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Angelina Sutin

Assistant Professor


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

Research Focus

Lifespan development
Personality and health
Psychological well-being
Health disparities


Recent Peer Reviewed Articles

Sutin, A. R. (in press). Optimism, pessimism, and bias in self-reported body weight among older adults. Obesity.

Sutin, A. R. ,Terracciano, A., Milaneschi, Y., An, Y., Ferrucci, L., & Zonderman, A. B. (in press). The trajectory of depressive symptoms across the adult lifespan. JAMA Psychiatry.

Sutin, A. R. ,Evans, M. K., & Zonderman, A. B. (in press). Personality traits and illicit substances: The moderating role of poverty. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Sutin, A. R., Costa, P. T., Chan, W., Milaneschi, Y., Eaton, W. W., Zonderman, A. B., Ferrucci, L., & Terracciano, A. (in press). I know not to, but I can't help it: Weight gain and changes in impulsivity-related personality traits. Psychological Science.

Sutin, A. R. , Terracciano, A., Milaneschi, Y., An, Y., Ferrucci, L., & Zonderman, A. B. (in press). Cohort effect on well-being: The legacy of economic hard times. Psychological Science.

Sutin, A. R., Costa, P. T., Evans, M. K., & Zonderman, A. B. (in press). Personality assessment in a diverse urban sample. Psychological Assessment.

Terracciano, A., Iacono, D., O’Brien, R. J., Troncoso, J. C., An, Y., Sutin, A. R., Ferrucci, L., Zonderman, A. B., & Resnick, S. M. (in press). Personality and resilience to Alzheimer’s Disease neuropathology: A prospective autopsy study. Neurobiology of Aging.

Terracciano, A., Schrack, J. A., Sutin, A. R., Chan, W., Simonsick, E. M., & Ferrucci, L. (in press). Personality, metabolic rate and aerobic capacity. PLoS One.

Hek, K., Demirkan, A., Lahti, J., Terracciano, A., Teumer, A., Cornelis, M. C., … Sutin, A. R. … & Murabito, J. (in press). A genome-wide association study of depressive symptoms. Biological Psychiatry.

Kapogiannis, D., Sutin, A. R., Davatzikos, C., Costa, P. T., & Resnick, S. M. (in press). The five factors of personality and regional cortical variability. Human Brain Mapping.

Sutin, A. R., & Zonderman, A. B. (2012). Depressive symptoms are associated with weight gain among women. Psychological Medicine, 42, 2351-2360.

Sutin, A. R., Milaneschi, Y., Cannas, A., Ferrucci, L., Uda, M., Schlessinger, D., Zonderman, A. B., & Terracciano, A. (2012). Impulsivity-related traits are associated with higher white blood cell counts. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 616-623.

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