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Donald Lynam

Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Courtesy Appointments

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • personality
  • personality disorders (e.g., psychopathy, narcissism)
  • deviant behavior (e.g., antisocial behavior, substance use)
  • Open Science

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness

Department of Psychological Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Clinical Psychological Sciences


Recruiting graduate students for Fall 2024 admission


Dr. Lynam is internationally recognized for his work on impulsigenic traits, psychopathy in both youth and adults, and his research on using general models of personality to conceptualize complex personality constructs (e.g., psychopathy, narcissism, Machiavellianism, etc.). Throughout this work, he has created a number of widely-used assessment instruments that have been translated into multiple languages, e.g., UPPS-P, Elemental Psychopathy Assessment, Five Factor Narcissism Inventory, and the Five Factor Model Antagonistic Triad Inventory. Recently, he has become a strong a critic of the field and a staunch supporter of and advocate for Open Science. He is the author of 299 publications, including the edited volumes entitled The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychopathy, Using Basic Personality Research to Inform Personality Pathology, and The Handbook of Antagonism. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited almost 50,000 times and he has an h-index of 103. Dr. Lynam currently serves as Associate Editor at Journal of Personality, and previously served as Associate Editor for Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Psychological Science. He was awarded the 2002 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology.


  • Ph.D., 1996, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., 1989, Cornell University


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Current Courses

  • PSY 631 - Applied Regression Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY 692 - Research Methods in Clinical Psychology

Selected Publications

  • Du, T.V., Miller., J.D. & Lynam, D.R. (2022). The Relation between Narcissism and Aggression: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Personality, 90, 574-594.
  • Van Til, K., Vize, C.E., Miller, J.D., & Lynam, D.R. (2022). Antagonism explains the higher-order factor structure of the Self-Report Psychopathy Scale, Fourth Edition. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment,13, 144-152.
  • Miller, J.D., Back, M.D., Lynam, D.R., Wright, A.G.C. (2021). Narcissism today: What we know and what we need to learn. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 30, 519-525.
  • Vize, C. E., Miller, J.D., & Lynam, D.R. (2021). Examining the conceptual and empirical distinctiveness of agreeableness and “dark” personality items. Journal of Personality, 89, 594-612.
  • Collison, K.L., & Lynam, D.R. (2021). Personality disorders as predictors of intimate partner violence: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 88, article 102047.

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Purdue University Distinguished Professor - 2016
  • American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contribution to Psychology - 2002