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Department of Psychology Adult Psychopathology Lab


The two main areas that the Adult Psychopathology lab is focused on are:

(a) Psychopathy and other externalizing disorders
(b) Health anxiety/hypochondria

Much of our research focuses on the measurement and conceptualization of psychopathy and related personality traits in non-forensic settings.  This research has examined the associations between self-reported psychopathy and antisocial behavior in college students, the role of “boldness” in psychopathy, and the latent structure of psychopathy (i.e., are there “psychopaths” who are uniquely different from others or does psychopathy exist along a continuum). The lab is currently developing ways to measure dark personality traits using measures of general personality.  We are also studying the ways in which allegiance effects can influence forensic assessments and psychotherapy research. 


Selected recent publications: 

Marcus, D. K., Nagel, M. G., Lambros, A, & Zeigler-Hill, V.  (in press).  Construction and preliminary validation of Machiavellianism scales from the HEXACO-100.  Assessment.   

Lima-Costa, A.; Bonfá-Araujo, B.; Pechorro, P., & Marcus, D. K. (in press). Brazilian Portuguese adaptation of the Spitefulness Scale and associations with personality traits. Psychological Assessment. 

Marcus, D. K., (2021). Studying group dynamics with the social relations model revisited.  Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 25(3), 250-257. 

Church, A, S., Marcus, D. K., & Hamilton, Z. K.  (2021).  Community service outcomes in justice-involved youth: Comparing restorative community service to standard community service. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 48(9), 1243-1260. 

Eichenbaum, A. E., Marcus, D. K., French, B. F. (2021).  Item response theory analysis of the Triarchic Psychopathy Measure. Psychological Assessment, 33(8), 766-776. 

Trupp, G., Preszler, J., Boccaccini, M. T., Marcus, D. K., Varela, J. G., & Turner, D. B. (2021).  Generalizability of psychopathy network analysis findings to scores assigned to individuals convicted of a sex offense.  Criminal Justice and Behavior, 48,. 671-689. 

Fanning, J. R., Marcus, D. K., Preszler, J, & Coccaro, E. F.  (2021).  Evidence for the taxonic latent structure for DSM-5 intermittent explosive disorder in adults.  Psychological Medicine, 51, 54-61. 

Spradlin, A., Marcus, D. K., & Cuttler, C.  (2020).  The latent structure of cannabis misuse: A taxometric analysis. Psychological Assessment , 32, 803-808.. 

Marcus, D. K., Eichenbaum, A. E., Anderson, A. E., Zimmerman, J. A., Nagel, M. G., Zeigler-Hill, V., Watts, A. L., Lilienfeld, S. O.  (2019).  Construction and preliminary validation of Triarchic Psychopathy Scales from the HEXACO-100.  Psychological Assessment, 31, 961-973. 

Eichenbaum, A. E., Marcus, D. K., & French, B. F.  (2019).  Item response theory analysis of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Revised.  Assessment, 26, 1046-1058.  

Lui, J. H. L., Barry, C. T., & Marcus, D. K. (2019).  A short-term intervention for adolescents with callous-unemotional traits and emotion-processing deficits.  Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 38, 475-500.   

Marcus, D. K., Robinson, S. L., & Eichenbaum, A. E. (2019).  Externalizing behavior and psychopathy: A social relations analysis. Journal of Personality Disorders, 33, 310-325.  

O’Connell, D. C., & Marcus, D. K.  (2019).  The association between psychopathy and sadism.  Aggression and Violent Behavior, 46, 109-115. 

Anderson, A. E., & Marcus, D. K. (2019).  A bifactor model of meanness, coldheartedness, callousness, and sadism.  Personality and Individual Differences, 137, 192-197. 

Rufino, K. A., Marcus, D. K., Ellis, T. E., & Boccaccini, M. T.  (2018).  Further evidence that suicide risk is categorical:  A taxometric analysis of data from an inpatient sample.  Psychological Assessment, 30, 1541-1547. 

Preszler, J., Marcus, D. K., Edens, J. F., & McDermott, B. E.  (2018).  Network analysis of psychopathy in forensic inpatients.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127, 171-182. 

Marcus, D. K., Preszler, J., & Zeigler-Hill, V.  (2018).  A network of dark personality traits: What lies at the heart of darkness?  Journal of Research in Personality, 73, 56-62.  

Marcus, D. K., Sawaqdeh, A., O’Connell, D.,& Lilienfeld, S. O.  (2018).  Identifying careless responding bias with the Psychopathic Personality Inventory—Revised (PPI-R) validity scales.  Assessment, 25, 31-39. 

Marcus, D.K., & Zeigler-Hill, V.  (2015).  A big tent of dark personality traits. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9, 434-446.