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.
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.
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.
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 web software developer and senior Psychology student at Georgia State University, and I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in the Summer of 2013. I’m interested in studying work engagement, social desirability bias, and psychometric design.
I am a University of Georgia alum working in the recruiting and professional development field. I joined the Knowledge and Skill Lab in Spring of 2014 to further my understanding of psychological research. I am particularly interested in research in hiring, training and motivation, work transitions, organizational change, and the effects of globalization in regards to human capital.
I am a 3rd year psych major/statistics minor at UGA and will be working in the Knowledge and Skill Lab for Summer 2014. My research interests include: job burnout, motivation, employment selection, work flow, and applied psychometrics. In the future, I hope to get my PhD in I/O and work in an applied setting.
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’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.