Our Research


Our work is built on years of research collaborations with leaders in medicine and healthcare.  


This work explores the connections  between personality, self-awareness, individual and organizational behavior, and performance. 


We value these research collaborations and are always looking for new avenues of inquiry

Recent Publications and Symposia:


Transformational and Transactional Leadership in Healthcare Seen Through the Lens of Pediatrics,

Journal of Pediatrics, 2019

“One approach to increasing the efficacy of transformational and transactional leadership within pediatrics is through leaders' self-reflection on their own personality. We suggest that physician leaders look to personality assessment experts to guide this self-reflection with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of their own personality. If enough pediatric leaders take this step, we are confident the field will weather the challenges it faces, with a cohort of effective, self-aware leaders leading the charge."


Identifying the Emergency Medicine Personality:  A Multi-State Exploratory Study, AEM Education and Training

  • Examined 140 emergency medicine residents across five programs.
  • Residents showed higher hedonism and altruism than the norm, but scored lower in tradition and security scales
  • Generally, successful residents are vigilant, team-oriented, flexible, pragmatic and take a hands on practical approach to learning.
  • Under stress, emergency medicine residents may be risk averse.


An Introduction to Leadership Self Assessment at the Society of Neurological Surgeons PGY1Bootcamp, Neurosurgery, 2017

  • Joint commission has identified failure of leadership as the second leading cause of sentinel events
  • Only 1 in 5 residents indicate they are getting guidance from mentors on leadership
  • Leadership development efforts can help with transformational leadership and there is a role of self-assessment, awareness and personality traits and tendencies


Personality Factors Associated with Resident Performance Results from 12 ACGME-Accredited Orhopaedic Surgery Programs Journal of Surgical Education, 2018

  • Data from twelve programs, 175 faculty members and 266 residents
  • Personality assessments can predict resident performance
  • The traits valued and rewarded by faculty may not be the same as those associated with improved resident performance


Personality Predictors of Communication Ratings on the Objective Structured Clinical Examination Among Orthopaedic Surgery Residents.  Journal of Surgical Education.

  • One of the first studies to establish a correlation between specific personality traits and effectiveness of patient communication skills in a simulated setting.
  • Personality influences physician-patient communication


Self Awareness:  A Tool to Build Resiliency in the Future Primary Care WorkforceSymposia, Annual Spring Conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, 2018


Personality Assessments Predict Resident Performance on Orthopaedic Surgery Core Competencies, Symposia, Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2017

  • The validity of the traditional criteria used to select residency program applicants is, historically, poor
  • New ACGME requirements including interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice complicate the process
  • This study established that the Five-Factor Model personality traits predicted important aspects of orthopedic surgery resident performance and can be a powerful tool