Charles S. Carver

Director, Adult Division, Department of Psychology
Distinguished Professor, Adult Division

(305) 284-2817
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Dr. Carver received his bachelors degree from Brown University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He describes himself as a thoroughly unremarkable student during college and graduate school, and he notes that as a grad student he had difficulty finding any topic to be interested in until his third year.  His work since that time spans the areas of personality psychology, social psychology, health psychology, and more recently experimental psychopathology. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been honored by divisions 38 and 8 of the American Psychological Association for his career contributions to the areas of Health, Social, and Personality psychology, and in 2018 he received APA’s award for career contributions to the science of psychology. He served for 6 years as Editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology’s section on Personality Processes and Individual Differencesand another 6 years as an Associate Editor of Psychological Review.  He is author of 10 books and over 400 articles and chapters.



1974Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Professional Experience

- Faculty, University of Miami

Selected Publications

[last edited 01-24-2018]

Kim, Y., Carver, C. S., Hallmayer, J. F., Zeitzer, J. M., Palesh, O., Neri, E, Nouriani, B., & Spiegel, D. (in press). Serotonin transporter polymorphism, depressive symptoms, and emotional impulsivity among advanced breast cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer. [abstract]

Carver, C. S., Johnson, S. L., & Timpano, K. R. (2017). Toward a functional view of the p factor in psychopathology. Clinical Psychological Science, 5, 880-889. [abstract]

Johnson, S. L., Swerdlow, B. A., Treadway, M., Tharp, J. A., & Carver, C. S. (2017). Willingness to expend effort toward reward and extreme ambitions in bipolar I disorder. Clinical Psychological Science, 5, 943-951. [abstract]

Fisher, H. M., Jacobs, J., Taub, C. J., Lechner, S., Lewis, J., Carver, C. S., Blomberg, B. B., & Antoni, M. H. (2017). How changes in physical activity relate to fatigue interference, mood, and quality of life during treatment for non-metastatic breast cancer. General Hospital Psychiatry, 49, 37-43. [abstract]

Shaffer, K. M., Kim, Y., Carver, C. S., & Cannady, R. S. (2017). Depressive symptoms predict cancer caregivers' physical health decline. Cancer, 123, 4277-4285. [abstract]

Amiel, C. R., Fisher, H. M., Carver, C. S., & Antoni, M. H. (2017). The importance of stress management among postresection breast cancer patients. Future Oncology, 12, 2771-2774. [abstract]

Johnson, S. L., Tharp, J. A., Peckham, A. D., Carver, C. S., & Haase, C. M. (2017). A path model of different forms of impulsivity with externalizing and internalizing psychopathology: Toward greater specificity. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56, 235-252.[abstract]

Shaffer, K. M., Kim, Y., Carver, C. S., & Cannady, R. S. (2017). Effects of caregiving status and changes in depressive symptoms on development of physical morbidity among long-term cancer caregivers. Health Psychology, 36, 770-778. [abstract]

Jutagir, D. R., Blomberg, B. B., Carver, C. S., Lechner, S. C., Timpano, K. R., Bouchard, L. C., Gudenkauf, L. M., Jacobs, J. M., Diaz, A., Lutgendorf, S. K., Cole, S. W., Heller, A. S., & Antoni, M. H. (2017). Social well-being is associated with less pro-inflammatory and pro-metastatic gene expression in women after surgery for breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 165, 169-180. [abstract]

Wang, A. W-T., Change, C-S., Chen, S-T., Chen, D-R., Carver, C. S., & Hsu, W-Y.(2017). Buffering and direct effect of posttraumatic growth in predicting distress following cancer. Health Psychology, 36, 549-559. [abstract]

Carver, C. S. (2017). Marketing trends impede conceptual integration in psychology courses: Comment on Gurung et al., 2016. American Psychologist, 72, 176-177 [abstract]

Research Projects

Current Research Projects and Interests
Available Self-Report Instruments

All of these scales are being made available here for use in research and teaching applications. All are available without charge and without any need for permission. Please do not write to me requesting a letter of permission, because this is all you will get. Download or print them from the linked pages.

• Three Factor Impulsivity Index
• LOT-R (a measure of optimism-pessimism)
• COPE (the full version of our measure of coping)
• Brief COPE (an abbreviated version of the COPE)
• BIS/BAS scales (measures of the sensitivity of incentive and aversive motivational systems)
• MAQ (a measure of adult attachment qualities)
• MBA (a measure of investment in body image as a source of feelings of self-worth)
• ATS (a measure of generalization, overly high standards, and self-criticism)
• Benefit Finding (a measure of finding benefit in the experience of having breast cancer)
• QLACS: Quality of Life in Adult Cancer Survivors (a new QOL measure for long-term survivors)
• MOCS (a measure of targeted and nonspecific effects of an intervention)
• SSSS (Sources of Social Support Scale)
• WASSUP (Willingly Approach Set of Statistically Unlikely Pursuits)
• POG (a measure of three aspects of positive generalization)
• RITSS (measures of the sensitivity to incentives and threats in intimate relationships)

Spanish Translations of Brief COPE, LOT-R, MBA, CES-D, and BIS/BAS scales

Personality Textbook

Perspectives on Personality

Along with Michael Scheier of Carnegie Mellon University, I've written a textbook for undergraduate courses in personality psychology. It's called Perspectives on Personality.  It's now in its seventh edition (2112). If you're interested in finding out more about the textbook, here's the publisher's page on this edition:

Self-Regulation Book

On the Self-Regulation of Behavior

Carver, C. S., & Scheier, M. F.   (1998).
On the Self-Regulation of Behavior.
New York:  Cambridge University Press.