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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

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!

Call for submissions: 2016 Tanaka Personality Dissertation Award

April 9, 2017 — We are now accepting submissions for the 2016 J.S. Tanaka Personality Dissertation Award. This award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding dissertation in personality psychology. The winner of the award will be recognized with a plaque and invited to give a talk at the June 2019 ARP meeting in Grand Rapids, MI. In addition, the recipient will receive $750 to help defray costs of attending the meeting. To be eligible for the award, the dissertation must (1) have been completed and successfully defended during 2016 and (2) make an original empirical contribution to the body of knowledge of personality psychology. For submission instructions and more information, contact the ARP Executive Officer, Rebecca Shiner.

Call for proposals: 2018 SPSP preconference

April 3, 2017 — We are now accepting proposals for an ARP-sponsored pre-conference that will precede the 2018 SPSP convention. ARP sponsorship of an SPSP pre-conference provides the organizers of the pre-conference with (1) publicity on the ARP listserv and website, (2) funds to defray the costs for graduate student registrants ($10 per student), and (3) assistance with the registration process, if desired. Sponsorship guarantees a spot in the pre-conference program.For more information, contact the ARP Executive Officer, Rebecca Shiner. The deadline for pre-conference proposals is May 1, 2017.

Registration for the 2017 ARP conference is now open

March 16, 2017 — We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 ARP Biennial Conference in Sacramento, CA from June 8-10. Registration is also open for a special preconference on Research Methods in Personality Psychology on June 8, and a gala dinner on June 10. You can register for the conference, preconference, and dinner here.

Much more information about the conference events can be found on our conference page. We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento this June!

new issue of the arp newsletter published

November 14, 2016 — The 2016 edition of P, the annual ARP newsletter, is now available, and it’s the best issue yet! It includes reports from ARP officers and the European Association for Personality Psychology, updates from our affiliated journals, interviews with award winners in personality psychology, news on the 2017 ARP conference and our preconference at SPSP, and two special features: an article on non-academic career paths for personality psychologists and a piece by ARP President Dan McAdams about his experiences writing the Atlantic Magazine cover story on Donald Trump.

Daniel A. Briley wins the 2015 Tanaka Personality Dissertation Award

October 20, 2016 — It is our pleasure to announce that Daniel A. Briley is the winner of the 2015 J.S. Tanaka Dissertation Award. The Dissertation, titled The Structure, Development, and Correlates of Individual Differences in Human Personality, was completed at the University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Elliot Tucker-Drob. Dr. Briley is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is to be congratulated on this outstanding achievement.

Dr. Briley will be recognized with a plaque and invited to give a talk at the 2017 ARP conference. He will also receive $750 to help defray costs of attending the meeting.

Thank you to the committee members who gave generously of their time and expertise to carefully evaluate this pool of highly competitive submissions: John Rauthmann (2014 winner), Will Dunlop, and Wiebke Bleidorn (Chair).

Announcing the 2017 ARP conference

September 28, 2016 — We are excited to announce that the 2017 ARP Conference will be held in Sacramento, California, from June 8 to 10, 2017. The main conference will begin late afternoon on June 8 and will conclude with a gala dinner the evening of June 10. In addition, ARP will sponsor a preconference, “Research Methods in Personality Psychology,” during the day on June 8.

The conference will take place in the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel located in downtown Sacramento, a vibrant area with many shops and restaurants. As the capital city of California, Sacramento is known for its bustling downtown, historic Old Town, State Capitol, farm-to-fork restaurants, and flourishing craft beer scene. And of course, Sacramento is only a stone’s throw away from Davis, home to the University of California, Davis.

The Program Committee is hoping to solicit symposia and posters that cover a broad range of substantive topics and reflect the diversity of our discipline. Submissions will be accepted from November 1, 2016 through January 15, 2017. In addition, we are pleased to announce that the program will feature a presidential symposium, the Rising Stars symposium to showcase the field’s stellar young talent, a data blitz session, an invited symposium sponsored by the European Association for Personality Psychology, and award talks from the Tanaka award winners and the Murray award winner, Oliver Schultheiss.

Visit our Conference page for more information, and stay tuned for future announcements!

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.