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Birmingham, AL.

Lyon, J., Dean, C., Ramesh, A. (2005). Beyond selection system improvements: Overcoming the “applicant pool problem” to reduce adverse impact. Presented at the 29th Annual IPMAAC Conference on Personnel Assessment. June, 2005. Orlando, FL.