Katherine (Katie) Corker

Katherine (Katie) Corker

Associate Professor - Quantitative, Social, and Personality Psychology

  • Ph.D., Social and Personality Psychology, Michigan State University, Cum Laude
  • M.A., Social and Personality Psychology, Michigan State University
  • B.A., Psychology, with Honors, University of Northern Iowa, Summa Cum Laude

Early Career Scholar Award 2019

Office: 2128 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-2932

Email: [email protected]



Early Career Scholar Award 2019


Social, Personality, Quantitative

Courses Taught

PSY 300 - Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 400 - Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 410 - Tests and Measurements
PSY 492 - Advanced General: The Capstone
PSY 510 - Tests and Measurements

Research Interests

Katherine Corker's research seeks to understand motivational differences between individuals, as well as the processes that explain how motivational variables are associated with consequential life outcomes like academic achievement, health, and career choice.

She is also interested in studying how motivational variables change and develop across the lifespan with a particular focus on goal development in adolescence and young adulthood. Accordingly, her research exists squarely in the space between personality and social psychology, bridging the gap from person to situation and vice versa.

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations

Spellman, B. A., Gilbert, E. A., & Corker, K. S. (In press). Open science: What, why, and how. In E. J. Wagenmakers (Ed.) Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, 4th Edition. [Preprint at https://osf.io/preprints/psyarxiv/ak6jr]

Ruchensky, J., Edens, J. F., Corker, K. S., Donnellan, M. B., Witt, E. A., & Blonigen, D. M. (In press). Evaluating the structure of psychopathic personality traits: A meta-analysis of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory. Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1037/pas0000520 [Preprint at https://psyarxiv.com/5dy7m]

Corker, K. S., & Donnellan, M. B. (In press). Person-situation transactions across the lifespan. In J. F. Rauthmann, R. A. Sherman, & D. C. Funder (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Psychological Situations. [Preprint at https://osf.io/aevup/]

Lynott, D., Corker, K. S., Connell, L., & O’Brien, K. (2017). The effect of haptic and ambient temperature experience on prosocial behaviour. Archives of Scientific Psychology, 5, 10-18. [OA copy at: https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2017-22839-001.pdf]

Corker, K. S., Donnellan, M. B., Kim, S. Y., Schwartz, S. J., & Zamboanga, B. L. (2017). College student samples are not always equivalent: The magnitude of personality differences across colleges and universities. Journal of Personality, 85, 123-135. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12224 [Preprint at https://osf.io/if7ug/]

Corker, K. S. (In press). Janet Hyde (1986). In T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. Springer. [Preprint at https://osf.io/4uwte/]

*Finnigan, K. M., & Corker, K. S. (2016). Do performance-avoidance goals moderate the effect of different types of stereotype threat on women’s math performance? Journal of Research in Personality, 63, 36-43. [Preprint at https://osf.io/kvyhb/]

Donnellan, M. B., & Corker, K. S. (2015). The science of situations and the integration of personality and social psychology. European Journal of Personality, 29, 388-389. [commentary on Rauthmann, Sherman, & Funder, 2015 target article; Preprint at https://osf.io/n4atd/]

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