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Prof Nathan R Kuncel

Prof Nathan R Kuncel

Psychology N218 Elt H 75 E River Rd

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The structure and prediction of performance in academic and work settings. Validity of individual differences for predicting different aspects of performance. Specifically, the use of standardized tests (e.g., SAT, GRE, GMAT, PCAT, MAT), prior accomplishments (e.g., high school rank, extra-curricular accomplishments), and personality traits for predicting academic performance in college and graduate school. Also, personnel selection for managerial positions, personality measurement, meta-analytic methods, and training.


  • structure and prediction of academic and work performance
  • predictive validity of standardized tests and non-cognitive predictors

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2003.


  • In Hiring, Algorithms Beat Instinct: Kuncel, Nathan, David Klieger, Deniz Ones, Harvard Business Review, 92, 5 32. Link
  • Kuncel, Nathan Richard, Hezlett, S. (2007). Standardized tests predict graduate student success. Science. Download
  • Academic Performance, Career Potential, Creativity, and Job Performance: Can One Construct Predict Them All?: Kuncel, Nathan, Hezlett, S. & Ones, D., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86 148-161, 2004.
  • A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of the Predictive Validity of the Graduate Record Examinations: Implications for Graduate Student Selection and Performance: Kuncel, Nathan, Hezlett, S. & Ones, D., Psychological Bulletin, 127 62-81, 2001.


  • Cattell Early Career Research Award, 2009
  • Anne Anastasi Early Career Award, 2010
  • McKnight Presidential Fellow, 2009 - 2011
  • Fellow - Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2014
  • Fellow - Association for Psychological Science, 2014

Courses Taught

  • Directed Studies: Special Areas of Psychology and Related Sciences
  • Human Abilities Psy 5136
  • Psychology in the Workplace Psy 3711
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