Dr. David P. Schmitt


Dr. David P. SchmittSince 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 and South Korea.

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.

"One of the impressive things about him is that he has been able to launch a cutting-edge research program involving multiple research methods, from conducting laboratory experiments to carrying out massive cross-cultural surveys, while simultaneously being a superb teacher," said a former student and research collaborator. "His cross-cultural publications, some already published, some under review, and some in preparation, will become THE definitive publications on each of those topics. In fact, his Journal of Personality and Social Psychology publication on 'mate poaching' and his cross-cultural extension of that work is ground-breaking."

Dr. Schmitt has served on the editorial boards of five journals in his field, including the Journal of Scientific Psychology and the European Journal of Personality Psychology. He also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for more than 15 professional journals.

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."

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Schmitt serves as chairman of the Psychology Department.