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Donnellan Brent Donnellan
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Human Development, University of California, Davis 2001
Bachelors Psychology, University of California, Davis 1994
Primary Program: Social/Personality
252A Psychology
(517) 432-8392

Research Statement

Dr. Donnellan typically investigates the development of personal characteristics across the life span as well as how personal characteristics are related to adaptation in agentic and communal domains of life (e.g., work and romantic relationships). In addition, he is interested in the assessment of personality and temperament. He typically analyzes longitudinal data including large publically-available datasets. He has a long-time affiliation with the Family Transitions Project, an on-going longitudinal study based in Iowa (Rand Conger PI). The project has followed focal participants as they make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Related Research Websites
Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research PI: Dr. Frederick Leong
Our primary mission is to generate and apply psychological science to increase our understanding of multicultural issues in both domestic and international contexts.

Research Publications    
2012Lucas, R. E., & Brent Donnellan, M. (2012). Estimating the reliability of single-item life satisfaction measures: Results from four national panel studies. Social Indicators Research, 105(3), 323-331. doi:10.1007/s11205-011-9783-z
2011Ingersoll, B., Meyer, K., & Becker, M. (2011). Short Report: Increased rates of depressed mood in mothers of children with ASD associated with the presence of the broader autism phenotype. Autism Research, 4, 143-148.
2011Hopwood, C.J., Donnellan, M.B., Blonigen, D.M., Krueger, R.F., McGue, M., Iacono, W.G., & Burt, S.A. (2011). Genetic and environmental influences on personality trait stability and growth during the transition to adulthood: A three wave longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 545-556.
2010Hopwood, C.J. & Donnellan, M.B. (2010). How should the internal structure of personality inventories be evaluated? Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14(3), 332-346.
2010Hopwood, C.J., Donnellan, M.B., & Zanarini, M.C. (2010). Temperamental and acute symptoms of borderline personality disorder: associations with normal personality traits and dynamic relations over time. Psychological Medicine, 40, 1871-1878.
2009Burt, S.A. & Donnellan, M.B. (2009). Development and validation of the Sub-Types of Antisocial Behavior questionnaire (STAB). Aggressive Behavior, 35, 376-398.
2008Burt, S. A., & Donnellan, M. B. (2008). Personality correlates of aggressive and non-aggressive antisocial behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 53-63.
2008Trzesniewski, K. H., Donnellan, M. B., & Robins, R. W. (2008a). Is “Generation Me” really more narcissistic than previous generations? Journal of Personality, 76, 903-917.
2008Donnellan, M. B (2008). A psychometric evaluation of two achievement goal inventories. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 68, 643-658.
2008Kashy, D. K., Donnellan, M. B., Burt, S. A., & McGue, M. (2008). Growth curve models for indistinguishable dyads using multilevel modeling and structural equation modeling: The case of adolescent twin’s conflict with their mothers. Developmental Psychology, 44, 316-329.