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

Adrian Barnes

Information Technology Specialist

Lucy Gibson, Ph.D.

Vice President & Co-Founder

John Lounsbury, Ph.D.

President, Resource Associates, Inc., and Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Tennessee.

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.


Lucy W. Gibson, Ph.D.

Vice President of Resource Associates, Inc.

Dr. Gibson is a licensed industrial/organizational psychologist with vast experience in the areas of test development, test validation, and implementation of selection testing programs. In addition to publishing many scholarly research articles on Resource Associates’ products, she has taught research methods, statistics, program evaluation and human resource management at both the University of Tennessee and Tusculum College (Knoxville, Tenn).

Dr. Gibson’s work is focused on test development, validation of selection testing programs, and working with client companies to tailor employee testing to their needs. Some of her clients include AK Steel, Brad Worthley International, City of Knoxville, Culpepper and Associates Security Services, Exemplar, Denso-TN, Exedy America, Gerdau Ameristeel, Harbor Retirement Associates, Monster.com, and Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems.


Nancy A. Foster, Ph.D.

Nancy A. Foster, Ph.D., is Vice President of Marketing and Assessments for Resource Associates, Inc.

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. Jake 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 Catherine Gibson

Operations Manager and Psychometrician for Resource Associates, Inc.

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

Web Application Development, Reporting, Programming, and Technical Support for Resource Associates, Inc. and President of Ravine Software, Inc.

Adrian Barnes has worked with Resource Associates since 2002 when he was tasked to rewrite their online testing system. Adrian is President of Ravine Software, a software development provider specializing in online testing, payment processing, and other enterprise web-based solutions, located in Knoxville, TN. Adrian 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.

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