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Josh Jackson is the Rosenzweig Associate Professor in Personality Science at Washington University in St. Louis. He directs the Personality Measurement and Development lab (PMaD lab). 

His lab examines how personality develops across the lifespan, the effects that personality has on important life outcomes, and how best to measure personality across time and contexts. Current projects pertain to how personality relates to physical health and how educational experiences influence personality development. 



PMaD Lab Updates


Yet another exciting job placement coming out of the PMaD lab...Kelci learned today that after graduating from WashU this semester, she will begin a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Elizabeth Page-Gould, studying friendship and relationships in the Embodied Social Cognition Lab at the University in Toronto. We're all so excited for Kelci as she begins the next step of her academic adventure! Kelci is currently seeking tips from her upper-Midwest-raised labmates on how to survive subzero temperatures.


Sara learned today that after graduating from WashU in May, she will begin a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Dan Mroczek, studying personality and health at Northwestern University (her alma mater!). The PMaD Lab is so thrilled for Sara, and hopes that she will return to visit them someday when she is a famous health psychology researcher.


Dr. Josh Jackson was officially installed today as the Saul and Louise Rosenzweig Associate Professor of Personality Science. Chancellor Wrighton and Dean Schaal spoke about Josh's numerous accomplishments during his academic career. Dr. Randy Larsen also spoke about the fascinating history of Saul Rosenzweig, including his correspondence with Sigmund Freud and his development of the Picture-Frustration Study (used in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange!).

Josh then spoke about his own research on personality development across the lifespan. He highlighted the challenges inherent to developing personality change interventions to encourage advantageous behaviors, such as those related to conscientiousness. Many psychology faculty were in attendance, as well as Josh's grad students and his family, to support him as he received this great honor. Congratulations to Josh!


Kelci, Leah, and Emorie spent the past weekend in sunny San Antonio, TX, attending SPSP 2017!

Kelci spoke at a symposium along with Katie Finnigan (UC-Davis), Carol Tweten (MSU), and WashU postdoc Felix Cheung. Her talk was titled "Time to Start Getting 'Real': The Transition from College."

Leah presented her poster at the Lifespan Social-Personality preconference: "Our Majors, Ourselves: Selection and Socialization in the Context of Academic Majors."

Emorie gave a data blitz on between- and within-person analyses of personality networks at the Dynamical Systems and Computational Modeling preconference, and later presented her work at the Emotion poster session: "Emotion and Information Processing in Dynamic Blame Judgments."


After graduating from WashU in November, Anissa began working this week as a data analyst for a software company in Minneapolis, MN. The PMaD Lab misses her and wishes her all the best in her new career! 


Leah Schultz, M.A. (!) defended her master's thesis today. Her talk was titled, "What Does Your Major Say About You? Selection, Socialization, and Person-Environment Fit in the Context of Personality Development."

PMaD Lab in the News

For Couples, Success at Work is Affected by Partner's Personality -Scientific American, January 20, 2015

Want to know how long you'll live? Ask your friends! -Discover, January 15,2015

4 successful CEOs who throw cold water on the marriage-success theory  -Fortune, January 8, 2015 

Why Companies Want Staffers With Happy Spouses -Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2015

An Educational Myth -Huffington Post, January 6, 2015

Could a Personality Test Improve Your Health?  -The New York Times, December 29, 2014