Prior to returning to the University of Minnesota he was faculty at the University of Illinois. Nathan’s research focuses on, broadly, how individual characteristics (intelligence, personality, interests) influence subsequent work, academic, and life success as well as efforts to model and measure success.
His staffing research focuses on the predictive power of different characteristics, effective measurement of cognitive and non-cognitive characteristics, and the effects of decision making on the utility of hiring and admissions decisions. His research has appeared in Science, Harvard Business Review, Psychological Bulletin, Review of Educational Research, Psychological Science, and Perspectives on Psychological Science, among others. He edited the Industrial and Organizational section of the 3-volume APA Handbook of Testing and Assessment in Psychology.
Nathan is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science. He received both the Cattell Research Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology and the Anne Anastasi Award from the American Psychological Association – Division 5, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics.