Professor of Psychology
- (207) 859-5563
- [email protected]
- Davis Science Center
5550 Mayflower Hill Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
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Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Social and Personality Psychology
A.B., Harvard University, 2000
Areas of Expertise
Lifespan personality development
Relations between personality traits and life outcomes
My research currently focuses on three key issues. The first is personality structure: How people's specific thoughts, feelings, and behaviors cohere into broader personality characteristics that persist over time and across relevant situations. I am especially interested in questions about whether, how, and why people's personalities might be organized differently at different times of life, or in different social contexts. For example, are personality characteristics organized in similar or different ways during childhood versus adulthood?
The second issue is lifespan personality development: When, how, and why people's personalities change as they age. I am curious both about how people's personalities typically change across the life span (normative change), and about why different people's personalities change in different ways (individual differences in change).
The third issue is personality and life outcomes: How someone's personality characteristics helps shape the course of their life. I am particularly interested in understanding how personality traits influence (a) subjective well-being (e.g., whether or not someone is satisfied with their life), and (b) the political attitudes that different people hold.
For a complete list of publications, visit the Colby Personality Lab.