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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Dr Nadin Beckmann, Dipl-Psych., Dr. rer. nat., FHEA

Associate Professor, Deputy Director of Research in the School of Education

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Affiliate of the Durham University Evidence Centre for Education

Completed Supervisions

The Power of the Situation: Variability and Stability in Chinese University Students’ Willingness to Communicate in English Classrooms


Dr Nadin Beckmann is Associate Professor at the School of Education, Durham University. In her research Nadin adopts a dynamic view on psychological constructs, such as ability and personality. A dynamic view builds upon the premise of change and malleability, which can be understood in terms of responses to interventions (feedback and training) as well as development and maturation.

Her current research projects focus on the dynamic, process-oriented approaches to personality in the context of adult learning and development. A related Research Topic that Nadin has edited can be found here ( She is also currently co-editing a Special Issue for Personality and Individual Differences which can be found here ( Other research interests include learning with simulations, assessment and feedback processing.

Nadin has received her doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from the Institute of Experimental Psychology at Heinrich-Heine-University of Duesseldorf, Germany, and is an Alumna of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes,

Prior to her position at the School of Education Nadin has held an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Accelerated Learning Laboratory at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. She has also worked in research positions at the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise (PACE Center), Yale University, USA, and the Institute of Differential Psychology and Psychological Assessment at Leipzig University, Germany.

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP160103335, 2016-ongoing): Task Contingent Units of Personality and Adaptive Performance

Prof Robert Wood (Chief Investigator, The University of Melbourne, Australia); Prof Yuichi Shoda (International Partner Investigator, University of Washington, USA); Dr Nadin Beckmann (International Partner Investigator, Durham University, UK) 

The project aims to test a model of adaptive personality, to cross-validate the model in Italy, China and the United Kingdom, and to develop and test a model for the modification and development of adaptive personality factors that enhance adaptive performance. Adaptive tasks differ from routine tasks in degrees of novelty, difficulty and uncertainty which require higher levels and different types of cognitive processing. Individuals who adapt their focus, emotions and exploratory activities in response to the changing cognitive demands of tasks are expected to outperform those with less adaptive personalities. Those with more adaptive personalities are expected to perform better on problem solving, learning, innovation and development activities.

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP0987584, 2009-2012): Integrating Between-Person and Within-Person Approaches to Personality in the Workplace 
  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (2007–2011, Australian Research Council Linkage Project, LP0669552): Flexible Expertise in Senior Executives
  • Best paper award at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (2009)
  • Dissertation Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)
  • Dissertation Scholarship of the Saxonian Government, Germany

Information for prospective doctoral research student supervisions

Nadin welcomes postgraduate research supervision proposals in the areas of personality and individual differences, adult learning and performance, change and malleability, simulation-based learning, psychometric assessment, learning in the early years and educational psychology.

Indicators of Esteem

  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Psychology / Personality and Social Psychology
  • Fellow: Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Institutional responsibilities and citizenship: Deputy Director Research; Impact Officer; Departmental Research Mentoring Coordinator; Chair of the School of Education Ethics Committee; Visiting Scholar Coordinator
  • Invited Assessor for Research Councils: Australian Research Council (ARC); Medical Research Council (RCUK MRC); Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)
  • Member of Editorial Board: International Journal of Educational Research
  • Partner Investigator on an Australian Research Council funded project administered by The University of Melbourne: (AUS$423,456)
  • Reviewer for various journals: e.g., Learning and Individual Differences, Personality and Individual Differences, Learning and Instruction, British Educational Research Journal, International Journal of Educational Research, British Journal of Educational Psychology, Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology


Research Interests

  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Educational Psychology
  • Psychometric Assessment
  • Simulation-based Learning

Research Groups

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Edited book

Chapter in book

Conference Paper

  • Beckmann, N., Wood, R.E., Birney, D.P., Beckmann, J.F. & Minbashian, A. (2018), Contingent units of personality at work – A reconciliation of stability and change, 19th European Conference on Personality (ECP19). Zadar, Croatia.
  • Birney, D.P. Beckmann, J.F. & Beckmann, N. (2017), Individual Differences in Success: Too soon to give up on intellect!?, 16th Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences (ACPID). Sydney, Australia.
  • Beckmann, N., Wood, R.E. & Minbashian, A. (2015), Task-contingent units of personality at work, European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP) Small Group Meeting (SGM) “Studying work as it is: Capturing dynamics in workplace relationships”. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
  • Minbashian, A., Beckmann, N. & Wood, R.E. (2014), Emotional knowledge moderates affective mediation of task contingent conscientiousness, Symposium: Interplay of Stable Individual Differences and Mood, 29th Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP, APA Division 14). Hawaii, USA, Hawaii HI.
  • Tymms, P., Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J.F., Elliott, J. & Merell, C. (2013), Does schooling have an impact on short-term memory?, 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Learning and Instruction. Munich, Germany, European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Munich.
  • Fisher, C., Minbashian, A., Wood, R.E. & Beckmann, N (2011), Appraisals, goal orientation, and emotions while working, Academy of Management Annual Meeting. San Antonio, Texas, USA, San Antonio TX.
  • Bowman, D.B., Beckmann, N. & Birney, D.P. (2010), A matter of framing? Frame-of-reference effects in personality assessment, 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP). Melbourne, Australia, Melbourne.
  • Beckmann, N., Minbashian, A. & Wood, R.E. (2010), The lost individual: On the structure of personality at the within- and between-person levels of analysis, 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP). Melbourne, Australia, Melbourne.
  • Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J.F. & Elliott, J.G. (2009), Accuracy feedback in dynamic testing, European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Amsterdam.
  • Bowman, D.B. & Beckmann, N (2009), Frame-of-reference effects in the measurement of personality: Evidence from self- and peer ratings in a management sample, 8th Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences (ACPID). Sydney, Australia, Sydney.
  • Beckmann, N., Wood, R.E. & Minbashian, A. (2009), It depends how you look at it – on the relationship between conscientiousness and neuroticism, 8th Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences (ACPID). Sydney, Australia, Sydney.
  • Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J.F. & Elliott, J.G. (2008), Accuracy feedback in cognitive ability testing, Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA). Singapore.
  • Minbashian, A., Beckmann, N & Wood, R.E. (2008), The effects of work-related situational cues on intra-individual variation in the emotional and motivational states of managers, 29th International Congress of Psychology (ICP). Berlin, Germany, Berlin.

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