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*** The Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Daily Life ***

Educational History

Ph. D.        

Social and Personality Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, May 2004.

Thesis: "The Sounds of Social Life: Exploring Students' Daily Social Environments and Natural Conversations" [summary]

Diploma (M.A.)

Psychology, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany, July 1998

Thesis: "Kardiovaskulaere Reaktionen auf macht- und affiliationsthematische Filme: Die moderierende Rolle impliziter Motive" [Cardiovascular responses to motivational film clips: The moderating role of implicit motives].

 

Professional Positions

01/07 to present

Associate Investigator, Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona

10/11 to present

Affiliate Faculty, Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, University of Arizona

07/10 to present

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Arizona

07/10 to present

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona

02/11 to 06/11

Visiting Professor, Facultad de Psicologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico.

01/07 to 06/10

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Arizona

08/04 to 06/10

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona

01/01 to 08/03

Research Associate at the Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin (with Dr. James W. Pennebaker)

04/00 to 11/00

Junior Human Resource Consultant with S&F Personalpsychologie, Stuttgart, Germany; Field of Work: Industrial Psychology, Personnel Selection

01/00 to 06/00

Research Associate at the Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research, Muenchen, Germany (with Dr. Ulrich Geppert)

10/99 to 03/00

Research Associate at the Institute for Physiological Psychology II, University of Duesseldorf, Germany (with Dr. Clemens Kirschbaum)

09/98 to 07/99

Visiting Scholar at the Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin (with Dr. James W. Pennebaker)

11/96 to 02/98

Research Assistant at the Department of Psychology, University of Erlangen, Germany (with Dr. Joachim C. Brunstein)

 

Books 

Mehl, M. R. & Conner, T. S. (Eds.) (2012). Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. Guilford Press: New York, NY. [@guilford press] [@amazon]

 

 

Published Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Ireland, M. E. & Mehl, M. R. (in press). Language use and personality. In: Holtgraves, T. (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Language and Social Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Robbins, M. L., López, A. M., Weihs, K. L., & Mehl, M. R. (in press). Cancer conversations in context: Naturalistic observation of couples coping with breast cancer. Journal of Family Psychology. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R. (2013). Conducting psychology research in the real-world. In E. Diener & R. Biswas-Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF Publishers. DOI: www.nobaproject.com.

Brown, W. C., Tragesser, S. L., Tomko, R. L., Mehl, M. R., & Trull, T. J. (2014). Recall of expressed affect during naturalistically observed interpersonal events in those with Borderline Personality Disorder or Depressive Disorder. Assessment, 21, 72-80. [pdf]

Rentscher, K. E., Rohrbaugh, M. J., Shoham, V., & Mehl, M. R. (2013). Asymmetric partner pronoun use and demand-withdraw interaction in couples coping with health problems. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 691-701. [pdf]

Tenney, E. R., Vazire, S., & Mehl, M. R. (2013). This examined life: The upside of self-knowledge for interpersonal relationships. PLoS ONE, 8, e69605. [link] [Scientific American]

Deters, g. F. & Mehl, M. R. (2013). Does posting Facebook status updates increase or decrease loneliness? An online social networking experiment. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 4, 579-586. [pdf] [Washington Post] [Psychology Today] [Men’s Health] [Alltagsforschung.de] [Huffington Post Live]

Robbins, M. L., Mehl, M. R., Smith, H. L., & Weihs, K. L. (2013). Linguistic indicators of patient, couple, and family adjustment following breast cancer. Psycho-Oncology, 22, 1501-1508. [pdf]

Sbarra, D. A., Boals, A., Mason, A. E., Larson, G., & Mehl, M. R. (2013). Expressive writing can impede emotional recovery following marital separation. Clinical Psychological Science, 1, 120-134.

Borelli, J. L., Daryn, H. D., Rifkin-Graboi, A., Sbarra, D. A., Mehl, M. R., & Mayes, L. C. (2013). Language use in Adult Attachment Interviews: Evidence for distinct emotion regulation strategies. Personal Relationships, 20, 23-37. [pdf]

Tomko, R. L., Brown, W. C., Tragesser, S. L., Wood, P. K., Mehl, M. R., & Trull, T. J. (2012). Social context of anger in Borderline Personality Disorder and Depressive Disorders: Findings from a naturalistic observation study. Journal of Personality Disorders. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R. & Robbins, M. L. (2012). Naturalistic observation sampling: The Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR). In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Conner (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Mehl, M. R., Robbins, M. L., & Deters, g. F. (2012). Naturalistic observation of health-relevant social processes: The Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR) methodology in psychosomatics. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 410-417. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R., Robbins, M. L., & Holleran, S. E. (2012). How taking a word for a word can be problematic: Context-dependent linguistic markers of extraversion and neuroticism. Journal of Methods and Measurement in the Social Sciences, 3, 30-50 [link]

