Dr Lisa Kim



I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Education and a Chartered Psychologist in the UK. With my research background in personality psychology, I examine which student and teacher personality characteristics are important for student educational experiences and outcomes in secondary and tertiary levels of education. In recent research, I have explored how students perceive a teacher differently to how teachers perceive themselves. I have also examined how the contextualisation of personality assessments may affect how teachers perceive themselves.

My research contribution to the Teacher Select Project, funded by the European Research Council Consolidator Grant, involves further developing and refining situational judgement tests as a method of selecting initial teacher education trainees. The assessment of individuals’ non-cognitive characteristics (such as empathy and adaptability) is the focus of this project.


Departmental roles

  • Chair, Department of Education's Early Career Researcher's Forum
  • Core Member of the Department of Education's Research Committee
  • Organiser of the Department of Education's Research Methodology Brownbag

University roles

  • Social Science Representative of University of York's Concordat Implementation Group



My research interests include:

  • Student and teacher non-cognitive characteristics, particularly personality
  • Situational judgement tests
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Personnel selection


My recent publications include:

  • Kim, L. E. & Klassen, R. M. (2018). Teachers’ processing of complex school-based scenarios: Differences across experience levels. Teaching and Teacher Education. 73, 215-226. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2018.04.006
  • Kim, L. E., Dar-Nimrod, I., & MacCann, C. (2017) Teacher personality and teacher effectiveness in secondary school: Personality predicts teacher support and student self-efficacy but not academic achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication. http://doi.org/10.1037/edu0000217
  • Kim, L.E., & MacCann, C. (2017) Instructor personality matters for student evaluations: Evidence from two subject areas at university. British Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjep.12205
  • Klassen, R. M., & Kim, L. E. (2017). Assessing critical attributes of prospective teachers: Implications for selection into initial teacher education programs. In D. W. Putwain, & K. Smart (Eds.), British Journal of Educational Psychology Monograph Series II: Psychological Aspects of Education (pp. 5-22). Oxford: Wiley.
  • Klassen, R. M., Patterson, F., Rowett, E., Durksen, T. L., Kim, L. E., Warwick, J., Warwick, P., & Wolpert, M. A. (2017). Developing a proof-of-concept selection test for entry into primary teacher education programs. International Journal of Assessment Tools in Education, 4, 96-114.
  • Kim, L.E., & MacCann, C., (2016). What is students' ideal university instructor personality? An investigation of absolute and relative personality preferences, Personality and Individual Differences, 102, 190–203. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.06.068
  • Kim, L. E., Poropat, A. E., & MacCann, C. (2016). Conscientiousness in education: Its conceptualization, assessment, and utility. In A. A. Lipnevich, F. Preckel, & D. R. Roberts (Eds.), Psychosocial Skills and School Systems in the 21st Century: Theory, Research, and Practice (pp. 155–185). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28606-8_7
  • Rikoon, S. H., Brenneman, M., Kim, L. E., Khorramdel, L., MacCann, C., Burrus, J., & Roberts, R. D. (2016). Facets of Conscientiousness and their differential relationships with cognitive ability factors. Journal of Research in Personality, 61, 22–34. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.01.002
  • Kim, L.E., Chen, L., Kleitman, S., MacCann, C., & Karlov, L. (2015). Evidence for three factors of perfectionism: Perfectionistic strivings, order, and perfectionistic concerns. Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, 84, 16-22. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.01.033
  • Fielden, C., Kim, L.E., MacCann, C., 2015. Extraversion. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 8. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 623–627.

Research group(s)


I welcome postgraduate research supervision proposals and applications for research visits in my research areas. Masters and PhD students in the areas of quantitative methods, personality psychology, organisational psychology and educational psychology are particularly welcome. Individuals may bring their own project or can organise to work on a new or existing project.


Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 322605