October 14-16, 2015
Miami, Florida

Keynote Address

Emerging Adulthood in a Lifespan Perspective
Brent W. Roberts, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, USA

Keynote Address: The Highs and Lows of Personality Development in the Transition to Adulthood
Speaker: Brent W. Roberts, University of Illinois


Please see the Powerpoint presentation here


Date:  Thursday, October 15, 8:00-9:30am


The highs and lows of personality development in the transition to adulthood
The last two decades have seen a rapid acceleration of research on personality development focusing on the periods of late adolescence and young adulthood. The findings paint a picture of surprising quiescence in adolescence followed by period of tremendous growth and change in personality traits in young adulthood. I will discuss these findings, their relation to ideas of maturity, the putative mechanisms thought to guide these changes, and how these patterns relate to the idea of emerging adulthood.

Brent Roberts, Ph.D.
is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois, in the Social-Personality-Organizational Division. 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, Urbana-Champaign. He received the J. S. Tanaka Dissertation Award for methodological and substantive contributions to the field of personality psychology in 1995. He also was awarded the Diener Mid-Career award in Personality Psychology from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, The Theodore Millon Mid-Career award in Personality Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation, and was appointed as a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar at the University of Illinois from 2008-2011. He recently received the 2012 Henry Murray Award from the Society for Personology and the American Psychological Association. He has served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Personality, as a member-at-large and Executive Officer for the Association for Research in Personality and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Personality and Social Psychology Review, and Perspectives on Psychological Science.

His complete CV and list of publications are available HERE

Selected Publications

Jackson, J. J., Bogg, T., Walton, K., Wood, D., Harms, P. D., Lodi-Smith, J. L., & Roberts, B. W. (2009). Not all conscientiousness scales change alike: A multi-method, multi-sample study of age differences in the facets of conscientiousness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 446-459.

Roberts, B. W., Smith J., Jackson, J. J., & Edmonds, G. (2009). Compensatory conscientiousness and health in older couples. Psychological Science, 20, 553-559.

Roberts, B. W., & Jackson, J. J. (2008). Sociogenomic personality psychology. Journal of Personality, 76, 1523-1544.