Grant W. Edmonds, Ph.D.
Education & Training
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
St. John's College, Annapolis, MD
Philosophy and History of Mathematics
Dr. Edmonds' research interests are focused on understanding the mechanisms linking personality to physical health across the lifespan. His work is predicated by two ideas: (1) personality is an established predictor of mortality and, (2) personality changes in developmentally important ways across the lifespan. Within this framework, he is committed to developing and testing models relating consequential change in personality to trajectories of health via multiple paths. These include behavioral pathways, social environmental influences, and ultimately biological systems. The larger goal is to construct a model of personality development and health change that explains the personality-mortality connection, and provides a guide for planning future interventions that may benefit public health. An important focal point of Dr. Edmonds' work involves enhancing the assessment of personality constructs by incorporating multiple modes of measurement. These include peer and self ratings of dispositional tendencies, cognitive behavioral measures, and personality in the context of social dyads.
09/01/17 - 03/31/22
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Active and Not Recruiting
06/15/13 - 05/31/16
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Hampson, S. E., & Edmonds, G. W. (2017). A new twist on old questions: A lifespan approach to the trait concept. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12304
Hill, P. L., Edmonds, G. W., & Hampson, S. E. (2017). A purposeful lifestyle is a healthful lifestyle: Linking sense of purpose to self-rated health through multiple health behaviors. Journal of Health Psychology, 1359105317708251-1359105317708251.
Nave, C. S., Edmonds, G. W., Hampson, S. E., Murzyn, T., & Sauerberger, K. S. (2017). From elementary school to midlife: Childhood personality predicts behavior during cognitive testing over four decades later. Journal of Research in Personality, 67, 183-189. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2016.10.001
Hill, P. L., & Edmonds, G. W. (2017). Personality development in adolescence. In J. Specht & J. Specht (Eds.), Personality development across the lifespan. (pp. 25-38). San Diego, CA, US: Elsevier Academic Press.
Hampson, S. E., Edmonds, G. W., & Goldberg, L. R. (2017). The Health Behavior Checklist: Factor structure in community samples and validity of a revised good health practices scale. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105316687629
Edmonds, G. W., Hampson, S. E., Côté, H. C. F., Hill, P. L., & Klest, B. (2016). Childhood Personality, Betrayal Trauma, and Leukocyte Telomere Length in Adulthood: A Lifespan Perspective on Conscientiousness and Betrayal Traumas as Predictors of a Biomarker of Cellular Ageing. European Journal of Personality, 30, 426-437. doi: 10.1002/per.2051
Nave, C. S., Edmonds, G. W., Hampson, S. E., Murzyn, T., & Sauerberger, K. S. (2016). From Elementary School to Midlife: Childhood Personality Predicts Behavior During Cognitive Testing over Four Decades Later. Journal of Research in Personality. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2016.10.001
Hampson, S. E., Edmonds, G. W., Goldberg, L. R., Barckley, M., Klest, B., Dubanoski, J. P., & Hillier, T. A. (2016). Lifetime trauma, personality traits, and health: A pathway to midlife health status. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 8, 447-454. doi: 10.1037/tra0000137 10.1037/tra0000137.supp (Supplemental)
Hill, P. L., Edmonds, G. W., Peterson, M., Luyckx, K., & Andrews, J. A. (2016). Purpose in life in emerging adulthood: Development and validation of a new brief measure. Journal of Positive Psychology, 11, 237-245. doi: 10.1080/17439760.2015.1048817
Hampson, S. E., Edmonds, G. W., Barckley, M., Goldberg, L. R., Dubanoski, J. P., & Hillier, T. A. (2016). A Big Five approach to self-regulation: personality traits and health trajectories in the Hawaii longitudinal study of personality and health. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 21, 152-162. doi: 10.1080/13548506.2015.1061676
Hampson, S. E., Edmonds, G. W., Goldberg, L. R., Dubanoski, J. P., & Hillier, T. A. (2015). A life-span behavioral mechanism relating childhood conscientiousness to adult clinical health. Health Psychology, 34(9), 887-895. doi:10.1037/hea0000209
Edmonds, G. W., Cote, H. F., & Hampson, S. E. (2015). Childhood Conscientiousness and Leukocyte Telomere Length 40 Years Later in Adult Women-Preliminary Findings of a Prospective Association. Plos ONE, (7),
Edmonds, G. W., Côté, H. C. F., & Hampson, S. E. (2015). Childhood Conscientiousness and Leukocyte Telomere Length 40 Years Later in Adult Women--Preliminary Findings of a Prospective Association. PLoS ONE, 10, e0134077-e0134077. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134077
Letzring, T. D., Edmonds, G. W., & Hampson, S. E. (2014) Personality Change at mid-life is associated with changes in self-rated health: Evidence from the Hawaii Personality and Health Cohort. Personality and Individual Differences, 58, 60-64.
Hampson, S., Edmonds, G., Goldberg, L., Dubanoski, J., & Hillier, T. (2013). Childhood conscientiousness relates to objectively measured adult physical health four decades later. Health Psychology: Official Journal Of The Division Of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, 32(8), 925-928. doi:10.1037/a0031655
Takahashi, Y., Edmonds, G.W., Jackson, J.J., & Roberts, B.W. (2013). Longitudinal Correlated Changes in Conscientiousness, Preventative Health-related Behaviors, and Self-perceived Physical Health. Journal of Personality, 81(4), 417-427. doi:10.1111/jopy.12007
Takahashi, Y., Edmonds, G. W., Jackson, J. J., & Roberts, B. W. (2013). Longitudinal correlated changes in conscientiousness, preventative health-related behaviors, and self-perceived physical health. Journal Of Personality, 81(4), 417-427. doi:10.1111/jopy.12007
Edmonds, G., Goldberg, L., Hampson, S., & Barckley, M. (2013). Personality Stability from Childhood to Midlife: Relating Teachers' Assessments in Elementary School to Observer- and Self-Ratings 40 Years Later. Journal Of Research In Personality, 47(5), 505-513
Spain, S.M., Jackson, J.J., & Edmonds, G.W. (2012). Extending the actor–partner interdependence model for binary outcomes: A multilevel logistic approach. Personal Relationships, 19, 431-444.
Roberts, B.W., Edmonds, G.W., & Grijalva, E. (2010). It is developmental me not generation me: Developmental changes are more important than generational changes in narcissism. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 5, 97-102.
Edmonds, G.W., Bogg, T., & Roberts, B. W. (2009). Are personality and behavioral measures of impulse control convergent or distinct predictors of health behaviors? Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 806-814.
Roberts, B. W., Jackson, J. J., Fayard, J. V., Edmonds, G. & Meints, J. (2009). Conscientiousness. In M. Leary & R. Hoyle (Eds.), Handbook of individual differences in social behavior. New York, NY: Guilford.
Jackson, J. J., Bogg, T., Walton, K. E., Lodi-Smith, J., Wood, D., Harms, P.D., Edmonds, G. W., & Roberts, B.W. (2009). Not all conscientiousness scales change alike: A multi-method, multi-sample examination of age differences in Conscientiousness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 446-459.
Edmonds, G., Jackson, J. J., Fayard, J., & Roberts, B. W. (2008). Is character fate, or is there hope to change my personality yet? Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 399-41.
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR