Dr Carolyn MacCann

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

I am a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney. 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.

Research interests

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.

Teaching and supervision

I am the primary supervisor of the following students:

Indako Clarke: Individual Differences in Self-Handicapping

Kirill Fayn: Appraisals, Openness, and the Aesthetic Experience

Caroline Fielden: The objective measurement of Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory personality: A dynamic systems approach

Lisa Kim: Student-Teacher Personality Fit and Academic Outcomes

I lecture in the following units of study:

(1) Psychology IV; Honors Program Level: Psychometrics; Individual Differences seminar series; Profesional Issues

(2) Psychology III; Senior Psychology Level: Personality and intelligence II (PSYC3015)

(3) Psychology II; Intermediate Psychology Level: Personality and Intelligence I (PSYC2014)

In the media

  1. Half-hour interview for Radio NZ National (Monday 11th February 2013): “Letting your feelings decide” http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/audio/2546128/letting-your-feelings-decide
  2. Appeared on ABC TV’s “Big Ideas (13th Novmber, 2012). see http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2012/11/12/3629106.htm and http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/series/big%20ideas
  3. Research Bites - Dr Carolyn MacCann - Emotional Intelligence: what is it?

Selected grants

2012

  • Re-entry Fellowship; MacCann C; Faculty of Science/Re-entry Fellowship.

Selected publications & creative works

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Edited Books

  • Ziegler, M., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2012). New perspectives on faking in personality assessments. United States of America: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Lipnevich, A., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2013). Assessing Non-Cognitive Constructs in Education: A Review of Traditional and Innovative Approaches. In Donald H Saklofske, Cecil R Reynolds, Vicki L Schwean (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment, (pp. 750-772). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • MacCann, C., Ziegler, M., Roberts, R. (2012). Faking in personality assessment: Reflections and recommendations. In Ziegler, M; MacCann, C; and Roberts, R. D. (Eds.), New perspectives on faking in personality assessments, (pp. 309-329). United States of America: Oxford University Press.
  • Ziegler, M., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2012). Faking: Knowns, unknowns, and points of contention. In Ziegler, M; MacCann, C; and Roberts, R. D. (Eds.), New perspectives on faking in personality assessments, (pp. 3-18). United States of America: Oxford University Press.
  • Burrus, J., MacCann, C., Kyllonen, P., Roberts, R. (2011). Noncognitive Constructs in K-16: Assessments, Interventions, Educational and Policy Implications. In P. J. Bowman, E. P. St John (Eds.), Diversity, Merit, and Higher Education: Toward a Comprehensive Agenda for the 21st Century, (pp. 233-274). Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press, Inc.
  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2010). Do Time Management, Grit, and Self-Control relate to academic achievement independently of Conscientiousness? In Richard E Hicks (Eds.), Personality and Individual Differences: Current Directions, (pp. 79-90). Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Games, N., Fogarty, G., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2010). Emotional intelligence, coping and school performance. In Richard E Hicks (Eds.), Personality and Individual Differences: Current Directions, (pp. 69-78). Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Orchard, B., MacCann, C., Schulze, R., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M., Roberts, R. (2009). New Directions and Alternative Approaches to the Measurement of Emotional Intelligence. In Stough, C; Saklofske, D.H; Parker, J.D.A. (Eds.), Assessing Emotional Intelligence: Theory, Research, and Applications, (pp. 321-344). New York: Springer.
  • MacCann, C., Schulze, R., Matthews, G., Zeldner, M., Roberts, R. (2008). Emotional Intelligence as Pop Science, Misled Science, and Sound Science: A Review and Critical Synthesis of Perspectives from the Field of Psychology. In Nicole C. Karafyllis, Gotlind Ulshofer (Eds.), Sexualized Brains: Scientific Modeling of Emotional Intelligence from a Cultural Perspective, (pp. 131-148). Cambridge, United States: MIT Press.
  • Roberts, R., Schulze, R., MacCann, C. (2008). The Measurement of Emotional Intelligence: A Decade of Progress? In Gregory J Boyle, Gerald Matthews, Donald H Saklofske (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Personality Measurement and Testing (Volume 2), (pp. 461-482). United States: Sage Publications.

