Nathaniel is an Assistant Research Professor at the Social and Decision Analytics division (SDAD) of the Biocomplexity Institute & Initiative at the University of Virginia. Nathaniel’s research focuses on methodology, measurement, and integrating designed social science data with big administrative datasets. Trained as a social psychologist, Nathaniel received his PhD in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016. His PhD dissertation examined the situations in which leaders were willing to relinquish power in the context of experimental lab groups.
Nathaniel is currently working on projects investigating the social characteristics of Soldiers in the Army that predict performance and projects seeking to understand the nature of the skilled technical workforce in the United States. He has developed a novel methodological approach to the study and quantifying of resilience which is accompanied by an associated R package. Nathaniel also endeavors to serve as an analytic storyteller— synthesizing statistical, methodological, and conceptual analyses into actionable, evidence-based solutions for decision- and policy-makers.
- Research Methodology
- Measurement and Scale Development
- Conceptual Mapping
- Individual and Unit Performance
- Organizational Climate
- Social Power
- Relinquishing Power
The Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association Dissertation Award, 2015
The Penn State RGSO College Dissertation Support Award, 2014
Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Student Travel Award, 2014
B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Political Science, Miami University
M.S. in Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. in Psychology, Minor in Business Administration-Marketing, The Pennsylvania State University
Ratcliff, N. J., Nair, D. & Goldstein, J, (2019). arse: Area of resilience to stress event. R package version 1.0.0. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=arse