Rohrbaugh, M. J., Shoham, V., Skoyen, J. A., Jensen, M., & Mehl, M. R. (2012). We-talk, communal coping, and cessation success in a couple-focused intervention for health-compromised smokers. Family Process, 51, 107-121. [pdf]

Sbarra, D. A, Smith, H. L., & Mehl, M. R. (2012). When leaving your ex, love yourself: Observational ratings of self-compassion predict the course of emotional recovery following marital separation. Psychological Science, 23, 261-269. [pdf] [APS Press Release] [US News] [The Atlantic] [USA Today]

Augustine, A. A., Mehl, M. R., & Larsen, R. J., (2011). A positivity bias in written and spoken English, and its moderation by personality and gender. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 2, 508-515. [pdf]

Borelli, J. L., Sbarra, D. A., Mehl, M. R., & David, D. H. (2011). Experiential connectedness in children's attachment interviews: An examination of natural word use. Personal Relationships, 18, 341-351. [pdf]

Robbins, M. L., Focella, E. S., Kasle, S., Weihs, K. L., Lopez, A. M., & Mehl, M. R., (2011). Naturalistically observed swearing, emotional support and depressive symptoms in women coping with illness. Health Psychology, 30, 789-792. [pdf]

Holleran, S. E., Whitehead, J., Schmader, T., & Mehl, M. R. (2011). Talking shop and shooting the breeze: A study of workplace conversations and job disengagement among STEM faculty. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 65-71. [pdf] [npr] [Science Career Blog]

Horn, A. B., Mehl, M. R., & Deters, F. g. (2011). Expressives Schreiben und Immunaktivitaet - gesundheitsfoerdernde Aspekte der Selbstoeffnung (S. 208-227) [Expressive writing and immune function: Health-promoting effects of self-disclosure (pp. 208-227)]. In C. Schubert (Ed.), Psychoneuroimmunologie und Psychotherapie [Psychoneuroimmunology and Psychotherapy]. Stuttgart: Schattauer.  [pdf]

Jarrold, W., Javitz, H. S., Krasnow, R., Peintner, B., Yeh, E., Swan, G. E., & Mehl, M. (2011). Depression and self-focused language in structured interviews with older men. Psychological Reports, 109, 2, 1-15.

Robbins, M. L., Mehl, M. R., Holleran, S. E., & Kasle, S. (2011). Naturalistically observed sighing and depression in rheumatoid arthritis patients: A preliminary study. Health Psychology, 30, 129-133. [pdf]

Holtzman, N. S., Vazire, S., & Mehl, M. R. (2010). Sounds like a narcissist: Behavioral manifestations of narcissism in everyday life. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 478-484. [pdf]

Mason, A. E., Sbarra, D. A., & Mehl, M. R. (2010). Thin-slicing divorce: Thirty seconds of information predict changes in psychological adjustment over ninety days. Psychological Science, 21, 1420-1422. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R., & Gill, A. J. (2010). Automatic text analysis. In S. D. Gosling & J. A. Johnson (Eds.), Advanced methods for conducting online behavioral research (pp. 109-127). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R., Vazire, S., Holleran, S. E., & Clark, C. S. (2010). Eavesdropping on happiness: Well-being is related to having less small talk and more substantive conversations. Psychological Science, 21, 539-541. [pdf] [suppl] [CNN] [NYT] [Washington Post] [WSJ] [HealthDay] [MSNBC] [Huffington Post] [SciAm] [Psychology Today] [trueslant] [Oprah.com]

Rodriguez, A. J., Holleran, S. E., & Mehl, M. R. (2010). Reading between the lines: The lay assessment of subclinical depression from written self-descriptions. Journal of Personality, 78, 575-597. [pdf]

Holleran, S. E., Mehl, M. R., & Levitt, S. (2009). Eavesdropping on social life: The accuracy of stranger ratings of daily behavior from thin slices of natural conversations. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 660-672. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R. (2009). Naturalistic observation of daily behavior in personality psychology [Comment on Furr's target article]. European Journal of Personality, 23, 414-416. [pdf]

Ramirez-Esparza, N., Mehl, M. R., Alvarez Bermudez, J., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2009). Are Mexicans more or less sociable than Americans? Insights from a naturalistic observation study. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 1-7. [pdf] [ScienceDaily]

Beck, J. A. C., Putterman, M., Sbarra, D. A., & Mehl, M. R. (2008). Parenting coordinator roles, program goals, and services provided: Insights from the Pima County, Arizona Program. Journal of Child Custody, 5, 122-139.

