Michael F. Cassidy

Executive Principal Analyst

Michael Cassidy has more than thirty years of professional experience in virtually all aspects of research methodology, metrics, statistical analysis, evaluation, and decision analysis, affording him the opportunity to pursue academically diverse interests while developing in-depth knowledge and skill applied to solving real-world problems. He has been with IDI since 2003, and is presently Executive Principal Analyst.  Dr. Cassidy has been a member of the faculty of Marymount University’s School of Business Administration since 1994, and is currently Professor, Information Technology and Management Science.  His graduate and undergraduate teaching responsibilities include courses in research methods; biostatistics; multivariate statistics; and decision analysis. He has taught courses in management, organizational analysis, process analysis, program evaluation, simulation modeling, industrial & organizational psychology, learning theory, film production, and photography. Between 2003 and 2009 he served as Co-Editor of Performance Improvement Quarterly, a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal publishing theoretical and empirical research pertaining to human performance at the individual, group, and organizational levels.  Previous professional experience includes positions as Member of Technical Staff (MTS), and technical manager at AT&T Bell Laboratories (1982 – 1993); and Senior Consultant at IBM (1993 – 1995).  

He has consulted in the private and public sector, and acted as Principal or co-investigator in research in academic disciplines including sociology, forensic psychology, management, measurement, engineering, criminology, and training.


Ph.D., Instructional Systems/Semiotics, Indiana University, 1980
M.S., Library & Information Science, University of Southern California, 1975
B.F.A., Humanities, California Institute of the Arts, 1974
B.A., Religious Studies/English, Manhattan College, 1972

Selected Publications and Presentations


Cassidy, M. (in press). Reconciling sings: Personal reflections on pain and disability. K. Johnson & Coutoure, K. Disability discrimination at work (eds.). Williamstown, MA: Piraeus Books.

Cassidy, M. (2010). Diversity by design: Creating cognitive conflict to enhance group performance. In S. Schuman (ed.), The handbook for working with difficult groups. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass/Wiley.

Cassidy, M. & Navarrett, J. (2009). Airport passenger-related processing rates guidebook. (ACRP REPORT 23). Washington, D.C: The National Academies of Sciences, Transportation Research Board.

Cassidy, M. & Buede, D. (2009). Does the accuracy of expert judgment comply with common sense? Caveat emptor. Management Decision, 47(3), 454 – 469.

Cassidy, M. (2007). An investigation into the Skill Performance Certificate program for limb impaired and amputee commercial truck drivers. (DOT – FMCSA Publication), Washington, DC: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Cassidy, M.F. & Cassidy M.M. (2006). Principles and practices of group decision making.  In J. Pershing (ed.), The handbook of human performance technology: Principles, practices, and potential, 3nd edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Cassidy, M. & Hodson, W. (2005). A Technical evaluation of two name trace search engine algorithms. Classified technical report. Washington: DC. 

Cassidy, M. & Hodson, W. (2005).  2004 Annual report on hiring and retention of minority employees in the intelligence community.  Prepared for the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence, Washington:DC.

Cassidy, M., Nicholl, C., Ross, C. & Lonsway, K. (2004).  The victim’s view: Domestic      violence and the police response.   Law enforcement Executive FORUM4, 135 – 152

Narajan, D. & Cassidy, M.F. (2001). A dimensional approach to measuring social capital: Development and validation of a social capital inventory. Current Sociology 49, 2.

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