The Personality Lab (established in 2009) provides space, electronic equipment, software, and more than 120 research and professional tools for studying individual differences, mental health, and neuropsychological functioning.

Current or prospective students interested in gaining experience in personality research may get in touch with the Personality Lab director, Prof. Blagov.

Current lab members:

  • Alix Friedman
  • Candice Chen
  • Helen Maslen
  • Mariel Garcia
  • Matt Evans
  • Pavel Blagov, PhD, director

Recent projects have focused on such topics as:

  • links between personality and personal memories
  • personality adjustment in sexual minority individuals
  • maladaptive personality
  • topics based on students' interests

Former lab members,
Last known distinctions:

  • Yifan "Catherine" Yang,
    pursing an M.S.
  • Zachary Calo,
    works as an R.A.
  • Morgan Lawless,
    pursuing a J.D.
  • Kristi Von Handorf,
    pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Alan Pugh,
    earned an M.S.W.
  • Morgan Walker,
    pursing an M.A.
  • Claire Westcott,
    earned MMSc & P.A.-C.
  • Joshua Goodman,
    earned a Ph.D.
  • Claire Ulrickson,
    eorks in health care
  • Paul Butler,
    earned an M.A.
  • Elizabeth Schiller,
    earned an M.B.A.
  • Hailun Zhao,
    earned an M.A.
  • Kathryn Oost
    Pursuing a Ph.D.

Personality Lab Members Outside Maxey Hall in Summer of 2019
Mariel Garcia'21, Matt Evans'21, Prof. Pavel Blagov, Candice Chen'21, and Helen Maslen'21 outside Maxey Hall in the summer of 2019. The team has just recently designed a new project on self-defining memories and well-being in sexual minority individuals. 

Alan Pugh’14 and Kristi Von Handorf ’14 prepare data for analysis
Kristi Von Handorf ’14 and Alan Pugh’14 prepare data for analysis. Kristi earned her MSc in psychology from the University of London; she is pursuing her PhD at Western University (as of 2019). Alan earned his MSW from the University of Washington and is pursuing licensure in social work (also as of 2019).

Jed Jacobson'13 and Leland Matthaeus'13 completed their thesis on executive functioning and athletics in the Personality Lab. Here, their house cat has been "invited" to complete one of the cognitive tasks the students used in their research. The reserch resulted in their own publication in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Jacobson & Matthaeus, 2014).
Jed Jacobson'13 and Leland Matthaeus'13 completed their thesis on executive functioning and athletics in the Personality Lab. Here, their house cat has been "invited" to complete one of the cognitive tasks the students used in their research. The research resulted in their own paper in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise (Jacobson & Matthaeus, 2014). No worries, pet allergy sufferers; pets have not entered the lab since then.
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