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Kevin R. Murphy
Professor of Psychology

Ph. D., Pennsylvania State University, 1979


Mailing Address

Department of Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
507B Keller Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802-3106


814 863-3373

814 865-4818


814 863-7002

Research Interests

Dr. Murphy's areas of research include personnel selection and placement, performance appraisal and honesty in the workplace. Current research projects focus on the role of contextual factors and rater goals on performance evaluations. Kevin is the Editor of Journal of Applied Psychology, and serves as a member of the editorial boards of Human Performance, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Industrial Psychology, International Journal of Management Reviews and International Journal of Selection and Assessment.

Recent Publications

Murphy, K.R., Cronin, B. & Tam, A.P. (In press). Controversy and consensus regarding the use of cognitive ability testing in organizations. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Murphy, K.R., Cleveland, J.N., Skattebo, A.L. & Kinney, T.B., (In press). Raters Who pursue different goals give different ratings. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Murphy, K. (2003). Validity generalization: A critical review. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Murphy, K. & Myors, B. (2003) Statistical Power Analysis: A simple and General Model for Traditional and Modern Hypothesis Tests (2nd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Murphy, K. (2002). Using power analysis to evaluate and improve research. In S. Rogleberg (Ed.), Handbook of Research Methods in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (pp. 119-137). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Murphy, K. (2002). Can conflicting perspectives on the role of "g" in personnel selection be resolved? Human Performance, 15, 173-186.

Tziner, A., Murphy, K. & Cleveland, J. (2002). Does conscientiousness moderate the relationship between attitudes and beliefs regarding performance appraisal and rating behavior? International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 10, 218-224.

Campion, M.A., Outtz, J.L., Zedeck. S., Schmidt, F.L., Kehoe, J.F., Murphy, K.R. & Guion, R.M. (2001). The controversy over score banding in personnel selection: Answers to 10 key questions. Personnel Psychology, 54, 149-186.

Beaty, J.C., Cleveland, J.N. & Murphy, K.R. (2001). The relationship between personality and contextual performance in "strong" versus "weak" situations. Human Performance, 14, 125-148.

Tziner, A., Murphy, K.R. & Cleveland, J.N. (2001). Relationships between attitudes toward organizations and performance appraisal systems and rating behavior. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 9, 226-239.

Murphy, K., Cleveland, J. & Mohler, C. (2001). Reliability, validity and meaningfulness of multisource ratings. In D. Bracken, C. Timmreck and A. Church (Eds). Handbook of MultiSource Feedback (pp. 130-148). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.