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Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

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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.

Primary Interests:

  • Health Psychology
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity

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Journal Articles:

  • Adler, J.M. (2013). Clients’ and therapists’ stories about psychotherapy. Journal of Personality, 86(5), 595-605.
  • 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., Lodi-Smith, J., Philippe, F.L., Houle, I. (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, 20(2), 142-175.
  • 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). The narrative reconstruction of psychotherapy. Narrative Inquiry, 17(2), 179-202.
  • Adler, J.M. & McAdams, D.P. (2007). Time, culture, and stories of the self. Psychological Inquiry, 18(2), 97-99.
  • 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., Turner, A.F., Brookshier, K.M., Monahan, C., Walder-Biesanz, I., Harmeling, L.H., Albaugh, M., McAdams, D.P., Oltmans, T.F. (2015). Variation in narrative identity is associated with trajectories of mental health over several years. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108(3), 476-496.
  • 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.

Other Publications:

  • 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.

Courses Taught:

  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Identity from the Mind and the Brain
  • Narrative Identity

Jonathan Adler
Olin Way, MH 368
Needham, Massachusetts 02492
United States of America

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