Thomas Richard Kwapil


Research Interests

  • Schizotypy and schizophrenia spectrum
  • Bipolar spectrum psychopathology
  • Experience Sampling Methodology

Research Description

My program of research investigates schizotypy and schizophrenia from experimental and developmental psychopathology perspectives. My research focuses on developing and testing symptom, personality, neurocognitive, biobehavioral, and genetic associates of schizotypy. This program of research traces its roots back to Paul Meehl's landmark work on schizotypy and to the pioneering work on psychosis proneness by the Chapmans. It is guided by two primary questions: How can we identify individuals who are at risk for schizophrenia and related disorders, and how will identifying individuals at risk help us better understand the etiology, phenomenology, course, and treatment of these disorders? A secondary, but related, focus of my research laboratory examines bipolar spectrum psychopathology, and specifically clinical and subclinical manifestations of hyperthymic traits. My research into these topics employs cross-sectional and prospective studies and actively involves student researchers. My laboratory is currently focusing on research in three interrelated areas, including: 1) Expression of Clinical and Subclinical Psychopathology in Daily Life using Experience Sampling Methodology, 2) Identification and Assessment of the Multidimensional Structure of Schizotypy, and 3) Assessment of Risk for Bipolar Spectrum Psychopathology.

Note that I am recruiting graduate students for admission in fall 2020.


Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994)

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Recent Publications

Sperry, S. H., Walsh, M. A., & Kwapil, T. R. (2020). Emotion dynamics concurrently and prospectively predict mood psychopathology. Journal of Affective Disorders, 261, 67-75.

Christensen, A. P., Gross, G. M., Golino, H. F., Silvia, P. J., & Kwapil, T. R. (2019). Exploratory Graph Analysis of the Multidimensional Schizotypy Scale. Schizophrenia Research, 206, 43-51.

Chun, C. A., Brugger, P., & Kwapil, T. R. (2019). Aberrant Salience Across Levels of Processing in Positive and Negative Schizotypy. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, [2073].

Cohen, J. R., Thomsen, K. N., Racioppi, A., Ballespi, S., Sheinbaum, T., Kwapil, T. R., & Barrantes-Vidal, N. (2019). Emerging Adulthood and Prospective Depression: A Simultaneous Test of Cumulative Risk Theories. Journal of youth and adolescence, 48(7), 1353-1364.

Hinojosa-Marqués, L., Domínguez-Martínez, T., Sheinbaum, T., Cristóbal-Narváez, P., Kwapil, T. R., & Barrantes-Vidal, N. (2019). Relatives' attachment anxiety mediates the association between perceived loss and expressed emotion in early psychosis. PloS one, 14(10), [e0223425].

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