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years in business

personality & aptitude tests available

Our Founder: Lucy W. Gibson, Ph.D.

Dr. Lucy Gibson founded Resource Associates in 1980. An accomplished industrial/organizational psychologist, Dr. Gibson’s vast experience in the areas of test development, test validation, and implementation of selection testing programs built Resource Associates into a leader in the field. In addition to being well-published, she taught research methods, statistics, program evaluation and human resource management at the University of Tennessee and Tusculum College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dr. Gibson acted as Vice President of Resource Associates alongside President and husband John Lounsbury, Ph.D. until her passing in 2015 from complications of ALS. She was well-loved by her community, her clients, and truly, any and all who knew her. Her legacy is carried on by daughters Mary Gibson and Amy Sparks of Resource Associates, and friend Nancy Foster, Ph.D., who are leading Dr. Gibson’s vision into the future.

The Staff of Resource Associates

John Lounsbury, Ph.D.

President & Co-Founder

Nancy A. Foster, Ph.D.

Vice President, Marketing & Assessments

Mary Gibson

Operations Manager and Psychometrician

J. Adrian Barnes, MCSD

Information Technology Specialist

John Lounsbury, Ph.D.

President & Co-Founder

Dr. Lounsbury is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a licensed industrial/organizational psychologist. Dr. Lounsbury teaches a number of courses on testing, research methods, psychometrics, and human resources management.

He has chaired over 100 doctoral dissertations and authored over 100 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals; plus, he has consulted on a wide variety of topics and issues with numerous companies, including Time-Warner, Levi Strauss, U.S. Department of Energy, Monster.com, Arvin North American, Pilot Corporation, eCareerFit, Daikin Drivetrain, Arvin North American Automotive, and 7-Eleven Corporation. His consulting activities revolve primarily around test development and personality predictors in the workplace.

View a list of Dr. Lounsbury’s published works on Google Scholar by clicking here.

Nancy A. Foster, Ph.D.

Vice President of Marketing and Assessments

Dr. Foster has degrees in psychology and marketing. She earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Tennessee under the guidance of Resource Associates’ President and founding member, John Lounsbury, Ph.D.

Her research interests include career development and the investigation of personality traits for predicting performance, satisfaction and tenure in both organizational and academic contexts.

Eric Sundstrom, Ph.D.


A successful organizational consultant for over 20 years, Dr. Sundstrom has helped a variety of manufacturing and service organizations implement systems based on work teams at AT&T, ALCOA, Exxon USA, M&M Mars, Northern Telecom, United Technologist Corporation, Weyerhauser, and others.He has also maintained an independent consulting practice complementary with his position as professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee.

An international author specializing in working environment, Dr. Sundstrom has over 60 professional publications. His book, “Work Places: The Psychology of the Physical Environment in Offices and Factories” was published in 1986 by Cambridge University Press with a Japanese edition in 1992. He has articles in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, as well as chapters in textbooks, and professional reference books. A licensed Psychologist since 1974, he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and Charter Fellow of the American Psychological Society. He is a certified SYMLOG consultant and has had advanced applications training on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Jacob J. Levy, Ph.D.


Dr. Jacob Levy is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Tennessee. His primary professional and research interests are in personality testing and test development.

Dr. Levy has authored and co-authored several journal articles and book chapters on psychological assessment and testing. He has special expertise in cross-cultural assessment, and is dedicated in providing appropriate services for people of diverse backgrounds. Formerly on faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Levy earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Indiana University and has provided psychological services in variety of treatment and academic settings.

His work with Resource Associates involves executive assessments, personality scale development, and applications of personality assessment for selection, personal development in sports, personal development with adolescents, and career development with the general adult population.

Mary Gibson

Operations Manager and Psychometrician

Mary Gibson joined RA in 1998 after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in communications & advertising. She currently handles the duties of Operations Manager, Accounts Receivable/Payable, and Psychometrician. She manages all aspects of RA’s internet-based assessment administration site, including new client / candidate set-up, assessment technical support, online database management, and quality assurance. Mary can help answer questions about where your candidate’s results might be in our system at any particular time.

J. Adrian Barnes, MCSD

Information Technology Specialist

Adrian Barnes manages web application development, reporting, programming, and technical support for Resource Associates, Inc. He is also the President of Ravine Software, Inc., a Knoxville-based technology company.

Adrian has worked with Resource Associates since 2002 when he was tasked to rewrite their online testing system. He received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Tusculum College in 2002, and his Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science from Pellissippi State Technical Community College in 1997. Adrian is also a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD). Adrian works with other members of the Resource Associates team to maintain and continuously improve the online testing, customer, and administrative portals. He also works closely with Resource Associates clients to implement any custom reporting, scoring, or integration needs. Adrian will help you and your technical staff to ensure a smooth testing process and that our testing system meets all of your needs.

Satisfied Clients

Companies Trust RA.

Adam H. DeFrancesco, CEO, OMNI Systems

The Resource Associates pre-employment assessment tests have made a significant improvement to the overall effectiveness of our hiring process at OMNI Systems. Prior to using the RA assessment OMNI’s success at identifying employees that “fit” into our company culture and possess characteristics crucial to the individuals success in that role was at best –...

Sheri Redelman

We have been working with Resource Associates for over ten years now. They have always been helpful with identifying the best testing criteria for our company. They are always quick to respond to any requests. We utilize their on-line as well as hard copy testing methods and have been pleased with each. We are very content with the timeliness of receiving test...

Kim Thistle, Hiring Manager

We use both the Pattern Series of Abstract Reasoning and the Entry Level Worker Aptitude Battery (Mechanical and 3-D Reasoning, Visual Inspection) as part of our pre-screening for all potential hires. Using these has been very beneficial in helping us determing whether a person will be successful in various areas such as R & D, production, administration,...

John, Operations Manager

My company started using RA assessments in our hiring process early in 2016 and quickly made the assessment a standard part of our interview process. We even developed guidelines for internal use specifying minimum scores in various areas of the test results for a candidate to be considered for hiring. We have purchased about 100 assessments in total. We find that...

Dan Holloway, VP Human Resources & General Affairs

I have had the pleasure of working with Resource Associates for 20+ years. The level of customer service and professionalism has always been top-notch. Through proper statistical analysis, I have been able to verify the true value of their products, which in the end has helped us hire candidates who are destined for success. I highly recommend Resource Associates...

Al Pirie, Human Resources

In my role in Human Resources, I’ve used Resource Associates to conduct pre-employment assessments for more than 25 years — including during two “green field” automotive plant start-ups. My experience is that the assessment reports are an excellent predictor of an individual’s work related behavioral strengths, as well as a tool for identifying areas for...

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