My research spans several related research areas of differential, educational, cognitive, applied experimental, and industrial and organizational psychology.
My research spans several related research areas of differential, educational, cognitive, applied experimental, and industrial and organizational psychology. Theory and empirical research I have conducted relates to the nature of adult learning, skill acquisition, student and employee selection, training, abilities, personality, and motivation. In collaboration with Professor Kanfer and our students, recent empirical research and theoretical contributions address the ability, motivation, personality, interest, and self-concept determinants of skilled performance and training success, and on the development and expression of intellectual competence in adulthood. Current research projects focus on age differences and gender differences in the breadth and depth of adult knowledge, and on the taxonomic nature of perceptual speed abilities and their role in the development of skilled performance.
American Educational Research Association American Psychological Association Fellow, Division 1 -- General Psychology Fellow, Division 3 -- Experimental Psychology Fellow, Division 5 -- Division of Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics Member, Division 15 -- Educational Psychology Fellow, Division 20 -- Adult Development and Aging Fellow, Division 21 -- Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology American Psychological Society (Charter Fellow) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (Fellow) International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) Division of Psychological Assessment and Evaluation International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID) National Council on Measurement in Education Psychonomic Society Sigma Xi
Office Location: 227 Psychology Building
Phone Number: 404/894-5611
My research examines the role of motivation, personality, emotion, and self-regulation in training, performance, and work transitions across the lifespan.
My research examines the role of motivation, personality, emotion, and self-regulation in training, performance, and work transitions across the lifespan. During the past few years, I have worked with other faculty and students on laboratory and field projects investigating the structure and influence of motivational traits (such as mastery, desire to learn, competitiveness, worry and emotionality) on goals and skill training, the personality-motivational determinants and consequences of job search behavior, and the predictive validity of traits for academic and job success. Current research interests also include emotion regulation, motivation in the aging workforce, and person determinants of contextual work behaviors. Support for this work has been provided by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
After graduating as a psychology major from Wellesley College in 2005 with a B.A., I worked as an IT consultant for Accenture where I played a role in software upgrades and changes for various clients. I enjoyed the work but found that I was more interested in the clients I was working with and the organizational changes that were occurring due to the software implementation provided by my consulting team. Only then did I learn that there was a field of psychology which focused on the workplace, and that I could obtain an advanced degree in I/O psychology which would allow me to work in that field. Having had minimal research experience during my undergraduate degree, I first worked as a research assistant for two years for a clinical research group at Massachusetts General Hospital which focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for individuals diagnosed with depression, in addition to health-related diagnoses. I then applied to various I/O programs with an eye on Georgia Tech for various reasons, including not only that the I/O program at Georgia Tech is a highly ranked program, but also that Atlanta is my home town. I am currently in my 3rd year at Georgia Tech, working in the Knowledge and Skill Laboratory under Drs. Ackerman and Kanfer. My master’s thesis explored the relationships between procrastination, self-regulation, and fatigue. My current research interests include the relationship between self-regulation and self-control, and implications for application to the workplace.
Erin Marie’s CV can be found here.
BA: Economics (Emory University)
BA: Psychology (Emory University)
MS: ‘Person and Professional Program Determinants of Health Provider Student Attitudes
toward Inter-professional Teamwork’
Research Interests: Team dynamics, processes, and performance
Accomplishment: Co-author with Dr. Kanfer on ‘Motivation in MTS’s’ chapter to appear in Multi-Team Systems Handbook, 2011 (Ed. Zaccaro, S.)
Symposium presentation at the 2012 SIOP: ‘Cross-Cultural Biodata: Toward a Common Ground’ (Kerry, M., Dainis, A., Kantrowitz, T.)
Matt’s CV can be found here.
Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1st Year)
Undergraduate University of Georgia
Research Interests: future time perspective, personality, self-regulation, decision-making
Current project: Future Time Perspective vs. Occupational Time Perspective
I have focused my current research on cognitive fatigue in the workplace. I am studying whether individual and contextual factors can be found to predict cognitive fatigue at work. I have also collected and analyzed data as part of a series of studies on inter-professional team training, and I am a student member of SIOP.
I received my B.S. in psychology from the University of Georgia in 2011 before joining the Knowledge and Skills Lab. My current research is on job calling, and individual differences for those who identify their work as a calling. I am also a graduate research assistant in the Electronic Systems Laboratory of GTRI and a student member of APS and SIOP.
I am 6th year student in Georgia Tech’s PhD program in industrial organizational psychology, with a minor in quantitative psychology. I attended Georgia Tech as an undergraduate, double-majoring in psychology and management. I worked for several years as a graduate research assistant in the Knowledge and Skill Lab. I spent two years as a graduate research assistant in Georgia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning where I assisted with assessment and data analysis for ongoing CETL projects. I completed my first semester of teaching as the instructor of record for a section of PSYC 1101 in Fall, 2011. I’m currently working as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Julia Melkers in Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy, where I’m assisting with a research project on the academic networks of STEM faculty. My master’s thesis involved an investigation of caffeine and cognitive fatigue. I am currently working on my dissertation project, which is a study of gender differences in the career paths of STEM academic faculty.
Sunni’s CV can be found here.
By the time I received a B.A. in English in 2007, I was already far more interested in psychology than in literature. I worked as a research assistant at the Providence (Rhode Island) VA Medical Center and Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies before joining the Knowledge and Skills Lab in 2011. My master’s thesis will examine academic self-concept under typical versus maximal environmental press. Research interests include individual differences in intellectual abilities and personality, and the intersection between the two.
I am a fourth-year student at Georgia Tech studying Psychology. I plan on pursuing I/O Psychology in the future.
I am a fourth year Psychology major at Georgia Tech. I plan to pursue a career in School Counseling.
I am a second year Biology major. I am particularly interested in Neurobiology in terms of self-regulation. I plan on attending Dental school in Fall 2014.
I attended Tulane University as an undergraduate, receiving my B.S. in psychology in the spring of 2006. While at Tulane, I worked as a research assistant on several different projects with students and faculty in the industrial – organizational psychology program, increasing my interest in this area of psychological research. I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab at Georgia Tech in the Fall of 2007. My master’s thesis analyzed the role of personality traits, time of day, and day of the week in predicting state subjective fatigue. My current research interests are focused on outcomes associated with disengaging from the work role during off-job time, strategies for managing the boundary between work and non-work life, and the contribution of off-job activities to recovery from work.
Charles’ CV can be found here.
Ph.D. student, Michigan State University
University of Iowa Currently Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, Auburn University
I am a fourth-year Applied Mathematics major with a pre-med focus. I am currently applying to medical schools across the country. This is my second semester in lab and I love every day of it.
I completed my undergraduate degree in 2007 from Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Applied Psychology. I decided to continue my education at Georgia Tech and began my graduate career in August of 2008. My current research interests lie within the individual differences domain, specifically gender differences in spatial and psychocomotor abilities.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant
Morehouse College student
4th Year Psychology
May 2009-December 2010
I am a second year psychology student at Georgia Tech, and it is my first time participating in a psychology lab.
I am a third year Biomedical Engineering student with a concentration in Biopsychology. I plan on attending medical school in the Fall of 2013. Before becoming an undergraduate research assistant at the Knowledge and Skill Laboratory, I worked for a nanotechnology lab in Orlando, Florida, where I’m from.