Erik Noftle

Associate Professor of Psychology; on leave, 2017-18 academic year.

Professor Noftle received his B.A. degree in psychology from Grinnell College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in personality-social psychology from UC Davis. After a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Wake Forest University and a year as an Assistant Professor at Linfield College, he joined the faculty at Willamette in 2010. Dr. Noftle enjoys teaching courses in personality psychology and research methods, among others. Dr. Noftle’s research interests include the following topics: personality variability, consistency, stability, and change; personality and character development; individual differences in attachment styles; functionalist approaches to discrete emotions and behavior; and assessment and psychometrics. In these research pursuits, Dr. Noftle seeks to answer the following questions: How do individuals differ psychologically from one another (and how can we know this), how consistent are those differences across situations and time, and what meaning do these differences have for people in their actual lives--for achievement, relationships, and happiness and well-being?

Dr. Noftle directs the Willamette University Personality Laboratory (or “WUP Lab”). He is currently seeking research assistants to join the lab who are responsible, careful, reliable, and excited about research. If you are interested in getting involved in his research program, please contact him via email.

Representative Publications

Kling, K. C., Noftle, E. E., & Robins, R. W. (in press). Why do standardized tests underpredict women’s academic performance? The role of Conscientiousness. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Noftle, E. E. & Fleeson, W. (in press). Intraindividual variability in adult personality development. In M. Diehl, K. Hooker, & M. Sliwinski (Eds.), Handbook of intraindividual variability across the lifespan. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Wilt, J., Noftle, E. E., Fleeson, W, & Spain, J. S. (2012). The dynamic role of personality states in mediating the relationship between extraversion and positive affect. Journal of Personality, 80, 1205-1236.

Fleeson, W., & Noftle, E. E. (2011). Personality research. In M. R. Mehl, & T. S. Conner, (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life (pp. 525-538). New York: Guilford.

Noftle, E. E., Schnitker, S. A., & Robins, R. W. (2011). Character and personality: Connections between positive psychology and personality psychology. In K. Sheldon, T. Kashdan, & M. Steger, (Eds.), Designing the future of positive psychology: Taking stock and moving forward (pp. 207-227). New York: Oxford University Press.

Letzring, T. D., & Noftle, E. E. (2010). Predicting relationship quality from self-verification of broad personality traits among romantic couples. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, 353-362.

Noftle, E. E., & Fleeson, W. (2010). Age differences in Big Five behavior averages and variabilities across the adult lifespan: Moving beyond retrospective, global summary accounts of personality. Psychology and Aging, 25, 95-107.

Gillath, O., Hart, J., Noftle, E. E., & Stockdale, G. D. (2009). Development and validation of a state adult attachment measure (SAAM). Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 362-373.

Robins, R. W., Noftle, E. E., & Tracy, J. L. (2007). Assessing self-conscious emotions: A review of self-report and nonverbal measures. In J. L. Tracy, R. W. Robins, & J. P. Tangney, (Eds.), The self-conscious emotions (pp. 443-467). New York: Guilford.

Noftle, E. E., & Robins, R. W. (2007). Personality predictors of academic outcomes: Big Five correlates of GPA and SAT scores. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 116-130.

Noftle, E. E., & Shaver, P. R. (2006). Attachment dimensions and the Big Five personality traits: Associations and comparative ability to predict relationship quality. Journal of Research in Personality, 40, 179–208.