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.
BS: Psychology (Louisiana State University, 2014)
Graduate Major: Psychology (Industrial / Organizational)
I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in the summer of 2014. My interests include motivation, self-regulation and resource allocation.
B.A. Birmingham-Southern College (2013)
Graduate Major: Psychology (Industrial/Organizational)
I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in the summer of 2014. My research interests include gender differences, self-concept, and individual differences.
I joined the Kanfer-Ackerman lab in the summer of 2014. My research interests include employee well-being, self-regulation, and affective processes within job loss/job search.
I joined the Knowledge Skill and Work Well-Being lab in the summer of 2013. My current research interests include motivation, career and life stages, and teams.
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.
My research focuses on the motivational experience of individuals working within teams. My master’s thesis investigated the personality traits and teamwork mechanisms that contribute to or minimize cognitive fatigue in the workplace. I have also studied how attitudes, traits, and experiences may impact team training readiness among medical and nursing students, in a multi-year collaboration with Emory University’s Schools of Medicine and Nursing. My current area of research is in identifying the person and context factors determining resource allocation decisions in scientific innovation teams and multiteam systems. For this study, I am overseeing a larger, 2-year research project exploring the determinants of multiteam innovation, funded through the National Science Foundation. My professional affiliations include the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGroup).
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 joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in Fall 2011 and received an M.S. in Spring 2013. My primary research interests are in differential psychology, focusing on the interplay between cognitive abilities, non-ability traits (e.g., personality, self-concept), domain knowledge, and motivation. I am interested in the ways in which a more complete understanding of these factors can lead to better prediction and modeling of human performance — whether in the workplace, in the classroom, or in other areas of life and society.
I am a senior Psychology student at Georgia State University with a background in web software development. I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in the Summer of 2013, and I am interested in studying work meaningfulness, skill acquisition, and psychometric design.
I’m a senior at Agnes Scott College, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Organizational Management. I plan to pursue a career in I/O Psychology.
I am a psychology graduate from Georgia State University. I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in the Summer of 2014. I plan to pursue further education in I/O Psychology.
I am junior psychology major/stats minor at Georgia State University. I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in Spring 2014 and hope to ultimately pursue an applied career in I/O psychology. I am primarily interested in women in the workplace.
I am a senior at Georgia Tech, majoring in Biology with a certificate in Social/Personality Psychology. I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in the Summer of 2014. My research interests include psychophysiology, and I hope to attend medical school in the future.
I’m a second year Georgia Tech student majoring in industrial engineering and psychology. I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in the Spring of 2012, and my research interests include behavioral analysis and industrial/organizational psychology.