Using the Five-Factor Model of personality as an organizing framework, my research addresses how personality traits are associated with physical and mental health across adulthood and how personality shapes the psychological understanding of personally-meaningful experiences. Broadly, my research objectives are (1) to identify links between personality and inflammatory, cardiovascular, metabolic, and other markers of physical health, (2) to identify how personality traits relate to mental health, life events, and autobiographical memory, and (3) to identify the processes through which traits are associated with these outcomes across the adult lifespan. Using correlational, longitudinal, and experimental methodologies, my research takes a comprehensive approach to these objectives by addressing the physiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms that link personality traits and other psychological processes to morbidity and mortality.
B.A., Psychology, Mount Holyoke College, 1999
Ph.D., Psychology (Personality), University of California, Davis, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institute on Aging, 2006-2012
Associate Editor, Journal of Personality
Association for Research in Personality
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Personality and health
Sutin, A. R., Ferrucci, L., Zonderman, A. B., & Terracciano, A. (2011). Personality and obesity across the adult lifespan. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 579-592.
Sutin, A. R., Costa, P. T., Chan, W., Milaneschi, Y., Eaton, W. W., Zonderman, A. B., Ferrucci, L., & Terracciano, A. (2013). I know not to, but I can't help it: Weight gain and changes in impulsivity-related personality traits. Psychological Science, 24, 1323-1328.
Sutin, A. R. & Terracciano, A. (2013). Perceived weight discrimination and obesity. PLoS One, 8, e70048.
Sutin, A. R., Terracciano, A., Milaneschi, Y., An, Y., Ferrucci, L., & Zonderman, A. B. (2013). The trajectory of depressive symptoms across the adult lifespan. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 803-11.
Sutin, A. R., Stephan, Y., Luchetti, M., & Terracciano, A. (in press). Perceived weight discrimination and c-reactive protein. Obesity.