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.

Assoc Prof Carolyn MacCann is a researcher in The School of Psychology
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