- Schizotypy and schizophrenia spectrum
- Bipolar spectrum psychopathology
- Experience Sampling Methodology
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)
Kemp, K. C., Bathery, A. J., Barrantes-Vidal, N., & Kwapil, T. R. (Accepted/In press). Positive, Negative, and Disorganized Schizotypy Predict Differential Patterns of Interview-Rated Schizophrenia-Spectrum Symptoms and Impairment. Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191119900008
Kemp, K. C., Gross, G. M., & Kwapil, T. R. (2020). Psychometric Properties of the Multidimensional Schizotypy Scale and Multidimensional Schizotypy Scale–Brief: Item and Scale Test–Retest Reliability and Concordance of Original and Brief Forms. Journal of Personality Assessment, 102(4), 508-515. https://doi.org/10.1080/00223891.2019.1591425
Li, L. Y., Meyer, M. S., Martin, E. A., Gross, G. M., Kwapil, T. R., & Cicero, D. C. (Accepted/In press). Differential Item Functioning of the Multidimensional Schizotypy Scale and Multidimensional Scale-Brief Across Ethnicity. Psychological assessment. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0000798
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.09.076
Welhaf, M. S., Smeekens, B. A., Meier, M. E., Silvia, P. J., Kwapil, T. R., & Kane, M. J. (2020). The Worst Performance Rule, or the Not-Best Performance Rule? Latent-Variable Analyses of Working Memory Capacity, Mind-Wandering Propensity, and Reaction Time. Journal of Intelligence, 8(2), . https://doi.org/10.3390/jintelligence8020025