About Us

Dr. Paul Connolly

Dr. Paul Connolly  Performance Programs, Inc.

Performance Programs – psychologists, partners, collaborators, vendors!

At PPI we are all about assessments! Well-designed assessments can provide awareness, which can lead to well targeted actions that can improve performance.  We are a versatile source for HR and talent management.

We are industrial psychologists and survey professionals who provide individual and organizational assessments. Organizations and human resource consultants use our assessments to select, train and promote employees. They also use our standard and custom employee surveys, along with our extensive norm database, to understand employee engagement, commitment and morale. Others rely on us to enhance leadership development, coaching interventions and executive education.

We are experts in questionnaire and report design, survey administration, report preparation and interpretation to achieve reliable, valid, actionable survey results. As authorized distributors and certification training providers for Hogan Assessment Systems and Clark Wilson Group 360 Feedback we are highly experienced in helping organizations to be more effective in their own HR and development initiatives.

We work with many executive coaches, human resources professionals and management consultants, supporting their consulting assignments with information-gathering and analysis instruments.

Hundreds of organizations have guided their human resource management decisions by using Performance Programs, Inc. as their research partner. Our clients range from the world’s largest multinationals to small consulting firms, schools, hospitals, construction firms and many other organizations. We’ve surveyed more than 30,000 people at a time in twenty languages and we’ve surveyed groups as small as five.


Paul M. Connolly, Ph.D. founded Performance Programs, Inc. in 1987 to provide workplace surveys, personality tests, and executive assessments for organizations.

Dr. Connolly’s major expertise includes organizational measurement strategies, survey design and questionnaire development, 360 degree feedback, leadership assessment and leadership development. He has extensive training and experience in psychometrics. He co-authored many 360 feedback surveys with Dr. Clark Wilson, one of the originators of the 360 feedback concept. He has also facilitated the development of surveys with well known performance psychologist Dr. Jim Loehr, executive coach Dr. Wendy Alfus-Rothman, Bob Kaplan and Rob Kaiser of the management consulting firm, Kaplan-DeVries, Inc., keynote speaker Claudia Shelton, and leadership development expert Dr. Ginny Whitelaw. He has worked with many other human resource book authors and thought leaders in the Human Resources field.

Performance Programs, located in Old Saybrook, CT, delivers survey results for clients of all types, locations, sizes, and industries.

Dr. Connolly is an authorized training provider for Hogan Assessment Systems and has delivered dozens of certification workshops on the Hogan Personality Inventory, Hogan Development Survey and Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory.

Connolly is the author or co-author of seven books and many articles. He is a licensed psychologist and member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology.

He is a graduate of Holy Cross College and Fordham University, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in general psychology.

Prior to starting Performance Programs in 1987, Connolly was Director of Consulting Services for Management Decision Systems of Darien, CT, where he was responsible for customizing both survey programs and executive/management development training programs for Fortune 500 companies. Between 1980 and 1982, he was a consultant with Lopez and Associates of Long Island, NY, where he designed and implemented validated selection testing programs for companies under EEOC examination. His dissertation concerned selection of nuclear power plant operators.
Ph.D., General Psychology, Fordham University, 1983
M.A., General Psychology, Fordham University, 1979
B.A., Psychology, Holy Cross College, 1977