Aidan G.C. Wright, Ph.D.


4121 Sennott Square 210 S. Bouquet St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15260





Research Interests

Personality disorders; social processes in psychopathology; structure of psychopathology; quantitative methodology.


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Research Interests: Broadly, I am interested in understanding the defining features of personality pathology (i.e., personality disorders).  In my research I examine the processes and outcomes of personality in order to clarify what distinguishes adaptive and maladaptive personality functioning.  In other words, what aspects of thinking, feeling, and behaving allow some to effectively manage and have rewarding relationships and achieve their life goals, whereas others struggle so much with these basic human tasks.  My research is grounded in basic personality science, which serves as integrative framework for the study of personality, its pathology, and other forms of psychopathology.  More specific interests of mine include pathological narcissism and borderline personality pathology which each have considerable personal and social costs.  Methodologically I am increasingly focusing on capturing the important adaptive and maladaptive features of individuals’ personalities as they are expressed in life as it is lived.  By using intensive repeated measurement in both naturalistic (e.g., ecological momentary assessment, daily diaries) and laboratory settings (e.g., momentary coding of interpersonal behavior) we can better capture and statistically model the dynamic processes of personality as they play out in vivo or in real time.  This work seeks to (a) improve our basic understanding of the phenomena that make up personality disorders, and (b) identify clinically actionable targets for intervention.

Accepting Graduate Students: Yes

Graduate Student Advisees:

Betsy Edershile

Will Woods

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  • Ph.D., Penn State University


  • Publication 999

    Wright, A.G.C., Pincus, A.L., Hopwood, C.J., Thomas, K.M., Markon, K.E., & Krueger, R.F. (2012). An interpersonal analysis of pathological personality traits in DSM-5. Assessment, 19(3), 263-275.

  • Publication 998

    Wright, A.G.C., Pincus, A.L., & Lenzenweger, M.F. (2012). Interpersonal development, stability, and change in young adulthood. Journal of Personality, 80(5), 1339-1372.

  • Publication 997

    Wright, A.G.C., Thomas, K.M., Hopwood, C.J., Markon, K.E., Pincus, A.L. & Krueger, R.F. (2012). The hierarchical structure of DSM-5 pathological personality traits. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121(4), 951-957.

  • Publication 996

    Wright, A.G.C., Pincus, A.L., & Lenzenweger, M.F. (2012). An empirical examination of distributional assumptions underlying the relationship between personality disorder symptoms and personality traits. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121(3), 699-706.

  • Publication 995

    Wright, A.G.C., Krueger, R.F., Hobbs, M.J., Markon, K.E., Eaton, N.R., & Slade, T. (2013). The structure of psychopathology: Toward an expanded quantitative empirical model. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122(1), 281-294.

  • Publication 994

    Wright, A.G.C., Hallquist, M.N., Morse, J.Q., Scott, L.N., Stepp, S.D., Nolf, K.A., & Pilkonis, P.A. (2013) Clarifying interpersonal heterogeneity in borderline personality disorder using latent mixture modeling. Journal of Personality Disorders,27(2), 125-143.

  • Publication 993

    Wright, A.G.C., Pincus, A.L., & Lenzenweger, M.F. (2013). A parallel process growth model of avoidant personality disorder symptoms and personality traits. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4(3), 230-238.

  • Publication 1034

    Wright, A.G.C., Pincus, A.L., Thomas, K.M., Hopwood, C.J., Markon, K.E., & Krueger, R.F. (2013). Conceptions of Narcissism and the DSM-5 Pathological Personality Traits. Assessment, 20(3), 339-352.

  • Publication 1002

    Wright, A.G.C. (2011). Quantitative and qualitative distinctions in personality disorder. Journal of Personality Assessment, 93(4), 370-379.

  • Publication 1001

    Wright, A.G.C., Pincus, A.L., & Lenzenweger, M.F. (2011). Development of personality and the remission and onset of personality pathology. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(6), 1351-1358.

  • Publication 1000

    Hopwood, C.J., Thomas, K.M., Markon, K.E., Wright, A.G.C., & Krueger, R.F. (2012). DSM-5 personality traits and DSM-IV personality disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121(2), 424-432.