Samuel McAbee

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
B.A. Psychology, University of California, Irvine, 2007
M.S. I/O Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, 2011
Ph.D. I/O Psychology, Rice University, 2014

Phone: (419) 372-4337
Office: Room 236, Psychology Building
Lab Page: N/A

Taking Graduate Students? Yes
Sponsoring Undergraduate Research? Yes

Research Interests:

  • Personnel Selection
  • Psychological Measurement
  • Individual Differences
  • Research Methodology and Design

My research interests can be distilled into two general areas of pursuit: the study of individual differences in personality and cognitive ability, and the methods used to measure these psychological characteristics in applied contexts; and identifying the various psychological characteristics that contribute to our understanding of human performance (e.g., job performance, college student success). My first area of interest involves the development and evaluation of psychological measures for use in applied settings (e.g., workplace, education, military). My research in this area has examined issues related to the development and application of short alternatives to longer psychological measures across a number of substantive domains (e.g., personality traits, working memory capacity), and the application of bifactor models to personality measures. Other interests include the examination of measurement invariance/equivalence and subgroup bias in psychological measures, and the commensurability of alternative measures of personality for predicting academically and organizationally relevant performance outcomes. My second area of interest involves the study of personality in workplace and educational contexts. Issues include the use of broad versus narrow personality traits for prediction, the use of observer reports to inform selection and admissions decisions, and how distal personality factors influence student and employee outcomes.

Selected Publications:

Connelly, B. S., McAbee, S. T., Oh, I-S., Jung, Y., & Jung, C-W. (2022). A multirater perspective on personality and performance: An empirical examination of the Trait-Reputation-Identity Model. Journal of Applied Psychology, 107, 1352-1368. doi:10.1037/apl0000732 

Ellington, J. K., McAbee, S. T., Landis, R. S., & Mead, A. D. (2021). I only have one rater per ratee, so what? The impact of clustered performance rating data on operational validity estimates. Journal of Business and Psychology, 36, 33-54. doi:10.1007/s10869-019-09665-4

Ock, J., McAbee, S. T., *Mulfinger, E., & Oswald, F. L. (2020). The practical effects of measurement invariance: Gender invariance in two Big Five personality measures. Assessment, 27, 657-674. doi:10.1177/1073191119885018 

Biderman, M. D., McAbee, S. T., Hendy, N. T., & Chen, Z. J. (2019). Validity of evaluative factors from Big Five and HEXACO questionnaires. Journal of Research in Personality, 80, 84-96. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2019.04.010 

McAbee, S. T., Casillas, A., Way, J. D., & *Guo, F. (2019). The HEXACO model in education and work: Current applications and future directions. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 227, 174-185. doi:10.1027/2151-2604/a000376 

McAbee, S. T., Landis, R. S., & *Burke, M. I. (2017). Inductive reasoning: The promise of big data. Human Resource Management Review, 27, 277-290. doi:10.​1016/​j.​hrmr.​2016.​08.​005 

McAbee, S. T., & Connelly, B. S. (2016). A multi-rater framework for studying personality: The Trait-Reputation-Identity Model. Psychological Review, 123, 569-591. doi:10.1037/rev0000035 

Courses Taught:

  • PSYC 6670 Statistical Theory I (Correlation & Regression) (graduate)
  • PSYC 7540 Criterion Theory & Development (graduate)
  • PSYC 7560 Organizational Staffing (graduate)
  • PSYC 7800 Research Methods in I-O Psychology (graduate)
  • PSYC 7800 Psychometrics (graduate)

Updated: 01/11/2024 12:46PM