Jonathan M. Adler
Professor of Psychology
- Ph.D., Clinical and Personality Psychology, Northwestern University
- M.S., Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University
- B.A., Psychology, Bates College
- Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
- Fellow, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
- Rising Star in Personality Psychology Award
- Laura N. Rice Memorial Award
- The dynamic interconnections between our stories and our well-being
Dr. Adler’s research focuses on the dynamic interconnections between the stories of our lives and our psychological well-being.
Dr. Adler is especially interested in examining the most productive ways people make sense of the challenging things that happen to them and how that personal meaning facilitates changes in identity development and well-being. His scholarship in pursuit of this interest is fundamentally mixed-methods, deploying everything from qualitative tools, including psychobiographical case study approaches, to quantitative longitudinal modeling techniques. He has examined identity development among people with physical disabilities, psychotherapy clients, and in the general population of midlife adults. Dr. Adler serves as the Editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review, and as Chief Academic Officer of Health Story Collaborative, a non-profit organization aimed at elevating personal stories in the healthcare ecosystem. His research has been covered by The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, CNN, and many other media outlets. In addition to his research, Dr. Adler is a theater director and a playwright. His play, Reverse Transcription (co-written with Jim Petosa), premiered Off-Broadway in July, 2022, at The Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage Two, produced by PTP/NYC.