Charles S. Carver

Director, Adult Division, Department of Psychology

(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

1975 - Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor, University of Miami
1983 - 1983Guest Professor, Max-Planck-Institut für Psychologische Forschung, Munich, Germany
1993 - 1994Visiting Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles
2002 - 2003Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
2014 - 2015Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Research Info -

Dr. Carver has worked in a wide variety of research areas in psychology, including the following:

Self-Regulation Processes
Dual Process Models of Impulse and Constraint
Coping with Cancer
Assessment of Coping
Behavioral Approach and Avoidance Systems
Adult Attachment Qualities
Dynamic Systems and Catastrophe Theory

To obtain more information about Dr. Carver's work on any specific topic, to gain access to his publications on these and other topics, to obtain scales and measures that he has developed, and to explore other areas of his work that do not fit neatly into those categories, please follow this link to his personal web page