Professor Thomas Richard Kwapil

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Program Area: Clinical/Community

Professor of Psychology

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  • Schizotypy and schizophrenia spectrum
  • Bipolar spectrum psychopathology
  • Experience Sampling Methodology

Research Description

My program of research investigates schizotypy and schizophrenia from experimental and developmental psychopathology perspectives. My research focuses on developing and testing symptom, personality, neurocognitive, biobehavioral, and genetic associates of schizotypy. This program of research traces its roots back to Paul Meehl's landmark work on schizotypy and to the pioneering work on psychosis proneness by the Chapmans. It is guided by two primary questions: How can we identify individuals who are at risk for schizophrenia and related disorders, and how will identifying individuals at risk help us better understand the etiology, phenomenology, course, and treatment of these disorders?  A secondary, but related, focus of my research laboratory examines bipolar spectrum psychopathology, and specifically clinical and subclinical manifestations of hyperthymic traits. My research into these topics employs cross-sectional and prospective studies and actively involves student researchers. My laboratory is currently focusing on research in three interrelated areas, including: 1) Expression of Clinical and Subclinical Psychopathology in Daily Life using Experience Sampling Methodology, 2) Identification and Assessment of the Multidimensional Structure of Schizotypy, and 3) Assessment of Risk for Bipolar Spectrum Psychopathology.

Note that I am recruiting graduate students for admission in fall 2018.


  • Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994)


Book Contributions

  • Kwapil, Thomas R., and Neus Barrantes-Vidal. "Schizotypal personality disorder: An integrative review." The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders . Ed. Thomas A. Widiger. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 437-477.

Journal Articles

  • Kwapil, Thomas R., Georgina M. Gross, Paul J. Silvia, Michael L. Raulin, and Neus Barrantes-Vidal. "Development and psychometric properties of the Multidimensional Schizotypy Scale: A new measure for assessing positive, negative, and disorganized schizotypy." Schizophrenia Research in press (2017):
  • Walsh, Molly A., Daniella P. DeGeorge, Neus Barrantes-Vidal, and Thomas R. Kwapil. "A 3-year longitudinal study of risk for bipolar spectrum psychopathology." Journal of Abnormal Psychology 124 (2016): 486-497.
  • Sperry, Sarah H., Donald R. Lynam, Molly A. Walsh, Leslie E. Horton, and Thomas R. Kwapil. "Examining the multidimensional structure of impulsivity in daily life." Personality and Individual Differences 94 (2016): 153-158.
  • Chun, Charlotte A., Neus Barrantes-Vidal, and Thomas R. Kwapil. "Expression of schizophrenia-spectrum personality traits in daily life.." Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment (2016): in press.
  • Sahakyan, Lili, and Thomas R. Kwapil. "Positive and negative schizotypy are associated with differential patterns of episodic memory impairment." Schizophrenia Research Cognition (2016):
  • Kwapil, Thomas R., and Neus Barrantes-Vidal. "Schizotypy: Looking back and moving forward." Schizophrenia Bulletin 41 (2015): S366-S373.
  • Gross, Georgina M., Paul J. Silvia, Neus Barrantes-Vidal, and Thomas R. Kwapil. "The dimensional structure of short forms of the Wisconsin Schizotypy Scales." Schizophrenia Research 166 (2015): 80-85.
  • Gross, Georgina M., Juliann Mellin, Paul J. Silvia, Neus Barrantes-Vidal, and Thomas R. Kwapil. "Comparing the factor structure of the Wisconsin Schizotypy Scales and the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire." Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment 5 (2014): 397-405.
  • Kwapil, Thomas R., Georgina M. Gross, Paul J. Silvia, and Neus Barrantes-Vidal. "Prediction of psychopathology and functional impairment by positive and negative schizotypy in the Chapmans’ ten-year longitudinal study." Journal of Abnormal Psychology 122 (2013): 807-815.
  • Barrantes-Vidal, Neus, Charlotte A. Chun, Inez Myin-Germeys, and Thomas R. Kwapil. "Psychometric schizotypy predicts the experience of psychotic-like, paranoid, and negative symptom experiences in daily life." Journal of Abnormal Psychology 122 (2013): 1077-1087.
  • Kwapil, Thomas R., Leslie H. Brown, Paul J. Silvia, Inez Myin-Germeys, and Neus Barrantes-Vidal. "The expression of positive and negative schizotypy in daily life: An experience sampling study." Psychological Medicine 42 (2012): 2555-2565.
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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.