Journals

  • MacCann, C., Joseph, D., Newman, D., Roberts, R. (2014). Emotional Intelligence Is a Second-Stratum Factor of Intelligence: Evidence From Hierarchical and Bifactor Models. Emotion, 14(2), 358-374. [More Information]
  • Fogarty, G., Davies, J., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2014). Self- versus parent-ratings of industriousness, affect, and life satisfaction in relation to academic outcomes. British Journal of Educational Psychology, Early view. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Burrows, C. (2013). Does self-report emotional intelligence incrementally predict student affective outcomes and GPA beyond Five-Factor personality? The Psychology of Education Review, 37(2), 33-39.
  • MacCann, C. (2013). Instructed faking of the HEXACO reduces facet reliability and involves more Gc than Gf. Personality and Individual Differences, 55(7), 828-833. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2013). Just as smart but not as successful: obese students obtain lower school grades but equivalent test scores to nonobese students. International Journal of Obesity, 37(1), 40-46. [More Information]
  • Comensoli, A., MacCann, C. (2013). Misconstruing methods and meaning in the General Factor of Personality. International Journal of Psychology, 48(4), 625-630. [More Information]
  • Mullan, B., Wong, C., Kothe, E., MacCann, C. (2013). Predicting breakfast consumption: A comparison of the theory of planned behaviour and the health action process approach. British Food Journal, 115(11), 1638-1657. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Matthews, G., Roberts, R. (2012). Casting the first stone of validity standards: A less critical perspective of the MSCEIT. Emotion Review, 4(4), 409-410. [More Information]
  • Burrus, J., Betancourt, A., Holtzman, S., Minsky, J., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2012). Emotional intelligence relates to well-being: Evidence from the Situational Judgment Test of Emotional Management. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 4(2), 151-166. [More Information]
  • Lipnevich, A., MacCann, C., Bertling, J., Naemi, B., Roberts, R. (2012). Emotional reactions toward school situations: Relationships with academic outcomes. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30(4), 387-401. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Lipnevich, A., Roberts, R. (2012). New Directions in Assessing Emotional Competencies From Kindergarten to College. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30(4), 315-319. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Fogarty, G., Roberts, R. (2012). Strategies for success in education: Time management is more important for part-time than full-time students. Learning and Individual Differences, 22(5), 618-623. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Lipnevich, A., Burrus, J., Roberts, R. (2012). The best years of our lives? Coping with stress predicts school grades, life satisfaction, and feelings about high school. Learning and Individual Differences, 22(2), 235-241. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Fogarty, G., Zeidner, M., Roberts, R. (2011). Coping mediates the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and academic achievement. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 36(1), 60-70. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Pearce, N., Roberts, R. (2011). Emotional Intelligence as Assessed by Situational Judgment and Emotion Recognition Tests: Building the Nomological Net. Psychological Topics (Psihologijske Teme), 20(3), 393-412.
  • Lipnevich, A., MacCann, C., Krumm, S., Burrus, J., Roberts, R. (2011). Mathematics attitudes and mathematics outcomes of U.S. and Belarusian middle school students. Journal of Educational Psychology, 103(1), 105-118. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2010). Development of a student health assessment system: Health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in middle-schoolers. ETS Research Report Series, RR 10-04, online-online.
  • Newman, D., Joseph, D., MacCann, C. (2010). Emotional Intelligence and Job Performance: The Importance of Emotion Regulation and Emotional Labor Context. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 3, 159-164.
  • MacCann, C., Wang, L., Matthews, G., Roberts, R. (2010). Emotional intelligence and the eye of the beholder: Comparing self- and parent-rated situational judgments in adolescents. Journal of Research in Personality, 44(5), 673-676. [More Information]
  • Roberts, R., MacCann, C., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M. (2010). Emotional Intelligence: Toward a Consensus of Models and Measures. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10, 821-840.
  • MacCann, C. (2010). Further examination of emotional intelligence as a standard intelligence: A latent variable analysis of fluid intelligence, crystallized intelligence, and emotional intelligence. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 490-496. [More Information]
  • Roberts, R., MacCann, C., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M. (2010). Teaching and Learning Guide for: Emotional Intelligence: Towards a consensus of models and measures. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4(10), 968-981. [More Information]
  • Wang, L., MacCann, C., Zhuang, X., Liu, O., Roberts, R. (2009). Assessing Teamwork and Collaboration in High School Students: A Multimethod Approach. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 24(2), 108-124. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Duckworth, A., Roberts, R. (2009). Empirical identification of the major facets of Conscientiousness. Learning and Individual Differences, 19(4), 451-458. [More Information]
  • Liu, O., Rijmen, F., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2009). The assessment of time management in middle-school students. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(3), 174-179. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2008). New paradigms for assessing emotional intelligence: Theory and data. Emotion, 8(4), 540-551. [More Information]
  • Roberts, R., Schulze, R., O'Brien, K., MacCann, C., Reid, J., Maul, A. (2006). Exploring the validity of the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) with established emotions measures. Emotion, 6(4), 663-669. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M. (2004). Consensus Scoring And Empirical Option Weighting Of Performance-Based Emotional Intelligence (Ei) Tests. Personality and Individual Differences, 36(3), 645-662.
  • Zeidner, M., Matthews, G., Roberts, R., MacCann, C. (2003). Development of emotional intelligence: towards a multi-level investment model. Human Development, 46(2-3), 69-96.
  • MacCann, C., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M., Roberts, R. (2003). Psychological assessment of emotional intelligence: a review of self-report and performance-based testing. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 11(3), 247-274.