Hasler, B., Mehl, M. R., Bootzin, R., & Vazire, S. (2008). Preliminary evidence of diurnal rhythms in everyday behaviors associated with positive affect. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1537-1546. [pdf]

Holleran, S. E., & Mehl, M. R. (2008). Let me read your mind: Personality judgments based on a person's natural stream of thought. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 747-754.[pdf] [UANews]

Rohrbaugh, M. J., Mehl, M. R., Shoham, V., Reilly, E., & Ewy, G. A. (2008). Prognostic significance of spouse we talk in couples coping with heart failure. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 781-786. [pdf] [PBS]

Vazire, S., & Mehl, M. R. (2008). Knowing me, knowing you: The relative accuracy and unique predictive validity of self-ratings and other-ratings of daily behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1202-1216. [pdf]

Wolf, M., Horn, A. B., Mehl, M. R., Haug, S., Pennebaker, J. W., & Kordy, H. (2008). Computergestuetzte quantitative Textanalyse: Aequivalenz und Robustheit der deutschen Version des Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count [Computerized quantitative text analysis: Equivalence and robustness of the German adaptation of Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count]. Diagnostica, 54, 85-98.[link]

Mairesse, F., Walker, M. A., Mehl, M. R., & Moore, R. K. (2007). Using linguistic cues for the automatic recognition of personality in conversation and text. Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, 30, 457-500. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R. (2007). Eavesdropping on health: A naturalistic observation approach for social-health research. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1, 359-380. [pdf] [Teaching and Learning Guide]

Mehl, M. R., & Holleran, S. E. (2007). An empirical analysis of the obtrusiveness of and participants' compliance with the Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR). European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 23, 248-257.[pdf]

Mehl, M. R., Vazire, S., Ramirez-Esparza, N., Slatcher, R. B., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2007). Are women really more talkative than men? Science, 317, 82. [link] [Science News] [NYT] [Washington Post] [Reuters] [NPR] [CNN] [ABC News] [BBC News] [Times] [Der Spiegel] [Die Zeit]

Guinn Sellers, J., Mehl, M. R., & Josephs, R. A. (2007). Hormones and personality: Testosterone as a marker of individual differences. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 126-138.[pdf]

Mehl, M. R. (2006). The lay assessment of subclinical depression in daily life. Psychological Assessment, 18, 340-345. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R. (2006). Quantitative text analysis. In M. Eid & E. Diener (Eds.), Handbook of multimethod measurement in psychology (pp.141-156). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R. (2006). Textanalyse [Text analysis]. In F. Peterman & M. Eid (Hrsg.), Handbuch der Psychologischen Diagnostik. [Handbook of psychologocial assessment] (pp. 196-202). Goettingen: Hogrefe. [pdf]

Lyons, E. J., Mehl, M. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2006). Pro-anorexics and recovering anorexics differ in their linguistic Internet self-presentation. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 60, 253-256.[pdf]

Mehl, M. R., Gosling, S. D., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2006). Personality in its natural habitat: Manifestations and implicit folk theories of personality in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 862-877. [pdf] [suppl]

Cohn, M. A., Mehl, M. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2004). Linguistic indicators of psychological change after September 11, 2001. Psychological Science, 15, 687-693. [pdf]

Horn, A. B., & Mehl, M. R. (2004). Expressives Schreiben als Coping-Technik: Ein Ueberblick ueber den Stand der Forschung [Expressive writing as a coping tool: A state of the art review]. Verhaltenstherapie [Behavior Therapy], 14, 274-283. [pdf]

Liehr, P., Mehl, M. R., Summers, L. C., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2004). Connecting with others in the midst of stressful upheaval on September 11, 2001. Applied Nursing Research, 17, 2-9. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2003). The social dynamics of a cultural upheaval: Social interactions surrounding September 11, 2001. Psychological Science, 14, 579-585. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2003). The sounds of social life: A psychometric analysis of students' daily social environments and natural conversations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 857-870. [pdf]

Pennebaker, J. W., Mehl, M. R., Niederhoffer, K. (2003). Psychological aspects of natural language use: Our words, our selves. Annual Review of Psychology, 54, 547-577. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R., Pennebaker, J. W., Crow, M. D., Dabbs, J., & Price, J. H. (2001). The Electronically Activated Recorder (EAR): A device for sampling naturalistic daily activities and conversations. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, and Computers, 33, 517-523. [pdf]

