Curriculum Vitae

Kira McCabe, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology and Human Development
Vanderbilt University


Ph.D. in Behavioural and Social Sciences, March 2015
University of Groningen
Advisors: Nico Van Yperen & Andrew Elliot, University of Rochester
Dissertation: The Role of Personality in the Pursuit of Context-Specific Goals

M.A. in Experimental Psychology, May 2009
Wake Forest University
Advisor: William Fleeson

B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, May 2007
Oglethorpe University
Advisor: John Carton


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Aug. 2016 to present
Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, Vanderbilt University
Supervisors: David Lubinski & Camilla Benbow

Research Fellow, YAPS-WA, Sept. 2013 to Jul. 2016
Murdoch University (Sept. 2013 to Jan. 2015)
Griffith University (Jan. 2015 to Jul. 2016)
Supervisors: Bonnie Barber & Kathryn Modecki

If you cannot access the post-print links, you may send me an e-mail to get a copy of publication for personal use only.

McCabe, K. O., Modecki, K. L., & Barber, B. L. (2016). Participation in Organized Activities Protects Against Adolescents’ Risky Substance Use, Even Beyond Development in Conscientiousness. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 2292–2306. doi:10.1007/s10964-016-0454-x (journal link) (pre-print pdf)

McCabe, K. O., & Fleeson, W. (2016). Are traits useful? Explaining trait manifestations as tools in the pursuit of goals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110(2), 287-301. doi:10.1037/a0039490 (journal link)

McCabe, K. O., Van Yperen, N. W., Verbraak, M, & Elliot, A. J. (2013). Big Five Personality Profiles of Context-Specific Achievement Goals. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 698–707. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2013.06.003 (journal link)

McCabe, K. O., & Fleeson W. (2012). What is Extraversion For? Integrating Trait and Motivational Perspectives and Identifying the Purpose of Extraversion. Psychological Science, 23, 1498-1505. doi:10.1177/0956797612444904 (journal link)

McCabe, K. O., Mack, L., & Fleeson, W. (2012). A guide to data cleaning in experience-sampling studies. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Daily Life. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

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