Katherine (Katie) Corker

Katherine (Katie) Corker

Assistant Professor

Office: 2128 AuSable Hall
Phone: 616-331-2932
email: corkerka@gvsu.edu



2012 — Doctor of Philosophy from Michigan State University, cum laude
2009 — Master of Arts from Michigan State University
2007 — Bachelor of Arts from University of Northern Iowa, summa cum laude



Katie Corker is a quantitative methodologist and assistant professor of psychology at Grand Valley State University. Her personality and social psychology research seeks to understand motivational differences between individuals. Katie also has active research interests that intersect with the open science and reproducibility in science movements. Together with others in the community (see improvingpsych.org), she is working to build and support structures that improve methods and practices in the field of psychology. 

Courses Taught

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

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: http://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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