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Robert Ackerman

Robert Ackerman

Dr. Robert Ackerman is an assistant professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research addresses questions about interpersonal relationships using methods and models from both social and personality psychology. He is interested in developmental factors that contribute to the functioning of adult romantic relationships. His research also focuses on how narcissistic attributes impact the development of relationships and how such attributes affect important relationship outcomes in ongoing relationships. Because his substantive interests involve processes that occur within relationships and therefore often involve non-independent data, he is particularly interested in analytic models for both cross-sectional and longitudinal dyadic data.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment

Research Group or Laboratory:

Online Studies:

Journal Articles:

  • Ackerman, R. A., Kashy, D. A., Donnellan, M. B., Neppl, T., Lorenz, F., & Conger, R. D. (in press). The interpersonal legacy of a positive family climate in adolescence. Psychological Science.
  • Kashy, D. A., Donnellan, M. B., Ackerman, R. A., & Russell, D. W. (2009). Reporting and interpreting research in PSPB: Practices, principles, and pragmatics. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1131-1142.
  • Ackerman, R. A., Witt, E. A., Donnellan, M. B., Trzesniewski, K. H., Robins, R. W., & Kashy, D. A. (2011). What does the Narcissistic Personality Inventory really measure? Assessment, 18, 67-87.
  • Ackerman, R. A., Kashy, D. A., Donnellan, M. B., & Conger, R. D. (2011). Positive engagement behavior in observed family interactions: A social relations perspective. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 719-730.
  • Ackerman, R. A., Donnellan, M. B., & Robins, R. W. (2012). An item response theory analysis of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory. Journal of Personality Assessment, 94, 141-155.

Other Publications:

  • Ackerman, R. A., Donnellan, M. B., Kashy, D. A., & Conger, R. D. (2012). Dyadic data analyses in a developmental context. In B. Laursen, T. Little, & N. Card (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Research Methods (pp. 537-556). New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Ackerman, R. A., Donnellan, M. B., & Kashy, D. A. (2011). Working with dyadic data in studies of emerging adulthood: Specific recommendations, general advice, and practical tips. In F. Fincham & M. Cui (Eds.), Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood (pp. 67-97). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Courses Taught:

Robert Ackerman
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road, Green Hall
Richardson, Texas 75080
United States

  • Phone: (972) 883-2346
  • Fax: (972) 883-2491

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