Kevin Stagl

Kevin Stagl

Kevin Stagl

Assistant Professor

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 Assistant Director and Assistant Professor of George Mason’s Master of Professional Studies in Applied I-O Psychology program. 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).

Dr. Stagl is also a Talent Advisor at Talent Threshold. He has collaborated with the senior stakeholders of 112 exceptional employers including Fortune 100 companies, esteemed Department of Defense entities, and renowned nonprofits to deliver enduring value from their people investments. His HR enterprise decision support during the prior 24-years has informed senior stakeholders representing 14 private sector industries.

Dr. Stagl’s early research initiatives (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 3,800+ 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 aviator proficiency data to generate linear mixed models of learning.

Selected Publications

The 56 journal articles, book chapters, technical reports, and presentations he has coauthored are since cited 3,800+ 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., Industrial-Organizational Psychology track, from the University of Central Florida during 2006