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Chris Hopwood


  • Post-doctoral Internship, Clinical Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 2008
  • 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 is a Professor of Psychology and the Area Head of the UC Davis Social/Personality program. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and the Journal of Personality Assessment. He has served on the boards of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research, the Society for Personality Assessment, and the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. 

Research Focus

The central question of Dr. Hopwood’s research is “why do people do the things they do?”  

Specific questions include: 

  • What are the best ways to measure personality, social behavior, and psychopathology? 
  • What impacts do cross-cultural experiences, psychotherapy, being in certain kinds of relationships, or major life events like parenting, health problems, or divorce have on personality change?  
  • Why do some people eat meat and why are other people vegetarian? 
  • What is really happening when people interact with one another?

Selected Publications

Hopwood, C.J., Harrison, A.L., Amole, M.C., Girard, J.M., Wright, A.G.C., Thomas, K.M., Sadler, P., Ansell, E.B., Chaplin, T.M., Morey, L.C., Crowley, M.J., Durbin, C.E., & Kashy, D.A. (2020). Properties of the continuous assessment of interpersonal dynamics across sex, dyadic familiarity, and interpersonal conflict. Assessment, 27, 40-56.

Bleidorn, W., Hill, P.L., Back, M.D., Denissen, J.J.A., Hennecke, M., Hopwood, C.J., Jokela, M., Kandler, C., Lucas, R.E., Luhmann, M., Orth, U., Roberts, B.W., Wagner, J., Wrzus, C., & Zimmermann, J. (2019). The policy relevance of personality traits. American Psychologist, 74, 1056-1067.

Bleidorn, W. & Hopwood, C.J. (2019). Pairing machine learning with construct validation to advance personality theory. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 23, 190-203. 

Hopwood, C.J. & Bleidorn, W. (2019). Psychological profiles of people who justify eating meat as natural, necessary, normal, or nice. Food Quality and Preference, 75, 10-14. 

Hopwood, C.J. & Good, E.W. (2019). Structure and correlates of interpersonal problems and sensitivities. Journal of Personality 87, 843-855. 

Hopwood, C.J. (2018). Interpersonal dynamics in personality and personality disorders. European Journal of Personality, 32, 499-524.

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., Good, E.W., & Morey, L.C. (2018). Validity of the Levels of Personality Functioning Scale-Self Report. Journal of Personality Assessment, 100, 650-659.

Hopwood, C.J., Kotov, R., Krueger, R.F., Watson, D., Widiger, T.A. …, & Zimmermann, J. (2018). The time has come for dimensional personality disorder diagnosis. Personality and Mental Health, 12, 82-86.


Dr. Hopwood teaches undergraduate courses on the history of psychology, clinical psychology, and vegetarian psychology, as well as graduate seminars on personality and assessment. Dr. Hopwood is affiliated with the UC Davis Social/Personality Program and is not involved in clinical training.


American Psychological Association Division 12 Theodore Millon Mid-Career Award for Research in Personality Psychology, 2019

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