Mehl, M. R., & Pennebaker, J. W. (2000). Vom Wert des Schreibens und Redens ueber traumatische Erfahrungen: Ein narrativer Weg zu koerperlicher und seelischer Gesundheit [On the value of writing and talking about traumatic experiences: A narrative approach to physical and mental health]. In G. Perren-Klingler (Hrsg.), Erste Hilfe fuer die Seele: Debriefing und andere Interventionen [First aid for the soul: Debriefing and other interventions] (pp. 25-40). Bern: Paul Haupt Verlag. [pdf]

 

Grants

10/11 to 06/15

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Title: "Inflammation, Stress, and Social Behavior: Using Ecological Assessments and Model Systems" (R01AT007297; PI: Dr. Raison), Role: Co-Investigator.

08/11 to 07/13

John Templeton Foundation/ Wake Forest University ("The Character Project"); Title: "Eavesdropping on Character: Testing the Stability, Variability, and Changeability of Naturalistically Observed Virtuous Daily Behavior", Role: PI.

08/11 to 04/15

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Title: "Sleep and Divorce: Identifying Bidirectional Vulnerability and Resilience" (R01HD069498; PI: Dr. Bootzin), Role: Co-Investigator.

09/09 to 03/14      

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Title: "Mechanisms of Meditation" (5R01AT004698; Supplement; PI: Dr. Raison), Role: Co-investigator.

07/09 to 06/12

National Cancer Institute; Title: "The Daily Interactions of Couples Coping with Breast Cancer: With Whom, About What, and Links to Adjustment" (R03CA137975), Role: PI.

01/08 to 07/08

University of Arizona Social and Behavioral Science Research Institute Small-Grant; Title: "Coping in Inter-(action): A Naturalistic Observation Approach to Studying Couples Coping with Breast Cancer"; Role: PI; Amount: $1,800.

01/08 to 06/08

University of Arizona ADVANCE Research Fellowship for Department-centered Inquiry into Faculty and Equity Issues; Title: "The Situation of Female Faculty in Male-Dominant Academic Environments: A Social Interaction Analysis"; Role Co-PI (with Dr. Schmader), Amount: $4,740.

01/07 to 12/07

American Cancer Society/ Arizona Cancer Center Institutional Research Grant; Title: "Coping in Inter-(action): A Naturalistic Observation Approach to Studying Couples Coping with Breast Cancer"; Role: PI, Amount: $20,000

2006

Arizona Cancer Center; Seed Funds provided by the Deputy Director for Strategic Partnerships and Policy; Title: "Coping in Inter-(action): A Naturalistic Observation Approach to Studying Couples Coping with Breast Cancer"; Role: Principal Investigator; Amount: $5,000

2006

University of Arizona Social and Behavioral Science Research Institute Mini-Grant, Title: "Coping in Inter-(action): A Naturalistic Observation Approach to Studying Couples Coping with Breast Cancer"; Role: Principal Investigator; Amount: $747

05/05 to 05/07

University of Arizona Vice President of Research Faculty Small Grant; Title: "Pilot Test of a Pocket PC-Based Naturalistic Observation Method"; Role: PI; Amount: $6,640

2003

University of Texas at Austin Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship; Title: "Personality Expression in Students’ Everyday Social Lives"; Role: PI; Amount: $1,671

 

Honors and Awards

2011

Identified as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science

2011

2010 Best Paper Award from the Journal of Research in Personality for Holtzman, Vazire, & Mehl, Sounds like a narcissist: Behavioral manifestations of narcissism in everyday life.

2011

The Honors College Outstanding Faculty Award (for Exceptional Commitment to Mentoring Honors Students); University of Arizona

2008

Listed in Dialogue, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's newsletter, as one of the ten most cited Assistant Professors in Social/Personality Psychology

2007

The Honors College Outstanding Professor and Advisor of Psychology Award; University of Arizona

2006

Young Investigator Travel Award of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft [German Research Foundation]

2003-2004

University Continuing Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin

2002         

Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin 

2002           

Student Travel Award of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology

2000   

Scholarship for Doctoral Studies of the 'Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes’(German National Merit Foundation); declined

1998-1999

Postgraduate Research Scholarship of the 'Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes' (German National Merit Foundation) for studying abroad

1996-1998

Undergraduate Scholarship of the 'Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes' (German National Merit Foundation)

 

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association

Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Association for Research in Personality

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Psychologie

Society for Ambulatory Assessment (Vice President)

 

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