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Department of Psychology Personality, Psychopathology, and Assessment Lab

Welcome to the Personality, Psychopathology, and Assessment Lab


Broadly, our lab seeks to understand basic personality structures and processes (e.g., temperament, self-beliefs/schemata, goals, etc.), how to measure them, and to increasing our understanding of their role in clinical syndromes such as depressive and trauma-related disorders.

Developing new approaches to assessing personality and conceptualizing clinical cases. Our lab is involved in applying advances in social cognitive theory to personality assessment and clinical case conceptualization (see Scott & Cervone, 2016; Scott, Paup, & Kirchhoff, 2021).  How does one measure temperament, self-schemata, goals, personal/moral standards in a manner that is consistent with how these personality structures are conceptualized in current scientific thinking?  For example, many psychological scientists conceptualize self-schemata as represented in memory in the form of multiple self-with-other representations (e.g., self-with-mom, self-with-friend, etc.).  Recently we have been developing new methods of assessing self-schemata in line with these current conceptualizations of the self (see Scott, Penningroth et al., 2021; Scott, Tyser et al., 2021).

Understanding the role of personality in clinical syndromes, such as depression.  Our lab is also involved in investigating how individual differences in personality structures—temperament, self-schemata, goals and personal standard/moral systems—contribute to clinical syndromes such as depression and trauma-related disorders, as well as in how these disorders can influence these personality structures and processes (see Lindsay et al., 2005; Scott & Cervone, 2002).