Barbara de Clercq

Barbara De Clercq obtained her PhD in 2006 and holds a position as Associate Professor in personality psychology at the Department of Developmental, Personality and Social Psychology of Ghent University (Belgium). Her research is situated in the field of developmental personality psychology and mainly focuses on the assessment, development and dimensional structure of personality pathology from childhood onwards. She developed and validated an age-specific instrument for describing early manifestations of personality pathology, which has been internationally endorsed by seminal people in the field and empirically connects with the Five-Factor Model and the dimensional DSM-5 trait model of personality disorders. Her work also focuses on transactional processes between child and environmental factors that contribute to the development, maintenance and outcome of personality pathology throughout childhood and adolescence, and further advocates the role of individual differences in various childhood outcomes. At Ghent University, she teaches courses in the field of personality psychology, individual coaching, and primary pediatric mental health care. She was the primary organizer of an international expert meeting in 2016 on recent trends in the assessment of personality and their translational value toward clinical, applied and educational settings, funded by the European Association of Personality Psychology. She is also an active member of the Global Alliance for the Prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder (GAP), and participates in the international HiTOP consortium. She has been Associate Editor of Psychological Assessment, and is currently an editorial board member for Assessment and the Journal of Personality Disorders. Besides the academic work, she completed her psychotherapeutic training in 2007 and has combined the academic work with clinical work at the department of pediatrics for 8 years. Since 2017, she is one of the members of a multidisciplinary unit on early temperamental dysregulation problems in infants, where a transactional approach of parent-child dynamics forms the cornerstone of the treatment.


Markus Jokela

Markus Jokela is a professor of psychology at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research on personality has focused on associations between individual differences and demographic and health outcomes, including mortality, migration, and fertility. Much of his research is based on data pooled across multiple longitudinal cohort studies. Jokela has been a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge and University College London. He holds a PhD in psychology from University of Helsinki, and a PhD in epidemiology and public health from University College London.


Verónica Benet-Martínez

Verónica Benet-Martínez is an ICREA[i] Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain. She is an internationally renowned leader in the study of culture and social-personality processes, particularly those pertaining to acculturation and intercultural/multicultural experiences. Before joining UPF, she held faculty positions in the psychology departments of the University of California (Riverside) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and was a funded Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California (Berkeley). She obtained a BS in psychology from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, a Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of California (Davis). She is an appointed Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), was an associate editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2009-2015), and has been an editorial board member for several top-tier journals in personality, social, and cultural psychology. She most recently published the “Oxford Handbook of Multicultural Identity.” Her work has been funded by grants from the U.S., Spain, and the European Commission, and recognized by awards from SPSP (2019 Ed and Carol Diener Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Contributions in Personality Psychology) and APA’s divisions 9 and 52 (International Psychology Ursula Gielen Global Psychology award).

[i] Catalan Institute for Advanced Research & Studies


Roberto Colom

Prof. Colom received his PhD in 1989. Since early in his career, he was very keen to study human intelligence and he has been influenced by researchers such as Earl B. Hunt, Patrick C. Kyllonen, Hans J. Eysenck, Arthur R. Jensen, James R. Flynn, Richard J. Haier, and Paul M Thompson among many others. He is currently Professor of Individual Differences at the Dpt. of Biological and Health Psychology and he has been teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses and supervising PhD students since 1990 (many of whom are now teachers and researchers). He has authored twelve books (both technical and for a broad audience), edited six books, and published more than one hundred and fifty peer-reviewed articles. The vast majority of his research efforts have been focused on human intelligence. Perhaps the key feature of his history as a scientist is the large network of collaborations with research groups around the globe, including Europe, North America, South America, and Asia. This has stimulated a broad scope of interests going from the psychometric analysis of intelligence, its cognitive foundations and, in the last decade, its biological basis (mainly through the application of innovative neuroimaging research tools). These wide interests produced publications in scientific journals such as Intelligence, PAID, NeuroImage, Brain, PNAS, Human Brain Mapping, Brain Structure and Function, Memory & Cognition, Journal of Anatomy, SCAN, Neuropsychologia, and Computers and Education, to name some of them. He has also done applied research in areas including mental disability, crime behavior, personnel selection (ATC), and test development. Prof Colom is on the editorial board of the journal ‘Intelligence’ since 2000 and he acts as reviewer for several scientific outlets. He was a founding member of the Iberian-American Society for the Study of Individual Differences (1996) and served as President-Elect from 2006 to 2011. He is a member of the International Society for Intelligence Research (ISIR) since 2000. The mass media often request his opinion on a variety of topics, but mainly related with human intelligence.


Sonja Lyubomirsky

Sonja Lyubomirsky (A.B., summa cum laude, Harvard; PhD, social psychology, Stanford) is Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside and author of The How of Happiness and The Myths of Happiness, translated in 36 countries. Lyubomirsky’s teaching has been recognized with the Faculty of the Year (twice) and Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards. Her research – on the possibility of lastingly increasing happiness — has received many honors, including the Diener Award for Outstanding Midcareer Contributions in Personality Psychology, the Christopher J. Peterson Gold Medal, the Distinguished Research Lecturer Award, and a Positive Psychology Prize. Lyubomirsky lives in Santa Monica, California, with her family.

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