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Welcome to ARP!

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

new issue of the arp newsletter published

November 29, 2017 — The 2017 edition of P, the annual ARP newsletter, is now available! In this issue you will find the traditional columns from ARP Executive Committee members, editors of personality journals, and interviews with award winners. You will also be treated to discussions of the future of academic publishing for personality psychologists, the vantage point from some of our neighboring organizations, and words of unusual depth and wisdom from our Conference Poster Award winners.

You can read P on the web here, and you can get a printable copy here. Previous issues are all available on our newsletter page.

2017 ARP conference program now available

June 2, 2017 — The complete conference program for the 2017 meeting of the Association for Research in Personality is now available. A brief program overview is also available. Much more information about the conference can be found on our conference page. We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento next week!

Felix Cheung wins the 2016 Tanaka Dissertation Award

May 9, 2017 — We are pleased to announce that Dr. Felix Cheung has been selected as the recipient of the award for the best personality psychology dissertation from 2016. In his dissertation, “Income redistribution and life satisfaction,” Dr. Cheung approached the topic of income and life satisfaction via a consideration of income redistribution. Drawing from two longitudinal datasets of impressive size and scope, Dr. Cheung provided evidence that increases in income redistribution at the state- and country-level predicted greater levels of life satisfaction. Moreover, this association was positive for welfare-receivers and tax-payers, for liberals and conservatives, and for the poor and the rich. Dr. Cheung completed his dissertation at Michigan State University, where his advisor was Rich Lucas. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at Washington University. His work focuses on individual and societal predictors of subjective well-being and the measurement of life satisfaction.

Wiebke Bleidorn wins the 2017 ARP Early Career Award

May 5, 2017 — We are happy to announce that Wiebke Bleidorn is the winner of the inaugural ARP Early Career Award. Dr. Bleidorn received her Ph.D. from Bielefeld University in 2010 and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on the conditions, mechanisms, and consequences of personality change, and her interests range from the role of genetics in shaping stability and change to cross-cultural variation in personality and personality change. Dr. Bleidorn has made important contributions to a number of areas within psychology including personality, social, developmental, and cultural psychology. She has already earned an international reputation as a creative theorist, a rigorous and innovative methodologist, and a highly productive researcher, and she is an extremely deserving recipient of the first ARP Early Career Award. Dr. Bleidorn will give a talk at ARP in June to celebrate this award.

New ARP president, executive officer, and executive board members for 2018

April 22, 2017 — We are excited to announce that Brent Roberts has been elected as the next ARP President, that Wiebke Bleidorn and Erika Carlson have been elected to the ARP Executive Board, and that M. Brent Donnellan has agreed to serve as the next ARP Executive Officer. Brent, Wiebke, Erika, and Brent’s terms will begin in January 2018. Many thanks to everyone who ran and voted in the recent ARP elections. ARP is lucky to have so many terrific people willing to serve the organization!