D.A. Blankinship holds bachelor and masters degrees in psychology. At the doctoral-level, he specialized in group therapy, and testing & measurement. He did a lot of work in advanced analysis and had fun, but he soon discovered the topic is a real conversation-stopper at coffee breaks.
Dave worked as a clinical psychologist, a research psychologist with the U.S. Army, and as a Washington, DC-based Department of Defense research
consultant. When he worked for the Army, he studied leadership factors and soldier's performance. When he worked in DC, he developed models of what makes an Army unit effective and how families affect combat soldiers:
families are profoundly important. This research influenced the selection of units to be deployed in Desert Shield/Storm. Dave has worked at the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and at a California State University campus. He has a
continuing interest in academic excellence and Dave is particularly fascinated by how universities support/inhibit excellence among the faculty.
The national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi funded his research in that area.
Dave is the CEO of The Praxis Ethiopia Foundation, where he works to promote, support, and honor community-driven poverty reduction in Ethiopia and sub-Sahara Africa.
Biography provided by the author, June 2008.