MEET THE RESEARCH TEAM
Brent W. Roberts, Ph.D.:
Brent W. Roberts is a Professor of Psychology and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he holds the Gutsgell Endowed Professorship at the University of Illinois, is designated as a Health Innovation Professor in the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine, and is a Distinguished Guest Professor at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1994 in Personality Psychology and worked at the University of Tulsa until 1999 when he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois. Dr. Roberts's research focuses on continuity and change in personality traits across adulthood, the life experiences associated with changes in personality traits over time, and whether personality traits can be changed through intervention. Dr. Roberts also conducts research on measurement issues, in particular how to measure the traits of conscientiousness and narcissism, and more recently, how to best assess social, emotional, and behavioral skills.
He has received multiple awards for his work including the Carol and Ed Diener Mid-Career Award in Personality Psychology, the Theodore Millon Mid-Career Award in Personality Psychology, the Henry Murray Award, the Jack Block Award for Distinguished Research in Personality, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Basel. He served as the Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Science, Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Personality and Psychological Science and is the Past President for the Association for Research in Personality.
Jennifer V. Fayard, Ph.D.:
Dr. Fayard earned her PhD in Personality Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2012. She is a former Associate Professor of Psychology at a small liberal arts college where she taught courses in personality and social psychology, research methods, psychology of women, and psychology of creativity for 11 years before returning to UIUC to join the Identifying the 21st Century Scientific Pioneer project. Her main research interests center around three areas: the relationship between personality traits and emotional experience, the psychology of creativity, and factors that influence whether we see someone has having "no personality" or "a lot of personality." She writes about personality and other topics in psychological science for Psychology Today.
Corrie True: Interviewer
Corrie True has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, IL and is completing her Master of Social Work with a schools concentration at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL. She currently resides in the Chicago suburbs where she is the social work intern at two middle schools.
Cavan Bonner: Interviewer
Cavan Bonner is a doctoral student in Personality Psychology and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Illinois. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Kalamazoo College in 2021, and worked as research staff in industrial-organizational psychology at Purdue University prior to starting his graduate studies.
Dr. Gregory S. Crawford
University of Zurich
Dr. Ernst Fehr
University of Zurich
Dr. Martin Hetzer
Dr. John Thomas