About Dr Carolyn MacCann

My research focuses on emotional intelligence—the perception, understanding, and regulation of emotions. It includes the development of psychometric tests to assess emotional intelligence and related competencies, and the ways that these competencies act as critical determinants of human wellbeing. I am particularly interested in the way that emotional intelligence relates to processes of coping and emotion regulation over time, using experience sampling and related methods. A secondary research interest of mine is the development of psychometric tests, including novel assessment techniques such as situational judgment tests (SJTs), as well as the study of response distortion on rating scales of personality and related constructs.

I have expertise in psychometric test development, multivariate statistics, multi-level modelling, experience sampling method (ESM), and meta-analytic techniques.

Dr MacCann completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Educational Testing Service (Princeton, USA) and Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW, Sydney). She has an international reputation as an expert on emotional intelligence, test development and psychological assessment, serving a four year term as an associate editor for the European Journal of Psychological Assessment. Her research has attracted funding from the Australian Research Council and from private organisations (e.g., Chandler Macleod and DuPont Sustainable Solutions). MacCann is best known for her work on emotional intelligence, particularly for the development of the Situational Test of Emotion Management (STEM) and Situational Test of Emotion Understanding (STEU,) both of which are available in the public domain as free alternatives to commercial emotional intelligence tests that otherwise dominate research on ability-based emotional intelligence. She has played a pioneering role in advancing the theoretical and empirical status of ability emotional intelligence. Her research has shown that ability emotional intelligence forms a second-stratum factor of intelligence in the Catell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory of cognitive ability MacCann’s contributions in the area of individual differences extend beyond her research on emotional intelligence. She has also made large contributions to the measurement of a variety of non-cognitive psychological constructs (including time management, coping, teamwork and aspects of personality) using innovative measurement techniques. For example, in 2009, MacCann developed an eight facet measure of conscientiousness in collaboration with Prof Angela Duckworth and Dr Richard Roberts. 


Selected publications

1.     Elfenbein, H. A., & MacCann, C. (2017). A closer look at ability Emotional Intelligence (EI): What are its component parts, and how do they relate to each other? Social and Personality Psychology Compass, DOI: 10.1111/spc3.12324 

MacCann, C., Lievens, F., Libbrecht, N., & Roberts, R. D. (2016). Differences between multimedia and text-based assessments of emotion management: An exploration with the Multimedia Emotion Management Assessment (MEMA). Cognition and Emotion 30, 1317-1331. 

MacCann, C., Joseph, D., Newman, D., & Roberts, R. D. (2014). Emotional intelligence is a second-stratum factor of intelligence: Evidence from hierarchical and bifactor models. Emotion, 42, 358-374. 

MacCann, C., Fogarty, G. J., Zeidner, M., & Roberts, R. D. (2011). Coping mediates the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and academic achievement. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 36, 60-70. 

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.      

MacCann, C., Matthews, G., Wang, L., & Roberts, R. D. (2010). Emotional intelligence and the eye of the beholder: Comparing self- and parent-rated situational judgments in adolescents. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 673-676.      

MacCann, C., Duckworth, A. L., & Roberts, R. D. (2009) Empirical identification of the major facets of Conscientiousness. Learning and Individual Differences, 19, 451-458.  

MacCann, C., & Roberts, R. D. (2008). New paradigms for assessing emotional intelligence: Theory and data. Emotion, 8, 540-551.  

Roberts, R. D., 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, 663-669.  

MacCann, C., Roberts, R. D., Matthews, G., & Zeidner, M. (2004). Consensus scoring and empirical option weighting of performance-based Emotional Intelligence (EI) tests. Personality and Individual Differences, 36, 645-662.  

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