Jonathan M Adler

Associate Professor of Psychology, Olin College of Engineering

Professor Adler is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Olin College of Engineering, a Visiting Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Chief Academic Officer of Health Story Collaborative. He also serves as Associate Editor of Journal of Personality.

Professor Adler's research focuses on the interface between adult identity development and clinical psychology. Broadly conceived, his research interests revolve around the reciprocal and dynamic relationships between identity processes and psychological functioning. He is especially interested in the most productive ways people make sense of the difficult things that happen to them and how that personal meaning facilitates changes in well-being.

Professor Adler's research has been covered by media outlets including: The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Scientific American, and many others.

Experience

  • 2015–present
    Associate Professor of Psychology, Olin College of Engineering
  • 2009–2015
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Olin College of Engineering

Publications

  • 2018
    Bringing the (disabled) body to personality psychology: A case study of Samantha., Journal of Personality
  • 2017
    Research methods for studying narrative identity: A primer. , Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • 2016
    The incremental validity of narrative identity in predicting well-being: A review of the field and recommendations for the future., Personality and Social Psychology Review
  • 2015
    Variation in narrative identity is associated with trajectories of mental health over several years, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
  • 2013
    Narrative meaning-making is associated with sudden gains in clients' mental health under routine clinical conditions. , Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • 2012
    Living into the story: Agency and coherence in a longitudinal study of narrative identity development and mental health over the course of psychotherapy. , Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Research in Personality
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Honours

Rising Star in Personality Psychology from the Association for Research in Personality