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Welcome to the online home of the Association for Research in Personality. ARP is a scientific organization devoted to bringing together scholars whose research contributes to the understanding of personality structure, processes, and development. ARP aims to further the scientific study of personality through our biennial conference, our newsletter, the official journal of the association (Journal of Research in Personality), and a major journal co-sponsored with several other scientific associations (Social Psychological and Personality Science). We invite you to browse our website and learn more about the Association and the field of personality psychology. If you are interested in joining ARP, please visit our membership page.

News and Updates

Lodi-smith and Wright elected to the ARP executive board

July 7, 2016 — We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Lodi-Smith and Aidan Wright have been elected to the ARP Executive Board. They will serve as Members-at-Large from 2017 through 2019. Many thanks to everyone who ran in the election.

ARP Submits STatement about Mental Health Research to NIMH

June 28, 2016 — The National Institute of Mental Health recently put out a call inviting “comments from the general public on the state of mental illness research and NIMH’s role in the development of this research.” In response, the ARP Executive Board submitted a statement about the important role of personality in research on psychopathology and mental health. Tom Widiger took the lead on writing the statement for ARP. The full statement is available here.

Oliver C. Schultheiss: Winner of the 2016 Henry A. Murray Award

June 23, 2016 — Oliver C. Schultheiss, Professor of Psychology and Chair for Experimental Psychology, Motivation, and Affective Neuroscience at Friedrich-Alexander University, has been awarded the 2016 Henry A. Murray Award for distinguished contributions to the study of individual lives and whole persons. Professor Schultheiss will be honored at the biennial convention of the Association for Research in Personality in June 2017 where he will give an invited address.

Dr. Schultheiss received his Ph.D. in 1996 from Friedrich-Alexander University. His impressive body of scholarship over the past two decades is most notable for its groundbreaking contributions to the study of implicit motives, a central focus of Henry Murray. Indeed, Dr. Schultheiss’s intellectual leadership and methodological advancements in the use of the Picture Story Exercise (TAT) are arguably the most significant causal forces in the rise of attention to implicit motives in the study of personality and human motivation. His work, which includes over 60 articles and 20 chapters published across a wide array of prestigious journals and handbooks, examines intersections among cognitive, affective, physiological, behavioral and social factors in the dynamic processes governing implicit motivation. This work embodies the spirit of the Murray tradition by embracing multiple levels of analysis and resisting over-simplification in the study of whole persons. Noteworthy contributions include Dr. Schultheiss’s influential and rigorous studies on the hormonal underpinnings of the implicit power motive within competitive contexts as well as his recent theoretical and methodological work advocating for the use of within-person, ipsative profiles to assess the congruence between implicit and explicit motives. The complete announcement is available here.

Call for 2019 conference local arrangements chair

June 21, 2016 — In June 2017, ARP will hold its biennial meeting in Sacramento, CA, but the planning process for the following ARP conference in 2019 must now get underway. To initiate this process, the ARP Executive Board is issuing this call for volunteers to serve as a Local Arrangements Chair to host the 2019 meeting. The Local Arrangements Chair will negotiate costs and amenities (rooms, refreshments, etc.) with the site on behalf of ARP, and will coordinate these arrangements with a program committee. ARP will provide support for tasks like registering attendees. The Chair will be performing an invaluable service for ARP and for those interested in the study of personality, and the conference will bring attention to your university and town.

In order to be considered, please provide the following information: Your name (and the name of any Co-Chair if applicable), the name of one or more proposed conference sites (with url of the site if possible), and a statement regarding any inquiries you have made to determine that the site is available for a Thursday – Saturday event in the mid-June to early-July period in 2019. This information should be sent to ARP Executive Officer, Rebecca Shiner (rshiner@colgate.edu), on or before July 5, 2016.

Call for proposals: ARP Biennial Meeting 2019

May 26, 2016 — In June 2017, ARP will hold its biennial meeting in Sacramento, CA, but the planning process for the following ARP conference in 2019 must now get underway. To initiate this process, the ARP Executive Board is issuing this call for volunteers to serve as a Local Arrangements Chair to host the 2019 meeting. The Local Arrangements Chair will negotiate costs and amenities (rooms, refreshments, etc.) with the site on behalf of ARP, and will coordinate these arrangements with a program committee. ARP will provide support for tasks like registering attendees. The Chair will be performing an invaluable service for ARP and for those interested in the study of personality, and the conference will bring attention to your university and town.

In order to be considered, please provide the following information: Your name (and the name of any Co-Chair if applicable), the name of one or more proposed conference sites (with url of the site if possible), and a statement regarding any inquiries you have made to determine that the site is available for a Thursday – Saturday event in the mid-June to early-July period in 2019.

This information should be sent to ARP Executive Officer, Rebecca Shiner (rshiner@colgate.edu), on or before July 5, 2016.

Nominations for arp members-at-large 2017-2019

May 25, 2016 — The Association for Research in Personality invites nominations  (including self-nominations) for two Member-at-Large positions on the ARP Executive Board. Nominees must be members of ARP in order to stand for election, and membership must be maintained throughout one’s tenure on the Board. Elected members will serve a 3-year term beginning January, 2017.

Nominations and questions should be sent via email to ARPelection@gmail.com. Nominations will close at midnight June 5, 2016.

ARP Welcomes new president and three board members

January 5, 2016 — The new year marks the start of Dan McAdams’ term as ARP president. The ARP executive board also welcomes three new members: Katie Corker and Chris Soto join as members-at-large, while Allison Tackman joins as the postdoc representative. Many thanks to our past president, Dan Ozer, as well as outgoing executive board members Mike Furr, Rich Lucas, and Michael Boudreaux for their service to ARP!

New issue of the arp newsletter

November 9, 2015 — Issue #10 of P, the ARP newsletter, is now available! The new issue is full of exciting announcements, updates, and reflections from the leadership of ARP as well as from liaisons from our two journals–JRP and SPPS–and from representatives from two sibling organizations, SPSP and EAPP. The issue also includes interviews with recent award winners in the field of personality, as well as a column about teaching the Big Five.

Thank you to Erik Noftle and Jon Adler, the editors of P, who have put together an especially great issue. Thank you also to Ben Johnson, a graduate student web committee member who prepared the issue for online publication.

To read the new issue, as well as any back issues you might have missed, visit our newsletter page. We hope you enjoy seeing all of the new and exciting things happening in our field!