Dr. Eric L. Lang, Ph. D.
Personnel and Security Research Center (PERSEREC)
Dr. Eric Lang is the Director of the Personnel and Security Research Center, PERSEREC, a Division of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Personnel Analytics Center (DPAC). Dr. Lang has over 30 years of experience designing and managing social science research to improve national policies and programs. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan where he focused on experimental and survey research at the Institute for Social Research, followed by several years at the American Institutes for Research working on national projects in education, research methods and health. Prior to joining PERSEREC,
Dr. Lang was a Principal Research Scientist and Division Director at Sociometrics Corporation where he directed research to improve national data archives, social science applications for the Internet, and research methodology. Dr. Lang has worked at PERSEREC since 2000, designing and directing applied research to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and fairness of personnel security, insider threat and suitability policies and tools for DoD and other Federal
agencies. In addition to improving quality and efficacy, PERSEREC's applied research has resulted in government cost-avoidances of hundreds of millions of (U.S.) dollars. PERSEREC's "Threat Lab" (started in 2018) is now at the forefront of developing innovative, science-based, and practical tools.
Dr. Lang--a frequent keynote speaker to Government, industry, and academic groups--also provides research consultation and science-based solutions to many public and private sector organizations throughout the U.S. and over a dozen allied countries, most recently in
areas related to managing insider risk and organizational culture.