Kevin Stagl

Kevin Stagl

Kevin Stagl

Kevin researches human performance, teamwork, multiteam performance, maximal performance, leadership, learning, and adaptation in high-stakes settings. He also studies the assessment, selection, training, and development practices and technology required to cultivate and sustain these phenomena.

Dr. Kevin C. Stagl is an Adjunct Faculty member at George Mason University. During his career Dr. Stagl has also served as an Adjunct Professor, Senior Scientist, Senior Research Assistant, and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He has guest lectured about performance appraisal and management at UCF, Florida International University, Texas A&M University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Casper College, and is invited to speak at New York University.

Dr. Stagl is also a Talent Advisor at Talent Threshold. He has collaborated with the senior stakeholders of 104 exceptional employers including Fortune 100 companies, esteemed Department of Defense entities, and renowned nonprofits to deliver enduring value from their people investments. Kevin has been a trusted advisor to the leaders and line supervisors of established and emerging employers for 24-years. His human resources decision support services, innovative talent solutions, and relentless efforts to maximize the yield of legacy talent systems are informed by a consilience of interdisciplinary science.

Science & Technology (S&T) Research Initiatives

Dr. Stagl’s early S&T research (2001-2007) illuminated multilevel theoretics of team performance, leadership, adaptation, and training. Meta-analyses of team leadership and team training documented the boundaries of direct and moderated effects. Laboratory-based experiments were executed to study situational judgment testing practices, team adaptation, and active learning techniques. The findings and lessons learned of select studies executed during this period have been cited 3,700+ instances.

His recent research (2008-2019) during DOD S&T initiatives has involved: (1) developing contextualized profiles of member, team, and multiteam system performance, (2) modeling performance proficiency attainment, transfer, retention, and re-attainment, and (3) providing assessment, metric, analytics, and business intelligence suite guidance. This research includes three theory-driven field experiments as well as simulating multiwave synthetic aviator proficiency data to generate linear mixed models of learning. Dr. Stagl’s more recent award-winning efforts have delivered solutions for optimizing organizations and affording the option trade-off transparency for more timely, informed, and impactful talent decisions.

Select Public Sector S&T R&D Sponsors

Dr. Stagl has led and supported multidisciplinary, multiyear, and programmatic research initiatives for:

  • U.S. Special Operations Command
  • U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Forces, Chief of Naval Air Training, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, and NAVAIR 4.5x
  • U.S. Marine Corps Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron VMMT-204
  • U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and U.S. Army Research Office
  • U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
  • U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense; and
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Select Personnel Supported

The above efforts were planned and executed to accelerate the learning and ramp the performance of:

  • U.S. Special Operations Forces Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators and Crews;
  • U.S. Naval Aviators, Naval Flight Officers, Airborne Systems Engineers, and Maintainers;
  • U.S. Marine Corps Aviators, Air Ground Task Force Marines, and Maintainers;
  • U.S. Army Combat Medics, Combat Lifesavers, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operators;
  • U.S. Air Force Aviators and Joint Terminal Attack Controllers;
  • U.S. Department of Interior Acquisition Officers; and
  • NASA’s Space Shuttle Mission Management Team members

His HR decision support has also informed senior stakeholders representing 14 private sector industries.

Selected Publications

The 55 journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, and presentations he has coauthored are since cited 3,700+ instances. His findings and lessons learned appear in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Frontiers Series, International Journal of Training & Development, International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Human Factors, including:

Stagl, K. C., Sheehan, J., Fowlkes, J., Shrader, D., Rosopa, P. J., & Jentsch, F. (2010, August). Engineering the evolution of expertise: Enhancing unmanned aircraft system operator and crew effectiveness. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, Denver, CO.

Stagl, K. C. (2010, April). Training unmanned aircraft systems vehicle and sensor operators. In K. C. Stagl (Chair), Technology and training for transcendent unmanned systems operations. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Modeling & Simulation International, Orlando, FL.

Stagl, K. C., Santarelli, T., Pepe, A., Paulus, J., Silveus, I., & Kolodney, S. (2010). Development and evaluation of the haptics-based Combat Medic trainer suite: Learning design plan. CHI Systems, Contract W91CRB-08-R-0073.

Salas, E. & Stagl, K. C. (2009). Design training systematically by following the science of training. In E. A. Locke (Ed.), The Blackwell handbook of principles of organizational behavior (pp. 43-59). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Klein, C., Stagl, K. C., Salas, E., Parker, C. & Van Eynde, D. F. (2007). Returning to flight: Simulation-based training for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Mission Management Team. International Journal of Training & Development, 11, 132-138.

Burke, C. S., Stagl, K. C., Klein, C., Goodwin, G. F., Salas, E., & Halpin, S. M. (2006). What types of leadership behaviors are functional in teams? A meta-analysis. Leadership Quarterly, 17, 288-307.

Burke, C. S., Stagl, K. C., Salas, E., Pierce, L. & Kendall, D. (2006). Understanding team adaptation: A conceptual analysis and framework. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 1189-1207.


Kevin earned a Ph.D. and M.S., Industrial & Organizational Psychology track, from the University of Central Florida as well as a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida.