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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

Robert Ackerman


Robert Ackerman

Assistant Professor

PhD, Michigan State University

Individual Differences in Interpersonal Relationships


GR 4.126

972-883-2346 phone email


The Personality and Interpersonal Relationships (PAIR) Laboratory website
















About Robert Ackerman


Dr. Robert A. Ackerman is an assistant professor in psychological sciences. Dr. Ackerman received his BA in psychology from Monmouth University in 2004, and he received his PhD in social and personality psychology from Michigan State University in 2011.


Research Interests


My research addresses questions about interpersonal relationships using methods and models from both social and personality psychology. It is characterized by three broad lines of work. First, I am interested in developmental factors that contribute to the functioning of adult romantic relationships. My second line of research focuses on how narcissistic attributes impact the development of relationships and how such attributes affect important relationship outcomes in ongoing relationships. Finally, because my substantive interests involve processes that occur within relationships and therefore often involve non-independent data, I am particularly interested in analytic models for both cross-sectional and longitudinal dyadic data.


Recent Publications


Ackerman, R. A., & Corretti, C. A. (in press). Pathological personality traits and intimacy processes within roommate relationships. European Journal of Personality.


Ackerman, R. A., Donnellan, M. B., Roberts, B. W., & Fraley, R. C. (in press). The effect of response format on the psychometric properties of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory: Consequences for item meaning and factor structure. Assessment.


Ackerman, R. A., Kashy, D. A., & Corretti, C. A. (in press). A tutorial on analyzing data from speed-dating studies with heterosexual dyads. Personal Relationships.


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