Research Reports

  • Zhuang, X., MacCann, C., Wang, L., Liu, O., Roberts, R. (2008). Development and Validity Evidence Supporting a Teamwork and Collaboration Assessment for High School Students, ETS RR-08-50, (pp. 1 - 50). Princeton, NJ, USA, United States of America: ETS.

2014

  • MacCann, C., Joseph, D., Newman, D., Roberts, R. (2014). Emotional Intelligence Is a Second-Stratum Factor of Intelligence: Evidence From Hierarchical and Bifactor Models. Emotion, 14(2), 358-374. [More Information]
  • Fogarty, G., Davies, J., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2014). Self- versus parent-ratings of industriousness, affect, and life satisfaction in relation to academic outcomes. British Journal of Educational Psychology, Early view. [More Information]

2013

  • Lipnevich, A., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2013). Assessing Non-Cognitive Constructs in Education: A Review of Traditional and Innovative Approaches. In Donald H Saklofske, Cecil R Reynolds, Vicki L Schwean (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment, (pp. 750-772). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • MacCann, C., Burrows, C. (2013). Does self-report emotional intelligence incrementally predict student affective outcomes and GPA beyond Five-Factor personality? The Psychology of Education Review, 37(2), 33-39.
  • MacCann, C. (2013). Instructed faking of the HEXACO reduces facet reliability and involves more Gc than Gf. Personality and Individual Differences, 55(7), 828-833. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2013). Just as smart but not as successful: obese students obtain lower school grades but equivalent test scores to nonobese students. International Journal of Obesity, 37(1), 40-46. [More Information]
  • Comensoli, A., MacCann, C. (2013). Misconstruing methods and meaning in the General Factor of Personality. International Journal of Psychology, 48(4), 625-630. [More Information]
  • Mullan, B., Wong, C., Kothe, E., MacCann, C. (2013). Predicting breakfast consumption: A comparison of the theory of planned behaviour and the health action process approach. British Food Journal, 115(11), 1638-1657. [More Information]

2012

  • MacCann, C., Matthews, G., Roberts, R. (2012). Casting the first stone of validity standards: A less critical perspective of the MSCEIT. Emotion Review, 4(4), 409-410. [More Information]
  • Burrus, J., Betancourt, A., Holtzman, S., Minsky, J., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2012). Emotional intelligence relates to well-being: Evidence from the Situational Judgment Test of Emotional Management. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 4(2), 151-166. [More Information]
  • Lipnevich, A., MacCann, C., Bertling, J., Naemi, B., Roberts, R. (2012). Emotional reactions toward school situations: Relationships with academic outcomes. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30(4), 387-401. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Ziegler, M., Roberts, R. (2012). Faking in personality assessment: Reflections and recommendations. In Ziegler, M; MacCann, C; and Roberts, R. D. (Eds.), New perspectives on faking in personality assessments, (pp. 309-329). United States of America: Oxford University Press.
  • Ziegler, M., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2012). Faking: Knowns, unknowns, and points of contention. In Ziegler, M; MacCann, C; and Roberts, R. D. (Eds.), New perspectives on faking in personality assessments, (pp. 3-18). United States of America: Oxford University Press.
  • MacCann, C., Lipnevich, A., Roberts, R. (2012). New Directions in Assessing Emotional Competencies From Kindergarten to College. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30(4), 315-319. [More Information]
  • Ziegler, M., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2012). New perspectives on faking in personality assessments. United States of America: Oxford University Press.
  • MacCann, C., Fogarty, G., Roberts, R. (2012). Strategies for success in education: Time management is more important for part-time than full-time students. Learning and Individual Differences, 22(5), 618-623. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Lipnevich, A., Burrus, J., Roberts, R. (2012). The best years of our lives? Coping with stress predicts school grades, life satisfaction, and feelings about high school. Learning and Individual Differences, 22(2), 235-241. [More Information]

2011

  • MacCann, C., Fogarty, G., Zeidner, M., Roberts, R. (2011). Coping mediates the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and academic achievement. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 36(1), 60-70. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Pearce, N., Roberts, R. (2011). Emotional Intelligence as Assessed by Situational Judgment and Emotion Recognition Tests: Building the Nomological Net. Psychological Topics (Psihologijske Teme), 20(3), 393-412.
  • Lipnevich, A., MacCann, C., Krumm, S., Burrus, J., Roberts, R. (2011). Mathematics attitudes and mathematics outcomes of U.S. and Belarusian middle school students. Journal of Educational Psychology, 103(1), 105-118. [More Information]
  • Burrus, J., MacCann, C., Kyllonen, P., Roberts, R. (2011). Noncognitive Constructs in K-16: Assessments, Interventions, Educational and Policy Implications. In P. J. Bowman, E. P. St John (Eds.), Diversity, Merit, and Higher Education: Toward a Comprehensive Agenda for the 21st Century, (pp. 233-274). Brooklyn, NY: AMS Press, Inc.

