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Michael J. Keeney

Michael J. Keeney

Learning and Training Systems

Principal Scientist
Industrial-Organizational Psychologist LinkedIn

Michael has more than 25 years of experience in the design and execution of applied research and analysis of research results, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, to improving capabilities, motivation, and performance of organizations through occupational analysis, selection, and development of expertise. He has developed information to guide training investments by analyzing the training needs of a variety of defense organizations, chiefly applying the award-winning Mission Essential Competencies (MEC) process to identify critical competencies and training shortfalls and offer insights into potential features needed in innovative training solutions. He created a business process model for the dynamic targeting process across three domains and was instrumental in executing the research and publishing the findings of one of the first studies into vulnerability research workflows as a cybersecurity practice, producing findings that have strong positive implications for improving cybersecurity practices, readiness, and training across the defense and commercial sectors. Dr. Keeney applied methods of cognitive work analysis to identify expertise needed for decision-making by underground coal miners to self-escape from underground coalmine emergencies. He was certified as a U.S. Air Force Master Technical Training Instructor, Career Development Course Technical Writer, and U.S. Navy Master Training Specialist.

Michael holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron, a M.A. in Psychology from The University of Akron, a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Maryland, and an A.A. in Technical Management from the Community College of the Air Force. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is a member of American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, US Naval Institute, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.


Notable Publications

Keeney, M. J. (2020, Winter). Blended-Reality Training: A New Approach to Simulations. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology TIP (The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist), 57(3).

Mullins, R., Kelliher, D., Nargi, B., Keeney, M. J. & Schurr, N. (2020, October). Challenges and Opportunities in Collaborative Vulnerability Research Workflows. Presentation accepted for 2020 Annual Conference of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, (Conference presented virtually).

Keeney, M. J., Halverson, K., Oster, E. & Kegley, J. (2020, June). Optimizing and Validating Training Technology Selection. Presentation at 2020 Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, (Conference presented virtually).

Keeney, M. J., Wiggins, S., Reynolds, K. D., Berger, J. L., & Hoebbel, C. L. (2018). Cognitive Task Analysis of Miner Preparedness to Self-Escape from Mine Emergencies. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 18, 66-87. Earlier version of this article was a Top Poster presentation at the 2018 Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL.

For more information about Mike Keeney’s publications, please contact aptima_info@aptima.com.