About Dr Carolyn MacCann

I like the puzzle of working out why people behave the way they do, and how an understanding these behavioural tendencies and motivations can be used to help people achieve their full potential.

I study psychological assessment and individual differences, focusing on how social and emotional traits contribute to success in education and work outcomes.

My research focuses on the measurement of non-cognitive psychological constructs such as emotion management, emotional understanding, time management, coping, teamwork, and aspects of personality. I am interested in innovative measurement techniques such as situational judgment testing, and in addressing response distortion in personality testing. In particular, my research aims to understand the interactions of social and emotional skills with personality traits, coping styles, and situational appraisals in predicting academic and workplace success.

I received my PhD in psychology from the University of Sydney in 2006. Since then, I have worked as a post-doctoral fellow for the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ, U.S.A.) and the Accelerated Learning Laboratory (University of NSW, Sydney, Australia). I have also worked as a psychometrician and test developer for two Sydney-based HR firms, and as a research officer for the NSW Board of Studies. I am currently a lecturer at the School of Psychology, University of Sydney.

My research has been used for job selection as well as educational interventions aimed at self-awareness and skill development through individually tailored feedback and action plans.

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Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Dr MacCann's publications, please visit her Faculty of Science profile page.