David Schmitt

Caterpillar Inc. Professor

Bradley Hall 75
(309) 677-2588
dps@bradley.edu
http://www.bradley.edu/academic/galleryofexcellence/caterpillar/schmitt/
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Ph.D., Personality Psychology, University of Michigan

Biography

Dr. Schmitt received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1995. He has been at Bradley University since 1995 and is a full professor of psychology. He is also a Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Psychology (Gallery of Excellence) and heads the Personality and Culture Lab (PaC Lab) at Bradley University.  

His research interests include evolutionary and cross-cultural approaches to understanding personal relationships, sexual strategies, romantic attachment styles, and gender differences in human mating. He is also interested in the "Big Five" model of personality traits, risk factors for HIV/AIDS, and predictors of both sexual aggression and intimate partner violence across cultures.

Dr. Schmitt is Founding Director of the International Sexuality Description Project (Schmitt et al., 2003), a cross-cultural survey that included samples from 56 nations representing six continents, 13 islands, and 28 languages. He is currently completing the second wave of the ISDP (the ISDP-2). If you are interested in finding out more about the ISDP, please contact Dr. Schmitt at Bradley University. 

Teaching

Dr. Schmitt teaches Principles of Psychology, Quantitative Methods, Experimental Psychology, Motivation and Emotion, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Personality Theories and Theorists.

Scholarship

Since earning his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of Michigan, Dr. David P. Schmitt has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. He also has given more than 60 presentations in the United States and throughout the world, including addresses in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Switzerland, and Turkey.

In addition to his active publication and presentation schedule, he is the founder and director of the International Sexuality Description Project (ISDP). The ISDP is the largest-ever cross-cultural research team, involving over 100 psychologists from nearly 60 countries around the world whose collaborative studies investigate how culture, personality and gender combine to influence sexual attitudes and behaviors.

His research interests include evolutionary and cross-cultural approaches to understanding personal relationships, sexual strategies, romantic attachment styles, and gender differences in human mating. He is also interested in the "Big Five" model of personality traits, risk factors for HIV/AIDS, and predictors of both sexual aggression and intimate partner violence across cultures.

Dr. Schmitt was named a Caterpillar Professor in 2008. He received the Samuel Rothberg Professional Excellence Award in 2006.

"As a Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Psychology, I have the opportunity to represent the many amazing teacher-scholars we have at Bradley University," Dr. Schmitt said.  "In our classrooms, in our laboratories, and in our professional service, faculty members at Bradley University are movers and shakers in our respective scholarly disciplines."

Service

In addition to departmental and college service, Dr. Schmitt has served the discipline of psychology in numerous ways. He has served as associate or consulting editor to journals such as Archives of Sexual Behavior, the European Journal of Personality Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Interpersona, the Journal of Scientific Psychology, Psychology Research Minutes, and Sexualities, Evolution, & Gender: An International Journal of Feminist and Evolutionary Standpoints.