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Kemp Ellington

Kemp Ellington, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology







Life Sciences Building, Room 292


Ph.D., North Carolina State University (2006)
B.S., Appalachian State University (1999)

Research Interests 

Training and development
Performance management
Work analysis/design
Context effects
Person/situation interactions
Multilevel modeling


Dr. Kemp Ellington received his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2006 from North Carolina State University. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University in 1999. Prior to joining the faculty at IIT, Dr. Ellington worked for two years as a consultant with SWA Consulting, Inc., where he was involved in large-scale training effectiveness research with the U.S. Special Operations Forces Language Office (SOFLO). In addition, he worked as an independent consultant to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for three years, where he assisted with the organization's performance management and promotional processes.

Dr. Ellington’s research interests broadly focus on applying a multilevel and interactionist perspective to better understand learning and behavior in the workplace. More specifically, his research interests include team training, training and work context influences on reactions, learning, and transfer, citizenship performance, performance measurement, within-person performance variability, and the impact of job/work and worker characteristics on employee outcomes. His work has been published in top-tier journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Small Group Research. Dr. Ellington is also currently the Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded grant, studying interdisciplinary teams in undergraduate education.

Selected Publications 

Harman, R. P., Ellington, J. K., Surface, E. A., & Thompson, L. F. (in press). Exploring qualitative training reactions: Individual and contextual influences on trainee commenting. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Ellington, J. K., Dierdorff, E. C., & Rubin, R. S. (2014). Decelerating the diminishing returns of citizenship on task performance: The role of social context and interpersonal skill. Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 748-758.

Ellington, J. K., & Dierdorff, E. C. (2014). Individual learning in team training: Self- regulation and team context effects. Small Group Research, 45, 37-67.

Dierdorff, E. C., & Ellington, J. K. (2012). Members matter in team training: Multilevel and longitudinal relationships between goal orientation, self-regulation, and team outcomes. Personnel Psychology, 65, 661-703.

Dierdorff, E. C., & Ellington, J. K. (2008). It's the nature of the work: Examining behavior- based sources of work-family conflict across occupations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 883-892.