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Ackerman, Robert

Early Life and Educational Background

Ackerman was born in Secaucus, New Jersey, on October 25, 1982. In 2004, he earned his B.A. in Psychology from Monmouth University. Later, under the advisement of Deborah A. Kashy and M. Brent Donnellan, Ackerman earned his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from Michigan State University in 2011.

Professional Career

Ackerman has been a faculty member in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas since 2011. He has published 16 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Assessment, European Journal of Personality, Journal of Personality Assessment, Journal of Family Psychology, and Psychological Science.

Research Interests

Ackerman’s research addresses questions about pathological personality attributes and interpersonal relationships using sophisticated assessment techniques and models for dyadic data. His work on pathological personality attributes has primarily focused on the conceptualization and...


  • Narcissistic Personality Inventory
  • Monmouth University
  • Dyadic Data
  • Family Psychology
  • Developmental Factors

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  • Ackerman, R. A., & Corretti, C. A. (2015). Pathological personality traits and intimacy processes within roommate relationships. In special issue: Social consequences of personality. European Journal of Personality, 29, 152–172.

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  • 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.

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  • Ackerman, R. A., Kashy, D. A., Donnellan, M. B., Neppl, T., Lorenz, F., & Conger, R. D. (2013). The interpersonal legacy of a positive family climate in adolescence. Psychological Science, 24, 243–250.

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  • Ackerman, R. A., Kashy, D. A., & Corretti, C. A. (2015). A tutorial on analyzing data from speed-dating studies with heterosexual dyads. Personal Relationships, 22, 92–110.

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  • Ackerman, R. A., Donnellan, M. B., Roberts, B. W., & Fraley, R. C. (2016). The effect of response format on the psychometric properties of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory: Consequences for item meaning and factor structure. Assessment, 23, 203–220.

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Ackerman, R. (2016). Ackerman, Robert. In: Zeigler-Hill, V., Shackelford, T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer, Cham.

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