Lab Director and Principal Investigator (PI)
I am interested in the development of explanatory models of personality traits as reflections of psychological and biological parameters within an evolved adaptive system. Personality is conceived broadly as encompassing all reasonably stable individual differences in emotion, motivation, cognition, and behavior. My Cybernetic Big Five Theory attempts to provide a unifying theory for personality psychology and personality neuroscience, as well as psychopathology and well-being.
Aisha's research interests focus on understanding identity and personality traits related to prosocial behavior. Her goal is to identify how relatively straightforward descriptions of personality are linked to more complex psychological processes and brain function. Additionally, she is interested in understanding how personality traits and their neural underpinnings relate to a person's perceived sense of self.
Tyler is interested in understanding the neurobiological, affective, and behavioral mechanisms that influence different personality traits. His particular research interests include exploring the nature of traits Extraversion and Openness/Intellect through different psychometric and neuroimaging methods.
Edward is a generalist who has found refuge in the field of personality psychology. His research interests include applied psychometrics, the structure and processes of traits beyond the Big Five (e.g., Aspects, Metatraits), as well as idiographic approaches to personality (e.g., psychotherapy, life stories).
Matt is interested in studying the neurobiological mechanisms underlying different personality traits. In particular, he is interested in traits normally associated with autism spectrum disorder and how they might be incorporated into a cybernetic theory of personality. His other interests include modeling the neural circuitry of the hippocampus and simulating agents as generative models within a Markov decision process (MDP) framework.
Allison's research interests focus on 1) examining the neurobehavioral systems underlying normal and maladaptive personality traits, 2) understanding the interplay between personality traits and psychopathology as well as environmental factors that influence personality-psychopathology dynamics. Additionally, she is interested in developing instruments for assessing psychopathology within a dimensional and cybernetic framework.
Hannah is devoted to investigating the link between personality and psychopathology. Her experiences as a public health educator and enrichment director enhanced her curiosity about individual differences' neurobiological, cognitive, and affective manifestations and their roles in shaping mental and physical health. Research on these issues may explicate the mechanisms of psychopathology. For this reason, Hannah is invested in supporting the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology. In addition, Hannah is deeply interested in mental illness conceptualizations, Big 5 trait interactions, and the public dissemination of personality and clinical science.
Scott is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan
Frank is a Research Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University in the Department of Family, Population, and Preventative Medicine.
Amanda is a Research Project Specialist in the Medical School Research Office at the University of Minnesota.
Alex is interested broadly in the cognitive, motivational and neural processes underlying personality traits, with a particular focus on traits related to Conscientiousness and Openness to Experience.
Tim is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.
Rachael is an Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry at Yale University.
Claudia is Research Director at Kantar Public.
Rachel is an Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Steven is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Southern Denmark.
Yanna is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Linfield College in Oregon.