My research focuses on the interface between adult identity development and clinical psychology. Broadly conceived, my research interests revolve around the reciprocal relationships between self/identity processes and psychological functioning. I am 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 identity. In other words, I am interested in how the process of making sense of negative experiences influences important life outcomes, including physical and mental health, personality maturity, and the process and outcome of psychotherapy treatment. I draw on diverse methodologies and analytical approaches in my research, encompassing the analysis of rich narrative data and multilevel modeling.
- Health Psychology
- Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Self and Identity
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- Adler, J.M. (in press). Clients’ and therapists’ stories about psychotherapy. Journal of Personality.
- Adler, J. M. (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, 102(2), 367-389.
- Adler, J.M. (2011). Epistemological tension in the future of personality disorder diagnosis. American Journal of Psychiatry,168,11, 1221-1222.
- Adler, J.M. (2008). Two modes of thought: The narrative/paradigmatic disconnect in the Bailey book controversy. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37(3), 42-425.
- Adler, J.M., Chin, E.D., Kolisetty, A.P., & Oltmanns, T.F. (2012). The distinguishing characteristics of narrative identity in adults with features of Borderline Personality Disorder: An empirical investigation. Journal of Personality Disorders, 26, 498-512.
- Adler, J.M., Kissel, E.C., McAdams, D.P. (2006). Emerging from the CAVE: Attributional style and the narrative study of identity in midlife adults. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 30(1), 39-51.
- Adler, J.M. & Matthews, E.A. (2009). Encouraging epistemological exploration in the undergraduate psychology classroom: Impacts on retention and application of course material. Teaching of Psychology, 36(2), 122-125.
- Adler, J.M. & McAdams, D.P. (2007). Time, culture, and stories of the self. Psychological Inquiry, 18(2), 97-99.
- Adler, J.M. & McAdams, D.P. (2007). The narrative reconstruction of psychotherapy. Narrative Inquiry, 17(2), 179-202.
- Adler, J. M., & Poulin, M. (2009). The political is personal: Narrating 9/11 and psychological well-being. Journal of Personality, 74(4), 903-932.
- Adler, J. M., Skalina, L. M., & McAdams, D.P. (2008). The narrative reconstruction of psychotherapy and psychological health. Psychotherapy Research, 18(6), 719-734.
- Adler, J. M., Wagner, J. W., McAdams, D. P. (2007). Personality and the coherence of psychotherapy narratives. Journal of Research in Personality, 41(6), 1179-1198.
- Zinbarg, R. E., Uliaszek, A. A., & Adler, J. M. (2008). The role of personality in psychotherapy for anxiety and depression. Journal of Personality, 76(6), 1649-1688.
- Adler, J.M. (2012). Sitting at the nexus of epistemological traditions: Narrative psychological perspectives on self-knowledge. In S. Vazire & T.D. Wilson (Eds.) Handbook of self-knowledge (pp. 327-342). New York: Guilford Press.
- McAdams, D. P., & Adler, J. M. (2010). Autobiographical memory and the construction of a narrative identity: Theory, research, and clinical implications. In J. E. Maddux & J. Tangney (Eds.), Social psychological foundations of clinical psychology (pp. 36-50). New York: Guilford Press.
- McAdams, D. P., & Adler, J. M. (2006). How does personality develop? In D. Mroczek & T. Little (Eds.), Handbook of Personality Development (pp. 469-492). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
- Foundations of Psychology
- Identity from the Mind and the Brain
- Narrative Identity
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Needham, Massachusetts 02492
- Phone: http://faculty.olin.edu/jadler