2010

  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2010). Development of a student health assessment system: Health knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in middle-schoolers. ETS Research Report Series, RR 10-04, online-online.
  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2010). Do Time Management, Grit, and Self-Control relate to academic achievement independently of Conscientiousness? In Richard E Hicks (Eds.), Personality and Individual Differences: Current Directions, (pp. 79-90). Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Newman, D., Joseph, D., MacCann, C. (2010). Emotional Intelligence and Job Performance: The Importance of Emotion Regulation and Emotional Labor Context. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 3, 159-164.
  • MacCann, C., Wang, L., Matthews, G., Roberts, R. (2010). Emotional intelligence and the eye of the beholder: Comparing self- and parent-rated situational judgments in adolescents. Journal of Research in Personality, 44(5), 673-676. [More Information]
  • Games, N., Fogarty, G., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2010). Emotional intelligence, coping and school performance. In Richard E Hicks (Eds.), Personality and Individual Differences: Current Directions, (pp. 69-78). Australia: Australian Academic Press.
  • Roberts, R., MacCann, C., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M. (2010). Emotional Intelligence: Toward a Consensus of Models and Measures. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 10, 821-840.
  • MacCann, C. (2010). Further examination of emotional intelligence as a standard intelligence: A latent variable analysis of fluid intelligence, crystallized intelligence, and emotional intelligence. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 490-496. [More Information]
  • Roberts, R., MacCann, C., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M. (2010). Teaching and Learning Guide for: Emotional Intelligence: Towards a consensus of models and measures. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4(10), 968-981. [More Information]

2009

  • Wang, L., MacCann, C., Zhuang, X., Liu, O., Roberts, R. (2009). Assessing Teamwork and Collaboration in High School Students: A Multimethod Approach. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 24(2), 108-124. [More Information]
  • MacCann, C., Duckworth, A., Roberts, R. (2009). Empirical identification of the major facets of Conscientiousness. Learning and Individual Differences, 19(4), 451-458. [More Information]
  • Orchard, B., MacCann, C., Schulze, R., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M., Roberts, R. (2009). New Directions and Alternative Approaches to the Measurement of Emotional Intelligence. In Stough, C; Saklofske, D.H; Parker, J.D.A. (Eds.), Assessing Emotional Intelligence: Theory, Research, and Applications, (pp. 321-344). New York: Springer.
  • Liu, O., Rijmen, F., MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2009). The assessment of time management in middle-school students. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(3), 174-179. [More Information]

2008

  • Zhuang, X., MacCann, C., Wang, L., Liu, O., Roberts, R. (2008). Development and Validity Evidence Supporting a Teamwork and Collaboration Assessment for High School Students, ETS RR-08-50, (pp. 1 - 50). Princeton, NJ, USA, United States of America: ETS.
  • MacCann, C., Schulze, R., Matthews, G., Zeldner, M., Roberts, R. (2008). Emotional Intelligence as Pop Science, Misled Science, and Sound Science: A Review and Critical Synthesis of Perspectives from the Field of Psychology. In Nicole C. Karafyllis, Gotlind Ulshofer (Eds.), Sexualized Brains: Scientific Modeling of Emotional Intelligence from a Cultural Perspective, (pp. 131-148). Cambridge, United States: MIT Press.
  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R. (2008). New paradigms for assessing emotional intelligence: Theory and data. Emotion, 8(4), 540-551. [More Information]
  • Roberts, R., Schulze, R., MacCann, C. (2008). The Measurement of Emotional Intelligence: A Decade of Progress? In Gregory J Boyle, Gerald Matthews, Donald H Saklofske (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Personality Measurement and Testing (Volume 2), (pp. 461-482). United States: Sage Publications.

2006

  • Roberts, R., Schulze, R., O'Brien, K., MacCann, C., Reid, J., Maul, A. (2006). Exploring the validity of the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) with established emotions measures. Emotion, 6(4), 663-669. [More Information]

2004

  • MacCann, C., Roberts, R., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M. (2004). Consensus Scoring And Empirical Option Weighting Of Performance-Based Emotional Intelligence (Ei) Tests. Personality and Individual Differences, 36(3), 645-662.

2003

  • Zeidner, M., Matthews, G., Roberts, R., MacCann, C. (2003). Development of emotional intelligence: towards a multi-level investment model. Human Development, 46(2-3), 69-96.
  • MacCann, C., Matthews, G., Zeidner, M., Roberts, R. (2003). Psychological assessment of emotional intelligence: a review of self-report and performance-based testing. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 11(3), 247-274.

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