Randy Spain

Research psychologist

Randy Spain


  • PhD, Human Factors Psychology, Old Dominion University
  • MS, Experimental Psychology, Old Dominion University
  • BA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Christopher Newport University

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Randall D. Spain specializes in personnel, training, and human factors research that improves job performance among members of the military and others responsible for national security. Working closely with the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, Dr. Spain integrates expertise in psychology, technology, and security to help soldiers, security officers, and military leaders work effectively and keep the nation’s defenses strong.

Currently, Dr. Spain is involved in projects designed to improve airport security. He directs a study aimed at measuring skills and enhancing training for the Transportation Security Administration officers who screen luggage and detect suspicious behavior in airports. He also leads a team that has helped DHS use mixed-methods social science research to strengthen its screening programs.

Dr. Spain came to RTI in 2014 from the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, National Training and Simulation Association, and the American Psychological Association.