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Dr. Elissa Hack

Assistant Professor

Department of Behavioral Science & Leadership

Official photo of Dr. Hack (DFBL)
Contact Information

(719) 333-9982




Dr. Elissa Hack is an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Her research interests center around individual differences and their ability to predict performance. In graduate school, her research focused mainly on personality characteristics predicting academic performance, and mitigation strategies for test-takers attempting to “fake” their personality scores.

While in graduate school, Dr. Hack began working for the Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) at Ft. Benning, GA. After graduating from Auburn University, she continued her research with ARI in Ft. Belvoir, VA. There, she was a part of the officer team researching appropriate individual difference measures to select and assign officers into higher level positions.

Dr. Hack joined the faculty of USAFA in 2019, in order to combine her passion of working with a military population and her love of academics. Originally from Arizona, Elissa is enjoying getting back to a dry climate in the mountains, and is spending as much time as possible hiking outdoors.


Ph.D. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. (2018)

M.S. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. (2015)

B.S. Psychology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Az. (2012)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2019-Present)

Research Psychologist, Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, Va. (2018-2019)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Personality and Individual Differences, Selection, Assignment, Performance, Training, Methodology and Measurement