Angelina Sutin Ph.D.

Angelina Sutin Ph.D.


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Using the Five-Factor Model of personality as an organizing framework, Dr. Sutin's research addresses how personality traits are associated with physical and mental health across adulthood and how personality shapes the psychological understanding of personally-meaningful experiences. Broadly, her research objectives are (1) to identify links between personality and inflammatory, cardiovascular, metabolic, and other markers of physical health, (2) to identify how personality traits relate to mental health, life events, and autobiographical memory, and (3) to identify the processes through which traits are associated with these outcomes across the adult lifespan. Using correlational, longitudinal, and experimental methodologies, her research takes a comprehensive approach to these objectives by addressing the physiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms that link personality traits and other psychological processes to morbidity and mortality.


National Institute on Aging

Postdoctoral Fellowship



University of California, Davis

Ph.D., Psychology (Personality)



Mount Holyoke College

B.A., Psychology




Association for Research in Personality  
Society for Personality and Social Psychology  
Association for Psychological Science  
Gerontological Society of America  


  • Lifespan development
  • Personality and health
  • Cognitive aging
  • Psychological well-being
  • Health disparities


Representative Publications

  1. Sutin, A. R., Ferrucci, L., Zonderman, A. B., & Terracciano, A. (2011). Personality and obesity across the adult lifespan. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 579-592.
  2. Sutin, A. R., Stephan, Y., & Terracciano, A. (2015). Weight discrimination and risk of mortality. Psychological Science, 26, 1803-1811.
  3. Sutin, A. R., Luchetti, M., Stephan, Y., Robins, R. W., & Terracciano, A. (2017). Parent educational attainment and adult offspring personality: An intergenerational lifespan approach to the origin of adult personality traits. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113, 144-166.
  4. Sutin, A. R., Stephan, Y., & Terracciano, A. (2018). Facets of conscientiousness and risk of dementia. Psychological Medicine, 48, 974-982.
  5. Luchetti, M., Lee, J. H., Aschwanden, D., Sesker, A. A., Strickhouser, J. E., Terracciano, A., & Sutin, A. R. (2020). The trajectory of loneliness in response to COVID-19. American Psychologist, 75, 897-908.
  6. Sutin, A. R., Luchetti, M., Stephan, Y., & Terracciano, A. (in press). Purpose in life and motoric cognitive risk syndrome: Replicable evidence from two national samples. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.