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Brent W. Roberts

Division: Social-Personality

Professor of Psychology

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Biography

Brent W. Roberts is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, in the Social-Personality-Organizational Division.  Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1994 in Personality Psychology and worked at the University of Tulsa until 1999 when he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received the J. S. Tanaka Dissertation Award for methodological and substantive contributions to the field of personality psychology in 1995. He also was awarded the Diener Mid-Career award in Personality Psychology from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, The Theodore Millon Mid-Career award in Personality Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation, and was appointed as a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar at the University of Illinois from 2008-2011.  He recently received the 2012 Henry Murray Award from the Society for Personology and the American Psychological Association.  He has served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Personality, as a member-at-large and Executive Officer for the Association for Research in Personality and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Personality and Social Psychology Review, and Perspectives on Psychological Science

Specializations

  • Personality Development
  • Personality Assessment
  • Personality and Health
  • Conscientiousness

Research Description

Dr. Roberts's primary line of research is dedicated to understanding the patterns of continuity and change in personality across the decades of adulthood and the mechanisms that affect these patterns. Dr. Roberts has a second line of research on personality assessment. This research line includes studies focusing on the meaning and scope of the trait of conscientiousness and the relationship between conscientiousness and the health process, the utility of contextualized assessments of personality, and the use of IRT in personality assessment.

Education

  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Courses

  • Psychology 250 Personality Psychology
  • Psychology 541 Personality and Behavioral Dynamics
  • Psychology 593 Personality Theory
  • Psychology 593 Personality Interest Group

Office Hours

  • Wednesdays 10-11

Recent Publications

Jackson, J. J., Bogg, T., Walton, K., Wood, D., Harms, P. D., Lodi-Smith, J. L., & Roberts, B. W. (2009). Not all conscientiousness scales change alike: A multi-method, multi-sample study of age differences in the facets of conscientiousness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 446-459.

Roberts, B. W., & Jackson, J. J. (2008). Sociogenomic personality psychology. Journal of Personality, 76, 1523-1544.

Roberts, B. W., Smith J., Jackson, J. J., & Edmonds, G. (2009). Compensatory conscientiousness and health in older couples. Psychological Science, 20, 553-559.

Roberts, B. W., Walton, K. & Viechtbauer, W. (2006). Patterns of mean-Level change in personality traits across the life course: A meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Psychological Bulletin, 132, 1-25.Psychological Bulletin.

Roberts, B.W., Wood, D, & Caspi, A. (2008). The development of personality traits in adulthood. In O.P. John, R.W. Robins, & L. A. Pervin (Eds.), Handbook of personality: theory and research (3rd edition, Ch 14, pp. 375-398). New York, NY: Guilford.