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Washington, DC – The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) announces that Timothy J. Muckle, Ph.D. will be joining the BPS staff as Senior Psychometrician effective October 30, 2017. Dr. Muckle earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, IL and has 17 years of psychometric experience; from 2008 he served as the Senior Director of Testing and Research for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists. Dr. Muckle’s work there involved managing test development and psychometric quality of a several credentialing examinations, the development of innovative item types, technical reporting and documentation, spearheading an exam-related research agenda, and the proposal of specifications for a new recertification assessment.

From 2004 to 2008 Dr. Muckle served as a psychometrician with Pearson Vue where his clients included the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA), National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test Consortium (UKCAT), American Board of Podiatric Surgeons (ABPS), and the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).

Siddiq Kassam, MS will join the BPS staff in the position of Test Developer. Kassam was formerly an Associate Psychometrician at PSI Services LLC. In that role he facilitated and managed job analyses, exam development, subject-matter expert meetings, market research and body of knowledge studies. He received his MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore. He has experience working with a variety of certification clients in the technology, health care and construction industries and will begin working with BPS on November 6, 2017.

Anjali Weber, MS, CAE BPS Director for Psychometric and testing Services commented, “We are excited to welcome two very experienced professionals to the BPS team.  As BPS continues to grow, it is an opportune time for us to develop the in-house capability to manage exam development of our certification programs, and to invest and explore new processes and modes of testing to better serve our stakeholders.”


About The Board of Pharmacy Specialties ®

The Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) was established in 1976 as an autonomous division of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  The mission of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties is to improve patient care and increase awareness of the need for BPS Board Certified Pharmacists as integral members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams through recognition and promotion of specialized training, knowledge, and skills in pharmacy and specialty board certification and recertification of pharmacists throughout the world.


Board Certification through BPS has become recognized as the gold standard for determining which pharmacists are qualified to contribute at advanced practice levels as a result of the rigorous standards mandated by BPS board certification and recertification. Today BPS recognizes eleven pharmacy specialties and over 31,000 pharmacists worldwide hold BPS certification.