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Wiebke Bleidorn


  • Ph.D., Personality Psychology, Bielefeld University, Germany, 2010
  • Diplom, Psychology, Bielefeld University, Germany, 2007


In addition to her academic appointment in Psychology, Wiebke Bleidorn is the director of the Personality Change Lab. She serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Collabra, and as Consulting Editor for the European Journal of Personality, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Personality, and Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the Association for Research in Personality (ARP), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs).

Research Focus

Professor Bleidorn examines the conditions, mechanisms, and consequences of personality change. Personality change is an emerging subfield that straddles the areas of personality, developmental, and social psychology. Professor Bleidorn's work sits at this intersection. Her current research involves questions about the cultural and social conditions under which people change, the genetic and environmental mechanisms that account for change, and the consequences of these changes for psychological functioning and important life outcomes. 

Selected Publications

Bleidorn, W., Hill, P. L., Back, M.D., Denissen J.J.A., Hennecke, M., Hopwood, C.J., … & Roberts, B. W. (2019). The policy relevance of personality traits. American Psychologist, 74, 1056-1067.

Bleidorn, W., Hopwood, C. J., Lucas, R. E. (2018). Life Events and Personality Change. Journal of Personality. 86, 83-96.

Bleidorn, W., Arslan, R., Denissen, J.J.A., Rentfrow, P.E., Gebauer, J. E., Potter, J. & Gosling, S.D. (2016). Age and gender differences in self-esteem – A cross-cultural window. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111, 396 – 410.

Bleidorn, W. (2015). What accounts for personality maturation in early adulthood? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 245–252.

Jokela, M., Bleidorn, W.,  Lamb, M. ,  Gosling, S. D., & Rentfrow, P. J. (2015). Geographically varying associations between personality and life satisfaction in the London metropolitan area. PNAS, 112, 725-730.

Bleidorn, W.,  Kandler, C., &  Caspi, A. (2014). The behavioral genetics of personality development in adulthood – Classic, contemporary, and future trends. European Journal of Personality, 28, 244-255.

Bleidorn, W.,  Klimstra, T. A.,  Denissen, J. J. A.,  Rentfrow, J., Potter, P. J., &  Gosling, S. D. (2013). Personality maturation around the world – A cross-cultural examination of Social Investment Theory. Psychological Science, 24, 2530-2540.


Professor Bleidorn teaches in the areas of social-personality. She focuses on personality development, personality processes, assessment, behavioral genetics, and well-being..


In recognition of her body of research, Professor Bleidorn has received the 2019 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology (individual Differences), the 2017 ARP Early Career Award, the 2016 SPSP Sage Young Scholars Award, and the 2016 Early Achievement Award from the European Association of Personality Psychology. In 2015, she was recognized as Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science (APS).