Biographical Sketch







Dr. Landis (Ph.D., General-theoretical Psychology, Wayne State University, 1963) is Affiliate Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii (Hilo and Manoa campuses), Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Director Emeritus, Center for Applied Research and Evaluation, University of Mississippi and President, D.K. Research and Consultation Group.He is a past Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi, Chair of Psychology at Indiana University--Purdue University at Indianapolis and Founder of the Center for Social Development at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia.Dr. Landis is the author/co-author of over 100 books, articles, technical reports and presentations in areas such as, the measurement of equal opportunity climate in military and other organizations,racial discrimination, perception, statistics, sexual behavior and attitudes, and cross-cultural psychology and training.He is the founding and continuing editor of the International journal of intercultural relations, the co-editor/author of Ethnic conflict (Sage, 1985) and the co-editor/author of Handbook of intercultural training, a three-volume work published by Pergamon Press in 1983. The second edition of the Handbook of Intercultural Training edited by Landis and Bhagat was published in 1996 and a third edition (edited by Landis, Janet Bennett, and Milton Bennett) appeared in 2004.


Dr. Landis is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the American Psychological Society. He is the Founding and Continuing President of the International Academy for Intercultural Research. In 1990 the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research honored him with a special award for achievement. Dr. Landis is listed in Who's Who in America and other biographical compendiums.


In 1987, Dr. Landis together with Dr. Mickey Dansby, developed the Military Equal pportunity Climate Survey (MEOCS) which is now in wide use throughout the U.S. Department of Defense.MEOCS has been adapted for use in civilian organizations, universities, and even foreign institutions.He has made many presentations on climate measurement in such venues as the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Australian Defense Force Academy, the Royal Netherlands Defense Force Academy, as well as professional organizations both in the United States and abroad.


During 1994-96, Dr. Landis was appointed the first Shirley J. Bach Visiting Professorat the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.During his tenue, he conducted further studies of equal opportunity climate in the US Armed Forces as well as investigated racial disparities in the administration of military justice, both at the courts martial and Article 15 levels.


Dr. Landis has consulted for, and received grants from, many government (both Federal and state) agencies (e.g., the Departments of Defense and Justice) and private corporations as well as members of the legal profession (on such matters as eye-witness accuracy [for Ronald Lewis of Oxford], obscenity [for Lewis Sirkin of Sirkin, Pinales, Mezibov & Schwartz in Cincinnati] and affirmative action). His grants and contracts with government agencies(over $3,000,000 total) have dealt with race-relations, ways to increase diversity in the workforce, display evaluation, ways to improve the diagnosis of mental patients being treated under a case management system, and British Adolescentsí views of America, among others.