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Chris Hopwood


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2008
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, 2003
  • B.S., Psychology, Michigan State University, 1999


Dr. Hopwood’s training, teaching and research sit at the interface of clinical and personality psychology. He is the Area Head of the UC Davis Social/Personality program, an Associate Editor at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality Disorders, and a board member of the Society for Personality Assessment and North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders.

Research Focus

Dr. Hopwood’s research focuses on personality assessment, personality development, psychiatric diagnosis, and interpersonal processes. He draws upon a variety of theoretical perspectives and methods to inform his work. Recent specific questions include:

How can machine learning be used to advance personality assessment?

How can evidence-based models of personality and psychopathology assessment inform clinical practice?

What is the best way to conceptualize and assess dynamic psychological processes?

What does it mean to be an authentic person?

What factors impact personality change?

Can cultural exploration, for instance through study abroad, amplify personality development?

What reasons do people have for adopting a plant-based diet?

Selected Publications

Bleidorn, W. & Hopwood, C.J. (in press). Pairing machine learning with construct validation to advance personality theory. Personality and Social Psychology Review.

Hopwood, C.J. (2018). Interpersonal dynamics in personality and personality disorders. European Journal of Personality.

Hopwood, C.J. (2018). A framework for treating DSM-5 Alternative Model of Personality Disorder features. Personality and Mental Health, 12, 107-125.

Hopwood, C.J. & Bleidorn, W. (2017). Stability of personality and personality disorders. Current Opinion in Psychology. 21, 6-10.

Hopwood, C.J., Thomas, K.M., Luo, X., Bernard, N., Lin, Y., & Levendosky, A.A. (2016). Implementing dynamic assessments in psychotherapy. Assessment, 23, 507-517.

Hopwood, C.J., Zimmermann, J., Pincus, A.L., & Krueger, R.F. (2015). Connecting personality structure and dynamics: Towards a more evidence based and clinically useful diagnostic scheme. Journal of Personality Disorders, 29, 431-448.


Dr. Hopwood teaches history of psychology, introduction to clinical psychology, and abnormal psychology, as well as a graduate seminar in personality psychology. Dr. Hopwood is affiliated with the UC Davis Social Personality Program and am not involved in clinical training.


American Psychological Association Division 12 Theodore Millon Mid-Career Award for Research in Personality Psychology

North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Mid-Career Investigator Award, 2018

International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Young Investigator Award for Early Career Achievements, 2015

Fellow, Society for Personality Assessment, 2014

Society for Personality Assessment Samuel J. and Anne G. Beck University of Chicago Early Career Award for Outstanding Research in Personality Assessment, 2011

Society for Personality Assessment John E. Exner Research Award, 2011

Texas A&M University Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award, 2009