Nathan R. Kuncel is the Marvin D. Dunnette Distinguished Professor of Psychology and a McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota. He also is an associate professor in the Personality, Individual Differences and Behavioral Genetics area. Kuncel has received the Cattell Early Career Research Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology and the Anne Anastasi Early Career Award from APA's Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement & Statistics).
Kuncel's research is focused on the measurement of human cognitive and noncognitive characteristics and their relationship to important life outcomes, including academic and job performance. He has studied the power of individual differences for predicting different aspects of performance with a focus on the use of standardized tests (e.g., SAT, the GRE® test, GMAT®, PCAT, MAT), prior accomplishments (e.g., high school rank, extracurricular accomplishments), and personality traits for predicting academic performance in college and graduate school. He also conducts research on psychological measurement, response distortion and meta-analytic methods. Kuncel's research has appeared in Science; Psychological Bulletin; Perspectives on Psychological Science; Review of Educational Research; the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; and the Journal of Applied Psychology, among others.
Kuncel earned his doctorate from the University of Minnesota.