Brent W Roberts, Professor

1992 …2019
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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 has since been awarded the Carol and Ed Diener Mid-Career award in Personality Psychology, The Theodore Millon Mid-Career award in Personality Psychology, the Henry Murray Award, and was recently acknowledged by Thomson Reuters as a highly cited researcher for 2016 & 2017 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Psychology from the University of Basel. He has served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Personality, and Psychological Science, as a member-at-large, Executive Officer, and President for the Association for Research in Personality, as a member of the Data Monitoring Committee of the Health and Retirement Study, and on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Review, and Perspectives on Psychological Science. He is currently the Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professional Information

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


Research Interests

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/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Research Output 1992 2019

Adolescent impulsivity as a sex-dependent and subtype-dependent predictor of impulsivity, alcohol drinking and dopamine D 2 receptor expression in adult rats

Hammerslag, L. R., Belagodu, A. P., Aladesuyi Arogundade, O. A., Karountzos, A. G., Guo, Q., Galvez, R., Roberts, B. W. & Gulley, J. M., Mar 1 2019, In : Addiction Biology. 24, 2, p. 193-205 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Impulsive Behavior
Alcohol Drinking
Substance-Related Disorders

Exploring the relative importance of normative and distinctive organizational preferences as predictors of work attitudes

Wood, D., Lowman, G. H., Harms, P. D. & Roberts, B. W., Feb 1 2019, In : Journal of Applied Psychology. 104, 2, p. 270-292 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Organizational Culture

High school personality traits and 48-year all-cause mortality risk: Results from a national sample of 26 845 baby boomers

Chapman, B. P., Huang, A., Horner, E., Peters, K., Sempeles, E., Roberts, B. W. & Lapham, S., Feb 1 2019, In : Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. 73, 2, p. 106-110 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Class
Impulsive Behavior

Interpreting Behavior Genetic Models: Seven Developmental Processes to Understand

Briley, D. A., Livengood, J. M., Derringer, J. L., Tucker-Drob, E. M., Fraley, R. C. & Roberts, B. W., Mar 15 2019, In : Behavior genetics. 49, 2, p. 196-210 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Genetic Models
Behavioral Genetics
Genetic Research
Public Policy

No evidence of a curvilinear relation between conscientiousness and relationship, work, and health outcomes

Nickel, L. B., Roberts, B. W. & Chernyshenko, O. S., Feb 1 2019, In : Journal of personality and social psychology. 116, 2, p. 296-312 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Job Satisfaction
Research Design
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
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