Thomas Richard Kwapil, Professor

1990 …2020
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Personal profile

Creative/Performing Interests

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

Research Interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

… → 1994

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Research Output 1990 2020

Emotion dynamics concurrently and prospectively predict mood psychopathology

Sperry, S. H., Walsh, M. A. & Kwapil, T. R., Jan 15 2020, In : Journal of Affective Disorders. 261, p. 67-75 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bipolar Disorder

Aberrant Salience Across Levels of Processing in Positive and Negative Schizotypy

Chun, C. A., Brugger, P. & Kwapil, T. R., Sep 18 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, 2073.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Inhibition (Psychology)
Bipolar Disorder

An Exploratory Analysis of Individual Differences in Mind Wandering Content and Consistency

Welhaf, M. S., Smeekens, B. A., Gazzia, N. C., Perkins, J. B., Silvia, P. J., Meier, M. E., Kwapil, T. R. & Kane, M. J., Jan 1 2019, In : Psychology of Consciousness: Theory Research, and Practice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Executive Function
Task Performance and Analysis
Short-Term Memory
Cognitive Dysfunction