The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Robert A. Ackerman

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Narcissism, relationship development, and models for dyadic data

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2346
Office: GR_4.805
Campus Mail Code: GR 41
Website: The Personality and Interpersonal Relationships (PAIR) Laboratory


Dr. Robert Ackerman is one of the leading researchers in the measurement of narcissism. He is perhaps most known for helping to develop a three-factor solution to the Narcissistic Personality Inventory that consists of leadership/authority, grandiose exhibitionism, and entitlement/exploitativeness. He also has recently polled experts on the features that are most central to the construct of narcissism. Dr. Ackerman also has examined the developmental factors that contribute to the functioning of adult romantic relationships. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

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.

Donnellan, M. B., Ackerman, R. A., & Brecheen, C. (2016). Extending structural analyses of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale to consider criterion-related validity: Can composite self-esteem scores be good enough? Journal of Personality Assessment, 98, 169-177.

Faso, D. J., Corretti, C. A., Ackerman, R. A., & Sasson, N. J. (2016). The Broad Autism Phenotype predicts relationship outcomes within newly formed college roommates. Autism, 20, 412-424.

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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